All posts in 'Costa Rica Ramblings'

How to get your goat pregnant in Costa Rica

Posted on October 23rd, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Permaculture

It is more difficult, and expensive, to knock up a goat than you would think. There are interesting perks and challenges implicit in attempting to farm in the jungle. I have been learning everything I can about how to take care of our animals online, but the problem with that..
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Goat DIY

Posted on September 29th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings

Above image: when you take the goat for a walk (as one does) and the hens decide to follow you up the road. While we have had chickens for a few months now, there is something different about having a goat (second one is on the way). As my daughter..
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Costa Rica Confession

Posted on September 18th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Energy Medicine

Above picture: Me, building a greenhouse while being shot in the butt with Nerf darts from a maniacal toddler. This is my life. I have a confession to make. This is the kind of thing that’s hard for me to say, so I’m only going to say it once. Ready?..
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Wandering Herbalist: Costa Rica Fruits

Posted on September 7th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Vitamins Minerals and Herbs (oh my!)

I have a confession to make that usually puzzles my clients and students who know me to be a food “expert”: I don’t usually eat fruit. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s that, for some reason that I have never fully understood, my body just doesn’t seem to..
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Clueless Attempts at Permaculture: 6 months and Drowning

Posted on September 1st, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

Remember last time I wrote one of these and it seemed vaguely optimistic? Forget all that. We are currently in the depths of the rainy season. The good news about this is that, as it pours for hours every day, nothing needs additional watering. Here are the downsides: the soil..
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The craziness of DIY in the jungle

Posted on August 15th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings

I would give anything for a Home Depot and a Michael’s right now. Let me explain. We are DIY kind of people. I blame my parents for it really – when I was growing up, our house was always in a state of renovation and my folks are the kind..
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Wandering Herbalist: Mamon (Rambutan)

Posted on August 1st, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Vitamins Minerals and Herbs (oh my!)

Medicinal plants, fruit: Mamon The fruit stacked high on the table at the market looks almost alien. Spiky, with little barbs radiating outward, bright red and about the size of a ping-pong ball; here in Costa Rica, this fruit is known as mammon, though in Asia it is better known..
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Touch for Health for Chickens – The Balancing of Prince Agatha

Posted on July 15th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Energy Medicine

So everyone who has been following us on Facebook or on my blog knows by now that we bought some chicks. Despite having no idea what we were doing. And things were going pretty well with them, up until they turned six weeks old. This is the true story of..
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Clueless attempts at Permaculture: 3.5 months

Posted on June 10th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

The good news is: food is actually growing. The half-dozen pots of lettuce I had planted as we were getting settled are large and we are consistently pilfering leaves for salads. We’ve had our first little crop of radishes and celery, green onions and herbs are in abundance. Almost every..
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The chicken saga

Posted on May 18th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food

As part of our shift to try to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle I wanted to have animals to help provide more protein for our diets (eggs, milk, cheese). The tricky part is that I have no clue what I’m doing. Perhaps you don’t know this already, but I’m not..
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