Now that it’s summer and the sun swings high above our heads, we’ve been finding it quite easy to soak up the sunlight and keep our batteries fully charged. Our off-grid solar setup is a combination of PowerFilm Solar products for capturing the sun’s energy and a Goal Zero battery
Here’s our problem: We spend all of March making maple syrup, and then have so much we don’t know what to do with it. We give away as much as we can, but still we fill an entire shelf with little bottles of our many syrup batches. I know, I
If you’re wondering how to tap birch trees to evaporate the sap into birch syrup, it’s probably best to ask the Alaskans. (Free podcast idea: “Ask the Alaskans.”) They don’t have many maples, but they’ve got plenty of birch trees, and the birch syrup industry is booming. If you’re looking
Annie and I have been talking about this post for a while. Basically a shout-out to the all stars in our kitchen—the things we use every day, our essentials, the things we couldn’t live without, the game-changers in our kitchen, tiny yurt kitchen or not. We use these literally every
For the first year in this little off-grid yurt of ours, our sole light source was six small, inflatable, solar-powered Luci lights from MPOWERD. Now we’ve upgraded to two strings of LED lights, powered by a solar-charged battery. Though the Lucis were great and we still use them as reading lights
We’re so happy to have finally finished the first version of our PDF Yurt Guide. We wanted to make this guide as the sort of resource we wish we had when we were first investigating yurts. It can serve as an introduction to yurt living options and also as a
A small-scale maple sugaring operation like ours—basically, backyard maple sugaring—doesn’t use vacuum pressure to collect maple sap. Good old-fashioned gravity is our method of choice. There’s two methods to consider when deciding how you want to collect sap from your maple trees. First, there’s the picture postcard method: tap a
February in Vermont has gotten a bit slushy and a tad icy with the freeze-thaw cycles of the last couple of weeks. Lucky for us that means it’s time for tapping (some of) our maple trees. In total we’ll have 21 taps this season, up a couple from last year.
There are enough yurt companies across the United States that it can be difficult figuring out how to choose which yurt to buy. The yurt-decision process will be slightly different for everyone, depending on your particular needs—what region and climate you live in, what size yurt you need, your budget,
So you spend thousands of dollars and countless hours building your yurt, and then move everything you own into it. You want to insure that yurt. It’s your home—your life! the things you love! But you start calling around to get quotes from home insurance companies and the response is…disheartening.