Category Archives: History repeating

We have become officially retro!

Catherine Mills · August 21, 2016 · Yes, we here at the Purple Gate Herb Farm are about back to nature, sustainable agriculture, alternative building, solar, rainwater collection, and now we have officially entered the previous century. We quit satellite … Continue reading

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Foxfire

As our grandparents and even our parents are moving out of our lives with knowledge of how they lived in a “pre-industrial or pre-digital age”. They take with priceless knowledge not because they want to but because they believe that … Continue reading

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We Used to Think—Water, Water,Everywhere…..

“and not a drop to drink” may be in our future. If you are paying attention, worldwide there is a concern for available water. Underground water sources are being depleted and drought conditions mean that recharge of the underground water … Continue reading

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In a Class of It’s Own-Exploring Edible Wild Plants of Houston

A Short Reminder of History If the name Meriwether seems familiar you probably have heard of the Lewis and Clark Expedition commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson after the Louisiana purchase in 1803. This expedition was under the command of Captain … Continue reading

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Texas Water Rights

Linda sends me emails on a regular basis about issues that impact local citizens. The League of Independent Voters of Texas <info@independentleaguetx.org> I am sending her this open letter: Hello Linda I was living in Burleson County Texas when the … Continue reading

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What is “Sustainable” and Why should I join Bastrop Sustainable?

It seems it is easy to believe that what exists now has always been so.  I felt that way when I was a young teen-aged girl.  I lived among people who had methods of harvesting wild foods that did not … Continue reading

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Fool Me …..Once…Again

Ever get one of these notices? Then you think SURE…I BET THERE IS A CATCH! Then you read on for kicks.  Yeah,,,any of those would be NICE! After skipping over the very important fine print…. Hmmm. A bonus as well….. … Continue reading

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Bastrop Texas WildFire September 2011

Texas Bastrop Complex Wildfire September 2011   September 4   Catherine and Bud were working outside. They saw a bank of black clouds and commented to each other “I wonder if that is the rain expected?” In a few minutes of … Continue reading

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Hot and Dry Again or is it Still!

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. This year more than most  the words of Longfellow reflect the month of August in … Continue reading

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Drought and Wildfires

Living in the 21st Century in Texas We went to prepare our garden beds for planting this morning. The ground was so dry that a breeze of wind set up a dust storm around our shovels. The ground was as … Continue reading

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