Some Real Work

On Saturday, we started our first Real Work in the food forest to be: taking down lots of saplings and brush.  We don’t like to take down trees and bushes, but we also want to create the space for our intentional plants, ones that are really good at producing food for us or for wildlife, or super providers for the soil in our little micro-ecosystem.  It was exciting to get outside and use some muscle power to move a lot of stuff around. Read more

Scrum board

The scrum board is a tool to help a team go through a project efficiently and effectively, with flexibility, while having fun.  Often, in projects, people make a huge project spreadsheet with rows of tasks, organized in order, and time, in weeks or days, going across the top. They fill in the week or days for each task, one following the other, so you get this nice cascade of going down your task list over time. This is called a Gantt chart.  The problem is it never works out as planned. Read more

Appropriate Technology

The other day, we had a big snowstorm.  It dumped 12 inches (30 cm) of the white stuff, and made everything very beautiful.  Around here, with snow means snow-shoveling.  As the storm eased up, I headed outside, and grabbed our shovel, which consists of a blue curved metal shaft (ergonomic), a blue plastic handle, and a blue plastic blade.  Read more