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About thinkofitasanadventure

We are a 50-something couple living in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. We attended a sustainability conference at our local high school in November 2010, with keynote speaker Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute. What we heard shocked us deeply. We finally understood the need to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. We immediately began to change the way we live. We joined together with other folks in our neighborhood to learn more, to do more and to have fun doing it! We're part of Transition Longfellow. We're choosing to change now and to "think of it as an adventure." If you are on this journey too, we'd love to hear from you.

Energy Workshop is a Call to Action

I attended a day-long seminar at the engineering school at the U of M back in October: “Energy from Renewables: Confronting Global Collapse.” It was a mix of hope and despair. Lots of good information, much of it new to … Continue reading

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Apiaceae Family – Fennel and Parsnip

This time we’ll look at two less frequently grown plants in the Apiaceae family of vegetables – parsnip and bulb fennel. I’ve grown parsnips and I’ve tried to grow bulb fennel, with no success. Fennel I’ve planted what was identified … Continue reading

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Apiaceae Family: The Carrots or Parsley Family

The Apiaceae family of plants and herbs is also called the Parsley or Carrot family. It contains some of the most commonly used vegetables – carrots, celery, celeriac, fennel and parsnip – and many of our favorite aromatic herbs – … Continue reading

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Plant Families: Fabaceae (part 2)

Another post about those marvelous nitrogen-fixing legumes found in the Fabaceae family. This month we’ll look at peas, lentils and peanuts! Peas Peas are one of my absolute favorite vegetables for so many reasons: They are a cool weather crop … Continue reading

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Plant Families: Fabaceae (part 1)

I’m going to start the plant family discussion with the most marvelous of all families – Fabaceae (legumes). Not only are beans a very healthy food choice for us, they’re a healthy choice for your soil. Legumes can, in a … Continue reading

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A Year of Studying Plant Families

The goal of the plant families discussion was to help people learn about planting, growing, harvesting, cooking and storing different kinds of foods. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 12: Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Where is change happening in your yard – and in your life? The sun has been a primary change agent. When an old apple tree was struck by lightening and came down, we gained a sunny back yard and a … Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 11: Use Edges and Value the Marginal

Edges can be hard places to work with, but they present a lot of interesting opportunity and natural diversity. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 10: Use and Value Diversity

Diversity is an insurance policy buffering us against disaster, disease and failure. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 9: Use Small and Slow Solutions

Small and slow solutions will be increasingly important in an energy-constrained future. Continue reading

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