What is embodied energy?

In trying to define the basic principles behind a backyard economy I realized all standard economic measures had to be redefined. Traditional economic systems were designed during the industrial revolution where measures of labor and productivity held little regard for the subtleties of the natural world. My backyard garden is …

The Pear Standard

The Backyard Economist – Issue. 1 The Pear Standard by Harriet Fasenfest Welcome to the first installment of the Backyard Economist. As a disclaimer let me be clear, I am not an academic. I was never taught the principles of economic science. I forgo the requirement because I do not …

Backyard Economist

An old pear trees lives in my backyard. It has taken me some time to understand how connected we are. How similar our cycles. Sitting in the backyard by the old pear tree I watched The buddings, the blossoms, the fruit. And wondered how I ever took it for granted. …

The House Economist

My home economics career started in my grandmother’s kitchen in the early 1950’s. We made a cake together. She taught me how to read the recipe, measure accurately and stir the ingredients just so. A successful result depended on effort and skill. We cleaned up the kitchen while the cake …

Food Safety Links

We all eat and Americans are fortunate to have a highly regulated food industry. A perfect system doesn’t exist however, so consumers need to be aware and knowledgeable about their role in avoiding food born illnesses. Most food related illness happens at home. You have control over the most common …

Food Preservation Links

Enough people across the US preserve food that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) continues to support research and education through its Extension Service partnership at the University of Georgia. Your tax dollars are well spent on this resource. Check it out at: National Center For Home Food Preservation …