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Working Together and Learning Sustainable Living Skills

The Green Life Farm belongs to the wwoof network.  Wwoof is an acronym for “world wide opportunities on organic farms”.  It  is a worldwide network of volunteers and farm hosts in more than 30 countries.  The web site for the … Continue reading

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How to Identify Edible and Medicinal Plants

It is always a challenge to initially identify which plants can be eaten or used medicinally.  It is especially hard when they are seedlings and you are wondering whether you should pull or not pull from your seed bed.  I  … Continue reading

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Temporary Root Cellar Update

After a long, snowy, Canadian, winter it is early April and I have a report on how our temporary root cellar  worked out…. FANTASTIC!  We constructed our temporary root cellar in the drainage ditch of our unfinished, permanent, root cellar.  … Continue reading

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How To Make A Wattle Fence or Finally A Use For Those Alders

  I am rich in alders.  In my ignorance, I use to curse them but no more.  Not only are they a sustainable, quick growing, firewood but alders are strong and flexible enough to build a woven, wattle, fence.  I … Continue reading

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Alternative Wood Harvesting In Winter

Part of living off the land in Canada, involves finding ways to stay warm and gathering your own firewood.  We have worked with chainsaws before but found them too destructive and disruptive: the noise and the fumes they create prevent … Continue reading

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Valley Garlic Mushrooms and Vegetables Soup

½ litre (2 cups) sliced mushrooms ½ litre (2 cups) sliced cabbage 4 medium cloves garlic chopped ½ litre (2 cups) root vegetables Water 60 ml (4 Tbls) oil 5 ml (1 tsp) salt 5ml (1 tsp)Italian Spices or Herbes … Continue reading

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Temporary Root Cellar Update

I though I’d write a update report on our temporary root cellar.  It is working like a dream.  Now that the snow is so deep that it is too much work to harvest the hearty kale and cabbage out of … Continue reading

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