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Lessons in Compromise

From Restlessness to Precarious Liberation— April 19, 2014 to July 13, 2014 How would my life have changed had I caught a fish? I’d spent a small fortune on fishing gear for my girls and myself (mostly for myself). I … Continue reading

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The Autumn of 16,647 Kilometers of Lateral Drift

That’s the distance we traveled to return, in my case, to my native state of Massachusetts. Arlo Guthrie, the singer/songwriter, lives here, and he wrote a song by the same name. Throughout the 4 flights we endured to get here, … Continue reading

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Trading Rainbow Trout for a Better Mousetrap

I’d dreamed of having the first rainbow trout farm in Laos. That’s part of the reason I chose to lease my little coffee plantation with the waterfall on the Bolaven Plateau at 1,200 meters above sea level. So, it’s hard … Continue reading

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Cold Season Aquaponics in Underutilized Greenhouses– How to Improve the Livelihood of the Family Farmer

Now that I’m dealing with agriculture and aquaculture extension people and the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program, I’ve decided to remove “Lunatic Farmer” from my article titles. For my regular readers (all three of you), I promise that … Continue reading

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Revised Lunatic Farmer’s Guide to Aquaponics over the Frigid New England Winter

My recent article about this was basically a “thinking out loud” kind of thing which my readers are used to and have hence by now almost entirely stopped reading my blog. I think I’ve made leaps and bounds in terms … Continue reading

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The Lunatic Farmer’s Guide to Aquaponics over the Frigid New England Winter

Rainbow trout were very much on my mind when I learned that my mother in the US was dying. I mean, we are all gradually dying, but she was dying much faster than most of us are. Enough about that, … Continue reading

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From Algae to Wabbits– A Revised Aquaponic System Design

According to the Urban Dictionary, “wabbit” could be: A cuter way of saying “rabbit.” A standard Scots word meaning exhausted, tired, worn out (Ah wiz wabbit after clearin’-oot ma gearden o’ all thon leaves) Hunter’s slang for Wererabbit, or a … Continue reading

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Bombs, Barrels, and Beans on Toast

Life as a hermit doesn’t lend itself well to blogging. Somehow I feel silly sitting at the computer dressed in a bed sheet with my head wreathed in foliage. That’s part of the reason why I haven’t written an article … Continue reading

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Building the Cube– Part 2– Arrival of the Hermit

“In the 18th century, the inclusion of a hermit on one’s estate was regarded as the epitome of country house style. There is absolutely no reason why today’s dandy should not avail himself of the same privilege. It’s a straightforward … Continue reading

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Building the Cube– Part 1

As you can see, the one spot at the Vientiane residence which I could sort of call my own for a quiet beer in the evening was overrun, beset upon by an intoxicated mob of revelers. They carried on like … Continue reading

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