Off the Grid Water Pump – Simple Pump

| January 2, 2015 | 5 Comments
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simple pump

I was at a party describing our off grid dream when one of the men piped up and said “I know a product you just have to check out”. Hence our introduction to “the Simple Pump”.

We’ve read every part of the Simple Pump website and are very excited to have been introduced to this pumping system that will work very well for our off the grid clean water requirements.

Key Reasons We Like It:

  • The pump can operate on a single solar panel (most competitors products require more power and therefore more panels)
  • It has a hand pumping option.
  • There are choices of systems and none are overwhelming to understand.

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How to Use Garlic Flowers

| December 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

garlic flowers signGarlic Flowers

Garlic flowers are a delicious and delicate tasty treat.

Here, garlic specialist Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds, discusses how to cook them, when to harvest them and he explains why the garlic flowering tops need to be removed.

This sustainable practice allows the garlic flowers to be “deadheaded” but not thrown away.

The flavor of the garlic flower is not as strong as the cloves. It is like comparing green onions and onions.

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Tomato Bocconcini and Basil Salad

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

basil plantTomatoes and basil star in this fabulous salad. It’s delicious, nutritious and easy to make.

The “basil” stars of this video are sweet basil and opal basil.

Richard not only teaches you how to make this recipe, he makes sure you know how to grow basil, he shares some history of this popular herb and demonstrates the best way to preserve it.

This recipe is a classic .

Jacque Fresco discusses Earth Sustainability

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sustainability is the only way our world can survive far into the future. Please take a moment to watch this simple explanation by Jacques Fresco, about how we can all be part of that change … we need to go beyond politics, poverty and war before it’s too late.

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| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sloths in Ecuador via BUCKET OF SLOTHS on Vimeo.

So many interesting and different experiences in Ecuador including sloths! Enjoy this very fun moment caught on tape …

How to Make a Lavender Wand and a Headpiece – Video

| October 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

DIY projects that use lavender and will last a long time that you can make yourself. Take a moment and learn a crafty way to use the lavender and other herbs from your garden.

Lynda Dowling of Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm demonstrates the technique used to make these crafty herbal gems.

How to Make a Lavender Wand and a Headpiece – Video

Home – Is Where We are Together

| October 4, 2012 | 1 Comment

As we travel together so far away from where we came from, this song seems more significant than ever … because we know home is where ever we are together. It’s not a place, it’s not a building – it’s us.

Together we are home, at home and are better stronger and happier than ever … Enjoy this beautiful song and moment shared between a dad and daughter … We love it and hope you do too.

Thanks to the dad and daughter team Jorge & Alexa Narvaez, for sharing their talent in this cover song …


Mango Salsa Recipe – Video

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments


Salsa is a yummy way to eat fresh. Here’s a twist on the tomato based salsa we’re used to in North America using mangos. We’re looking forward to eating fresh local mangos soon and so this recipe will become one of our staples. The local fresh herbs that can be found anywhere and are used in this recipe are cilantro, ginger and garlic and they add a combination of flavors that work so well together.

In this video learn how to turn mangos into a great side for any dish – easily.

Thanks once again to Richard White former owner of Hazelwood Herb Farm, for sharing this tasty recipe.

Mango Salsa Recipe – Video


Build Naturally with Cob – Video

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
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DIY cob

DIY cob, here is a great site that has several videos that show how to work and create with cob and/or straw bale. Several projects and recipes are shared here so it’s a good place to see how it’s done – step by step.

Think building with sand, clay and straw is too much work or just a crazy concept? Well take a moment and check out these how to videos that share everything you need to know.

This is a great resource for us and for anyone considering building or creating with cob, whether you’re curious, serious or just want an interesting sustainable project, this site will give you the tools you need to make decisions before you build.

Very big thank you to the site Build Naturally. for sharing such useful information and on video to boot!


Herbs for Beauty – Video

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
Jasbir Mattu

Jasbir Mattu

They say that beauty comes from within … and that’s actually the truth. Herbs can definitely help with our external appearance by keeping us healthy internally. In this video knowledgeable Health Care Professionals share what herbs they feel work best to help us maintain our beautiful bodies.


Herbs for Beauty – Video


The following Health Care Professionals share their knowledge of the best herbs to use for external beauty:

Dr Tahira Jiwani, Naturopath (ND)

Jasbir Mattu, UK. Certified Medical Herbalist

the late Dr Phillip Chambers, Medical Doctor, Chartered Medical Herbalist

Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink, Naturopath (ND) and registered Mid-Wife

Dr Berte Cui Quan Marr, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DrTCM)

Betty Norton, Master Herbalist

H.K. (Pinky) Mattu, UK. Certified Medical Herbalist

Jillie Spooner, UK Certified Aromatherapy – Essentially Yours Wholistic Services – Victoria {contact info for Jillie? please email us so we may add it}

Carol McGrath, Folk Herbalist

Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge!