Category Archives: Sustainable Living

How GM-foods affect the body

In the first post of my series on GMOs (which you can read here), I explained that genetically modified organisms are plants that have had foreign genes inserted into their DNA. While not all impacts of GM-foods have been fully researched, specific aspects of how the altered foods may be affecting our bodies have been documented.  Many doctors and scientists… Read more »

How to make your own granola cereal

homemade granola

Cereal is getting to be quite expensive at the grocery store, and if you take a look at the list of ingredients you you might find yourself wondering at the necessity of it all. I mean–what is tripotassium phosphate anyway? I looked it up–tripotassium phosphate is an emulsifier or foaming agent used in food processing. Besides that is the fact… Read more »

What’s the problem with GMOs?

October is GMO awareness month.  In order to raise awareness of GMOs and in participation of Non-GMO Awareness month, I’ve put together a series of blog-posts to help inform those who may not know why this is such a big deal. What is GMO? GMO stands for genetically modified organisms, and they are plants that have had foreign genes from… Read more »

Making your own breads

There’s nothing quite like homemade bread still warm from the oven.  A fresh slice slathered in butter is a treat that can’t be beat.  Even after three years baking my own bread my family can scarcely wait for the loaves to cool enough before cutting into them. Making your own bread is a rewarding experience.  Not only will you be… Read more »

Bees have been good to me

So what if I’m quickly becoming known as the local “Bee-lady”–that’s not so bad (better than being the crazy cat-lady, if you ask me). Bees have been very good to me. In the three years since I brought home my first colony, my life has changed dramatically–in a very positive way. I did not expect to be so taken with… Read more »

Managing beetles in the organic garden

If you miss the chance to take preventative action, such as in applying neem oil to the leaves and stems of your tomato plants–all in not lost.  In the organic garden, keeping up with the pests who would make a meal of your crops is a never-ending chore.  I go to great lengths to avoid having to cause harm to… Read more »

Growin’ Good

Things are growing good here at the Runamuk micro-farm and the spring garden is well on it’s way. Our first delivery of “super-loam” from Lynch Landscaping in Skowhegan, Maine arrived Monday evening and I was so happy I could have rolled around in that beautiful stuff!  And wouldn’t you know it–the man who delivered the soil was one of my… Read more »

Heirloom seeds make sense

heirloom seeds

I received my first-ever copy of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog on Monday and I am so excited! The vegetables and fruits portrayed within it are all non-hybridized, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.  This company boycotts anyone related to Monsanto and any other gene-altering companies.  Plus, the seed they offer has come from all over the world, so some of… Read more »

Why you should shop at your local natural foods store

natural foods

I love going to the local natural foods store! We patron the Spice of Life Natural Foods Market in Skowhegan.  As far as grocery shopping goes, it’s a real treat to walk down the isles of ethnic and organic foods, to see the rows of spices and herbs, the organic teas, the bags of nuts and seeds to buy in… Read more »

Wildlife in the backyard

maine moose

A large part of our plan for the Runamuk farm revolve around wildlife.  In our home we love to watch the wildlife in our backyard: birds, bats, squirrels, butterflies and other insects–and so we garden with animals in mind.  After we’ve moved into our new home, I’m looking forward to increasing our efforts to invite nature to share our space. … Read more »

Homemade cheddar crackers

homemade crackers

One of the ways we try to live sustainably at the Runamuk homestead, is to make what we can by hand.  From the hive-boxes my husband constructs for me, to the home-grown vegetables and homemade bread that we eat.  Not only is it cheaper, but usually the quality is superior, and there is a certain amount of pride that comes… Read more »

How to store garden produce for the winter

All summer you’ve been enjoying the bounty of your garden, but now there’s a chill in the air and it’s time to harvest the rest of your home-grown vegetables.  But how to store it all for use during the winter? Gardening is returning in popularity as more and more people strive to practice sustainable lifestyles, but much of the knowledge… Read more »

Micro Eco-Farming

Okay, so I wasn’t completely honest.  I want my own homestead, sure.  But I desperately want to break into what is quickly becoming a fast-growing industry.  Micro eco-farming.  Micro eco-farming is living and growing sustainably on local tracts of land–usually less than 5 acres.I just read Barbara Berst Adam’s book, and while I had known that is possible to eek… Read more »

FIDDLEHEADING: A Maine Tradition

Fiddleheading is a long-standing Maine tradition.  It’s an annual adventure to trek to your local river-flats to pick the ferns before they unfurl in the Spring.  Locals prize their picking-spots like a secret family recipe; I could tell you where I go, but then I’d have to kill you. Those who have never heard of Fiddleheads look at you as… Read more »