Erik

Symptoms

It’s not often that I write about specific events in the news. Most stories get pushed through the news cycle like meat through a grinder. There’s often little left to say that hasn’t already been said and I rarely feel …

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Of sausage making and celebration

River helps me with the sausage stuffer.

A couple weeks ago, my family, my dad, and my brother gathered together to make sausage. I’ve made sausage ever since I was a little boy. I remember sitting on the kitchen counter …

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A hunt to remember

This past weekend my brother Mark and I traveled 250 miles north to hunt caribou. We haven’t been hunting on a multi-day trip since high school, so it was fortunate  that we were able to hunt together after many years. …

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Thoughts from the garden

Alaskan harvest

Actually a pic from 2011…Too busy to take pictures…

The growing season is over now that there’s snow on the ground. The garlic has been planted and I harvested the last of my broccoli, cabbage, and carrots a few weeks …

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This year’s honey harvest and notes on the beekeeping season.

This year’s harvest. It came out to over 1.5 gallons or about 15 lbs.

This was my second year keeping bees, and with another year came a lot of new lessons. Below is a summary of my beekeeping season, my …

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The yard…

We just harvested many pounds of cabbage, broccoli, squash, and lettuce today, and it made me reflect on how far our little mini-homestead has come in the past year. Below are pictures from last summer and this summer:

May 2011

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The economics of meat chickens

A couple of weeks ago, we butchered our meat chickens for the year. We lost 2 over the course of the 8 weeks we had them, and had to butcher one early because it had a bad foot. All in …

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The Bookshelf

I recently made a bookshelf for our living room. I used 3/4″ maple plywood and some fancy trim from Lowes. All in all, it wasn’t a super cheap way to go, but it looks good and is exactly what we …

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River’s very fine fish

We took the kids out to our favorite local lake to fish for trout. River pulled in this beauty:

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Raised garden beds

I just finished putting in my raised garden beds, and wrote up a quick explanation of my process. You can find it here!

Finished raised bed ready for planting

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