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r ranson

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An insomniac misanthrope who enjoys cooking, textile arts, farming and eating delicious food.
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Very glad to hear it's not paid.

The next question:  Do people actually read that bit?  Does it add value to the book to have a forward by someone with clout in the subject matter? 
6 hours ago
Sometimes books have a bit at the start written by someone famous.  How do you go about getting that?  Do people usually pay for it or is it something done out the kindness or because the person loves the subject matter so much?
1 day ago
Life Without Plastic now has paper tape.

It's more affordable than the local packing shop which makes me think the local box and paper shop is giving me their retail price when I asked them for a wholesale account.  hmmm... I can either pay a high price for the materials and get them locally, or I can pay a low price for the materials and even more for shipping.  There must be a better way. 
1 day ago
Welcome Molly and Clare,

I've heard so many good things about your book from Nicole. 

Thanks for coming and chatting with us!
1 day ago
I do like the idea of giving back.

When I come to a forum and ask a question, I take the time to answer two questions back.  I figure that I'm expecting someone to give me their valuable time and knowledge to answer my question, I feel the responsibility to give back to that community.  So I take the time and look around to see what questions others have asked that I can answer. 

That's what I imagine a sustainable gift economy would look like.
I tend the land that is under my stewardship. 

I use my successes to teach others how they too can improve their land.  This helps improve the land outside my stewardship.

I find if I tell people how they should tend their soil, they turn away in scorn.  But if instead, I show them a concrete example of a functioning system, they listen and learn. 


Teach by doing, not by teaching - that's my motto. 

On permies, I learn the most by those who share what they are doing.  Theory is pretty, but I would rather see the result. 

1 day ago
A peek into this year's experiments with flax growing. 

Soil, light, timing, and water conditions identical (or as much as they can be two feet apart).  On the left the flax is inconsistent, some tall some short, some thick, others thin.  Very unsatisfying. 

On the right, the flax is about a foot taller and very consistent. 

Between the two, the one on the right is the result of my breeding project and the one on the left is a popular cultivar of fibre flax - the best out there at the moment. 

I have learned so much from growing my own flax.  Small patches beside each other like these, where one variable is changed have been the biggest source of knowledge.  But also patches scattered throughout the farm.  Different microclimates do better with different techniques.  There's no one right way to grow flax.
1 day ago
Another delicious chickpea miso recipe.

2 days ago

James Landreth wrote:Also, if you take a large cutting and bury several of the nodes it'll start out with a more extensive root system.


This sounds like a good idea.  Stronger roots, better growth.

Looking in the local nursery today it seems that all the grapes they sell are grafted.  I didn't know that.  I wonder if that's normal.
2 days ago