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“The Dirty Life” – review

Having a week off I finally managed to read one of the books I got for Christmas — “The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love” by Kristin Kimball.

It is a pleasand to read book written by 30-something-yo woman from New York, who met Mark — an interesting man running a farm, and moved with him. They both started a large and modern farm, having several acres of land. (more…)

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  • Garbage warrior

    This week I watched the “Garbage warrior”, a film about american architect, Mike Reynolds. This documentary shows several buildings and subdivisions built by Reynolds, starting with the Thumb House, and the Earthship, of course.

    This film was highly motivating and inspiring for me. I am wondering if I could add some tires with rammed earth to my off-grid ideas (this could be a good idea for my greenhouse). I was a bit dissapointed that there was not much technical details, but it is still worth viewing. (more…)

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  • I just finished reading a great book “The Self-Sufficient Life and How To Live It” by John Seymour. And I must say that if I was to choose one book about self-sufficiency it would be this one. It’s a great source of information for all people who, like me, want to live off the land.

    The book was written by John Seymour, “known and respected as the >Father of Self-Sufficiency<“, who spent most of his life in Great Britain. This is what makes the book most useful for me – the british point of view. Most books written in United States are focused on american climate that differs a lot from what I have in Poland. Large part of the plants that are described in such books won’t grow in my part of Europe, because I have shorter and colder summers than Americans do.

    The edition I own is said to be expanded with over 100 pages from “The New Self-Sufficient Gardener” and covers many interesting topics on the over 400 pages. As the first edition was published in 1976, I guess it was over the 35 years updated with all the relevant information. (more…)

    I just finished watching the first season of TV show “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, hosted by Dick Strawbridge. A great source of inspiration, and a great way to spend seven afternoons, watching seven episodes.

    If you’re not familiar with european satellite TV channels, you probably don’t know Dick Strawbridge, lieutentant-colonel, and engineer. But if you live in Europe and watched TV shows (more…)

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