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Hunting for Organic Meat

The truth, we cannot deny it. Kevin and I love meat. We’re not vegetarians, nor are we contract killers. But there you have it. Durning the course of our relationship, this was one of our only dietary struggles. I was raised to be very aware of what was in my food. No pre-mixed packages or…

You Can Be Open and Giving and Sharing or You Can Be a Complete Tool ™ and Hire a Lawyer

I could barely sleep last night because of this. Manifesto alert, proceed at your own risk. Everything we post about here on Backyard Ecosystem. Everything underlying the movement toward greening our cites over the last several decades. The very title of the excellent book written by Erik and Kelly over at the blog formerly known as Homegrown…

Interview with the Kombucha Mamma

We first met Hannah Crum of Kombucha Kamp through Twitter, and quickly entered the eternal bonds of Kombucha-hood. Soon, we were checking out her website KombucahKamp, trading tweets, and blog comments. So, when she announced the relaunch of her website and New Years ReVolution Event it was an easy decision to interview her about Kombucha and…

Cast Iron, the Trendy New Nonstick

I have a confession to make. I have five cast iron skillets in my kitchen. At least one of them belonged to my grandmother, and one or two more to my mother. I use at least one of them almost every time I cook. I cook a lot. I cook a broad spectrum of dishes…

Drink Kombucha and your head will explode and you will die a horrific death! or maybe not.

What I know about Kombucha: 1) It is the product of tea, sugar, and a Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY for short). 2) Moderate consumption of Kombucha has helped me personally reduce cravings for Coffee, Alcohol, and Carbohydrates. I feel better when I consume less of these, especially Carbohydrates. 3) While it is commercially available I like what…

Put a little sugar in my bowl, a fun honeybee project for anyone.

Fun for everyone. Great family/school project. Use a shallow dish, the saucer from a house plant is perfect. Add rocks or sticks to keep the bees from drowning. Make a small jar of sugar water by filling the jar half full of White Cane Sugar. Only use White Cane Sugar, if it doesn’t say cane…

Change the world, start right now.

Why do you write about green topics? A Manifesto (consider yourself warned. I write about the things that bother me. Specifically about unnecessary waste and how simple changes in the way you go about living can reduce or eliminate waste or better yet transform it into a positive contribution to the environment. I am not…

Fruit flies got you down? Compost 911

The Problem: Fruit flies in your vermicompost bin or in your pre-composting container. The solution for both of these problems is super simple. If you are finding fruit flies in your worm bin simply stop feeding. Cover the exposed surface of the bin with coffee grounds. Then add a layer of fresh bedding. The easiest…

From Here to Eternity, and Beyond: The Garage Sale

Just in case you didn’t know, we have recently made some huge changes. In the planning since the beginning of this year, we decided to relocate to a warmer climate. The cold weather in Denver last year was just too much for me and Kevin, being from the south, was also ready to move on….

Kombucha, the new Moonshine?

Kombucha with active ingredients may be an endangered species in grocery stores due to the active fermentation and slight alcohol content. Home grown kombucha is more popular than ever. If you are not familiar with Kombucha and the continuous brew process read these posts first. When setting up a continuous brew many people are concerned…

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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