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Archive for January 21st, 2011

The book of the farm

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With Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm showing up recently at Cold Antler Farm and at Small Measures, I started rewatching the shows, which I’d seen bits and pieces of already.  It’s an interesting look at how life used to be, and one that I imagine that I’ll write about later.

What really struck me about Victorian Farm, though, was the use of their “bible,” the text “The Book of the Farm”, which appears to be a very comprehensive guide to farming.  While old, it looks to have a lot of useful information in it, and I was delighted to find a PDF copy (only 737 pages) from the Open Library.  So, if anyone’s interested, it’s readily available.

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January 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Good luck at Goodwill

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After being without a computer for a bit (three fun issues, just to add a little spice to life), I stopped by the goodwill bookstore on my way home from the repair shop where it was undergoing diagnostics.  I sometimes lament how tempting its proximity to home is, since this poor little apartment has a rather large number of books in it already, but I really, honestly love it – great selection, great people, and supporting a charity at the same time – definitely right up my alley, so to speak.

Given that the weather has suddenly become incredibly cold, and that I was already somewhat chilled from waiting for two different buses, I seriously debating stopping.  I’m pleased that I did, though.

First, I stumbled across two young adult (I think) books that I’ve been wanting to read – “I Captured the Castle” and “The Yearling“.  Next, I found a copy of “Four Season Harvest“, which deals with ways to extend the life of a garden and keep production up through the whole year.  Finally, I stumbled across “Locavore” and “The 100 Mile Diet,” both of which I’d been considering from amazon relatively recently, but had decided to hold off on.  I’m now glad that I did.

The grand total for 5 books?  $16, or quite affordable.  I’m still trying to reduce my shopping as much as possible, and get stuff out of the apartment, but I’m pleased with these books, which are either classics, or good information and inspiration for my own efforts in living and eating more sustainably.  And now, I’m going to curl up on the couch with a book, a blanket, and some tea, and have a quiet afternoon.

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January 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm