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Laurie Power
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  • Austin, TX
  • United States
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama, Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker
Fill in the blank:
bicycle commuter
A bit about me:
I'm a mom, full-time student, and until recently I was a cook in the deli of a co-op. I grew up on a rural route, but live in a quickly growing city. At the moment, I'm planning a yard-to-orchard transformation.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
tacos made with every kind of leftovers.
Currently reading:
There's a list - I sort of graze a buffet of books.
Currently listening to:
William Shatner - Common People
My latest DIY project:
everything I do is a DIY project, and they are all going on at once. Except sewing. Adjusting the tension on my machine is giving me aneurisms.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
from a link in the back of a print copy of The Urban Homestead
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A lil' update...

Earlier in the month, I had the opportunity to take a community garden leadership training class, hosted by the Sustainable Food Center.  It was really informative, and now I'm considering adding another set of things to my to-do list.  The New Day Community Garden at the Baha'i Center hosted the workshop, and after, gave us a garden tour.  I took lots of photos, some of which can be seen on the…


Posted on November 21, 2012 at 7:06pm

catching up...

I added muscadine grapes to this Fall's project, and my fancy new camera is on the way (so excited).  Studying has been taking up most of my time lately.  I'm taking 18 hours this semester (five classes, two with labs).  Last week I attended a Bill McKibben lecture at UT, and I think that while the prospects for the planet look bleak, the permaculture movement is a major front in battling climate change, even if still below radar to most of the people in attendance at the lecture.  If anyone…


Posted on October 7, 2012 at 2:19pm — 1 Comment

Building the soil...

This week I started classes at Austin Community College - Physical Anthropology, Physical Geology, Spanish I, and Public Speaking.  Between reading for my classes, bein' mom, starting the application process for a study abroad program, and gathering supplies for school (textbook$$$ x_x) and yard (drip line kits, mychorrizae), I've been doing a little side research and garden planning.  My yard is hard pan, dry, weedy in some areas, and the soil really needs help.  At the moment I'm reading…


Posted on August 31, 2012 at 5:27pm


   When I was about four or five, my parents and I moved out to the country.  Dad got to know all the old folks at the feed store, questioned my grandfathers (who were both farmers) constantly, and subscribed to periodicals about farming and gardening, ordering farm equipment and seeds and books from the little ads in the back. Somehow we ended up with a book called The Homesteader's Handbook, by Rich Israel and Reny Slay.  It was typewritten, loaded with cute, hippie line drawings…


Posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:56pm — 2 Comments

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At 12:23pm on August 24, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hi, Laurie. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content), and I’m also a native Texan. I’m so glad you found us—sounds like it was almost by chance! Thanks for taking the time to look us up. Please, *please* keep us posted on your yard-to-orchard makeover. It sounds exactly like the kind of thing the HOMEGROWN flock would love to read about and see pictures of. Is The Big Transformation already underway?

In the meantime, don’t be shy about posting stories and photos of your DIY projects in our member blog, The Stew. You can always find the latest additions to the site at the very top of the homepage, and if you’ve got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. I hope you feel right at home!

At 9:35am on August 27, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hey, Laurie. Thanks so much for filling me in a bit on the backyard makeover. I know you've probably got plenty on your plate, but the transformation process sounds *so* impressive and ambitious and awesome that I *really* hope you'll be game for blogging about it in our member blog, The Stew. It's just the kind of thing that HOMEGROWN types are interested in—and yet, I don't think we've had anybody write about such a project here before, especially from start to finish. Having a blog record of the process, starting now in the planning stages and moving through the finished orchard, would be pretty cool. I'm just saying. I don't know if you have a personal blog and are writing about this already, but if so, we'd love to have you cross-post here. And if not, well ... I'd love if if you'd think about it. I'm so impressed by this idea and I'm just so glad to have you around HOMEGROWN. —Jennifer

At 10:33am on August 27, 2012, HOMEGROWN.org said…


At 9:54am on August 31, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hey, Laurie. I love your new profile photo. Are you a fan of Ana Mendieta, by any chance? And happy Friday! —Jennifer

At 9:18am on September 4, 2012, Jennifer said…

It's a really, really cool photo—nicely done! I first came across Ana Mendieta's work at the art museum in Monterey, Mexico, on a road trip from San Antonio. Pretty amazing stuff but with a pretty sad backstory. I like happy family shadows even better—and so glad that Texas has fared better this year, compared to last summer (and to so much of the rest of the country this year). Thanks for sharing it!

At 9:06am on October 24, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hey, Laurie! I know you're in actual school-school, but did you see this? http://www.homegrown.org/group/perma-curious

Hope you're well! –Jennifer

At 9:02am on October 25, 2012, Jennifer said…

I'm so glad it sounds like things are going well! And yes, of course, you've got plenty on your plate, but I'll keep you posted!

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