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Robin Buterbaugh
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A bit about me:
I'm a common-sense outdoorsy girl who's worried about the susustainability of our country's current lifestyles. I've been canning and cooking for about 10 years, but my garden in the last few years has been less than stellar. I want to increase my family's sustainability by doing more gardening, preserving, and learning basic traditional skills.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Frittata with potatoes, sausage, onions, and cheddar
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Currently listening to:
Mumford and Sons
My latest DIY project:
I just learned some basic knitting last week and hope to keep learning more.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Apron Stringz
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At 9:51am on April 17, 2011, Angie Thomas said…

Hi Robin!  We are on, literally, opposite sides of the state, but I love making contact with like-minded South Dakotans!  I am only about 15 miles from the Wyoming border in the Black Hills, so it should be interesting to see how different our SoDak experiences are.  I'm looking forward to our chickens and even more excited for the eggs.  Did you get a lot of snow out of this last system or was it all rain over there?  We got about 4 inches, but people east of the hills got over a foot!  I am ready for warmer weather, but it seems like that is how I feel every spring and Mother Nature rarely cooperates.  I transplanted some strawberries yesterday in the windy sun, but now it looks like a week of snow flurries is in my future.  I need to study anyway...happy planting!!  I look forward to more beautiful pictures!

At 4:06pm on April 18, 2011, Angie Thomas said…

My husband and I actually spend a lot of time in the middle of nowhere and I know exactly where Custer highlands is located!  Gorgeous!


I am working on my bachelor's degree in Natural Resources Management through Oregon State University.  It is an online program and it has enabled me to stay home with my daughter until she goes to kindergarten.  I am hoping to go to work for a natural resource management agency such as the forest service--that's where my husband works as a firefighter.  He's out of town on a fire assignment, which is the only reason I have been so active on here lately!  I'm glad, though, I think this is an exciting little community they have created here and so different from facebook and the like.  ZI would never go on facebook and add a complete stranger just because she lives in SoDak and has a garden!  Funny how these things make us do things out of our comfort zone without even realizing.


It's my program at OSU that has helped me see that we can make legitimate connections online...I love my program and I am privileged to be in classes with people from all over the country and the world!


We got 6 inches last night and it's not melting away.  :(  BUT, I transplanted all my broccoli seedlings and am able to leave them in the greenhouse until planting them outside so my lights aren't so crowded anymore!  :)


Take care, I have to work...hard to stay motivated...

At 7:31pm on April 18, 2011, Angie Thomas said…

My husband's in Colorado too, but on an engine--does your brother work for the USFS?  I will ask Jeremiah if he knows him--crazy small world!


What do you do for work?


I've been glued to this screen all day working for one of my classes--I'll catch up with you again soon.  Take care, hope the white blanket of death passes you by this time!!!  We're due for a few more inches before it's all over.


At 2:25pm on April 27, 2011, Angie Thomas said…

I keep forgetting to ask him about this...ever since he's been home he's been working on the garden beds and chicken coop!


Do you like your work as a microbiologist?  That sounds really interesting.  I had a biology series last year and it certainly changed my perspective on the world--it's the microbes' planet, we're just living here!!! 

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