Visiting the Eco Stars of Swanton

This past Sunday we headed north to deliver rain barrels to Swanton Elementary School. Despite the rain on Sunday, it felt great to be on the road, even if for only a couple of days. We were also eager to test some of our new gear – our Hilleberg tent, Ortlieb panniers and bags, our Kleen Kanteen bottles, some new clothing for Kai and our MSR XGK-EX stove [Read More…]

Every Day = Earth Day

It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was yours. ~Greenpeace advertisement, New York Times, 25 February 1990

A few weeks ago Sheila and I were lucky enough to hear a lecture given by Derrick Jensen at the Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus. Mr. Jensen reputably places limits on his travel to speaking engagements, so [Read More…]

Love of Good Food

Healthy food plays a very important role in our lives. When shopping we subscribe to a local and organic diet, with conventional or global items filling in as needed (but in truth, we rarely need the latter).

Sometimes, not always, the organic costs more but we think the expense accurately reflects the real cost of food and is justified. Pesticide and chemical free, better for our health [Read More…]