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Joey L.
Southwest Michigan
An ex-teacher, eco-entrepreneur, new mama living on a hobby-farm-in-the-making writing the blog "Adventures in Eco-Living" and running
Interests: laughing, playing hide and seek with my 1-year old son, baking easy no-knead bread, gardening, tom robbins, drinking tea, smiling at nothing in particular, traveling in our shasta camper, cooking dishes that i've made up, eco-living, vespa riding, black labs, staring at the stars, watching my husband build his tree house, playing frisbee with my black lab, taking naps, long soaks in hot springs, thrift store hunting, canning vegetables, baking apple pies, hiking, writing, photography, snowboarding, living, campfires, growing heirloom & organic veggies, cuddling with kittens, raising chickens and piggies
Recent Activity
I've done it! I've finished our seed order for spring! And well ahead of time, which, these days, is quite an accomplishment. It seems that life with a 1 and a half year-old has been an exercise in "catching up".... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Adventures in Eco-Living
If we were all living on unlimited resources, we could certainly find some amazing superfoods from all over the world. There are a number of tropical fruits that fit into this category (acai, goji), but they are just too expensive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Adventures in Eco-Living
Since we're talking about growing your own food, I thought I'd take a day here to talk about making your food, and making it go as far as possible, especially when it comes to babies and toddlers. Thinking that you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at Adventures in Eco-Living
In my previous post, I mentioned some of our favorite heirloom, organic seed companies. Now is the time to start browsing, dreaming, planning, and getting excited about your garden! But what do you do when your seeds arrive? Those tiny... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Adventures in Eco-Living
Winter. Cool, crisp air, the crunch of snow under foot, rosy cheeks and frozen fingers, snowmen and snowhoes and layers and layers. Short, happy days... long, chilly nights cuddling cozy under warm blankies. Steaming bowls of hearty soup that warm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Adventures in Eco-Living
Whether you are a seasoned gardener, or a brave, intrepid soul looking to grow some of your own food for the first time, it's time to start thinking about starting your own seeds. If you intend to buy plants at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Adventures in Eco-Living
Beautiful! I love to browse through Etsy... so many talented sewers and crafters! Hope your weekend is wonderful!
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Ooh, these are so cute! What a great idea....thanks so much for the chance to win!
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The birth of our baby boy a year and a half ago brought new joys and dreams, but also new worries. We have always eaten healthy food, mostly organic, and much of it homegrown, but suddenly it seemed like not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Adventures in Eco-Living
The birth of my son brought many changes to life as we knew it around here. I remember standing out by the garden, 8 1/2 months pregnant, tears streaming down my face as I stared at what was seemingly just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at Adventures in Eco-Living
This summer things got a little hectic. WIth an almost-one-year-old underfoot, a garden overrun with weeds, a bountiful harvest, and pure exhaustion at the end of busy, glorious, sunny days, we needed easy solutions for storing our harvest. Which meant... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at Adventures in Eco-Living
This past week we have had the pleasure of attending one of our favorite summer events: the Allegan County Fair. Fair days...wandering the maze of tents and trailers, the greasy aroma of sizzling fair food tempting us off in untold... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Adventures in Eco-Living
Living in rural SW Michigan on 20+ acres of woodlands, we have some of the worst mosquitoes this summer we've ever had, thanks in part to the very rainy year, the high heat and humidity, and some flooded swamplands at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at Adventures in Eco-Living
My dear friend Kim has done it again- she's wrapped all her Christmas presents in an eco-friendly wrapping that she made herself from various recycled items. This year, she chose fabric- from clothing, fabric scraps, and other odds and ends.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2010 at Adventures in Eco-Living
Yep, we are still here! Just taking a little hiatus to have a baby.... but will be back soon!
Well, after four straight days in the mid-nineties, the heat has finally broken. A round of storms has rolled in, and that is just fine with me! I've been doing great with my pregnancy so far, but at 31 weeks,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Adventures in Eco-Living
We awoke yesterday morning to discover one of our favorite hens, Little Lady, had passed away. Though we had expected this, as something had very clearly been wrong for quite a few days, it was quite sad nonetheless. She was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Adventures in Eco-Living
Oh dear! It's been ages since I last posted. Spring has a funny way of slipping by like that.... We wait impatiently all winter for a little warmth and sunshine, and at the first drop of sunny wonderfulness, our days... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at Adventures in Eco-Living
The garlic tops in our garden have pushed through their straw mulch, almost overnight, it seems. We planted our garlic in the fall, covered them with a straw mulch, and waited impatiently all winter. Soon we will have delicious garlic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at Adventures in Eco-Living
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Mar 15, 2010
Aquaponics. The wonderfully sustainable combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in a soil-less water medium). What a brilliant idea! We are looking into this as our next sustainable agriculture adventure in the upcoming year. Check out this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at Adventures in Eco-Living
My friend Angie shared these famous words by Max Ehrmann with me recently, and I thought they were inspiring enough to post. This is his Desiderata, written c. 1920. Enjoy. "Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Adventures in Eco-Living
Here on our small hobby farm in Michigan, we use strictly wood stove heat in winter to provide our warmth. It's now been three years since we've needed to turn on our furnace (when we first moved out here, we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2010 at Adventures in Eco-Living
As the ground quickly becomes blanketed in snow, it becomes harder and harder for the chickens to find anything other than their scratch and layer crumble to eat. In summer, greens and bugs galore filled their tummies, without us having... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2009 at Adventures in Eco-Living
I have a weakness.... on a hot summer's day, there is nothing I enjoy more than an ice cold glass of Coke. I can remember lazy afternoons at my grandma's house when I was little, with a chilled glass of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at Adventures in Eco-Living