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The Boy Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

By Cam Mather Great blog title, eh? That outta drive tons of traffic to our site, if you’re into that whole “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. And no, I don’t have a dragon tattoo, I’m not a web genius and I don’t beat up guys 3 times my weight. But like Steig Larsson’s character, …

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Sunflower “Garlic” Farm

By Cam Mather The garlic harvest is in, and it’s been a good year. Now the work begins cleaning it. I like growing garlic because I get to plant it in the fall. When it’s cool. And wet. It used to take me a few days. Now it takes more than a month. We bought …

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“Twittering” My Day Away at Sunflower Farm

By Cam Mather I’ve ranted on in the past about how much I question the concept of Twitter. Really, who is so interesting that anyone would want to know the minutiae of their lives every 10 minutes? No one is that interesting! Katy Perry? Nope. John Stewart? Well maybe, but it would be disappointing to …

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Measured Out in Coffee Spoons

By Cam Mather In my on-going “life as a song lyric” series, where I live vicariously through music, I was recently taken back to my suburban life. It was one of those “angry Cam” days when a whole series of things had me in a pissy mood… climate change/idiots & morons/May weather in March exposing …

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That Little Voice in My Head

By Cam Mather I left my house the other night. Yup, it was a dangerous thing to do. ‘Cuz the voice that talks inside my head constantly gets just a little crazy when I’m out in the big scary world. Kind of like Travis Bickle from the movie “Taxi Driver” but without the guns. I …

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Homesteading is a Messy Game

By Cam Mather Mother Earth News was recently preparing an article about homesteading and asked me a bunch of questions, one of which was “What are the biggest misconceptions people have about homesteading and homemaking?”  My answer was “That homesteading can be tidy and that every homestead is picture-perfect. The truth is it’s a messy, …

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Getting Paid for What I Love to Do

By Cam Mather I planted my first vegetable garden when I was 16. I have no idea why. I lived in suburbia and was a pretty typical teenager. I liked rock music, bought a long coat like the one the members of the band Foreigner wore on the cover of their first album, couldn’t wait …

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All That “Stuff” That Comes from the Ground

By Cam Mather When I spoke at the Queen’s University Commerce and Engineering Environmental Conference last spring I sat in on a talk by another speaker, who represented the mining industry. I believe his approach was to suggest that no one likes mining, but if you have a cell phone in your pocket, you are …

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It’s Garlic Cleaning Season Here at Sunflower Farm

Michelle’s Note: As I mentioned in our last post, it’s a pretty busy time of year around here. Whenever we have a spare minute of time we clean garlic. This is a post from last August in which Cam writes about his garlic growing experiences. Last year we grew (and cleaned) about 4,000 heads – …

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Learning a Lot from the Happy Wanderers

By Cam Mather We had our second experience hosting volunteer helpers here at Sunflower Farm last week. And just like our week with Mike and Melissa in early June, it was a pretty awesome experience. HelpX (https://www.helpx.net/index.asp) is similar to the WWOOF program (http://www.wwoof.org/) but you don’t necessarily have to be an organic farm to …

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