Monthly Archives: April 2015

Inch by Inch: Thawing out the rotting banana peels and decomposing egg shells

Ahhhh! The sweet smell of rotting vegetables. Actually, it’s the sweet smell of rotting glass clippings, egg shells leaves, vegetables and more than enough coffee grounds. Our compost pile is finally starting to thaw after months of living underneath inches (er—feet) of snow. He … do compost piles identify with traditional gender roles? … Anyway, […]

Seedlings and Somali refugees: An unlikely, but sustainable partnership

Little bitty seedlings are bringing two communities — separated by 100 miles — together to help alleviate hunger and increase access to local food in Maine. During the coming months, students in the sustainable agriculture program at Unity College will grow seedlings for Cultivating Community, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps teach farming sustainable living to […]

Co-sleeping gone wrong (but not in the way you’re thinking)

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I dreamed of having a family bed. I envisioned the three of us cuddled together, slowly rising with the early sun. With eyes, still heavy with sleep, my daughter would reach up to my face and sign for her “milkies.” I’d nurse her, staring lovingly at her sweet […]

Homestead shows you should be watching right now

Inspired by my recent realization that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is actually a show about homesteading, here are a few more homestead-y shows worth your time. Mountain Men: This History Channel show follows the lives of seven men living off the grid and “back to the land” in mountain ranges throughout the US. The wanna-be […]

5 ways AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ is actually about homesteading

Zombies, blood, guts and survival. Not exactly what comes to mind when you hear the word “homestead.” But … Take a deeper look. The number one zombie show on television these days is actually more “homestead-y” than you may think. #1 Teams regularly head out and look for food, medicine, supplies and weapons. (That’s foraging!)  […]

More than anything, I wanted someone to say I was good enough

I don’t remember the first time and I don’t remember the last. What I remember is desperation, loneliness and shame. My name is Natalie Feulner. I am a wife, a mother, a journalist and an adventurer. I also have bulimia. Have, not had. That’s the thing about eating disorders, they’re never really gone. Recovery is forever. […]