Resources & Links


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 Please check back regularly for
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THE GREATEST RESOURCE OF ALL?
Your Local Library!

The Local Living Venture is grateful to all libraries for the many resources they offer.
 
We don't have a physical work space so we hold almost all of our meetings in libraries, use computers in libraries, make copies in libraries, and make priceless community connections in libraries.

In particular, we thank:


The Canton Free Library
8 Park St Canton NY 13617
(315) 386-3712
Like the Canton Free Library on Facebook!

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The Potsdam Public Library
2 Park St   Potsdam, NY 13676

(315) 265-7230
Like the Potsdam Library on Facebook!


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The Gouverneur Public Library
60 Church Street  Gouverneur, NY 13642
(315) 287-0191

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And the North Country Library System in general!
(there are 48 libraries over 4 counties in their system -- look for one near you!)



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     We are all linked!

 PAGES
OF INTEREST 

PEAK OIL and Beyond
Click this link for a descriptive listing of all 60 episodes of the
Peak Moment Videos
that are available through the North Country Library System.
In each episode, Janaia Donaldson hosts grass roots pioneers exploring locally-reliant lifestyles to meet these challenging times. Some topics include: local food production; renewable energy; transportation alternatives; sustainable building; preparedness; psychological, business, and governmental responses.

Click here to view this months schedule!   PEAK Moment TV is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson University and the Seymour Family of Potsdam.

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Our North Country Public Library Resources Page!
Please click on the title above to check out this project on our website. 
Here we list some selected materials -- by subject matter -- that are available through the North Country Library System.  We hope you will find it beneficial! 

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Report from the Mapping the Future of the Adirondacks retreat that the SLP participated in, in January 2011, as part of the Common Ground Alliance. This was a very interesting exercise where the group envisions the likely scenarios for the region in 25 years (2037) and then works backwards, in essence, setting up events that would help (or hinder) the scenario envisioned...not all of them positive, either!  This is the third in a series of workshops being done throughout the Adirondacks, and the State, to help develop a road map for how to get from here to there with a desired scenario -- or (more likely) a synthesis of scenarios.  Updates can be found at www.ADKfutures.org.  The direct link to the report is here:  http://www.adkfutures.org/Timeline-Status/ADK_workshop_3_reportout_Final.pdf

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The  St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters  has made available copies of the NY State League’s 2014 Legislative Agenda Brochures at all the local public libraries in St. Lawrence County or online at
http://www.lwvny.org/advocacy/2014/LegAgenda2014_NYState.pdf

The 2014 brochure lists League priorities for a new and better state government, highlighting Campaign Finance Reform, Election Reform, Natural Resources, and the passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda. Other League positions include Ethics, Transparency, Individual Liberties, Health Care, the Judiciary, State Finances, Social and Transportation Policy.

You can always learn more about the work of the St. Lawrence County League by visiting the website, http://slc-leaguewv.org/. Contact SLC League president Kathleen Stein at 386-3812 or by e-mail at kstein1@twcny.rr.com.

 


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  Nutritious Delicious! 
 "Low on the Food Chain"  Cooking Seminars  


For a complete seminar listing plus resource handouts
on all topics please CLICK HERE.

Cooking Seminar 2011


         ~ our original 2010 workshop ~
Grains & Beans -- Winter Cooking on the Cheap, and Delicious!
After attending this seminar, you will never look at the "lowly bean" in quite the same way again.  We will show you delightful ways to make it a treat for you and your whole family!

Grains & Beans Resource Sheet
    A twelve-page printable resource on how-to rinse, soak, cook, sprout, and store a large variety of grains and legumes. 
Go to our Workshops & Events Resource Page to view or download.
 
Check our Workshop Schedule as well to see if one of our seasonal series of Nutritious Delicious (& Cheap!) Cooking Classes is being offered soon. 
Or, if you want to help make one happen -- cooks are encouraged to participate -- please be in touch!  SustLivingProject@gmail.com


Co-presenter Chelle Lindahl was a call-in guest on the NPR program "On Point"  on February 16, 2012 - here's what the show's host said about our concept for  the  Nutritious DeliciousBeans & Grains Cooking Seminar:       
"...that sounds like a recipe for eternal happiness." 
-- Tom Ashbrook                                                                                             
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/02/16/beans    (starts at 14:30, ends at 16:10)      



 Six new seasonal workshops 

 including 
 How to Cook Pasture-Raised Meat & Wild Game 
 as well as 
 Cooking Vegetarian & Vegan the Healthy Way
 
and several others! 

For a complete seminar listing plus resource handouts
on all topics please CLICK HERE.


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MORE INFORMATION WHEN YOU CLICK THE "ENERGY" LINK ABOVE!

Please click on the  link in the title above  to view our growing collection of resources and information - including seasonal heating and cooling tips you want to know about!.


Your contributions are always welcome as well!  Please email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com with your suggestions and favorites.

      Super Simple Summer Season     
                            COOLING TIPS

can be found HERE, including swamp coolers, DIY air conditioning, reverse fans, using windows (gasp!) and even eating yummy food - so long as it's spicyyyy!



 I n n o v a t i o n s   i n 
Winter Heating 

 R O C K E T   S T O V E S ! 

 Local Living Venture's 
 Rocket  Stove Demonstration  Project

You can check out a video (7 minutes) of the our Rocket Stove demonstration project (at Local Living Venture home headquarters near Canton, NY) by clicking here as well!  Video made by Oliver Asselin; learn more about Oliver and his work at possible.org

This rocket mass heater (chaise lounge style) was built in a Local Living Venture workshop attended by 25 people, who came from as far as Toronto to Delaware, over three days in late September of 2012.  The workshop was led by nationally-recognized presenters Erica and Ernie Wisner


 Rocket Stove Mass Heater 
 TOURS! 



Our Demonstration Project (near Canton, NY) is toured regularly, often in conjunction with other area mass heaters, both with and without rocket-style combustion.  Check the Index near the top of the Workshops & Events page (and then scroll down to that date for details) to see if another tour is scheduled soon!  A private tour can sometimes be arranged as well.

If you are on our mailing list (approximately 2 notices per month are sent out) you will receive advance word of these events!  Write us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.





 Rocket Stove Mass Heater Instructional DVD 

You helped to "crowdsource" (many small contributions funding a worthy project) a new Rocket Stove Instructional DVD by Calen Kennett, with Erica and Ernie (workshop leaders for our rocket stove demonstration project!)   Now, you can sample this complete step-by-step instructional video on one of their most useful designs, and buy it if you're interested, at this site:  http://www.villagevideo.org


 Rocket Stove Mass Heater 
 RESOURCES! 
The  Local Living Venture  has a copy of the seminal book, Rocket Mass Heaters: Super Efficient Woodstoves You Can Build (and Snuggle Up To) and Erica and Ernie 's brand-new booklet on the Art of Fire - we bring them to most of our Outreach tabling events or can arrange to meet if you email us!  Write us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list as well.

You can also order these books for your own library at www.cobcottage.com - the links below will also take you there:
Rocket Mass Heaters : NEW Edition III $20.00
Rocket Mass Heaters: Super Efficient Woodstoves You Can Build (and Snuggle Up To) $15.00

Also, Check out  Erica and Ernie's friend Paul Wheaton's set of rocket mass heater videos. These are his usual amateur-but-informative technique (see the video itself for examples).
 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/wood-burning-stoves-20-the-dvds

A great article on Thermal Mass Rocket Stoves: http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp

A great forum on Thermal Mass Rocket Stoves where Ernie and Erica give advice and feedback: http://www.permies.com/forums/f-55/stoves

Erica and Ernie have lots of fun with fire (see Art of Fire book referenced above) - some of what they shared with us during our Mass Rocket Heater construction project:
  • fire burning sideways and upside down
  • bare hands bonfire tricks
  • rumford effect
  • fireplace designs
  • flammable chimney demonstrations
  • stump stove
  • diagrams and physics and math, oh my!
  • fire, flames, heat and overall rockety-ness
Gotta love that!!

PHOTO: Stump Stove demo, from Paul Wheaton's Kickstarter page with Erica and Ernie.



MASONRY STOVES!


www.radianthearth.com  Mark Seymour, Potsdam, NY
adirondackhearthandstove.com Dale Demary, Au Sable Forks, NY
www.heatkit.com/index.htm
MaineWoodHeat.com
www.mha-net.org

Books
   “The Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming” by David Lyle 1984, Chelsea Green Publishing
   “Masonry Heaters: Designing, Building, and Living with a Piece of the Sun” by Ken Matesz 2010, Chelsea Green Publishing


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 HydroFracking  --  "Shale Gas: Panacea or Shell Game?" 
See the YouTube video of the November 2011 speaking engagement at
Clarkson University by Deborah Rogers at this link: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYzU4bEfJ5U&feature=channel_video_title



 Thinking about switching to Solar? 
Check out this OPTIMAL SOLAR SITE FINDER to find the most suitable areas in Potsdam.
If you don't live in Potsdam maps of other towns in St. Lawrence County are in the works so check back to see if your town has been added.


 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(NYSERDA) Incentive Program
 

For Residential and Small Business/Non-profit Agency renewable energy use
General Information about NYSERDA is available Here


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Please click on the link in the title above 
to view our growing collection of resources and information.
Your contributions are always welcome as well!             
Please email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com with your suggestions and favorites.





      St. Lawrence County    *Local Food Guide*

GardenShare's 10th annual Local Food Guide has more than 50 local producers, processors and purveyors included with a handy product index to help you find who sells what you're looking for, and a locator map as well.  There is a handy online version, linked here.



Interested in joining a local CSA
(Community Supported Agriculture) Farm? 
GardenShare
has collected the best list we know of in the area - check it out by clicking on their name!

Check out the Martin's Farm Stand website, where you can order your fresh, local (near Parishville, NY), seasonal produce, on-line!  Cutting edge - local food access!
martinsfarmstand.locallygrown.net/welcome


Wholeshare Information
a program for food buying clubs to purchase organic
and sustainable foods online, easily!

"Bonus Bucks" Program 
Makes CSA Affordable for Residents of the North Country 
*   Once again this year, GardenShare is offering a program that helps make CSA affordable for more people. For eligible households, GardenShare’s “CSA Bonus Bucks” program provides a $150 discount off the cost of a membership at a participating CSA farm.
*   CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is way to buy local seasonal food directly from a farmer. At the beginning of the season, a consumer purchases a “share” of whatever the farm produces, and each week participants receive some of that week's harvest; typically it is vegetables, but it can also be fruit, meat, maple syrup, eggs, herbs, or anything grown on the farm.
 *  To be eligible for the CSA Bonus Bucks discount, the combined yearly pre-tax income of all household members must be at or below $30,000 for one person; $37,000 for two people; $44,000 for three people; $51,000 for four people; $58,000 for five or more people.
*   CSA Bonus Bucks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis only as long as funds last, so apply now. For an application form, a list of participating CSA farms, and more details about the program, visit GardenShare's website at www.GardenShare.org, or call (315) 261-8054.


 North Country Jr. Iron Chef 
Check out these healthy, tasty recipes developed by regional middle and high school student teams that use a combination of Local and USDA (commodity) foods that could be realistically prepared in a school cafeteria:  http://ncjrironchef.org/
Recipes are available on the event website!


   * * * SPECIAL PAGE ADDED JUNE 5, 2012 - Click this link for * * *
The Farm Bill Props Up The Wrong People

Much more information also available here:
      www.sustainablelivingproject.net/workshop-event-resources
Scroll down to the "Gardening & Food Preservation" area for many resources!

Be sure to also click on the title FOOD & AGRICULTURE, above,
for the full page of Food & Agriculture resources!



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  ALL  ABOUT  RECYCLING  
.
Click the title above to see the resources we've amassed on
what items, how to, and where to recycle.

For information on Zero Waste principles, see the next category, below.



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  GENERAL  INTEREST  



Twenty Tools for the Homestead
If you're new to rural life, this is some useful information. 


Ecological Footprint Calculators Galore!
www.ecobusinesslinks.com/ecological_footprint_calculator.htm


www.ZeroWasteInstitute.org

A snippet:     If you ask the wrong question you will get the wrong answer!

Consider this: most people facing the generation of waste ask precisely the wrong question. The question they ask is this – how can I make use of this waste product so that it will be used, not wasted? Generations of people have wasted their time and their society’s time with this wrong question.

What would be the right question? “How do I change what I (we) are doing so that we no longer produce any waste products?” Find that answer and you have really solved a problem worth solving.  We can’t focus so strenuously on past mistakes that we never get to design a better future.

Are you curious what Zero Waste would mean in practice? Since ZW means a redesigning, don’t be surprised to learn that a ZW project can mean a project to redesign a product. Do you want to make some changes in your own life that make Zero Waste real immediately? Here are some recommendations.

The only utopian vision is to believe
that the system we are living under today
can go on forever

--  Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian economist


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 TRANSPORTATION 
 & RECREATION 


As of June, 2011 bicyclists have a new resource in their panniers!  This 15-county biking website features preferred routes, rides, and trails along Scenic Byways and off the beaten paths in the Adirondack North Country Region.

 

"...this new tourism tool meets cyclists' needs by establishing a presence for bicycling for the first time across the entire region. Through this site, NYS DOT's Scenic Byways Program and ANCA's Byways Program build visibility for the Adirondack North Country region as a desirable bicycling destination for all interest levels."       Kate Fish, ANCA Executive Director


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What does it cost you and the planet to not ride your bike?

There are lots of excuses to drive a car
instead of getting out and riding your bike

“It’s too cold.”

“I’m going too far.”

“I don’t want to show up sweaty.”

But these all seem flimsy when you consider the actual impact of choosing your car over your bike.

  • The typical American family spends almost $8000 a year to own and operate a car, when you count the car payments, gas, oil, maintenance and repairs, licenses, parking, and insurance.
  • Transportation of all types accounts for more than 25% of the world’s commercial energy use, and motor vehicles account for nearly 80% of that.
  • Cars emit 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), a heat-trapping, illness-causing gas, for every gallon of gas burned.

Slowly but surely, statistics like this are starting to make economic, environmental, and physical sense to people in all walks of life. In fact, the percentage of people using a bike as their primary mode of transportation grew 45 percent between 2000 and 2009…in the United States alone.  Click here to read more.



Carpooling Planning Online
Ridebuzz.org Rideshare Find Rides, Share Rides, Save on Gas, & Reduce Emissions
Check out www.RideBuzz.org to learn more about ride share information









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 HEALTH & WELLNESS 

   

 Herbal Information 

Type in the name of the herb you want to research at
  http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/comindx.html


Another fine herbalist is Rosemary Gladstar, she started the tea company, Traditional Medicinals, available at many local stores.

 Green Feminine Products 
http://blog.greenamerica.org/2011/11/21/plastic-monday-sarah-and-tracy-talk-green-feminine-products/

 Wabi Sabi - The Imperfections That Create Beauty 
http://www.emilyevansrussell.com/blog/howtoloveourbodies


 Health Resources 

from www.quackwatch.org - so, they have their point of view!  Like all links we provide, we can't verify everything about every site so "buyer beware."

  • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
    Quackwatch says this site has "Trustworthy information on dietary supplements and herbs."  The NMCD claims to share
    "Unbiased, Scientific Clinical Information on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Therapies" but, you have to pay to subscribe.
  • PharmacyChecker.com
    Compare drug prices and save money at verified online pharmacies.
  • ConsumerLab.com
    Evaluates the quality of dietary supplement and herbal products.


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Take your health back into your own healing hands
just as nature designed our bodies to function.


NOTE: Paula is one of our most popular Workshop Presenters and is a fount of useful information, including the links to Herbal information above!


Tick Awareness

With more ticks in more places than ever before, there’s never been a more appropriate time to raise your tick literacy. The links below, compiled by the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA), provide information on tick management and tick related illnesses.

http://www.tickencounter.org/

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/

http://idl.entomology.cornell.edu/files/2013/11/Deer-Tick-1q9srf1.pdf


Mesothelioma Symptoms - Questions. Answers. Support.
In a region with talc mines and other risk factors for lung disease, serious illnesses from asbestos exposure are a real issue  If you or someone you know has been exposed, this is a site you want to check out!  Click on the logo or on "survival rates".  Get the facts you need from the Mesothelioma Cancer Network.  Help.Answers. Resources
           mesothelioma information




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 NATURAL WORLD 

HomeCheck out this wonderful organization in the North Country doing great things to help connect people with nature!  Workshops and trainings are underway, as well as a component for members of the site to post pics and travelogues about places they've been in "nature, up north!"  natureupnorth.org

The Forager's Online Field Guide is good but also check out their Bookstore page!
http://theforagerpress.com/fieldguide/guide.htm

Specific to within 25 miles of Cortland, NY but much that relates to us further up in the North Country, too!  The photos of different lichens, etc. are really helpful.
http://cnynaturalist.com/index.html


Our new page of   Wild Edibles Recipes  is here!  Please feel free to email us with YOUR recipes as well!  So far we only have Spring Wild Edibles -- but more content will be added as soon as it comes in! :-)


Photo: Fiddleheads! Caution...although fiddleheads are delicious, make a POSITIVE ID that what you are harvesting is from the Ostrich Fern. Most other wild fern fiddleheads are mildly to very toxic. There are three ways to identify ostrich fern fiddleheads in the spring: 1.There is a deep, ”U”-shaped groove on the inside of the smooth stem. 2.There are thin, brown, paper-like scales covering the newly emerging fiddleheads. The scales fall off as the fiddlehead grows and elongates. 3.The fertile, spore-bearing frond is distinctive in shape, and also has a groove on the inside of the stem. When present during harvest time, the previous year’s fertile frond will be dark brown in color. Not all ostrich fern crowns will have fertile fronds.  Later in the season, fully grown ostrich ferns have other identifying features. With the help of a field guide, you can then identify ostrich ferns for a future harvest.  In contrast, bracken fern fiddleheads are fuzzy, and lack the brown paper-like covering and U-shaped groove on the inside of the stem.  Bracken fern fiddleheads have been consumed by humans believing them to be safe but research has  shown to cause cancer in rats under laboratory conditions, and can cause other problems in livestock, especially horses and goats. It was also found that there was also a connection with greatly increased instances of stomach cancer in humans who consumed bracken fern fiddleheads over a period of years.   Fiddleheads freeze well for winter use. It is suggested that they be dropped into boiling water briefly before using in any recipe. Delicious sautéed with other veggies, in any stir fry, steamed, grilled...How to ID and Cook Fiddleheads!
 Caution...although fiddleheads are delicious, make a POSITIVE ID that what you are harvesting is from the Ostrich Fern. Most other wild fern fiddleheads are mildly to very toxic. There are three ways to identify ostrich fern fiddleheads in the spring:

1.There is a deep, ”U”-shaped groove on the inside of the smooth stem.

2.There are thin, brown, paper-like scales covering the newly emerging fiddleheads. The scales fall off as the fiddlehead grows and elongates.

3.The fertile, spore-bearing frond is distinctive in shape, and also has a groove on the inside of the stem. When present during harvest time, the previous year’s fertile frond will be dark brown in color. Not all ostrich fern crowns will have fertile fronds.

Later in the season, fully grown ostrich ferns have other identifying features. With the help of a field guide, you can then identify ostrich ferns for a future harvest.

In contrast, bracken fern fiddleheads are fuzzy, and lack the brown paper-like covering and U-shaped groove on the inside of the stem.

Bracken fern fiddleheads have been consumed by humans believing them to be safe but research has shown to cause cancer in rats under laboratory conditions, and can cause other problems in livestock, especially horses and goats. It was also found that there was also a connection with greatly increased instances of stomach cancer in humans who consumed bracken fern fiddleheads over a period of years.

Fiddleheads freeze well for winter use. It is suggested that they be dropped into boiling water briefly before using in any recipe. Delicious sautéed with other veggies, in any stir fry, steamed, grilled...


*Note: For information on tick related illnesses and management see the Health & Wellness Section


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 GREEN BUSINESS PRACTICES 


  NOTE that the SLP / LLF does not endorse any of these services but views them strictly as resources for "growing" your knowledge and ability to do so yourself!


10 Steps for Breaking Up With Your Mega-Bank  

http://blog.greenamerica.org/2011/11/04/10-steps-for-breaking-up-with-your-mega-bank/



   USA Government Guides for Green Business:
http://www.sba.gov/content/green-guide-new-businesses
http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/managing-business/running-business/green-business-guide
http://www.sba.gov/content/green-business-practices

  A really fabulous selection of different "ecological footprint" calculators:
http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/ecological_footprint_calculator.htm

   Grow Me the Money
www.growmethemoney.com.au
Guidance is provided for paid members via a website on how to green many aspects of your business.

  A Greener Workplace: Planning and Managing Sustainability
  Leader’s Guide and Participant Workbook

www.trainingabc.com/product_files/P/WB-Greener.pdf
A training manual to guide your workplace to a greener vision.


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 GREEN BUILDING 

Your Home Technical Manual
Derived from the book Your Home - Design for Lifestyle and the Future, this is a VERY comprehensive site from the government of Australia.  Although there are obvious climatic differences to account for, there is much here that is applicable world-wide. 
"...
cover(s) all the bases, from the usual suspects of green homes, such as insulation and solar orientation to rainwater harvesting and double glazing...strawbale, mud brick and rammed earth wall constructions...and even adaptable design, like when the inhabitants become noisy teenagers, or develop mobility issues needing walking aids or wheelchairs. There is little about good housing design that is missing from this book."  (source: http://www.treehugger .com/files/2011/05/book-review-your-home-manual-for-environmentally-sustainable-housing.php?campaign=daily_nl)
350+ pages are available at:  www.yourhome.gov.au/technical/index.html


This site should inspire the creative folk among us! 
Home-made housing in Wales.

      http://www.simondale.net/house/index.htm



We need your help in adding to this Resource category!  Our website is still in development and we'd love to know what sites you have found useful!  Please email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com with your comments, suggestions, and questions too!



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 SIMPLE LIVING 

  Story of Stuff site:
A must-see 
www.storyofstuff.com

  Composting with No Backyard
: The basics of small scale indoor composting.
 http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/no-yard-heres-how-you-can-still-make-and-use-compost.html

  Rain Water Harvesting: Our ancestors harvested rain just as naturally as they tilled the ground to grow crops. We lost touch with these local solutions. But now, as the taps dry up, more and more people are reviving this age-old system and practicing it very successfully. 
Information about harvesting, recycling (greywater), and using various water sources, here: www.greywateraction.orgSee also the basic but interesting information in the "Rain Water Harvesting" attachment from India, below (bottom of this page) as well as the Reading List resources for Water Storage, also below. 



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 HOMESTEADING  SKILLS 



  St. Lawrence University's      Sustainability Semester     
St. Lawrence University's Sustainability Semester "broke new ground" in January, 2013 and invites interested community members to participate in the programming for their students.  This could include field trips to community members' farms, homesteads, businesses, etc., summer internships, workshops taught by community members, and alternative spring break "mini-internships" with community members.  Community partner compensation is available as well.  The Sustainability Semester website address is http://www.stlawu.edu/academics/experience/sustainability-semester -- or contact coordinator Cathy Shrady at 315-229-5105 or cshrady@stlawu.edu.


  Urban Homesteading:   http://urbanhomestead.org

  Homesteading Information Directory:
Simple Living, Building a Home, Self Sufficiency, Animal Husbandry, Recipe Index, etc., www.homesteadinginfo.com/index.html

  Schools with Homesteading Classes:
  • Homesteading Heritage Center for Essential Education (Texas): The school offers a complete curriculum for sustainable living skills from their model four-acre homestead located within their larger 510 acre working farm. They offer single day, multi-day, and three-day homesteading courses.

www.homesteadheritage.com

  • Apple Family Farm (Indiana): For three generations the Apple Family Farm has been providing homesteading classes with hands on training, and two to three day classes on topics like; dairy cows, goats, chickens, butchering, soap making, etc.

/www.applefamilyfarm.com/Classes/FarmSchool.htm

  • The Institute of Urban Homesteading (California): This school offers a twist on homesteading and simple living. The Oakland, CA school understands that not everyone who is interested in living a simpler, healthier life can live out in the country. They offer urban homesteading classes.

www.iuhoakland.com

  •   Pioneer School of Homesteading: (Michigan): The Quaker Hill Farm is a Christian-based farm offering homesteading classes to the public. Most courses are about $75 each and cover topics like beekeeping, bread making, medicinal herbs, raising poultry, etc. They also offer online tutorials.

www.quakerfarm.com

The Affluent Peasant
Resources for Living on the Land in the North Country


You can help create our Homestead Learning Community right here in the St. Lawrence River Valley!  For more information about this project of the
Local Living Venture
, check out our
Future Plans page!


The New Horse-Powered Farm

Tools and Systems for the Small-Scale, Sustainable Market Grower

Excerpts from Article By Stephen Leslie, April 1, 2013


In an era when fuel is a primary concern, draft horses are seen by many as the solution to small-scale, resilient farming with a closed-loop system. Horses bring farmers back to the roots of what it means to work the land and present a viable model for a lasting small farm.

The New Horse-Powered Farm is the first book of its kind, offering wisdom and techniques for using horse power on the small farm or homestead. “This book is not about trying to go back to some idyllic past,” writes author and longtime horse farmer Stephen Leslie in the Introduction. “It is designed to be a manual to help us move a few steps forward to a more sustainable future.”

The New Horse-Powered Farm sets the stage for incorporating draft power on the farm by presenting necessary information for experienced and novice teamsters alike, including:

• Getting started with workhorses;
• The merits of different draft breeds;
• Various training systems for the horse and teamster;
• Haying with horses, seeding crops, and raising small grains;
• In-depth coverage of tools and systems;
• Managing a woodlot, farm economics, education, agritourism,
and more.

The New Horse-Powered Farm is a must-have resource for any farmer, homesteader, or teamster seeking to work with draft power in a closed-loop farming system.

Link to this full article here.  Read praise for this book



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 Healthy Forests  


Forest Management Tools
The Great Lakes Forest Alliance (GLFA) Developed this toolbox of resources to support landowners who want to enhance forest management and/or get involved with "emerging Markets", such as bioenergy, certified products and green building. Whether you own woodlands for lifestyle or recreational reasons or for financial gain, tapping new opportunities may be a way for you to maintain your land the way you want and secure its future.
Family Forest Owners Toolbox

Forestry Best Management Practices
 
Cornell Cooperative Extension created a website that allows woodland owners to have a more hands on approach to forestry...Click Here To See More




Tree & Shrub Planting

NYS DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery has been Providing New York State with Seedlings for 100 Years

For seedling information go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7127.html

Trees from the nursery are grown to be tough, hardened by the demanding climate conditions of our region. Local seed is best for growing healthy and hardy trees, adapted to our state's conditions. More than 200 acres of seed orchards throughout the state are maintained by nursery staff as seed production areas.

For more information, please contact the NYS DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery at:

NYS DEC
Saratoga Tree Nursery
2369 Route 50 South
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4738
518-581-1439

e-mail: nysnursery@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Check them out on facebook: NYS DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery
The Spring Seedling Sale generally begins the first week of January.
2013 DEC Tree & Shrub Planting for New York State Brochure


Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention Practices




Urban Horticulture Institute Guide from Nina Bassuk and Ethan Dropkin

"Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention" is a 56-page illustrated guide for selecting woody shrubs for swales, raingardens, stormwater planters, etc. In part, the publication came out of a research project by Bassuk and Dropkin in the city of Ithaca and includes design guidance and an extensive illustrated plant reference.   
 


Key Concept
(one of many): "When selecting plants for stormwater infiltration, common sense would seem to dictate the use of wetland plants. However, due to the rate at which most of these practices allow water to infiltrate, the majority of planted stormwater practices will likely only be inundated for a few minutes after a small storm event, and up to a day or two for a larger event. Unlike most permanent or semi-permanent wetlands, these areas remain relatively dry most of the time. Because of this characteristic, plants that can handle both temporary inundation and relatively protracted drought are the best choices for a low-maintenance planting."








Tax Guide For Forest Owners

The U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area just posted a new/updated tax quick guide for forest landowners. This document is the 4th version and is an online publication only.

Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Quick Guide for Woodland Owners


Web Site Offers Interactive Management Tools to Landowners
Woodland owners can stem the risk of fires, invasive species, pathogens, and other problems; better understanding their properties using a new Web site sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. F
amily forest owners can map, protect, and enjoy their woods for years to come because it helps you ask the right questions, based on your goals for your land, and refers you to the right sources. The management tools are available at MyLandPlan.org


Timber Theft a Fact
...but aware St. Lawrence County forest land owners can protect themselves!
February 16, 2013 North Country Now. Written by Paul Hetzler



Time to prune your trees
Tuesday, 12 February 2013, Information from the Colorado State Forest Service

New York's Forests In Need of Healthier Regeneration

Check out this radio piece by NPR's WRVO in Central NY about restoring our woodlands to be healthy and productive, and some of the obstacles woodland owners face while attempting to do this. This piece features the New York Forest Owners Association(NYFOA) new program
Restore New York Woodlands Initiative.


 
The New York Invasive Species Website
New York is celebrating its first Invasive Species Awareness Week on July 6-12.  http://www.nyis.info/ 


*Note: For information on tick related illnesses and management see the Health & Wellness Section

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THE BOOKSHELF
READING LIST
Big List of Homesteading, Foodie,
Back-To-The-Land, Rural Skills,
Voluntary Simplicity & Self Sufficiency Books
(mostly from: www.livingasimplelife.com)

~ Click HERE to View ~



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