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The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop Wrap Up

By Cam Mather A couple of Saturdays ago we had 12 people come to Sunflower Farm for “The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop.” It was a blast. It was a really great group of people and I think everyone had a great day. I know …

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The Peak Oil / Leisure Time Connection

By Cam Mather Sometimes I find myself making links between seemingly unrelated bits of information in my brain. This could be paranoid schizophrenia, or maybe just the way my brain works. Luckily I don’t hear voices… yet. Here’s my case in point. As someone who often criticizes activities that I think are harmful to the …

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Looking Back On Our Move to the Country

By Cam Mather Michelle’s Note: The following is an article that Cam wrote for a local newspaper about 13 years ago as we were preparing for our move to Sunflower Farm. The comments that Cam made are as appropriate today as they were back then. I thought you might enjoy reading about Cam’s reasons for …

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The Evolution of Our Solar Arrays

By Cam Mather Just as we have tried to evolve as human beings as we age, the solar panels that power our home have gone through an evolutionary process in the years that we’ve lived here. When someone asks me, “What’s the biggest mistake you made when you moved to your off-grid house?” I usually …

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Hard Assets in Hard Times

By Cam Mather I thought it was just me, but sometimes lately it seems like everyone is becoming a “doomer.” A few nights ago we were in Almonte, Ontario. Bill Kemp, author of “The Renewable Energy Handbook” had been invited to speak about the Feed In Tariff (FIT) program here in Ontario which pays you …

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The Payback on Renewable Energy

By Cam Mather For 10 years I have been giving workshops at colleges about renewable energy. Eventually this workshop morphed into my “Thriving During Challenging Times” talk that ended up as a book, but renewable energy is still an important component of my workshops. One of the questions that I have been asked most often …

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A Podcast on “Two Beers With Steve”

By Cam Mather I did a podcast last week on “Two Beers With Steve”. This is a very cool website where Steve chats with people who have an alternative view on reality, or at least provide information that’s not always readily available from the mainstream media. He and his guests discuss topics such as peak …

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An Interview with Cam in Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine

By Michelle Mather **If you have arrived here looking for information about Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine, please see below…. Have you had a chance to pick up the latest issue of Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine yet? The April 2010 issue includes an interview with Cam. The article is entitled “Survival Guide to the Future” and …

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Go With the Flow, Roll with the Punches and “Put a Curtain Around It”

By Michelle Mather Last year, as part of our Eco-Energy Audit, we decided to add a solar thermal unit to our home. We already use the sun to generate most of the electricity for our home. The next logical step for us was to begin using the sun to heat our hot water. This is …

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The Canadian Housing/Debt Bubble

By Cam Mather What’s going on with the leadership of this country? Why can’t they make hard decisions and encourage Canadians to do the same? The government is just sitting back and watching as a huge housing bubble inflates and they pay lip service to deal with it by discouraging speculation on investment properties. What …

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