These natural beekeeping hives from Germany are designed to promote a healthy hive instead of maximizing honey output–the core philosophy in the apicentric beekeeping movement.

In brief, the Sun Hive has an upside down skep hive at its base with curving frames in the top section and no frames in the bottom section. The hive is placed well above ground level (optimal for bees – they never choose to create a hive on the ground).

The article goes on to note that what works in Germany may not work everywhere, and these might be best suited for specific types of climates. But that doesn’t mean the apicentric beekeeping ideas have to stay in Europe. Recognizing and honoring the bees’ place in pollination and as a core element of our food production can only serve to bring benefits.

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Geoff Lawton took over the Permaculture Research Institute Australia after Bill Mollison, one of the two founders of permaculture. A search on Youtube shows you all the great stuff Lawton has worked on. Add the following new video to the list: a look at how to start a food forest with chickens, and what it looks like 10 years later! Continue reading

shelf life of food

The fellows at have put together a great infographic (below) telling you the estimated shelf life of food. It’s a great idea, but I have a few problems with it.

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grocery store supermarket

If you’ve read such books as Nudge, the idea of social engineering won’t be new to you. This is the practice of creating layouts for everything from websites to retail stores to membership forms that encourage its users toward a certain goal. That goal might be to spend more money or to view more articles. An article on Fast Company asks whether supermarkets could hep our country’s food waste and nutrition problems with more socially-minded instead of revenue-minded design. Continue reading


I recently wrote a guest post at Punk Rock Homesteading. The compost that I wrote about has been spread on my beds and is just about ready to plant. I meant to turn it every other day, but it turned into every 4 or 5 days. I ended up with some fantastic soil, but did I really need to turn it that often? Continue reading

gravity light

This light works with only gravity and a little muscle now and then. It’s designed for developing nations, but it’s a great idea for energy saving around the world. Continue reading

bean vine bird nest

From over at Milkwood Permaculture Blog, an integrated pest management system: the trellised bean vines. Birds and other beneficials like the cool microclimate in this kind of setup. And it also looks spectacular! Continue reading

My newest Youtube video is a segment from TOFGA‘s 2013 annual conference. The guys at Salt and Time shared a lot of information on home and DIY butchering as well as the ins and outs of their brand new Butchershop and Salumeria–and let me tell you, they really know their stuff. Find out what tools you’ll need to start your own home butchering operation.

I found the Woodtrekker blog when I was purchasing my Shangri-La 5 tent and I’ve subscribed to him ever since. He’s got great in depth articles on camping and more. Yesterday he posted the gear he carries in his 3-season pack. If you love seeing what other people carry like I do, this is a good one. Continue reading

Bees are attracted to flowers through smell, color, temperature, ultraviolet patterns. Anne Leonard at the University of Nevada has found another component to the attraction. Continue reading