Erin Dee

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Saybian Morgan wrote:But that's really the issue, are you self honest enough to know your threshold when the juice of doing it yourself wear's off and you realize this is just hard bloody work and I your either still into it or you start to find loopholes to retire things to the backshelf and eventually to the dark alley's of craigslist. There's so much work involved that has nothing to do with your willingness to crank a handle, by the time you actualy have to crank the handle your at an 8 hour day. I've worked 16 hour days most of my life, and I can tell you i'm threw by the time the sausage is stuffed that I can't bother to twist it till the next morning.



I'm working on a blog post about exactly this - trying to come to grips with modern appliances while moving along the path to a more sustainable life. A friend of mine grilled me the other day about using a food processor and dishwasher at times: "I thought you were supposed to be so homesteady and sustainable?"

Where I am right now, and this may change, is we have to do the best we can manage. For me, if using the food processor means more veggies find their way into our meals because I don't have to spend a half hour chopping and prepping, then I'm on board! The same holds true for a grain mill. If having to hand-crank it will keep you from using it, be realistic and get a powered version.

I love the idea of having a mill be able to be hand-cranked, but also to have a motor hooked up to it. That way, we don't have a useless hunk of plastic if the power ever goes out, but still have the convenience of using power when we want to.
8 years ago
How great to see Chaya & Wilson appear here - hi guys!

As I'm just getting started with permaculture, what would you say the most important part of this book is? I'm sure it's chock-full-o' great information,but is there a subject you think might be most helpful for someone on 2 acres?
8 years ago
Wow, I'm so impressed with everyone's dedication to making homemade dog food! You are truly inspirations.

In addition to the other Not Good for Dogs items, add garlic and cooked bones (most folks know about the bones, of course,) macadamia nuts, avocado, and excessively salty items. Whole stone fruits are a danger due to the pits, so remove those first.
8 years ago
One of the common blind spots for sustainability comes in the form of pet foods. I recently found a new company, and it looks to me like they do a great job: Earthborn (http://www.earthbornholisticpetfood.com/us/)

This post talks about some of their benefits, along with other information about healthy pet foods in general: http://homesteadhost.com/sustainable-pet-food/

What foods have you guys run across that are sustainable? Do you make your own homemade dog/cat/pet foods?
8 years ago
It sounds very much like your dog has a combination of food and contact allergies. One of my girls has both, as well, and she's so miserable in the fall - my heart goes out to your dog and to you for having to watch the suffering. It sounds like you've done so much already.

Things we have to do in allergy season:

* Put boots on her when she goes outside to keep as much off her feet as possible
* Wash her face gentle with warm water and a washcloth after meals (we're feeding a hypo-allergenic diet, but her face gets irritated by contact allergens when she's outside and sniffs around in the grass)
* Topically apply Preparation-H to hot spots; it reduces inflammation and she hates the taste of it, so doesn't lick it off

Best of luck!
8 years ago