Adventures in pressure canning

I feel a little bit guilty about this. I am a committed Vacola preserver, like my mother before me, and her mother before her. We don’t can, we preserve. What is this pressure canning thing anyway? Autumn is about preserving the harvest. Autumn contains many large and bubbling vacola units, and results in beautiful preserved fruit and…

Fox is 4

Ashar Fox is 4 this week, which I guess means that Milkwood Permaculture is also officially 4 as well. Though we started Milkwood just over 6 years back, it was Ashar’s birth that woke me up. Something went click or snap at that point, and I switched from ‘hey, living in the country is kinda…

Jam Session: Damson Plums

Damsons are a much-loved preserving variety of plum, and with good reason. They’re intensely beautiful with their indigo skins and pale bloom, and their astringency means that the jam they make is divine. I was at Allsun Farm this week hosting our autumn Organic Market Garden Masterclass, and the damson tree by the back door…

Watershed Restoration: The Cutting Edge

This short documentary is about a weekend workshop hosted recently by Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. Watershed Restoration: The Cutting Edge was taught by Brad Lancaster, Amanda Bramble, Jan-Willem Jansens, Steve Carson, and Craig Sponholtz. It focused on catching, sinking, storing, and using water where it falls. So good to see this knowledge gaining ground spreading…