Sheet mulching with ragweed

Midsummer poses a number of challenges here at our urban farm.  It's when I've finally gotten around to preparing garden beds for sheet-mulching, but that means I need a large volume of green organic matter, as well as the leaves or straw I've saved from the previous fall.  Grass clippings are easy to come by, but they tend to turn slimy and smelly under sheet mulch conditions.  Meanwhile, all over town, even right on our block, ragweed is getting ready to bloom.

cheesy walnut burgers

When I lived in Fairfield and Jessie would come to visit every few weeks, one of her favorite things to do in town was to go to Small Planet Cafe and have a cheddar walnut burger.  We both agreed it was delicious and had a great texture.  On our last visit to the restaurant I asked for the recipe, only to find that the burgers were a frozen product made in Minnesota!  This appears to be it: http://www.walnutburger.com/  We were disappointed, not least because Small Planet claimed to be inspired by the famous cookbook, which rails against mass-prod

A scenic overlook on the Great River Road

Missouri's Great River Road is marked as a bicycle route, and I wish I could recommend it, but when it's not tremendously hilly (as here, near Hannibal) it carries a lot of traffic and has no shoulder. I didn't feel safe, and I strongly suggest other cyclists find another route. I hear the Illinois side of the River Road is more suitable for bikes. Note my dorky red shoes, which I found at Wal*Mart for a dollar. They're very practical, I assure you.

Date: 
Friday, October 8, 2004

Lighthouse in Hannibal, MO

Hannibal, Missouri is of course Mark Twain's hometown, and they're not about to let anyone forget it. This lighthouse sits atop a hill where Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn allegedly played.

Date: 
Thursday, October 7, 2004

Skyhouse and common house

In addition to the individual houses, Dancing Rabbit also has a communal apartment building called Skyhouse (left) and a newly-completed common house (right) featuring a modern kitchen, hot showers, Internet access, etc. The solar panels on these buildings are all photovoltaic; unlike Abundance, Dancing Rabbit hasn't done much with solar water heating.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Mural and Skyhouse

Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Also near Rutledge is Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Each "Rabbit" (villager) gets a "warren" (plot of land) on which to build a house. Every type of construction imaginable is in progress, from mud huts to old grain silos to fortified tents to timber frames. There's a lot of experimentation going on at Dancing Rabbit.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2004

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