At Blue Rock Station we think about sustainable living every single day. In the mornings Jay and I sit by the warm wood stove and talk about the world’s slow walk towards sustainable living, and this year we decided to take those talks to another level by creating a series of podcasts and soon-to-arrive webinars. This is our way of beginning a conversation with all of you – asking you to join us in our walk towards a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle.
To look at a preview of what Blue Rock Station’s new on-line home looks like visit us at http://www.bluerockstation.com. And, there’s a special video message from us to you. It’s all just waiting for you to listen, learn and join with us in a new way of living.
Plus, you can join Carie Starr and me online every January weekday morning (except New Year’s Day) for a 7:30 am Coffee & Talk: Ask the Woman Expert – 30 minutes of insights into simple solutions for farm challenges, interviews with other women in agriculture and an occasional big laugh. To sign up, send a note with your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. #womengrowohio #bluerockstation #ilovegoats #goatsatbluerockstation
IT’S THE HOLIDAYS!
While many of you will already be finished with your shopping, some of you may need a sustainable gift idea. Get in touch with us to put together a personalized gift – here are just a few ideas:
- A special tour of Blue Rock Station
- The Business of Goat Herding (Hot off the press)
- A cheese making weekend (or consulting, personal cooking class or eBooks on goat health or business)
- A scholarship for a solar installer class
Where you can find us for solar training:
The January class at Zane State College is pretty much sold out, but plenty of spaces available in our next class in March in Marietta, OH. For more information on this class, visit our new “sister” site at http://www.solarpvtraining.com.
Upcoming Workshops at Blue Rock Station:
Check out some of our other upcoming classes. Please register early because all of our events have limited space.
- January 2nd: Annie and Carie Starr – 7:30 am Coffee & Talk: Ask a Woman Expert online with Women Grow Ohio Online
- January 5th: Open House Tour 1 pm to 3 pm
- January 6th: Fast Food Cooking Class noon to 3 pm (only six slots available) (no charge but you will be asked to bring some ingredients for one of the three soups, two salads or omelettes) Sign up with Annie at email@example.com.
- January 7th – 11th: Solar Installer certification class, Zane State College, Zanesville OH
- January 25th: Introduction to Solar Electric – Great for architects, homeowners, business owners – Marietta, OH
- January 26th: Free School: Nurturing the Activist in Me: Join Annie Warmke and Melissa Ayotte (1 pm to 4 pm) to discover some of the basics of how to use some of that energy generated by today’s news to make changes in your everyday life, or the life in your family and community. Free School registration is required by contacting Annie Warmke. Only six spaces available for this hands-on fun afternoon.
- February 8th – 10th: Level II Solar Designer Class roll out – open to only six students (must have attended Level 1 class), Greencastle IN
- February 15th: Roll out of new BRS online video training – cheese making, solar installation, and more. Check the BRS closer to the date for more details.
- February 16th; Healthy Fast Food noon to 3 pm Free School (no charge for this vegan class but you will be asked to bring some ingredients for one of the three soups, two salads or the dessert) Sign up with Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 6th: Farm Animal Concern Trust (FACT) webinar online 2 pm – 3 pm EST. Annie shares Setting the Course for making a living with your farm or homestead.
- March 9th: Cheesemaking with Annie 1 pm to 4 pm
- March 11th – 15th: Small Wind Installation Certification five-day class, Zane State College, Zanesville, OH
- March 16th: Goat College 1 to 5 pm
- March 18th – 22nd: Solar Electric Installer Certification class, Marietta, OH
- March 30th: Build Your Own Solar Generator – Architects, engineers and more. Marietta OH
All of the goats, like a lot of humans I know, have recently caught a cold.
I feel like I’m the playground monitor each morning, wiping runny noses after I have fed them their “snack.” Each day I check them, evaluating snotty noses, coughs (loose or constant) and more. They get kelp, Vitalerbs, Herbiotic, garlic, and chewable vitamin C.
So far it seems like we’re winning, but now my big concern is “Will I get their cold?” This catching cold thing might work both ways. This morning I told them that I can’t get sick for two more weeks. I just have too much to do. And as usual, they just stared at me. No sympathy. Can you imagine?
Food, the Heart of Sustainability:
I truly hate freezer vegetables. But I’ve finally found a way to eat them, and make them taste really delicious. First, I saute them (zucchini, eggplant, squash, green beans etc.) in sesame oil, with garlic and whatever else I like – onions might be good. Next add some spice – I like curry, cayenne, salt, pepper, gram masala or whatever tastes good to you.
When the veggies are cooked through, but not too done, I add some pressed and chopped extra firm tofu. When that’s heated through, I scoop everything into the Nutri-Bullet, add a little rice or coconut milk and give it a whirl. When it’s finished, I could take it to the next level by adding some nuts, but either way it is extra delicious spooned over rice pasta, noodles, or eaten with naan or tortillas (used as as a scoop).
Words that Guided:
Just for today I am going to imagine world peace. Now there’s a thought worth contemplating isn’t it?
Happy New Year from all of us at Blue Rock Station, Annie, Jay
Cadeau, Sophie, Reenie, Dharma, Ralphie, Nikki, Shiela, the goats, chickens, Petunia Pea Fowl and all of the BRS wild life send the same good wishes
Kindest Regards, Annie