Permaculture and Pumpkins

For a System to be sustainable, energy must be exchanged.  We traded knowledge for pumpkins!

And of course, the concepts of permaculture are applicable, not only to land-use, but to all sorts of systems. What is the natural flow in your community? In your family? Your body? Where is the power stored and how does it move? What are the nutrients and are there enough? Is the system sustainable at this level of output? [Read more...]

Let’s Make Soda ~ Fermented Blackberry!


Are you ready for a new taste sensation? Put this up with Ginger Beer for sheer awesomeness~ [Read more...]

The Homestead in Transition

horse in aromas

Big changes at the Homestead ~ Jenya writes on a new adventure! [Read more...]

The Magickal Healing Power of Making Chicken Stock


@patheospagan @dirtheartwitch The Urban Pagan Homestead, Jenya writes on getting back from the Bad World to the Good. Also chicken stock. [Read more...]

Illness in the Flock

Lost 3 chickens in the past 4 days.  All seem to have similar symptoms to the chick that died a few weeks ago. It is very time-consuming to deal with animal illnesses.  I spent yesterday cleaning out the old coop and putting down fresh straw.  Cleaned all the feed dishes and disinfected. Moved half the [Read More...]

13 Thoughts to Ponder ~ on Samhain


“All is connected. Things die that other things may live. What in you is dying today? What is living?”
@patheospagan, Jenya offers 13 Thoughts to Ponder on Samhain [Read more...]

A Piece of the Sun from God ~ A Poem


Luckily, I got a piece of the Sun from God ~ @jenyatbeachy @dirtheartwitch on @patheospagan shares a poem on the changing seasons [Read more...]

Abject Terror and Perfect Peace


My body hurt like hell. Back pain, neck pain, joints creaking (and that is LOUD in a silent room!) I felt waves of anger pouring out of me during the Metta practice, which is supposed to be all about Lovingkindness. I felt like punching someone in the face. ~ @jenyatbeachy @dirtheartwitch @patheospagan Jenya writes on the Silent Retreat [Read more...]

Do Soap Berries Really Work?


Recently, I was at Costco and I found a monstrous size bottle of Greenshield Organic Soap Berries. I’d heard of these little nuggets before, but never tried them, so I picked up a barrel (or so) … Jenya’s laundry day experiments [Read more...]

Magickally Delicious Chicken Foot Soup


At the Urban Pagan Homestead at Patheos Pagan, Jenya writes on Chicken Foot Soup: …”really good for this time of year for a few reasons: it’s crazy delicious, super good for you, and chicken feet look very zombie-like when they’re cooked. Happy Samhain!” [Read more...]