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Lily Da Vine

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I've lived in Mexico for nearly 5 years, freelancing for cryptocurrency. My special interests are: glassblowing, cooking, crochet, sewing, crafting, gardening, travel and more. highlyfunctionalgrowth.com is my personal blog https://peakd.com/@highlyfunctional
Sometimes old Homestead Guru content takes on new meaning for readers. This post was inspired by some controversy over a post three years old titled “New Poll Finds Millennials Lack Basic Survival Skills”. The post in question was based on a...
Agorism is something I hold near to my heart but I’m also aware that the majority of people don’t know what an agorist is, including many who fit the bill. Let's define it:  “Agorism is a social philosophy that advocates...
This post is inspired by our Guru community in a discussion among gardeners on whether or not its a good idea to grow vegetable gardens in tires. At first glance, it seems like an excellent solution to a worldwide waste...
With the recent rise in gardening thanks to the pandemic, perennial plants are finally getting some love and attention. I’ve personally seen my friends embarking on the journey of starting gardens to “grow their own food.” They are realizing...
Show Us Your Garden! Show us your powers of propagation. Share your gardens  with the Homestead Guru Community. Gardening Beginnings Gardening has always been a part of my life. First with my Mom who grew primarily houseplants to sell at flea markets....
Eat Your Weeds. Dandelions Are Good For You! It’s the dandelion season now and if there’s one thing I learned as an amateur forager it’s to eat your weeds. Dandelions boast a number of great health benefits. But you can...
In another confusing move, President Trump now threatens to close trade deals that allow beef importation into the United States. He was vague with his statements, as usual, leaving us all to piece together the implications of what he said...
Propagating Succulents With everyone staying at home there’s been a recent rise in gardening, especially indoor gardening. Succulents are not only out of this world beautiful but they are extremely easy to grow and reproduce without very much garden know-how. It’s...
Life Gives Life: Is Pain Part of that Process Even when I was vegetarian I never fooled myself into believing that I was harming fewer lives by choosing to eat only plant-life. I was aware that every time I ate...
The decision to move to Mexico was easy because I thought I loved Mexican food. Turns out, I do, but what I thought was Mexican food is really TexMex. And actual Mexican can be even better. Today’s example? Authentic Mexican...
Urban Farming is on the Rise in Detroit 5 years ago I moved to Detroit with my then life partner. We were attracted by an agricultural and cultural revolution that was happening in the city. Urban farming was on the...
Canning Butter Here at The Homestead Guru, we’re all about creative canning ideas. You might remember our recipe/how-to for pressure canning bacon for survival situations. Anyone who followed that recipe is likely happy to have that skill in these current...