|Wild low bush blueberries are easily "raked" along the coast of Maine.|
Late July marks the start of blueberry season in Downeast Maine, and the Benner family is fortunate enough to be able to spend some time in this glorious part of the world each summer.
Recently Al Benner paid a visit to an off-grid hostel/farm on Deer Isle, where virtually all the structures, food, and energy are produced right on site by the proprietors. This experience touched a nerve with Al as he found the simple, yet elegant structures and grounds to be very much in line with the vision he and Dave Campeau share for Old School Farm.
|Deer Isle Hostel - Hand built from stone and wood on site|
|The new "hut" made of cedar and oak|
|Hand carving tools on bed and view to the outside world|
|Hand sculpted oak beams and medieval joinery|
|Anneli's garden - seaweed is a key ingredient|
|Reclaimed hardwood shipping skids - idea for compost bins|
|The modest home is completely off grid|
|A wood fired cedar hot tub for those cold Maine winters!Here are some|
|Chickens get lots of vegetable scraps and clippings|
|Dennis shows his simplistic log mover with min-mill and locust logs behind|
|Hot showers using a sprinkling can and pulley|
|Hand pumped Maine spring water|
A Useful Wild PlantColt's Foot is a common low growing ground cover -type plant that has been used by Native peoples for centuries to help with Asthma. Our son Owen experiences pre-asthmatic conditions and has bad allergies, so we will be trying this plant in lieu of inhalers. Simply dry the leaves and then crush to make a tea. Look for leaves with the black spots - the plant's oil that is medicinal is more prevalent in these leaves with the fungus present.
Beet Sorbet Donation
|The water line from the pump house to the spring fed stream|
|The Pump House with solar panel, pump, pressure tank, control panel and water feed line|
|Soaker hoses extend over newly planted rows of rutabegas, carrots and parsnips|