A pilgrimage to resource efficiency 

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The Blogging Pilgrim

    Old world self-sufficiency in a new world … 

So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day’s challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.

Good things came from 2020, too.

The year 2020 has a certain negative conation to it. Pandemic, school shut downs, misinformation, social media control, grocery supplies dropped, business closers. Even with these many negative aspects something great has grown from these events of 2020, gardening.

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Inactivity Causes Fatigue

Fatigue is that overwhelming feeling of tiredness that warns us to rest and conserve our strength. Simple fatigue that follows continued activity can be relieved by lying down or taking a hot bath. Sometimes, however fatigue may plague a person who has done nothing to justify it.

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4-H for Adults?

I can’t say enough about the 4-H program. With the demise of home-economics and agriculture programs in our public schools, the 4-H program picks up the slack and offers youth ‘hands on learning’ in arts of back to basic living. But what about all the adults who would benefit from such a program?

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Tweezer Weeding – Part 5

It might look like a giant weed but it’s the future. Part five in a short series of experiences and deeper contemplations on the trials of ‘tares’ in the field.

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Tweezer Weeding – Part 4

Now this should make Troybilt proud! Part four in a short series of experiences and deeper contemplations on the trials of ‘tares’ in the field.

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Tweezer Weeding – Part 2

No weeds, Ever, is not practical and at times even detrimental to the crop. Part two in a short series of experiences and deeper contemplations on the trials of ‘tares’ in the field.

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Sprouting

Sprouting seeds at home is the cheapest and most convenient way to have fresh greens with all the healthful benefits in any season. Sprouts are nutrient-dense, and an incredibly simple way to enhance everyday meals. Sprouts are full of antioxidants, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Broccoli sprouts have been found to contain 50 times as much of the antioxidant sulfurophane as mature broccoli. Wheat Grass juice is the closest substance to hemoglobin known and is therefore a phenomenal blood purifier and liver de-toxifier. Sprouts contain enzymes, giving your

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Homestead ‘Self Reliant Living’

Homesteading is a term used for the ‘back to the land movement’, ‘self reliant living’, ‘self-sufficiency’, ‘back to basics’, or the ‘simple life’.This type of ‘Country Living’ includes rural residents, hobby farmers, suburban gardeners, as well as folks living in cities who are doing what they can to decrease their dependence on the system by gardening, home canning, using renewable energy or having long term food storage. Community gardens are growing in popularity in every major city in the U.S. More alternative energy systems are found in the suburbs than

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