Do you know FARMcurious? Started by my pal Nicole, FARMcurious is a one-stop online shop designed "to educate, inspire and equip the urban homesteader." We've done some demos and events together, and now she's graciously offering a 5% discount on merchandise from FARMcurious to Punk Domestics readers! Simply enter the code punkdom at checkout and voilà! The site is chockablock with wondrous and cool things for the urban homesteader in your life, so grab some goodies to stow under the tree. (And if you get yourself a thing or two, we won't tell...)
For the gardener:
Handmade Clay Seed Starter This gorgeous clay seed starter makes a statement that growing gardens is beautiful work, while making it possible for those of us who lead busy lives to successfully sprout seeds. A lovely, handmade piece of art, it will allow you to sprout 6 seedlings at a time, with only weekly watering (and absolutely no plastic)!
Olla: An Ancient Water-Conserving System The days of standing in the yard for hours a day with a hose are over for us at last. An Olla (pronounced oh-yah) is a handmade terracotta clay pot used as an ancient method of drip irrigation for container gardening or ground applications. Simply bury the ollas, fill with water and let the watering happen on its own.
For the DIY Enthusiast:
One Gallon Beer Making Kit Home brewing is all the rage. You desperately want to try it, but you know you don't want to own 5-gallon carboys and a bunch of other wonky equipment. We've solved that problem with this one-gallon beer kit. It's just enough to give you a taste of the good stuff.
Soda Making Kit Do you love a refreshing beverage but shudder at the thought of buying those nasty sodas full of HFCS and other gross stuff? Make your own fermented soda, just like in the old days! Like it really sweet or not so sweet? Super carbonated or not? You can control that when you make your own at home!
Vinegar-Making Kit A beautiful kit for the beginner or advanced vinegar-maker. This kit includes a gorgeous oak barrel from Allary, France which is lightly waxed inside to avoid allowing your vinegar to become over-oaked. There is also a spigot near the bottom for pouring your completed vinegar into bottles for storage.
ReCAP Fermenting Set The complete 3-piece set to make your own DIY fermenting vessel. The ReCAP BPA-free plastic lid screws onto any regular mouth mason jar for a tight seal while the stopper and airlock allow your ferment to exhaust carbon dioxide without introducing oxygen or having to "burp" the lid.
Bee's Wrap Set of Three Wrap bread cheese, vegetables, and cover a bowl without using plastic. Use the warmth of your hands to mold the Bee's Wrap to create a seal around the top of a bowl, half of a lemon, the end of a crusty loaf of bread, or wrap a piece of cheese. When cool the wrap stiffens holding its shape and seal. Keeps food fresh naturally, and is reusable!
Glass Straw Sets with Mason Jar Tumblers Did you know that every day in the US approximately 500 million straws are used and discarded?? Yikes! This set includes a straw made from pyrex-style glass to help reduce waste while avoiding nasty chemicals found in many plastics. The bottom of the straw is flared to keep it from falling out of the grommeted top but also to protect it from breakage inside your glass. The creator of the straw stands behind its strength so firmly that he'll replace any straw you manage to break during normal use.