LOW-CARBON LIFE

Moving toward resilience and a lower carbon footprint through appropriate technology

 

WHAT IS LOW-CARBON LIVING?

It's re-imagining our lives to be more resilient, more abundant and more luxurious, while also being gentler on the Earth. Sound impossible? It's not! My little family of four utilizes appropriate technology to lower our homestead's carbon footprint, and it makes us happier, healthier and better connected to our community. Check out what we're doing to learn how.

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Ode to My Broadfork

Just look at it. Isn’t it glorious? This baby will lift the impossible concretions of Carolina red clay, even if it’s pretty dry. It’ll...

A Dozen Ways to Eat a Dozen Eggs

And just like that, spring is here. It’s still cold and rainy, but the daffodils and forsythia have bloomed. Also, I can tell it’s spring...

A Midwinter Day in a Low Power House

When I wake up around 7:30 on a winter morning, sunlight is filtering in through the glass bottles set high in the east wall of my...

What It's Like to be Hungry

Humans are such mammals, with our voracious internal furnaces. We’re so tropical, moving around even when there’s ten feet of snow. We...

Homemade Wine

On one of my first dates with my soulmate the Data Fiend, he suggested we get some wine. When I replied, “Can it be beer instead?” we...

Baling Hay by Hand

Mornings are frosted. Nights are frigid. Snow has not yet flown here in our corner of the Southeast, but even the hardiest cool-season...

How to Ditch Disposable Paper

Shortages are back. In some places, toilet paper and paper towels are again on the list of the disappeared. Using less is good even if...

Cinder Block Rocket Stove

Hello readers. That was quite the little blogging break I took there. Like, about four months. Partly the reason has been health issues...

This is the Year to Save Seed! Here's How

If ever there was a year to learn to save seed, I think this is it. So many people planted coronavirus gardens this spring that many seed...

Ten Ways I Use My Solar Oven

Several years ago when I moved into my little house heated only by a wood stove, I knew I needed a summer baking option, pronto. Enter...

Eating Seasonally in Early Summer

I used to get excited to look at my dinner or breakfast plate and realize it held more than one ingredient that I had grown. Eggs from my...

Resilience is Connected to Justice

How are resilience and justice connected? In my humble and not-particularly-well-educated opinion, lots of ways. All the ways. A short...

An Eco-Friendly Dish Washing Routine

Is it just me, or are there a whole bunch of extra dishes lately? They’re rising out of the sink and colonizing my tiny counter in every...

Four Ways to Protect Plants from Frost

It’s May! The weather is beautiful! Much better than last year, when May tried to pretend it was June. Except it’s going to get down to...

 
 

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