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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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Super Storm Sandy and the Dustbowl

By Cam Mather Two weekends ago I vegged out and watched a whack of TV on Sunday night. Sometimes Sunday night TV sucks. That night it was awesome. Well at least it was on PBS! It started out with Bill Moyers. He chatted with Naomi Klein about Hurricane Sandy and climate change. She has a …

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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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Our eBooks Have Finally Arrived!

By Cam Mather Well it’s only taken what – 2 years? Our books are finally available as e-books! “So what took you so long?” Don’t get me started. It’s been a long and winding road. We opted to keep the e-book conversion “in house” because  I wanted to be in control of our e-books so …

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Putting Down Roots With a Sign

By Cam Mather Michelle and I spent about five years looking for our place in the country. In our book, “Little House Off The Grid,” we share our experiences looking for our place and we also describe the many “coincidences” that seemed to confirm that we were meant to find this place and live here. …

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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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Professors, Performing Monkeys and the Off-Grid Green Myth – Part 1

By Cam Mather We recently had a professor come to visit us. Professor and Canada Research Chair Phillip Vannini is doing research on people who live off grid. He is an “ethnographer.” http://communication-culture.school.royalroads.ca/dr-phillip-vannini According to Wikipedia “Ethnography is a qualitative research method aimed to learn and understand cultural phenomena which reflect the knowledge and system …

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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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The Art of Coffee Mug Selection

By Cam Mather First off, let’s dispense with the mandatory admission of guilt. Yes, I shouldn’t be drinking coffee. It is very bad. It travels long distances and farmers who grow it are often exploited. This said, I love coffee and still drink it. Michelle and I have found a very nice Organic Mexican Shade …

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