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Summer UrBIN travel kit

Hitting the road for summer excursions like picnics, barbeques and festivals, prepare yourself with a pre-packed cooler

  These are my must haves:

All Weather Blanket


Trauma Kit (First Aid)

Minor first air kit with Hand sanitizer

Hibiscus Tea Bags (Rehydration)

Ear Plugs (2 pair)

Face Masks  

Wet Wipes

Cold Compress

Mister with Fan filled with water (In a Ziploc Bag)

Hand pump…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 5, 2015 at 8:41am — No Comments

UrBIN Travel Kit

Before we leave Winter behind with its' hat and mittens lets reflect upon our preparedness during travel with our precious cargo in tow.  These are my must haves for my Urban bin:

30 hour candle

Duct Tape

Ear Plugs

Thermacare body wrap

Toasty Toes foot Insole

Trash Bag

Hot Hands Hand warmer

Hot Cans Cocoa a self heating beverage

Utility Flame:  Gel based fire starter



Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on March 12, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Summer of Survival

The free webinar "Summer of Survival" has inspired me to think about Summer emergency preparations.  Time and distance from any event will enable you to complete tasks to do in advance of impending chaos.  Planning prevents panic, so here is a list to help your hearth and home

Plug in  any Electric Generators

Charge Phones

Complete the Laundry

Bake the Eggs

Hydrate the House with Citrus Peel Water…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on June 11, 2014 at 7:09am — No Comments


Herbaceous plants like Asparagus are nutrient dense and are an important part of permaculture. Crowns of the garden, These green spears are a hardy plant can be grown in Indiana with only one year of toiling in the soil and will rewarding for the long term. Taking 3 years for a significant harvest with a life span of two decades. Divided in the spring these plants are self seeders and need to be planted on a mound of earth fanning the fingers gently to maximize growth they should be planted 12… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on April 30, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Laundress, Cook and Nurse


In honor of the 150 Anniversary of the Civil war we gather our permaculture posies, bind are breasts for uniform, prepare the wash tub, and gather the gear of gauze, cotton and whiskey to help at the field hospital.

With quill and parchment in hand, Women often joined the civil war as a way to earn money.  The first paid positions for women were the cook and the nurse but others found a  pension as soliders or spies more rewarding financially.  The hoop skirt was the perfect…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on July 1, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments



With this blast of bitter air we are reminded that Spring is officially here and we have been germinating for weeks in our kitchen window gardens, sheds and cold frames.  In honor of Heather Tallmans bold decision to have a second act to this play called life, I salute those busy women who still find time to put coconut honey rice pudding in their crockpots and sing, write, and paint their well being into a meaningful life purpose.


Keepers of the hearth plan a garden…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on March 25, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Green Move

The cardboard boxes are an expense … upcycle your move with an acquisition strategy that reuses the excess of the food industry.  Boxes are plentiful when you are a wholesaler buying by the case.  I suggest choosing rectangle boxes like corn chip boxes and egg boxes with handles.  Look for boxes already inked with fragile and recycle them into your plan.  Boxes that are unmarked are likely to end up in your urban garden or permaculture patch as we squash the grass and prepare for the season…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on February 3, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Falling for a green transition

A great big temper tantrum for my transition to fall! In with a cold, head congestion and many toss and turn nights the thought of turning my home for the season was the last thing from my mind. But fall marches for no woman like the brisk wind from the North. So in honor of the days ahead the season of light here are my favorite green transition in this season of orange and…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on October 14, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Day of the Lughna: Glamping

This is how it really turned out on Sunday, August 12, 2012


The Day of the Lughna is a celebration of the beginning of the harvest.  An ending to the time of lack and the beginning of abundance.  Today, we celebrate in the perfect weather in our great State of Indiana.


A mussie tussie was the first gift to my gal pals as I greeted each one of them with an organic nose gay upon their forearm.  The bouquet garne was filled with a scented geranium, hyssop and…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on August 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments



Seeking serenity on a budget has always meant a 45 minute to 1 hour and 15 trip to a state park or the Hoosier National Forest.  It seems those in Beverly Hills are just learning how glamourous camping can really be...for your wallet.

Glamping is not all smores with champagne "champs".  Here is my list to make camping glamourous

1.  Arranging Floral and Fauna at the camping site.  Centerpieces add an elegant touch to an all ready natural scene.

2.  Sandbar…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on April 22, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments


It is all about the people that I have met along the way, the locals with good wishes and the sheriff's coaching me on the techniques of protecting myself.  These have been super days and only the best is yet to come.

This 200 square feet is so much more.  It is an opportunity to invent green and showcase that small is possible.

Let's grow something real and begin to germinate a change of thought to begin a new structure, dynamic and construct of living.  Keepers of the hearth…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on February 6, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Kitchen Garden Musings


This is just between you and me, but I love to "drive" thru my kitchen garden and plucking the celery for a quick snack under the shade of the leaves of the oak tree.  It thrills me when the brown beans have sprouted and the gherkins are growing vertically up to the sky. 


If people were only so easy to read as a ripe tomato or a firm pear on the tree, I would know when to pick this vendor or that advertiser.  My truth while building this farm means creating…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on July 15, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Why I grow food

Shh!   Keep this to yourself, but I feel better in the kitchen garden.  My little plot of earth inspires me to get up each day to cultivate, tend and nuture.  When I am considering an opportunity it is always measured against the progress of the permaculture patch. Each day I am rewarded by growing something that we consume.   


This year I am pledging to grow more celery leaf so that each crockpot meal has the taste of fresh.



Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on April 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A tomato cage Christmas

While staging the garage for the next growing season, I spied the tomato cage in a new way. The cone lended itself for a holiday repurpose. Gathering bits of garland and silk poinsettas, this charlie brown Christmas tree has given me a little joy in the corner of the porch. A simple plastic pot and some floral foam anchor the new "tree" and a leftover brick protects it from being blown away. Lighting the way to celebrate the season from a gardening point of view. We can all do…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on December 7, 2010 at 8:36am — No Comments

Green Gift: #EcoMonday

Change your thinking and lead the thought revolution. Let’s vote with our dollars and show that we buy locally and…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on November 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

A green day of gratitude

The beautiful gifts of gratitude begin in nature

so today, I invite you to be steward of the earth

in your own body,

in your own consciousness,

in your own loving heart

A caregiver of nature.

the thanksgiving treasures of your life:

the opportunities that you have been given,

the ones that have effortlessly opened up for you this year.

Reflect upon the ground you…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on November 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Swimming through the Holidays

As we buckle up for the economic turbulence ahead, let’s remember Steinbeck’s message: we can remain who we are, as long as we’re willing to be surprised by who that is.

Every day we can…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on November 13, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Black Friday: Go big or don't bother

Black Friday was actually the second day of hearings by the House subcommittee, which had been going around the country holding public investigations into Communist infiltration of…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on November 8, 2010 at 2:18pm — No Comments

The Big Turn Off

Change your thinking and lead a thought revolution by participating in the Big Turn off as a worldwide social experiement to take 24 hours off digital media.

The date for The Big Turn Off is 1/1/2011. Will you join me in this effort?

Make this your “New Year’s resolution.” for the a new decade. I would like to think of this as a new decade of where we could have a little more conscience decade of the media we are consuming and doing…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on October 20, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

10 Secrets to a GREEN Christmas

Here are a 10 of my favorite ideas for greening your christmas.…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on September 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

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