Jul
23

Bonus | Wayward Spark Pt. 1

Within the pages of Volume 7, Modern Homestead, we featured Camille Storch and her family, who are homesteaders in the truest sense of the word. The article is beautiful, Camille's words simultaneously communicate how beautiful, and how hard, choosing a life such as this can be.

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I have a bit of limited experience myself, as my aunt lives in an off-grid homestead in rural Quebec. For me, who visited only rarely and for a short time, found the hand pump for water a novelty; the hand crank for cofee and the hand grinder for flour were an opportunity to help in the kitchen; short, lukewarm military-style showers were mildly unfomfortable, but as a kid, it was a real life adventure. My aunt's garden was surrounded by a tall wall on all sides, so you couldn't see into it. You had to pass through a garden gate, and walk through the shed, and to me it was literally like discovering Ms. Burnett's secret garden. I can still taste fresh carrots pulled from the earth and washed in a rain barrel—I think that taste will stay with me forever.

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But as an adult with a young child, I recognize now how harsh this life can be, how doing without those modern conveniences is trying, and tiresome. But despite the hardships, waking at dawn to the rooster and venturing out in the mist for eggs in order to make buckwheat crepes with flour you ground yourself is a little like magic, it's so different than just pulling open the fridge door. You are fully connected, and in tune, with the rhythms of life. 

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I suppose these childhood memories are what drew me to featuring Camillle when the opportunity arose thanks to the talented Yossy Arefi, who photographed this story for the magazine. There were dozens to choose from and only a fraction were printed—print is limiting in that way—it was a crime not to share more with you in order to provide an even more complete glimpse into Camille's life. This photo essay is only part one; come back Friday for part two. Don't forget, however, that these images are only a fragment of Camille's story—her own words inside Volume 7 complete it. Order Vol.7 to read her inspiring words (she writes with fire in her belly), and read more stories like it. 

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Jul
23
Bonus photos from "Wayward Spark" of Vol.7, Modern Homestead. Enjoy part 1 of 2 beautiful photos of Camille Storch, her charming homestead, and family. Read More
Jul
16
An easy project using a homemade 'goo' and natural pigments to create a sensory drawing board. Read More
Jul
9

Interview | Eoin Finn

Posted By:Katherine
Interview with yogi, surfer, and blissologist Eoin Finn for Pure Green Magazine on "The Eco Karma Yoga Project" Read More
Jul
4
Catch a glimpse of what's on the shelves of Pure Green featured stockist, Design Menagerie, from an interview with co-owner Birgit Marko. "We believe that the everyday should be celebrated, that good things should be savored, not saved". Read More
Jul
2
Postcards from the road by Branden and Taryn (who were featured as our cover story in Volume 8, Welcome Home). We introduce the series with an outpost from White Sands Monument, in New Mexico. Read More
Jun
25
Grovemade, a group of artisans and craftsman from Portland, Oregon creating sustainably stylish products for the working man and woman. Read More
Jun
23
Spend time with Rob Stimpson and Voyageur Quest as he leads a moose photography safari deep into the backcountry of Algonquin Provincial Park. Read More
Jun
18
Each issue of Pure Green features a roundup of eco friendly, non-toxic and organic finds for your home and wardrobe. We do our best to share how stylish and diverse the choices are, and we've been relying on Fashion Conscience to do help us do that, featuring one or two finds from their collection each issue. We were delighted when they offered PGM readers an exclusive 20% off discount on any of their full price merchandise. Read More
Jun
16

Bonus | Dave Stanfield

Posted By:Celine
Bonus photos of canoe restorer and builder Dave Stanfield from Volume 3. Dave works on canoes within the setting of a century-old summer camp, a place steeped in history and tradition, and Dave himself has inherited his craft, life's work, and even the physical workshop, from others that have passed before him. Read More
Jun
4
An easy DIY project for kids using nontoxic, organic paints and rice! Read More
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