How can we live well within the limits of our living systems? The journal of small work* is a response to overwhelming urgency. In the face of the daunting prospect of transforming how we live, let’s start where we are, with what we’ve got, and build from there.
In the face of ecological crisis, it doesn’t matter about my front entrance, no. But all of us lucky enough to have a front door, we live each day in impactful ways. We can share knowledge to shift into attunement with a living, thriving earth. Our designs, habits, actions, our stories matter when we share and learn from each other.
Conceiving of ourselves as wasteful and exploitative, a pox on the planet, really, depends on daily systems that reinforce this story through linear waste-streams. Extract, manufacture, ship, sell, consume, throw away. Yet the compost toilet captures human ‘waste’ nutrients in the ‘waste’ product of sawdust and transforms it through nitrogen-powered heat and microbial alchemy into rich soil to nurture a thriving, water-holding garden. We are always making organic matter. Whatever else I did today, I made more life. So it is with biochar.
Much like a mother hen setting, hatching and raising her chicks, making our new film, ‘broody hen’ has been a labour of love. — Even without the ecosystem services of adding fertility to the gardens, reducing pests, cleaning the orchard, turning piles of mulch, transforming overproductions and waste-streams of food into eggs, into compost, and […]
We are ever so pleased to present you with our new film, grain mill! Milling grain by hand in the farmhouse kitchen makes us a more resilient, autonomous household. Human-powered, pedal-powered machines help us adapt to a changing world. With whole grains in the pantry, we know we can make what we need. There’s both […]
As is fitting in the early days of the year, our latest film is a winter review, a look back at our first steps and a preview of the new.It feels good to take stock in the winter.To set some intentions as the year wakes up.Take a glance back at our first six months of […]