Author Archives: Kevin

Ice Options for your Boat, RV, Off Grid Palace, or Tiny Home.

Q: How do you have ice on the boat, I thought you lived like a savage? A: I like to think of it as glamping. In between fending off pirates and drowning in the pluff mud* we have to maintain a certain level of civilized decorum. Tyler Durden** says that soap is the yardstick of…

What camera do you use? Our Recommendations Part I

Q: What camera do you use? A: Probably the most frequent question we receive. In this new series we will brave the digital frontier. We suffer so you don’t have to™. The Nikon Coolpix p900 is an all in one camera with a spot on autofocus. Great for birders, travel, landscapes. You are going to take…

Q & A with a Natural Beekeeper: How does natural comb impact production of honey?

From Chris:            Kevin, thank you for your wonderful website! I have just ordered 5 packages of bees I will pick up in the spring from a beekeeping operation in my state. I am working with another local beekeeper who keeps 15 hives on my farm because of my blackberries and…

Giblet Gravy Our Way

Cook gizzard, heart and neck with ghee in a skillet till brown*. Add in chicken stock (and maybe a little reduced vermouth) and cook for 30 minutes or until at least half the stock is gone. Reserve stock and chop the browned organs and meat from the neck fine. Make a roux with flour and drippings…

How Not to Behave in a National Park

I am sure that by now that you have seen the video. If not, take a minute to watch it. 60 seconds are more than enough, but feel free to watch it all. I hope you are appalled by the behavior of the human. The elk is just an elk who has been badly treated…

Q and A with a Natural Beekeeper for the New Beekeeper

I am new to beekeeping. A local bee guy set me up with bees and a queen in a Langstroth box in the beginning of May. The bees are  very active and 7 of the 10 frames are loaded with eggs and larva as well as some cells filled with what appears to be honey. Other…

May 1st. May Day. Beltane.

May 1st. May Day. Beltane. Not much celebrated in the western world after the mid 20th century because Soviet Russia aka USSR used it for military parades. Remember those photographs of missiles and tanks rumbling down Main Street Moscow? That was the May Day Parade. The Novelist and Poet Margaret Atwood used it as a…

Starting Over or Getting Started Right as a Natural Beekeeper

It is heart wrenching to lose a hive. The silence of your backyard when the bees are gone makes you want to cry. But you can also look at it as an opportunity for a fresh start. If you are just getting started it is easy to doom yourself to frustration by making uneducated choices. The best…

Happy Bees Equals Happy Beekeeper, and How To Treat Bee Stings.

Q: What do you do when working the hives to minimize stings? Q: Anything you recommend for bee stings if someone has a minor reaction but nothing life threatening? Q: What do you do when you get stung? In reality, the answers are all related. A: Don’t mind it too much. What I am saying is…

Change Your Backyard, Change the World

A real life example. An entire community in England has rallied around this simple idea and changed their world. Take a moment and watch this.

who we are:

Backyard Ecosystem began as an expression of my determination to make a difference in our own backyard. Literally and metaphorically making a difference at the micro level of my yard and to operate at macro level of treating the entire planet as something I am an integral part of and whose destiny is shaped everyday by what I do in my corner of the world.

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