Trick for Doubling your Corn Harvest

For a long time I planted small plots of corn in my garden and was disappointed with the harvest.  Often the ears wouldn’t fill out properly, missing kernels in spots or not filling out to the end of the ear. This trick helped me get full ears nearly every time and effectively doubled my harvest of food.  There’s nothing better that sweet corn in summer, except maybe getting more of  it out of the same space.

My Story: How I Came to Live in an Ecovillage

Why do I think I can have a  channel called Hardcore Sustainable?  This is more of a personal video talking about my story and my motivations for moving to an ecovillage and making a commitment  to doing things the really hard, and hardcore sustainable way.  Given all the ecological problems facing the planet, we need to go further in our lifestyle activism.  Cooperation with others can  be  one of the best ways to make our lives richer while consuming less resources, and living in an ecovillage makes cooperation much easier.

Trying Out the GoSun Solar Cooker

I designed my house with the sun in mind, and since I get so much sun inside the house in the middle of winter, why should put a solar cooker outside to cook?  The GoSun,  a relatively new design for solar cooking, is small, portable, and powerful enough to use in my house with just the sunlight coming in through the window.  My DR neighbor Aaron and I tried it out last January to see how it would work even in the low intensity winter sunlight.  The GoSun is just another tool we can use to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel and make use of the abundant solar energy that bathes our planet year round.

Southern Maple Syrup: Gathering Sap and Boiling It Down

Sugar often comes from faraway places and requires much processing to get the product we buy in our grocery store, but there are other ways to get sugar locally and more sustainably. Obviously there is honey, and there is sorghum syrup, which was a popular form of sugar in the past in our part of the country. But there’s also maple syrup, which in our southern region can be made from silver maples.

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