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Upcycled Burlap Bags in the Garden (and Farewell to Grass)

February 1st, 2010 · 28 Comments

Last year we expanded our vegetable garden three-fold by converting grass into raised beds.  My plan for last autumn was to sheet mulch the last row of grass that receives any sun, making it ready for spring planting.  Sheet mulching is the  great, labor-saving method of converting any grassy-weedy area into a nutrient-rich garden bed [...]

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Tags: garden, permaculture, upcycling, urban farming

Coffee Chaff Chicken Coop Litter: Creative Upcycling for the Urban Farmer

January 2nd, 2010 · 35 Comments

My friend David Ruggiero is working on a new project called “Upcycling Northwest.”  Upcycling, of course, is the in-word for smarter/better recycling, making use of the energy in the initial production of something, rather than using more energy to break it down into raw materials–or, as David puts it, finding “the highest and best re-use [...]

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Tags: chickens, garden, upcycling, urban farming, waste reduction

Cardboard Box Gingerbread House Gift Box: A Super-fun Upcycle

December 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments

Last night I was wrapping a present for Claire, and I don’t know what came over me.  The ugly old box ended up as a cardboard gingerbread house.  When Claire woke up this morning, she thought the box itself was her present.  Now we are plotting a whole upcycled cardboard box village, but I thought [...]

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Tags: craft, holidays, simple gifts, upcycling