Week 1 On the Road :: Searching for our Natural Rhythm

“The physical lifestyle is rewarding. You feel like you’ve accomplished something at the end of the day.” ~Laura Burch, of Burch Family Farm & Restaurant in Fort Ann, NY

WOW. We’ve been on the road for over two weeks now and the time flies by! We’re staying with some friends in Chicago at the moment and finally found a moment to [Read More…]

Reflections in the Aftermath of Irene :: A Tribute to Our Farmers

Sunset over the Tiny House, the evening before Irene hit Vermont.

Today brings another day of rain. As I use the opportunity indoors to catch up on email and news, I find myself poring over the videos and photos documenting the damage that Hurricane Irene left in its wake.

The Sunday that Irene hit Vermont was a day similar to today, one in which I was enjoying a soothing, [Read More…]

Vandana Shiva: Planting Seeds of Hope

Millions Against Monsanto

On Monday night, Kai & I hopped on our bikes and rode to St. Michael’s College to hear Dr. Vandana Shiva give the inaugural address for the College’s new Environmental Studies major.

When I read that Vandana Shiva was going to be speaking in Vermont, I was thrilled. I [Read More…]

Diggers' Mirth : Vending Produce by Bicycle

Diggers' Mirth Vending Bicycle

“Blueeeeberries! Mescluuuun! Cilaaaaantro!” **chring*a*ring** “Caaaarrots! Cuuuuucumbers!” **chring*a*ring**

Much to our delight, Kai and I heard the yells of a food vendor and his bicycle bells riding down our street early on Friday evening. As we rushed to make sure we weren’t dreaming, we caught sight of Elango Dev riding down our street on a bicycle piled high with produce.

“Elango, Elango – Wait, please stop!!”, we yelled, so excited [Read More…]

Talking Trash Part 3 :: Our Daily Practices

Small Trash Bin

In February, Kai and I volunteered to participate in a study of local household waste. The study, prompted by a co-worker’s desire to learn more about the local waste cycle and composting, and sponsored by the Chittenden Solid Waste District, required us to take a hard look at our consumption and trash. Throughout the month, we measured what we threw into [Read More…]

Talking Trash Part 2 :: Minimizing Waste

Food Waste Recovery Hierarchy

Our everyday RRR (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) practices & how our consumption and waste compared to others in a local study. [Read More…]