Supplies were delivered for the roof today and there’s a crew here to start work.   Like I said the roof is going be be finished sometime next week. It’ll be great to start the new year off with a new roof.  However, there is not much time to celebrate or for taking a break — more projects await! Besides the major clean up after all this construction there’s the compost toilet to install, grey water bed to finish, gutters put in to collect the rain and a cistern to store the rain water, permanently landscaping the driveway, partial permeable paving of the driveway, and more!   Cleanup and getting back to normal is going to take weeks. So many plants got displaced and went homeless during the roofing construction so we can’t wait to get all this disarray back into order and ready for Spring.


To all of you who supported PTF this holiday season by purchasing gifts and wares from the Peddler’s Wagon.    We are indeed very, very grateful to you. Our family wishes you and yours a most blessed holiday season and new year.

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  1. Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap says:

    Hi there, I’ve been lurking for months, checking your site every day. I love it! Thanks for doing what you do. I’m curious though, what is the zoning for your house? Do you have to have any special permits to do what you do? And the composting toilet…I didn’t think cities let you use them. Did you have to get a permit for it?

    I’d love to hear more about this. Thanks again for your postings and your work.

    Happy solstice!

  2. Jenifer says:

    I wanted to let you know that Oprah is looking for families who have “gone green.” i am so inspired by you all that i post your web site all over the internet and i strive to add a bit of your practices to my life each month (i’m not terribly successful, but things are moving along nicely!).

    anyway, i wanted to let you know of this opportunity: https://www.oprah.com/plugger/templates/BeOnTheShow.jhtml?action=respond&plugId=240000001

    perhaps you’ll find your way onto her show and reach a HUGE audience. 🙂

  3. Michael says:

    I’d like to hear more about your water catchment plans. Do you plan to use the water for all your household needs, or just gardening? What’s your catchment square footage? What’s your average annual rainfall? Do you know how much water you use currently?

  4. Claudia says:

    I would like to know about specific naturalpathic treatments you use for your animals illinesses and health.
    Also, specific times of year for fertilizer and amendments to the garden areas, do you make charts to keep up and organize?

  5. Anais says:

    Thanks for all your great comments.

    Look for answers to your questions coming soon.

    Jennifer, thanks spreading the word. We truly appreciate it and letting us know about the Oprah plug.

    Wishing you much succcess in your journey.

    Happy New Year everyone.