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Making yogurt in our home kitchens is an easy feat, part of reclaiming the mysticism of food production. Indeed, it’s so easy, we must ask ourselves: why did we ever stop? Yogurt is of the oldest known ferments, and certainly one of the yummiest. Yogurt contains active live cultures of bacteria, collectively known as “lactobacilli,” which improve human gut flora, and are often sold for high prices in health food stores as “probiotics.” Since this author began eating home ferments, she rarely gets ill. Improving our gut flora improves our immune systems overall. So, on to the making!

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Making your own laundry detergent is easier than making soup! It is also way cheaper than buying detergent from a store. If you do not have a car, you will not miss hauling laundry detergent home on the bus or by bike. You will not miss lugging large plastic jugs out to the curb for downcycling. You will not miss adding phosphates to your water supply.

Recipe after the jump…

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This past Thor’s Day Ernistine Cabins and I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Shannon Hayes, author of “Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture,” sponsored by Weston A. Price Foundation and Just Food. A packed house, decent Q&A, and a panel consisting of a radical mom homesteader, mystic herbalist, urban dumpster forager, and Brooklyn chicken coop keeper made for a lively and fascinating discussion.

Listed below are some of our highlights and questions:

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Do you ever come across something that speaks so strongly to your passions that you can hardly contain your excitement? Well, that’s exactly how We Revelers felt when we got an email regarding the upcoming talk and book signing by Shannon Hayes, author of “Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture.”

When we saw that title we basically fell out of our chairs. Uh…reclaiming domesticity? HELL YES. We got even more excited when we read the blurb from the book’s web site:

Radical Homemakers uncovers a hidden revolution quietly taking hold across the United States. It is the story of pioneering men and women who are redefining feminism and the good life by adhering to simple principles of ecological sustainability, social justice, community engagement and family well-being. It explores the values, skills, motivations, accomplishments, power, challenges, joy and creative fulfillment  of Americans who are endeavoring to change the world by first reclaiming control of home and hearth.

The talk, sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation and Just Food (also awesome) is on April 28th, 8:00 pm at 114 West 47th Street. Note there are no tickets available at the door, but you can get them here.

We’re so excited to attend this event, and to get our hands on the book. Watch N.O.T. for a full report.

For Revelers not in New York, check out the Radical Homemakers web site for other upcoming talks. If you attend one, be sure to let us know how you liked it.

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