The Triple R’s

Last Saturday, the UM FLAT held its first Work Day for the fall semester. FLATmates and volunteers sanded and varnished the front porch, pressed nine gallons of apple cider and weeded and mulched several garden beds. These three projects represent the triple R’s of the dictum: reduce, reuse and recycle. Reduce Power tools can be expensive, and…

Making Time for Beauty

It’s easy to nod along to the rhythm of school, work and the other aspects of our lives. We often find ourselves lost in the past or focused on the future, forgetting to open a space in which we can experience the present. For some of us living at the UM FLAT, an upcoming retreat to Goldbug, Idaho, was just…

Catching Summer in a Mason Jar

In the hit TV show, Game of Thrones, the phrase “winter is coming” is a warning and reminder to be vigilant. In the world of gardening and eating locally, it’s a prompt to assemble the mason jars. Freezing, dehydrating and canning are just a few options to preserve in-season produce for the wintery months to come. A bit of…