Stink mouthed Dragon no more

The previous story was just sitting here waiting for me to publish and the world had already moved on. Yesterday afforded me time to sit with the stove and see what I could make happen. It had been suggested to point a small fan into the feed box in order to increase the draft. If […]

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Lake Effected

Well dang if that didn’t just take an extra long while for me to actually write again. It’s not that I’ve been just sitting around, watching the leaves turn pretty colors and fall to the ground, because I have been doing a bit of that. No, it is said that a rolling stone grows no […]

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Farm Tour 8/27 (tomorrow!)

Tomorrow (8/27) we are hosting a Farm Tour sponsored by the Ashtabula Local Food Council  here at the farm. Come by and check out just exactly what this place looks like.  It looks very different than it has for a while (if ever). The chickens sure love it. At the base of the big Red Oaks […]

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Everything is fine?

fine1 fīn/ adjective  of high quality. “this was a fine piece of filmmaking” synonyms: excellent, first-class, first-rate, great, exceptional, outstanding, quality, superior, splendid, magnificent, exquisite, choice, select, prime, supreme, superb, wonderful, superlative, of high quality, second to none; More  (of a thread, filament, or person’s hair) thin. “I have always had fine and dry hair” synonyms: thin, light, delicate, wispy, flyaway More  noun  very small particles found in mining, milling, etc. adverb informal  in a satisfactory or pleasing manner; very […]

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“She thinks I’m rash”

This afternoon I went out back and cleaned up some fire wood we didn’t burn making syrup this year and ended up putting a scratch coat of cob on the cooker. Leah noted this evening that it’s almost impossible to get anyone to help with things around here if I don’t let anyone else know […]

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Syrupocalypse

Just throwing this one out there really quick. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE ,TURN YOUR BACK ON BOILING SYRUP. especially at night, cooking with small sticks and a friend in from out of town. I lost a lot of syrup last night when this happened. Not all of it. The pot contained everything I’ve cooked […]

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Oh, What have I done?

Got a little set back on my heels last night on Permies.com’s rocket stove forum. It wasn’t a case of trolling or keyboard rage or anything like that. Simply my realizing that the words I was reading were in fact true and in fact, truer than my own thoughts to that point. I designed this […]

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the bench is born

still grinding away at things here. this week we have a house guest who is more than a little willing to get his hands (and feet) dirty for the cause. with his help, we have gotten the base layer of the Rocket Stove with Thermal Mass Bench started. it’s coming along well we’ve mixed up […]

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Chicken watchers

By now it’s pretty obvious that I feel about my chickens the way many people do about their children. They inspire me. They intrigue me. They fascinate me (and everyone else who comes by the place) Sometimes a little too much. Can you say CAUGHT YOU?  

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