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Patio Trophies: Saunas and Stoves

Backyard masonry ovens have caught on! In an article in last Thursday’s New York Times Home section, Deborah Baldwin asked Bread Builders author Daniel Wing about a growing trend in building patio ovens. “People carry with them a memory of great meals and of great bread they’ve had in their life,” Dr. Wing said, “and they aren’t happy until they can buy it or bake it.” Dr. Wing, whom the New York Times calls “an evangelist for sourdough and blue smoke,” keeps his own masonry oven on wheels in Corinth, VT. Not into baking? That’s no reason to have a bland backyard! Build yourself a sauna this winter and stay warm with Rob Roy’s new, full color guide to do-it-yourself sauna building. You can download Rob’s thoughts on saunas for free here. His new, updated and expanded edition of The Sauna outlines exactly how you can build a cordwood masonry or traditional timber sauna in your own yard. Read the New York Times article on Bread Builders


The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future.Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More
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