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2010 experiments

Footsteps in the snow2010 has been a year of experimentation.  We've tried out new crops, new ways of raising our chickens, nearly a dozen mulches, alternative methods of caring for our honeybees, and much more.  Some experiments were failures, some were successes, and some were jumping off points for further experimentation.

Although we've tried to remember to faithfully report on the conclusions of each experiment, it's tough to know when an experiment is really over when you're working with complicated permaculture systems.  And I have to admit to the failing that afflicts many scientists --- I'm less prone to publish negative results.  So for the next two weeks, our lunchtime series will regale you with the highlights (and lowlights) of the year's experimentation.  I hope that seeing the experiments summed up in one place will help you choose which ones will work well in your own homestead or garden.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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