Shinrin-yoku – Woo-Woo or Yahoo?

Disconnecting from our everyday lives is not something we do often, even though we know it’s good for our well-being to step away and de-stress. If you’re anything like me, you try, with occasional success. I make a rule that I won’t check Facebook for a week. Which becomes, ok, maybe just today. And then, […]


Well, that was exciting… our bees swarmed this morning!  Lightfoot walked outside to start plastering and thought, “what’s that noise?”  They settled on our willow tree, and we captured it, due to the heroic efforts of Lightfoot and Josie. Lightfoot captured the swarm, and Josie cut the branch, with the swarm inches from her face…eep! […]

(W)hoop It Up In the Garden

One of our focuses over the last several years has been increasing how much food we can produce. Part of that is extending the growing season. Being at almost 700 feet over sea level, our last-possible frost date is mid-May.  We’ve never actually gotten butternut squash to finish, though I can say that little baby […]

On Being a Jack of All Trades

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook […]

Introducing Jamalot

We’ve been brainstorming what a monthly or bi-monthly event at CopperMoon might look like. We want to give folks a chance to come soak in the abundance that we nuture here at CopperMoon: the wildness of our forests, learning and sharing art, permaculture practice, love of natural building, sustainable living, camaraderie, and community. We want to offer a […]

And Then, Art Happened

We like the wildlife at CopperMoon. I’ve taken countless pictures of bumblebees on echinacea, the new deer fawns every spring, orb weaver spiders in their magical webs, occasional bears, and the tree swallows who nest in our birdhouse each year. I bought this birdhouse as an art piece. I don’t remember if I even asked […]