In this section you’ll find some of our key articles about our homesteading life.
Creating a permaculture homestead was a longstanding dream both of us had before we even met. Here are some reflective and inspiring articles about our motivations, what keeps us going and things we might’ve done differently in hindsight.
Perennial Agriculture: Edible Landscapes & Food Forests
After studying and witnessing Permaculture sites & spending many summers working on Organic Farms, Ini and I both decided that we wanted to focus our efforts toward a perennial agriculture vision. In the articles that follow, you’ll hear our motivations for doing so and find some of the key ways we’ve manifested our vision.
Humanure & our Fert(ility) Lab(oratory)
At Mountain Jewel, all of our humanure is composted in our Fert Lab, where the magic of the composting process happens! We thank the soldier flies and other decomposers for their help and we were happy to take out our first 1 year seasoned batch of humanure in Winter 2019 and put it on some fruit trees.
An Introduction to Humanure: Let’s Talk about Poop
Our Composting Toilet: Newbie Natural Builder Homestead Review Part 1
Off Grid Homesteading Composting Toilet: Clay Plaster, Slip Straw, Stone & Salvaged Wood
Our First Humanure Harvest! We Take You Every Step of the Way!
Harvesting Humanure on the Homestead: When nature calls, we choose to let her take care of it
In this section we feature articles on ways you can more sustainably build soil. We focus on solutions such as cover cropping, keeping a worm bin and using the compost and more.
Off Grid & Solar Powered
The first couple years of living on the homestead we did so without any power! It’s a good education for a modern human to do so and we don’t regret it. However, it was always in the plan to stay off grid and become solar powered. Here are some articles about our solar set up.