Author Archives | Rebecca Rockefeller, Rock Farmer

Frugal Freedom: DIY Hummingbird Nectar

by Rebecca Rockefeller Mix Up Your Own Nectar for Happy Hummingbirds If you’ve never put out a hummingbird feeder, this might be a perfect year to start. There’s no need to buy nectar or nectar mix from a store – Making your own is easy and inexpensive. Hummingbirds can be found in North, Central, and […]

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Food Less Plastic: DIY Electrolyte Replacement Drink

  DIY Electrolyte Replacement Drink Perfect Whenever You’d Otherwise Drink Gatorade or Pedialyte by Rebecca Rockefeller We’ve had a few new reasons to re-hydrate ourselves here recently, both good and bad. Good: We’ve had unusually warm spring weather, perfect for long days of work and play outside. Bad: A fierce but short-lived gastrointestinal virus has […]

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A Mother’s Day Less Plastic

By Rebecca Rockefeller Celebrate your favorite mom(s) and your favorite Mother Earth in plastic-free style this coming Mother’s Day. While the old-fashioned advice that “a hand-made present is the best” still stands, of course, you may have reached a point where you’d like to gift your mother with something other than a ceramic creation from […]

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Grill Party Less Plastic

By Rebecca Rockefeller Light Up Your Grill or Fire Pit for a Pizza Party Less Plastic Inspired by some unseasonably hot May weather last weekend, we decided on an impromptu family dinner party. Our friends Pete and Liesl volunteered their backyard fire pit and I volunteered to experiment on everyone by adapting a dish I’d […]

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DIY Garden Trellis Ideas

By Rebecca Rockefeller Originally published at Rock Farmer DIY Garden Trellis Looking for an inexpensive garden trellis that harnesses the power of reuse for function and beauty? As a devotee of immediate gratification building projects and frugality, I’ve got a few suggestions. Branches: Beans on DIY Trellis of Branches I share a community garden plot […]

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Plastic-Free Personal Care: Soap

or How I Gave Up the Bar and Learned to Love Flakes. By Rebecca Rockefeller (Originally published at Rock Farmer) But first, the recipe that will get you off the plastic-packaged liquid soap train: DIY Plastic-Free Soap Flakes DIY Soap Flakes That Work – No Plastic, No Petrochemicals 1 5-oz bar natural soap in a paper […]

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Zero Waste Fun & Games

Got Some Paper and Pencils? You’re Ready to Play “Switch”  by Rebecca Rockefeller, originally published at Rock Farmer Looking for a plastic-free game? We’ve got one you can play without buying anything new – You probably already have everything you need right at home, or even in your backpack, briefcase, or purse. There’s no need […]

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Trash Hacker: Chickens Love Gingerbread Houses

By Rebecca Rockefeller (Originally posted on Rock Farmer) I sometimes feel a bit sorry for our chickens. They have plenty of space, good things to eat, cozy egg boxes and all that, but I can see their dinosaur souls when I look into their eyes, and I’m sorry that they’re so small these days. It’s a good […]

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DIY Plastic-Free Deodorant

By Rebecca Rockefeller (first published at Rock Farmer) When I went looking for plastic-free, safe, and effective deodorant, I turned first to Beth Terry and her Plastic-free Living Guide at her incredible blog My Plastic-free Life. Following her advice, I tried baking soda, plain and simple. I’d been using baking soda for years as my main household cleaner, as a skin-soother in the […]

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DIY Dish “Soap”

By Rebecca Rockefeller (This post originally appeared at Rock Farmer) DIY Dish Soap & Friends This is even easier to mix up than the DIY Dishwasher Detergent… It’s not really soap, and it’s not necessarily entirely plastic-free, but this will clean almost every dish in your kitchen sink. And here is all you need… Plastic-Free Dish “Soap”: Baking […]

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