Monthly Archives: December 2012

Designing a sustainable future with permaculture principles

permaculture design principles

When the idea of Runamuk first began to form in my mind, I envisioned a future for my family that revolved around living in harmony with the land.  I imagined that we would cultivate, nurture and protect the land, and the land in turn would support and nurture our family for generations to come.  I pictured a farm where the… Read more »

New soap ingredients have arrived!

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From the sale of my first batch of soaps and salves and lip balms I managed to purchase more ingredients from a wholesale distributor I found online.  Essential Wholesale specializes in ingredients for soaps and cosmetics, they offer organic as well as mainstream products, and they arrived yesterday by UPS in the midst of the snow-storm. This is one of… Read more »

Snow-Day!

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What could be better than staying in the comfort and warmth of your house during one of Maine’s famous snow-storms? This is the view from the back door of the Runamuk homestead.  From here you can see down over the hillside, and across to the neighbors’ through the snow and wind.  The gardens of the summer have all been blanketed;… Read more »

Gearing up for the celebration of the Winter Solstice at Runamuk

As it is for many families, the holiday season is a fun time here at Runamuk.  While we don’t celebrate Christmas (check out this post here for more info on that!) we still do many of the same holiday traditions that most families enjoy at this time of the year. We’ve been busy attending the local holiday parade to see… Read more »

10 tips to help you stretch your meat-budget

dried beans

Previously I ranted about budget-meat versus local and sustainably raised meats.  I’m not going to rehash the topic–but you can read that post here if you are so inclined.  Basically my point was that if you’re truly committed to avoiding the factory farmed meats offered at the grocery store, there are ways to eat sustainably produced meats with a clear… Read more »

Boundary marking ritual

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The day came at last when Keith and I could go out to the old Burns farm to mark out our 50 acres and we were bubbling with enthusiasm and excitement.  We’ve been together since our senior year of high school, some fifteen years–married for nearly thirteen of them–and building this old farm up to its former glory has always… Read more »

Basic beekeeping with the Somerset Beekeepers

kennebec-somerset open-hive

It’s getting to be that time of year again–the Somerset Beekeepers are planning their annual bee-school for the communities of Somerset County, here in Maine.  And I’m thrilled to be teaching the course again. As president of the Somerset Beekeepers it is my duty and privilege to teach new beekeepers the basics.  To be able to connect with people, to… Read more »

The amazing co-evolution of plants and pollinators

bumble bee

When I took that initial foray into beekeeping, I didn’t realize just how amazing the act of pollination really is.  Ten years ago I was bug-phobic like so many others in our modern society, but through my husband’s affinity for insects I began to see them differently.  I was not a fan, but I learned tolerance and appreciation enough to… Read more »