gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

I sometimes hear homesteading being described as a “new trend” — whether enthusiastically or dismissively. I’ve certainly encountered some who talk about canning and beer-making, for example, as something they want to learn because it is simply de rigueur here in Portland. And I have entered stores and received catalogs that make me feel like …

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And now, my big news: We are moving from Portland — to Columbia, South Carolina!! Hubs and I both got new jobs there, and we’ll be making the move from the Northwest to the Southeast this summer. This means a few things. First of all, between now and the end of May, we’ll have to …

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Remember the salad greens I planted from seeds back in January? They now grace my plate every day as lovely, fresh-as-can-be salads. I’ll tell you exactly why I feel celebratory about such a simple thing. April is known as “the month of the slug” here in the Pacific Northwest. Our rainy springs combined with all …

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Recently I read an article that solidified my resolve to take a look at my habits around electronic media, and work on establishing some healthy boundaries. The mixed blessings of the latest technologies have been a common topic of conversation lately: how exactly is the experience of constantly receiving and reacting to stimuli, constantly having …

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