Jocelyn Campbell

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Jocelyn's life is all about balance. Maybe that's why she's an accountant and is such an advocate for keeping our natural systems healthy.
As a child, she perched on branches, collected moss and fungus, caught frogs and snakes, and climbed up into swaying tree forts in her beloved Pacific Northwest woods. Then, as a teenager, she learned that reining in sugar kept her more alert and energetic. These youthful observations grew into passions for walks in the woods, gardening, herbal remedies, and natural parenting with whole and traditional foods. More recently, Jocelyn's interest in the natural and healthy led to all things permaculture and she completed her first permaculture design course in 2010.
Jocelyn enjoys helping 1- and 2- person micro-businesses spend less time on their bookkeeping, growing and wildcrafting herbs and greens, plus cooking and fermenting veggie filled, health-promoting goodness.
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Recent posts by Jocelyn Campbell

I just found another super creative wall hanging idea for cast iron pans and I thought of this thread.

Again, I do not have a kitchen with wall space to do this (I'm no longer in Montana as I was in earlier posts in this thread), but a cast iron storage "pantree" just looks so fun!!
1 month ago
Despite my diatribe above, I don't think guerrilla composting is a terrible idea.

I just think a little thought (or design, if you will) helps to make it truly a benefit and not a nuisance.

Not everyone has room, or bandwidth for vermicompost or even bokashi systems. (Speaking of those without outdoor compost pile availability and without municipal compost services, etc.)

Guerrilla composting might truly be the easiest, best option. I'd recommend just trying to be respectful about it. Think about animal patterns (especially rats or pests). Think about keeping out of waterways, and where there could be runoff. Think about whether your food scraps might be "too hot" (too much green waste type nitrogen) for tender plants. Rotting food scraps touching, or on top of plants, can induce rotting of the plant they touch.

For example, tucking out of sight under a hardy bush in poor soil is likely a huge benefit--when it's away from buildings. But maybe you're in a city where there isn't much that is away from buildings. Then I'd want to not only tuck it under the bush, but also bury it or mulch it heavily to reduce it being a pest attractant.

1 month ago
I love the idea of guerilla composting! I have some additional thoughts and experience that might give you more ideas.

Tl;dr:  the burying or mulching helps kitchen scraps be slightly less of a critter attractant, and definitely less of a litter appearance to humans. Please be mindful of what effect the scraps might be having on wildlife patterns.

I've done a lot of Ruth Stout composting - which is burying your scraps under a deep mulch right in the garden. In Montana, we had copious straw, hay, or sawdust to put over the top of our scraps in the garden. These mulched piles were sometimes dug into by the wild turkeys or other critters, but mostly did an amazing job of improving that sand and rock soil we had there.

When I lived in downtown Missoula, I was in an old house converted to apartments and had small garden beds in front of my porch. I didn't have hay or sawdust, plus that might offend the landlord and neighbors. So I specifically bought a bag of bark mulch for the garden beds, just so I could put my kitchen scraps underneath it and no one would be the wiser!

Now I'm on a property where my "yard" (as Americans call it) is the former goat pasture. Here, hay or leaves break down quite quickly with all the rain, and there is a lot of wildlife. So I do what is often called trench composting - I dig a shallow hole and bury my scraps. The wildlife critters (coyotes, rats, mice, racoons, opossums) frequently, but not always, dig it up.

My landlady here is fine with my compost burying, she just doesn't want raw meat scraps in the pasture. She's concerned raw meat could encourage or introduce parasites which would not be healthy for future pasture livestock.

I'm trying to improve the soil around the dripline of a neglected mulberry tree. If it weren't for that, due to the scraps attracting critters, I'd probably bury my scraps at the far corner, farther away from the buildings.

That's the thing with putting food scraps out - they could change wildlife movement patterns and/or encourage wildlife where you don't want them.

There's this story Toby Hemenway writes about in Gaia's Garden, where he had carefully planned a hedgerow with native forage on the outside for where the deer passed by, and grafted-on fruits on the inside side, for human consumption. But then his neighbor started putting apples out for the deer. So the deer changed their feeding pattern and now started grazing the INSIDE of his carefully thought out, carefully grafted hedgerow.
1 month ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:
Ooooh, that looks so much easier than trying to wrap each in cheesecloth! But, would you be able to remove the feathers/flowers afterward?

Well, I think if you're peeling the egg, it might not matter as much.
To be honest, I don't know if dried egg white would soften up from getting wet or being washed off with soap. Does anyone else know?

All of which makes me think that if you are wanting to eat the hardboiled eggs underneath, you might wish to sterilize the feathers by a dunk in boiling hot water, and/or only use edible flowers, just to be safe.

For me, I would not worry about the dried egg white on the egg, but others might be concerned about a salmonella risk, and might wish to wash the egg thoroughly before peeling.
1 month ago
Oh my goodness.

She used egg white to attach the feathers and flowers. Love this!

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1 month ago
Welcome to the forums, Faye! Land shares was the perfect forum to put this in.

I added your post to the SW USA regional forum as well.

I hope you make some lovely connections!
2 months ago
No life outside unless...

(Edited to add that commenters said this is a sign in a parking garage in Santa Monica California near 4th and Colorado. Sometimes I wonder which of these kinds of things are photoshopped, and which are real. This one truly exists! Ha!)
3 months ago
I'd missed the Ane Brun recommendations - thank you! I wanted some new tunes in my playlists.

But here is the real reason I looked up this thread.

Whoa about this line: "It takes up to 23 minutes for a person to regain focus after they've been interrupted."

The author of the linked CNBC article helps BIG companies retain top introverts. I love how she calls out introverts' strengths and best accommodations in the article.
3 months ago
This is no joke! ;-)  But sooo good!!
4 months ago
I posted about this in another group and someone commented there that alcohol sprays like this have been used a lot for ballet costumes to freshen and deodorize between performances without a full cleaning.
4 months ago