Category Archives: Central Texas

Turkey Surprise

  My husband, Bud and I never thought we would suddenly become turkey farmers when we retired and we moved to the country in Texas. One day when our grandson, Joshua was visiting, he ran into my kitchen and said, … Continue reading

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Texas is a big state and things are spread out. Emergency preparedness is required.

My daughter and I were on the way to an adjacent town about 30 miles away to shop.  I was just remembering how I handled three small kids years ago on long trips like this.  I noticed a woman with … Continue reading

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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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Bastrop Sustainable Meetup at the Comfort Cafe

Sorry, I am so late on reporting this most interesting Meetup.  Our members were treated to a most wonderful, interesting Café, and Gardens that support nourishment for Body and Soul. Comfort Café in Smithville relies on good food and good … Continue reading

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Food Forest Project

Mom and I needed a lot of compost and mulch for a project we were starting. I learned that a local organic pecan orchard owner has been chipping up trees for mulch because he had lost many trees in some … Continue reading

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Texas Chainsaw

Be more careful than you think necessary when operating a chainsaw. My husband and daughter were simply taking down a standing  tree that was burned in a wildfire. He is experienced and has cut many trees down with a chainsaw … Continue reading

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Reuse-Reduce-Recycle

I lived in a rural area of Texas that had no garbage pick-up. We had to drive our trash to a dump.     One day I saw a metal water trough while unloading our trash. I examined it and saw that … Continue reading

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Preserving My Garden Bounty

I am interested in how to save food from my garden. The last time I had excess I was so busy I could not process it so I took fruits and vegetable to the senior center cooks and my neighbors. … Continue reading

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Unexpected Bastrop Sustainable Meetup

Will Holcomb, Bastrop Sustainable Meetup Organizer  and George Swanson got the chance to set up this Meetup at Buda Aquaponics, one night for the next day. Plenty of forewarning… uh huh! George had a Meetup with Bastrop Sustainable at the … Continue reading

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An Individual in the Making

Once upon a time there was a child that was sure to become a unique individual. The child was raised in the city. His great-grandparents lived in a far rural part of Texas. There were no city noises only the … Continue reading

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