R and I took an afternoon off last month to go over the mountain to the Boulder Harvest Festival. There were workshops on ice harvesting, raising chickens, sharpening tools (BYO axe). Cindy Wilson of Wilson 2 Bar demonstrated soap-making using goats milk while two little Nigerian doelings scampered around. At the session on how to innoculate a mushroom log, we learned why our last attempt mostly failed. Eric, the workshop leader, has a kickass misting system to keep the logs damp. Bolstered by this shared wisdom, we are going to try it again this spring. But there are limits to our homesteading self-sufficiency commitment: we are probably not going to help cut ice off a pond and sled it back to the icehouse, not this winter. Or any winter, I hope.