Category Archives: Reskilling

The Garden Adventure Begins Again

Last year I “graduated” from the urban farming program at the Permaculture Research Institute for Cold Climate. I don’t believe I achieved “expertise,” but I did gain some useful knowledge, I devoted much more time to my garden, and I … Continue reading

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Acknowledging Trade Offs when it Comes to Saving Water

Oil and Gas versus Water The greater the distance your food travels to get to your table, the more oil-dependent your lifestyle. Saving energy is one reason why we’ve expanded our fruit and vegetable production. Freshness and knowing that it … Continue reading

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It’s harvest time! How far did your food travel?

Oh Bounteous Garden… August was supposed to be the month we looked at reducing our carbon footprint in the area of transportation. What was I thinking?! I’m spending any non-work hours trying to stay ahead of the garden. We have … Continue reading

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Experiments in Square-Foot Gardening

This month the mini-challenge is localizing our food.We’re paying attention to where our food comes from at the coop, choosing Minnesota or Wisconsin-grown, rather than California or Mexico. At our last trip, 24% of our purchase was local. The other … Continue reading

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Join the Local Food Conversation

Growing food as locally as possible is a key component of the sustainability movement and addresses a number of problems: Increasing cost of healthy food due to high cost of fuel to transport Lack of access for some people to … Continue reading

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Fighting Built-In Obsolescence

One of the foundations of the Transition Town movement is reskilling — learning how to do the things that people used to know how to do in order to live. Repairing broken items is one of those skills, but how … Continue reading

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