Video: November 2018 Microstead Check-in

In this video update, I do a quick peek at the backyard experiments I’m running in the garden this autumn/winter. We look at the progress of beet and red cabbage seeds, as well as the onion and garlic bulbs. I also talk briefly about the recent large amounts of rain (5”+) we’ve received, along with the first below freezing temperature dips of the season.

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Building a Wooden Bench

Woodwork is a hobby of mine I’m still just beginning to explore. But the other week, while working on some renovations to my laundry room, I realized I had some decent wood leftover from the shelves I took off the walls. Since they weren’t going back in as shelves, I decided to re-purpose some of the wood into a small bench.

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Sitting Shiva for the State of Jewish America

On October 27th, 2018, Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire on congregants while proclaiming his desire to kill all Jews. This was an antisemitic massacre, plain and simple. It was not an isolated incident, but a violent outburst in a climate of antisemitism which has festered in the United States for some time.

In the last week since the massacre, Jews in America have been in mourning and in reflection over what this attack means for our community, our understanding of Jewish identity in the States, and how we address the cultural antisemitism which informed it.

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Building Hoop Houses for Raised Garden Beds

As colder weather approaches, I’m experimenting with growing a few vegetables in my beds over winter. My original plan was to just use comfrey as a cover crop, but I’ve decided I’d rather try and collect some data on the full growing season in this area, given that I think our climate patterns have adjusted slightly in recent years to more traditional wisdom about what and when to grow.

Depending on where you live, hooped greenhouses like these may either extend your growing season through part of the winter, or even allow you to grow year-round.

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Container Gardening Garlic and Onions

Depending on where you are located, both onions and garlic that you can grow at home may be available at local heirloom seed libraries or farming supply stores. These garlic cloves came from a friend, and the red onions came from an heirloom seed supply in Thomasville. As it turns out, I wound up with way more onions to plant than containers to plant them in, so I’m going to try and keep the rest for later when more materials become available, or compost them if they rot in the mean time.

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Tansy Talk Radio #2: The IPCC Report & Vegan/Pagan Resilience

In this episode, I talk about the recent IPCC report on what is necessary to adapt to coming climate change. While the IPCC advises a ‘flexitarian’ diet, I talk about veganism as a more reasonable strategy for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, and as a more material means of dismantling one of the largest and most destructive capitalist, colonialist industries in the world.

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Fighting Back Against Greenhouse Gas Emissions With Veganism

With the latest climate change outlook, many in my generation especially are both struggling with how to feel and reaching for a new sense of power to change things in the face of such disaster.

Having recognized that so much mismanagement of the world and power stems from capitalism rather than each other, we are naturally focusing our ire at this time on the abstract economic dynamics of the world, and are cautious about adopting individual solutions.

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