Todd O'Brian

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Like so many things, this program has been impacted by COVID-19.  Here is the official word:

COVID-19 has created budget uncertainties for the 2020-21 fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) and as a result, the Beehive Distribution Program will be deferred until adjustments to the state budget are determined. Beehive Distribution Program applications will not be accepted at this time. As information on the status of the Beehive Distribution Program becomes available, updates will be provided on this website and through the Agency’s social media.



Hopefully, this program will be up and running again next year.
1 month ago
I learned a new skill.  Those videos were very helpful.  I included a picture of my little "helper".
1 month ago
It is a basic white bread from the book, Beard on Bread.  My yeast decided to be a little difficult but it proofed enough that the bread tasted just fine.  
Lemme try this again.  I finished my old dish soap and went out and got some new stuff.  It is BoulderClean and the website says it is gray water safe.  https://www.boulderclean.com/frequently-asked-questions/
4 months ago
I harvested Autumn Olives (sometimes called Autumn Berries), it is an invasive species that happens to also be edible.  They are mostly on the east coast/rust belt, but they are spreading west.  They have even shown up in one county in Montana.  You can eat them raw but it is better to cook them because that kills the seeds and prevents them from spreading further.  I foraged them over two afternoons, ~7.25lbs in total.  They aren't on the list but hopefully the spirit of the BB has been met.
4 months ago
I used my bathtub and a drying rack for this task.  I think people switched to washing machines so that they could remain ignorant of just how dirty their clothes were.  Ick!
4 months ago
Palmolive Pure and Clean.  The bottle says it is biodegradable, for what that is worth.  
4 months ago
I wasn't aware of this technique.  Gave it a whirl and it worked!
4 months ago
It was hard to accumulate enough dishes without driving my mother completely insane, she hates a clutter.  The black pot was where I kept all my soapy water and I took great pains to minimize the rinse water, though I couldn't keep track of exactly how much I used.
4 months ago