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Cultivate Simple 59: New Goals for the New Year

December 30th, 2013

Today on the show we discuss our process for setting goals and achieving them. Here are some tips we discuss on the show:

  • Be realistic, but don’t be afraid to dream, just be able to put goals on the back burner
  • Break a task down into manageable pieces.
  • Figure out what you’re going to have to invest to reach your goal in time and money
  • Set a deadline
  • Map your progress (make a list and check items off)
  • Celebrate success or failure


Brian’s Geeky Corner

Google Search Tips

What are your goals for the coming New Year?

Cultivate Simple 32: It’s The Little Things

June 3rd, 2013

Small changes you can make to live a healthier life:

  • First off, don’t get too crazy!
  • Don’t believe everything you read, adopting the latest and greatest “health” craze isn’t your best option.
  • Incorporate herbs and spices into your diet whenever you can – SPICE IT UP!
  • Add more whole vegetables into your diet, particularly for breakfast.
  • Add fermented and or cultured food to every meal.
  • Add gelatin to your diet as often as possible.
  • Swap out tea and herbal tea for water when you can.


Brian’s Geeky Corner

Library Book App

Recommended Books

Any healthy living tips you’d like to share?

Cultivate Simple 30: Everybody to the Limit

May 20th, 2013

An honest and unrehearsed discussion about trying to live a more simple life. This is episode 30 and today we are talking about finding your limits.

What’s for Breakfast

HVNC pancake fundraiser at The Alna Store

A big thanks to a few of our supporters

Erin Staub, an illustrator we met at a local wassailing party. Check out her Etsy store.

Maggie from Porcupine Hollow Farm sent me a lovely hydrangea for my garden. Can’t wait for it to bloom in a few years.

Review of Moxie

Brian’s Geeky Corner

When searching with Google, narrow your search by using ‘site:’ to find results in a specific website.


Books of the Week

Cultivate Simple 17: The Permaculture Process

February 4th, 2013

An honest and unrehearsed discussion about trying to live a more simple life. This is episode 17 and today we are sharing a talk given at our local library about Permaculture. Last Tuesday, we headed to the Belfast Free Library to listen to Lauren and Bill Errickson’s seminar on The Permaculture Process: Creating an Edible Landscape
Permaculture Process
PERMACULTURE: a design system focused on creating sutatinbable human habitats modeled on natural ecological patterns and processes

Topics of discussion:

  • setting goals for your property
  • promote healthy ecology, wildlife, and pollinators
  • minimize landscape inputs
  • generate income
  • evaluating and assessing your existing landscape
  • how permaculture principles can be used to expand existing landscape assets while reducing “trouble” spots

Lauren and Bill shared tips for prioritizing implementation strategies, setting realistic timelines, and maximizing your available resources and budget.

Lauren and Bill Errickson own and operate Singing Nettle Farm and Conscious Elements Permaculture in Brooks. They both hold M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire and Advanced Permaculture Design Certificates from Humustacia Gardens. For further information, visit:

Weeds and why they grow

Cultivate Simple 16: Ready, Set, Grow

January 28th, 2013

An honest and unrehearsed discussion about trying to live a more simple life. This is episode 16 and today we are discussing starting seeds.
new seedlings

Quotes of the Week

Funny phrases heard around the house this week:

“I actually have worm cocoons in my fridge right now”
“I kind of excited to try the Water Buffalo Liver”

16 Things to Stop Doing in 2013

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Freezing – A quick way to store veggies at the height of their freshness. Cons – energy used, pros, tastes great and easy. I always store in glass, no plastic bags here. Start investing in glass containers. My favorite containers are wide mouth pint jars or these Pyrex Rectangular Clear-Glass Food-Storage Containers

Seed Starting

seed starting

Why do I start my own seeds as opposed to buying them?
Seed Starting 101 Series on Chiot’s Run

Books of the Week:

Have you ever tried to start seeds? What has been your experience?

Reading & Watching

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.