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We’ve Moved – New Post Up

A few of our subscribers here haven’t made the move to our new blog site. There’s a new post up today! Don’t miss it; http://www.cammather.com/uncategorized/big-hard-sun-and-life-way-off-the-grid And while you are there, be sure to subscribe!

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Winter Solstice at Sunflower Farm

By Cam Mather Remember when you were a kid and your friends would come over to your place after Christmas and you’d show them all the neat new stuff you got, like the BB Gun or the Lego set? (Note that there was no mention of socks or sweaters in this memory.) Well, consider this …

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And Then I Called the CEO At Home

By Cam Mather A while ago I talked about my greatest bit of activism when my daughters were younger (that post is available here.)  It involved a local water skiing night at our cottage that had been a fun event when I was young that both men and women from the Canadian Water Skiing Team …

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Prepping for Hurricane Sandy

By Cam Mather After watching the news cycle as Hurricane Sandy ‘aka Superstorm’ approached, it was tempting to be smug about making preparations. But I won’t be. My system is still pretty technology dependent to ever be too cocky. I generally do have ‘back up’ strategies in place in case the whole inverter/well pump/satellite internet …

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The All-In-One Independent Living/Preparation/Homesteading Workshop

By Cam Mather On October 20th we will be hosting the “The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop” again here at Sunflower Farm. I think the workshop gets better each year. Every year we take more steps towards independence and self-sufficiency and so we have more …

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Back to the Future – Freezing Zero-Carbon Corn

By Cam Mather North Americans just have no idea how much energy goes into getting food on our plates. If we did, we’d all walk around in a big grateful daze saying “Thank you farmers, thank you Jolly Green Giant, thank you cheap energy….” and never get anything done. I used the “Back to the …

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Zombieland Comes to Sunflower Farm

By Cam Mather I HATE JULY! I hate summer! I HATE HEAT WAVES! I hate droughts! I LOATHE CLIMATE CHANGE! After 8 weeks of brutal heat without a drop of rain my brain is feeling fried so I’ve written a rant. I’ll qualify it by saying that this post was written by a sleep-deprived, exhausted, …

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I’d Better Make it Meaningful

By Cam Mather I spent the morning weeding. On my knees in the brutal heat, with a lot of deer flies buzzing around, pulling weeds from around my corn. It’s highbrow stuff. The kind of thing that could score me a Nobel Prize, or a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. As I pulled those …

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Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed

By Cam Mather So check out this photo! An alien spaceship landed in our front yard! No really! What else could explain a big burnt spot like that? And it was a rectangular space ship, not your run of the mill flying saucer either. All right, all right, I lied. That big burnt patch, well …

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DVDs Still Work for Me

By Cam Mather I live near the Village of Tamworth, which is home to the greatest video establishment on the planet, “Village Video.” Tim Kidd is the owner of Village Video. I have blogged about Tim before because he is an integral part of our community. He is a volunteer firefighter. This is very important …

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