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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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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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“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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The Off-Grid/Green Myth, Part II

By Cam Mather When Professor and Canada Research Chair Phillip Vannini came to visit us recently as part of his research on people who live “off the grid” he had just come from an off-grid home north of Toronto. This couple had indicated to him that they had gone off grid for “environmental reasons.” I …

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My Recent Reality Checks

By Cam Mather Once again I’d like to thank everyone who reads and comments on the blog. Yesterday I had one of those personal epiphanies thanks to our reader Amy. She was commenting on the video blog that we posted about how our chickens had faired this winter. She wrote: “What a great video! I’m …

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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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Two of the Best Off-Grid Images Ever!

By Cam Mather Have you ever noticed that there is a fine line between terror and elation? There must be or else there wouldn’t be a constant stream of horror movies in theaters. Or theme parks. Those crazy roller coaster/death defying rides keep people coming back. There’s got to be something to it. I don’t …

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The Year of Magical Walking*

By Cam Mather I have written a few too many ranting blogs lately, ranting about the impending collapse of the dollar and my unexplained angst about being a solar early adopter (I haven’t posted that one yet), so figured it was time for something lighter. It’s not hard to write a positive blog when I …

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LED Lights Save Christmas! (Again)

We have acquired quite a few new readers since last year, and so I have decided to repost this from last December. Needless to say, our off-grid home is “lit up like a Christmas tree” again this year, thanks to LED lights! ~ Michelle ~ By Cam Mather I love Christmas. What a great time …

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Our Books and DVDs Make Great Gifts!

By Michelle Mather The readers of this blog have found us through many different ways; google searches, podcasts, news stories, etc. Many of our blog readers aren’t aware that we have published 7 books and produced 5 DVDs, so today I thought I’d describe our books and DVDs and suggest that if you are looking …

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