Sustainable Living Skills You Need to Survive
It might not seem so serious to the average consumer in the First World, but the future of the world as we know hangs in the balance. The media is full of bad news that can make changing things for the better seem hopeless, but there are simple and radical things you can do to reduce your impact and set an example for others. It's not just a choice, our survival depends on it.
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At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, villagers are always trying out new ways to reduce their impact on the planet. Two of my neighbors, Rae and Aaron, wanted to go on a road trip around the country to help with activism around stopping the use of fossil fuel. It seemed a bit hypocritical to be road tripping on gasoline though, so they built a system from scratch that would allow them to drive on a renewable resource–waste wood. They learned to weld and use a plasma torch, and they built almost everything from waste metal and materials. It’s not a simple system, but they were up for the challenge.
Continuing this series on home organic winemaking, I’m racking the wine in this video. See the process I use and glean some secrets for how to make better quality wine.
Continuing the process of making nouveau wine out of my homegrown organic grapes, in this video I stomp, ferment, and press the grapes. Though the thumbnail may look like I’m trying to pinch a loaf, I’m actually wondering if I’ll be able to get out of the barrel I’m stomping grapes in. In case you are wondering–spoiler alert–I made it out.
Nouveau wines are native to the Beaujolais region of France and are known for their fruity freshness. They are one of the first wines to be ready to drink and they have to be drunk soon because they lack some of the preservatives that other red wines have, such as oak tannins.
Every season I make a Nouveau wine from some of my grapes. In the next few videos I’ll take you through the process.
It took a while to figure out how to get my fridge back to working close to the way it should, but here it is!
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Years ago I learned to make a tool that I’ve found indispensable in my organic garden. It only takes a few minutes to make one, and it costs next to nothing.
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