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Farmin’

We have a consolation saying here: “That’s farmin’!”  Things aren’t always Disney music, sunny days, and smiles all around.  Yesterday was one such day for Mark. It started with a phone call that delayed his start on chores.  When he...
TLUD

TLUD

> While Peter Hirst was here, he showed the guys how to build a biochar burner called a TLUD, which stands for Top-Lit UpDraft pyrolysis. The basic components are a paint can (with lid and handle), a no.10 can, and two 28 oz. cans. It uses the principle of a top down...
Opportunity Taken

Opportunity Taken

Even though it was rainy and breezy, several brave and curious souls arrived at the Michigan Biochar sponsored biochar seminar last Saturday.  As mentioned before, Peter Hirst was the featured presenter.  Peter is one of the foremost proponents of biochar in the...

The rain is wonderful.  The sun is great.  We especially love it when it rains hard like it did yesterday and then is sunny and warm like today.  The grass seemed to grow two inches!  We spent the day outside as much as possible, with various degrees of sunburn to...

Natural food

At the recent Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference we attended Karen Lubbers’ keynote address.  Karen’s farm is Lubber’s Farm in Coopersville, MI.  One of the things she talked about is the value and integrity of “real” food.  A few...

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