Sharpen Your Edge and Two Books

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Knife Sharpening

Chisels, Saws and Pruners Too!


This Sunday. 1pm to 4pm  $25

It’s time to get that favorite kitchen knife sharp again. Your pruners are probably ready for some attention too.  After this class, you will know all you need for keeping it sharp year after year.

Bruce Gray, antique tool specialist, will guide us through the sharpening process.  He will cover the initial work involved for creating a sharp edge on a severely dulled steel tool as well as maintaining edges on knives, chisels, saws, pruners, and axes.  There are many varieties of sharpening stones and surfaces: natural stones, composite stones, oil stones and water stones, grinders, files and polishes.  Find out what is important to take care of your specific sharpening needs.  Bring your tools that need sharpening!

Enrollment is limited. Please RSVP to save your spot.
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Our Summer Schedule:

May 24  Sustainable Kitchens and Solar Cooking

May 31  High Desert Gardening

June 6  Earth, Straw, and Salvage Building

June 13  Arid Land Restoration

June 27  Rain Harvesting and Greywater Systems

July 11  Open House and Intern Presentations

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Two Books by Andy Bramble

Not a review, just my experience reading Klein and Epstein side-by-side.

At first glance The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and This Changes Everything are Tweedledum to the other's Tweedledee. I mean, look at the covers. It may never have occurred to me to read these two together were it not for the matching color scheme.

And no doubt, they seem like twins but are quite contrariwise to each other in many ways. Wish I could have read them unbiased, but as usual, there's the...

Stuff I brought with me

I stumbled across The Moral Case after a now long-forgotten Google search. It wasn't Mr. Epstein's book I found though. It was an 11 page pdf with the same title.

What it is, it's a sales pitch. Not for a moral case, that's just the instrument. It's a pitch for Alex Epstein and his services as a pr guy. It starts with The Problem and ends with contact me directly to discuss how you or your company can win hearts and minds.

And it's great stuff.  If you're into reading things like how to reframe every issue to take the moral high ground (pg 8) and the six principles of values-based communication that we apply—and teach. My hands down favorite principle? The last one, normalize your hazards. (pg9)

So when I saw Moral Case the book in the library, I had the pdf's let me show what I can do for you pitch already in my head.

With Naomi Klein, I had a much different bias...(read more of this blog post)

Next Event:

Native Plant Hike- We will discuss natural history, medicinal uses, land restoration, and tips for identifying our plant friends.  April 18, Saturday. 10am to 12pm  $10

Thirty kids came for our Homeschool Homestead Day!  Amazing and International collection of families including those from Bolivia, Canada, and Denmark!
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