Sustainability

How Do You Stack Up?

How Do You Stack Up?

A big part of heating well with wood is proper wood storage, and how you stack firewood is more important than you might think. I’ve been heating with wood since 1989, and 10 years ago my son, Robert, and I started stacking wood in round, outdoor piles. It’s better...

Drover’s Way Farm

Drover’s Way Farm

Sheep herder Sarah Loten takes us behind the scenes of summer pastoral work. Summer days begin and end with herding sheep on Drover’s Way Farm. It is a rhythm that is as ancient as the sheep farming tradition, dating back to 10,000 BC, when sheep were first...

Pounding Tin

Pounding Tin

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a soft spot for metal. The possibilities fascinate me. Plunk me in front of a pile of lumber, and I’ll stare with that same mildly confused look that makes strangers come up to me and ask if I’m lost. With wood, I don’t know where to...

The Fine Print of Life as a Lightkeeper

The Fine Print of Life as a Lightkeeper

Necessity is the mother of all life lessons, not to mention inventions. This unoriginal thought crossed my mind when I examined my gap-toothed grin in the bathroom mirror yet again. I have endured nightmarish dental woes—true stories that would flip the tooth fairy...

An Off-Grid Muskoka Cottage Built from Scratch

An Off-Grid Muskoka Cottage Built from Scratch

and By: Fran Smelko This fall, we received an excited email from a new subscriber, Fran Smelko. We love fan mail from our community and the stories that readers share with us about how Harrowsmith inspired projects big and small. Whether you attempt Signe Langford’s...

Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs

Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs

Even if you’ve never entertained the notion of raising chickens, Signe Langford’s Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs: Keeping Chickens in the Kitchen Garden, with 100 Recipes has the power to pull you into the renaissance movement. Those who are already part of the growing...

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