Let the Sap Flow

The weather outside has certainly turned to the weird. My folks, who live in western Central Ohio, had a low of -2 F just a couple of nights ago. And though it didn’t get that cold here on the shores of Lake Erie, we are facing temps in the 50s tomorrow or the next day. […]

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Chasing off the Snow Giants

Tuesday night saw what I think of as the first day of a New Tradition. It’s really only new to me, not at all new to the history of humanity or to those currently living. 5 of us met out back to honor Mother’s Night and burn a Yule log in order to light the […]

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As winter blows in

Even though the temperatures are starting to slip down towards the freezing mark, I’ve kept at it out in the barn. Why not? I’ve got the rocket stove out there now. For now, there isn’t a lot of heat retention as the walls are basically just a bunch of reeds bound up together. Around the […]

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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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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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heat for the kids

it’s been a busy time for me here at the farm. it’s warm outside and the maple sap has been flowing since January. (Nearly 2 gallons of syrup from then)  it’s been rough a time or 2 but this winter has been softer than last to be sure. it was actually -6 F the other […]

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city’s old hand pumper

Now I know that this is totally off topic for the Trillium Center, BUT, as a bit of a Luddite I’m not exactly sure how else to do this. Recently I went to a Historical Society meeting here in town and volunteered to help sort thru some of the boxes of stuff sitting in back. […]

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The Art of Making Tinctures

Some of the frequent questions I hear from students and friends is “why doesn’t my tincture look/taste like yours?” I  have spent many years making wonderfully potent tinctures and making horribly disappointing mistakes. So here are my lessons learned. But first… A note on menstruum, marc, and other words used to describe tincture making. The […]

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