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WATER WISE WAYS(2)

January 11, 2007

O Water Where Art Thou? Over the last 15 years on the urban homestead we implemented a few water saving conservation practices (and we still have a ways to go) around the house • bucket drain (bathroom and produce packing area sink in the garden) – this water can be used to flush the toilet [...]

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HAPPY SEVEN YEARS


Posted by Anais Dervaes | December 14, 2006

In Gratitude.. Thank you to SS, a loyal PTF reader for the most generous donation and lovely card which said: I have been following your site for over a year now and you guy’s feel like “family.” Your are such an inspiration.  Keep up the good work! Use this money to continue your outreach. Blessings, [...]

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RAIN!


Posted by Anais Dervaes | February 27, 2006

Carpet of miner’s lettuce This morning, there was a flurry of planting activity as we prepared the garden for the approaching storm.    Obviously, transplanting is best right before a rain because it helps save water and reduces transplant shock.   Flats of tiny seed starts need to be planted in the raised beds and [...]

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THIS & THAT


Posted by Anais Dervaes | February 9, 2006

2 FEET AND 2 WHEELS Today was the first time we used our car in two weeks! Instead, we have either walked or used bicycles to make deliveries, run errands around town.   Even with our limited use of the car, it was time once again to brew some biodiesel to have some on hand. [...]

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BATTLE OF THE BOWL


Posted by Anais Dervaes | January 6, 2006

The Best Laid Plans… The mood, I imagine, around the PTF homestead mimics that of the recently defeated USC football team at the Rose Bowl…. Over the past few days we been on a roller coaster of emotions. On Wednesday (and game day for USC and Texas at the Rose Bowl) we had our own [...]

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“ACT OUTSIDE THE BOX”


Posted by Anais Dervaes | January 4, 2006

We hear so much these days for us to “think outside the box.” But then what? Jules has for years come to a conclusion that it’s time for us to “act outside the box.” Thinking outside the box is one step, but now it’s time for our to put our thoughts into action.   It’s [...]

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ANOTHER STEP FORWARD


Posted by Anais Dervaes | December 20, 2005

WATER-LESS LOO “The typical American uses 13,000 gallons of water each year to remove a mere 165 gallons of body ‘waste.’” “There are two kinds of people in the world, people who sh– in drinking water, and people who don’t.” Today we are somewhat thrilled to finally order a composting toilet (saved $500 too!!!).   [...]

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