modern homesteading
Portland, I'm Coming Home!

Portland, I’m Coming Home!

Let’s be honest: my heart is planted in my Portland garden. It has been tough to be away for the last couple years temporarily living in Eugene while I work on my masters of landscape architecture degree. I have found a few places to make me feel at home-ish here in Eugene, but I have...
Chicken Mites: Yikes!

Chicken Mites: Yikes!

I’ve been keeping chickens for several years now and have always counted myself lucky that I never had a run in with mites. Up until this summer, I had never lost a member of our flock to an animal attack. Losing one of our ducks to a raccoon earlier this summer was the first sign...
Visiting New Chicken-Keepers

Visiting New Chicken-Keepers

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the backyard of Brian and Tara, thirty-something parents who just started keeping chickens. They used the standard sized chicken coop plans from my book Modern Homestead to come up with a variation that would work for their backyard. It was really cool to see what a basic plan...
Portland Book Event This Saturday

Portland Book Event This Saturday

In Other Words is a great shop in Portland specializing in feminist literature and I am proud to have an event there this weekend! They are the feminist bookstore featured in Portlandia, which is a hilarious show in case you haven’t seen it yet. I will be there at 4:00pm this Saturday July 30th. I...
Goodbye Milt

Goodbye Milt

We found Milt a farm! Our drake, or male duck, is now spreading his love among a large flock of ladies living on a farm just south of Eugene. Whew! We were not looking forward to having him for dinner. I think Bess, Pepper, Gladys and Ramona are enjoying the peace and quiet. We are...