$28 cabbage, $65 chicken, and other insane food prices in Northern Canada

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Originally posted on Grist:

Nunavut is the edge of the world in a lot of ways — it’s the farthest-north part of Canada, a broken-up spray of frozen land coming off the top of the country like a very icy mohawk. In terms of land mass, it’s bigger than any other Canadian province or territory, with an area the size of Western Europe, but its population (mostly Inuit) is smaller than Berkeley’s — and I mean the university, not the town.

So it’s remote, and cold, and sparsely settled, but none of that really explains why food is so outrageously expensive that the basic necessities of life are beyond normal people’s reach. Now, the locals are starting to get fed up (not literally, because they can’t afford it), and they’re agitating for government attention to their unsustainable cost of living. Cabbage that costs $28? Chicken for $65 a pound? They’re having Nunavut. (Sorry.) (Not…

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How to help


Em wrote the guest post awhile back here about being food stamp judged while buying food for her sick daughter. The family could really use your support right now. If you are able and looking for a way to pay forward generosity you’ve received in the past, please consider donating. Thank you!

Originally posted on Crazy Weird and Queer Family:

Dear readers,

Some of you know that this year has sucked.  BIG TIME sucked.  Every time I think we are getting back on our feet another wave brings us under.

It started last September.  My daughter was complaining of a headache, nausea and vomiting, running a fever etc.  Being a kid with neutropenia, we took her to the ER.  For the first time ever, her white count was high.  It got even more bizarre when her thumb swelled.  Later, we found out the she had a condition known as osteomyelitis and septic arthritis.  She went septic and almost died.

Then, the house that we were living in literally collapsed forcing us to move.  We had to leave most of our things behind.  we lived with family for about a month before securing new housing.  People helped us replace many of the things we lost and we thought hell was finally…

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I’ll be back soon….


Hey,there, all you awesome Poor as Folk readers. I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be taking a little hiatus from this blog, probably for the next month or so.

When I return, there will be a couple changes to how I’ll be using this blog and other social media. Such as:


· Expect to see more content put into print zine form & e-reader form.

There will also still be regular content just on the blog, usually regarding current events but some content already here on the blog will be polished and expanded upon to be published in print form.A lot of new content will be available this way exclusively. Since the purpose of this blog is to support low income people, the cost will typically be a “pay what you can” system (including an absolutely  free option).


· The Facebook page will be retired BUT you don’t need Facebook to read this blog.


If you use Facebook to keep track of this blog and you don’t follow too many others, you can use the link on the sidebar to subscribe by email.

A really valuable tool for people who read more than a few blogs is a feed aggregator, or feed reader. The huge advantage of using a feed reader over Facebook to keep track of what you read is that you will always see the content you want to see as it’s updated. You open your feed reader and everything you like is on your feed. No algorithm hides anything or shows you what it thinks you want to see. And of course, because it’s a private account, no one else can see what blogs you follow.
I use feedly, which I find to be really easy to organize into categories (parenting,gardening,geekery,art,etc) and here’s a good tutorial that explains how to use feedly if you’re new at this. There are also other feed readers,too, if feedly doesn’t work out for you.

You could also do the old-school method of bookmarking the page in your browser and checking back from time to time. People still do that, right?

During this break, I’ll still be using my Twitter like I do everyday  and you can feel free to follow me there. I tried for awhile to keep tweets there related to things I’d talk about here on the blog but since I’m a fully formed human and all, it was hard to just talk about one thing. So, that’s just a heads up for would be followers that I talk about PAF stuff there but also might talk about my kids or what book I just read that probably has nothing to do with food or being poor.

So, I’ll see ya’ll soon! In the meantime, if Twitter isn’t your thing and you need to get in touch with me, there are other ways to contact me listed at the link on top of the blog.  Be good and stay awesome, everyone.


Ramp Season


Hey, it’s almost ramp season. I’m excited. Probably more than I should be .

Originally posted on DIY or Die: Survival in a Post-Apocalyptic World:


Three of my Little Preppers went on a walk along the creek in back of our house the other day to hunt down some ramps. DSC_0016

(I don’t know if “Little” would be the correct way to describe my older kids. They’re not so little anymore. One is actually an adult. So, I haven’t quite figured out a better thing to call them yet )

Ramps are pretty awesome. Some people call them wild leeks and they are close to real leeks but not quite. For one thing, ramps are much easier to clean and prepare. They grow in wet ,woody places, usually near streams or ponds and lakes. In the springtime , you’ll be able to smell them before you see them usually. They have a garlicky -oniony scent. To harvest, you just give a yank and they come right up out of the ground.

They’re really  pungent,actually. My whole…

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Transgender Student Discrimination in Ithaca, NY

Originally posted on crazy dumbsaint of the mind:

Kaleb wants to be a plastic surgeon. Eventually. First, he needs to get through high school. It hasn’t been that easy recently. Not because of poor grades or lack of ambition. Not because of a crappy homelife or family that doesn’t support him. The school is the one making it difficult.

Kaleb is a transgender student. He chose to enroll in the Nursing Careers program at TST-BOCES, a Career & Technical school in Ithaca,NY that serves the area school districts in surrounding communities. Students take their academic classes at their hometown high school half of the day, then go to the BOCES campus to take the classes in their focus study there. At Kaleb’s home high school, a small town outside of Ithaca, being transgender was never an issue. Kaleb was instrumental in establishing a Gay-Straight Alliance group with support of the community & faculty. The high school converted an…

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What to do with life and it’s lemon handing.

Originally posted on DIY or Die: Survival in a Post-Apocalyptic World:




Damn right.  Lemons are good for a helluva lot more than lemonade. And you know what I love about the Internet? There are infographicy picture memes floating around that tell you all the great things about just about everything out there. It makes the writing part of blogging really easy.

So, here are all the great things about lemons:











See? SO good!

And of course, post-apocalyptic living …you know what you’re going to do with the seeds,right?  Yeah, that’s right. You’re going to plant those seeds and grow little itty bitty lemon trees.

Like this: How to grow a lemon tree from a seed

I happen to know this works. when my oldest son was about 5, we had been doing a lot of gardening at home and he noticed a seed in a lemon slice in my iced tea. So, we planted…

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Turn A Men’s T-Shirt Into A Cloth Diaper and other cloth diaper making links

Reblogging this one from my personal blog with extra links at the bottom for other free diaper making tutorials. You can adapt any diaper pattern using recycled materials .The key is to use 100% cotton. About all the diapers in my youngest kiddo’s diaper stash were made using both  flannel sheets and cotton jersey  that had seen better days as sheets.
There’s also links to diaper covers at the bottom, which is a whole other post that should be covered, along with cloth diapering basics. I’ll get to that in the near future. 

[Tutorial] Turn a Men’s T-shirt into a Newborn Cloth Diaper

This is a pretty typical way to make a newborn sized prefold but I’m demonstrating by recycling a Man’s T-shirt because the sizing works so perfectly, making for less fuss w/ measuring & cutting. It’s like they were made to be recycled into just this very thing.

STEP 1: Find a 100% Cotton  XL Man’s T-shirt in Need of Upcycling

The only set requirements is the tee be 100% cotton & size XL. Men’s or a gender-neutral tee works best, even though women’s size XL is roughly the same but sometimes the women’s tees are cut to be more form fitting & throws the sizing off a bit.

Since it has a little rip in the upper portion, this was perfect for diaper making, since mostly the lower part of the tee is what’s needed. T-shirts like this end up in my “Fabric Recycling” bin because, obviously , they have no resale value at a consignment shop & I personally won’t donate clothing items that are stained or damaged. Generally, stained clothing w/ rips are tossed out by the charity they’re donated to and I’d rather save them myself from the landfill. (Besides, it’s just bad form to assume that someone in need of clothing wants to wear stained & torn clothes. )These t-shirts find new life in a variety of forms – T-Shirt Yarn, cloth menstrual pads, diapers, rags … pretty much any project that needs 100% cotton.

Step 2Lay T-shirt Flat & Cut Off Bottom Hem

Yep, just cut it right off.

Step 3: Fold T-Shirt in Half, Making Sure Bottom & Side Edges are Even

After you fold it in half, you’ll notice that the bottom edge measures about 12 inches,perfectly. Nice, because  this is the width of a newborn cloth prefold. When you fold the shirt in half, you’ll now have 4 layers of cloth – also the typical number of layers in a cloth prefold.

Step 4:  Measure 13″ Up Along the Folded Edge & Cut.

This is what you’ll end up with…. a 12 x 13 rectangle, 4 layers thick.

Step 5: Cut  the Inner Soaker Layers

This is the center portion of the prefold, the thickest layer. Here I’m making a 4-8-4 prefold. What these numbers mean is this: The 4s refer to the number of layers on either side of the soaker. The 8 refers to the number of layers total in the center portion. This is what’s considered a diaper service quality prefold & you really don’t want to use anything w/ less layers. For people new to cloth diapering & not aware of the many places to buy nice cloth diapers, they often go to Target or Walmart  and pick up what they sell as “cloth diapers”. These are 2-4-2 prefolds that feel like gauze. After a day of using these as a diaper, most are pretty much done with their cloth diapering experience forever – or until they discover the real deal.

You can use upper unused portions of the same T-shirt of choose another 100% cotton source. Shirt sleeves & pants legs from children’s clothing work great for this. If you use sweatshirt sleeves or sweatpants legs, you might choose to only use 2 layers instead of 4 because they are thicker.

Here I used youngest son’s outgrown ( and very stained from playing outside in them) pajama pants.

The width should be about 5 inches wide and again, 13 inches long, just like the outer layers .

Step 6:  Make Your Soaker Sandwich

Unfold the t-shirt & insert your soaker layers ,about 3 1/2 inches from the outer edge. Fold outer layer back into place.

I’m sort of a haphazard crafter & never pin anything but it’s probably a good idea to pin at least the top & bottom to hold all the layers in place while you stitch everything.

Step 7: Stitch the Soaker into Place

Straight stitch inner layer into place. Afterward, you may need to trim up the outer edges to make everything even again.

Step 8: Sew Along Outer Edges

If you have a Serger, just serge along all the outside edges. If you don’t have a Serger, it’s not a big deal… you can just zigzag stitch the outer edges and still have the same quality of diaper. Sometimes, I’ll straight stitch the perimeter first and then zigzag for extra integrity but I’ve found that plain zigzag stitching works just fine.

Step 9: Just Add Baby

Here’s the finished diaper. I’ll add the baby soon.

Oh..and save your t-shirt “shavings” for other projects! I plan on  making  a T-Shirt Shag Rug with my saved bits.

[via Mothering.com ]
*Sew Your Own Diapers–how tos for sewing “Quick-Dry” AIOs, Fitted, Fitted with Velcro, Fitted Front Snap, Fitted Side Snap, AIO, Pre-Fold, Pre-Fold to Fitted diapers, Ultrex/PUL with Snaps Cover, Fleece with Snaps cover, plus measurements of popular fitted diapers, FAQs, and approximate costs of materials to sew your own diapers*Cloth Diaper Sew-along by Kayla of Kayla’s Cloth Kits–awesome directions and pictures
*Swim-diaper Sew-along, also by Kayla of Kayla’s Cloth Kits. Great instructions!*How-to-sew-elastic tutorials as Quicktime videos, pocket diaper information, and answers to common diaper-sewing questions from Amber of Diaperkit. If you’re having trouble with elastic and you’re a visual learner, these are great!

*How to Sew a FuzziBunz-type Pocket Diaper

*How to Sew a FuzziBunz-style Pocket Diaper with an envelope opening

*How to Sew a Fitted Diaper

*How to Sew a Fleece Diaper Cover

*Diaper Sewing ‘N More Tutorials–Fitted Diaper, Contour Diaper with Elastic Legs, Fleece AI2 (snap-in soaker), PUL/Fleece/Wool Cover, Fleece Side Snap Cover, Doublers, plus Mama Pad directions

*Make Your Own Diaper Insets–for pocket diapers, would also work as lay-ins with a cover or as doublers

*How to Make Contour Diapers from Prefolds

*The Famous Fortune Cookie Tri-Fold Insert–using microfiber towel

*Sewing Diapers from Recycled Materials–how to make Flatfolds, Prefolds and Fitted diapers from stuff around the house

*How to Make Fitteds From T-Shirts

*How To Sew a Wool Cover

*How to Sew “Sweaterpants”

*How to sew a prefold “the real way”

*Instructions on making a prefold either by using padding for the center or using a single piece of cloth

*How to make your own prefolds in 7 easy steps

*How to Add Leg Gussets to a Diaper

*Pic Tutorial on How to Get Fleece to Roll In Easy–for leg elastic on pocket diapers

*How to Make a Pull-On Wool/Fleece Newborn Cover–like the Luxe cover

*How to Make Pull-On Trainers From a Pair of Underwear

*A Comparison of 3 Popular Free Diaper Patterns–Wee Weka, Mamabird, and Ottobre

*How to Make A Zippered Wet Bag

*How to sew different diaper styles from the Very Baby pattern (these methods can be applied to *any* diaper pattern) as well as tutorials on FOE, repairing elastic, and more

*How to modify a drill press for use as a snap press

FREE DIAPER PATTERNS:http://www.darlingdiapers.com/darlin…fitted2008.pdf *Newly available on the internet again! Darling Diapers (aka Diapers Sew Darling) newborn size serged fitted diaper.http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/
*Rita’s Rump Pocket–One-Size-Fits-Most Fitted Pocket Diaper–PDF pattern, as well as a new one-size-fits-most H&L “granny tab” diaper cover! Designed by our own amberthesugarcat! http://www.geocities.com/rew4birth/Diapers.html
*Mama Bird Diapers–the very popular Mama Bird diaper patterns–if you get the data transfer limit error from Geocities, try again later! Patterns for Fitted, AIO, and Pocket diapers. This pattern runs small!

*Wee Weka diaper patterns, plus tutorials on how to sew pocket diapers, pocket diapers with gussets, elastic casing, and fitteds

*Fitted Diaper Pattern–3 sizes. The directions for assembly are here and in Dutch  but there are pictures!

*Patterns for fitted diapers and covers. The entire site is in French. PM me if you need help figuring this one out, I speak some French and would be happy to translate (and the Google apps translator doesn’t do a very good job  )

*MatNap fitted diaper pattern for use with a Snappi–looks like you could easily add hook-and-loop or snaps to close, or use with pins–her instructions use a large beach towel & say you can get 3 diapers out of one towel

*How to make a PUL pocket diaper with fleece waistband that fastens in the back

*How to Draft Your Own Fitted Diaper Pattern

*How to Draft Your Own Diaper Cover Pattern

*One-Size Fitted Diaper

*Comfy T-shaped Diaper Pattern (not printable, but very easy to draw yourself!)

*Ottobre Fitted Diaper Pattern–this pattern runs large!

*Ottobre Knitted Wool Diaper Cover Pattern

*Fern and Faerie’s Hand-Knit Soaker Pattern

*Lion Brand “Day-to-Night Felted Soaker” knitting pattern. You will need to register to view the pattern, but it is free! 

*Miala Diaper Cover Pattern (size medium only), soft baby shoe pattern, plus links to a variety of other free patterns

*Free Side-Snapping Diaper Cover Pattern from Chloe Toes

http://www.celticclothswholesale.com…at egory%3D11
*AIO Pattern (size medium only, other sizes available to purchase)

*”No Elastic Fleece Pull-Up Cover”–would probably work with wool too

*Quick sew pull-on soaker (for wool or fleece).

*Side-snapping Waterproof Training Pants

*How to Make Your Own “Bum Sweater”–longies from a wool sweater

*How to Make Your Own “Bum Sweater”–soaker from a wool sweater

*How to Make Your Own “Bum Sweater”–soaker from a wool sweater

*A drawing showing how to cut longies from a sweater sleeve–no sewing instructions, though

*Tutorial for making “baby pants” from the sleeves of a sweater. You have to join the site to view the pics 

*Patterns and How-Tos for Flatfold Diapers, Gusseted Diapers, Covers, Knit Soakers, Training Pants and more

*Crochet Longies pattern

*Tiny Birds Free Knit Soaker Pattern

*Free patterns list at the WAHM Mall

*Free Knit/Crochet/Sewn diapering patterns

*Collection of Knit/Crochet and recycled wool diaper co

Low fat Tuna and potato fish cakes

Originally posted on Daily Dose of Fresh:

Tuna Fish Cakes

Boy, oh boy! These Tuna and potato fish cakes will blow your mind.

This is a family favourite that I often make for lunch. It is very low in fat and a very balanced lunch when served with a crisp lettuce and tomato salad on the side.

The one ingredient that gives these fish cakes their lovely sweet and aromatic taste is the fennel tips.

If you have never had fennel with fish then I suggest you put it on your bucket and grocery list!

Fresh Fennel could be hard to come by so don’t hesitate to use the dried fennel instead.  Try Cape Herb & Spice’s Dill Tips  they are freeze dried, the flavour is insanely intense and lift these simple ingredients to new a new level of great taste.

Use normal cake flour to dust the fish cakes but if you want to cut out the gluten in…

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TAKE ACTION on the “King Amendment” to the Farm Bill

Originally posted on WestDeltaGirl's Blog:

TAKE Action on the “King Amendment”

Contact your Senators and US Representative and tell them not to allow the “King Amendment” in the Farm Bill. This is  not only a food safety issue but also a state’s rights issue and animal welfare issue. Representative Steve King, (Iowa) has a long history of working to stifle animal protection laws, is trying to weaken state animal protection measures through an amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill

The so-called “King Amendment” (Sec. 11312 of H.R. 2642)  has already passed the House and is therefore under consideration as the conference committee seeks to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. If the amendment is allowed to stand and is adopted into law, it will disrupt advancements that have been made in animal protection throughout the country.

Some of the State laws include those that stop shark finning, horse…

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