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John F. Houpt II, PhD
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Are GMO plants an invasive species under Executive Order 13122?
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John F. Houpt II, PhD commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's photo

Don't throw out those tomato tops!

"Anything you would use tomato pieces and juice for you can use this. I've used the pieces already in my pepper tuna salad last night and will use the remaining pieces and juice in my smoked salmon stew today part as liquid (blenderizd) and as…"
Jul 18
Jennifer commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's photo

Don't throw out those tomato tops!

"John: Awesome! So, you know what my next question is, right? How are you gonna use them?"
Jul 18
John F. Houpt II, PhD commented on Cynthia Skelton's photo


"Beautiful photo. I can smell the sweetness her in SC, but would rather eat it! Congrats on the harvest."
Jul 16
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John F. Houpt II, PhD replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Dehydrating 101'
"Kathy, guess I always had the desire to be independent as I could be. Being a son of parents and grandson of grand parents living during the depression and WWII. I was always taught to take care of yourself and family, and be grateful for what you…"
Jul 16
John F. Houpt II, PhD commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's photo

10 pounds of medium tomatoes

"Approximately 10 pounds of medium sized SC tomatoes. Each tray holds about 1 pound. Thursday I'm going to put a couple of pounds in the smoker to finish the dehydration process and add more flavor."
Jul 15
John F. Houpt II, PhD commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's photo

Dried plums and peaches.

"Jennifer, 6 plums and 1 large peach. Just a successful experiment."
Jul 15

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
I recently retired from 39 years of combined federal civil service. So, to fill my "free time" I founded a local community organization called Aiken Localvore. As the name implies, the goal is to help the community become more secure by building a strong local and regional food system. I am avid home brewer, food grower and putter upper. Love the freedom of the outdoors and the simple way of life.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
My version of Sumo Soup using local vegetables, along with fish and shell fish from Bluffton, SC (>200 miles from home), two pork chops (pasture raised pork) cooked in homemade chicken stock using local pasture raised chicken.
Currently reading:
EcoMind, Square Foot Gardening, The Mist Filled Path, Paleo Comfort Food (recipes)
Currently listening to:
Country Stars and Stripes, Charlie Daniel's band
My latest DIY project:
Simplifying my life by cleaning out all of the closets, dressers, attic, and shed of "stuff" collected over the years and has not seen the light of day for about as many years!!
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Through the Farm Aid website.
Web site I recommend:

Good Organic Brewing Site

Folks, here is a good organic brewing site I use for getting my brewing items.

They also have fair trade coffee for your personal roasting.


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Busy day dehydrating and smoking.

Starting a busy week. Started 10 trays of medium tomatoes today and will run the dehydrator till I use up the 25 pounds we picked up at the state farmers market in Saturday. Also set up 1 tray each of fresh plums and peaches. Smoked two chickens yesterday, one for Sunday dinner and the other in today's chicken bog with fresh picked salad greens and corn. Tomorrow is smoke the brisket and another chicken. Wednesday is 10 pounds of wild salmon. And I'm retired?????

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?

Went to a local grocery store to pick up a few things to go with my fish salad and had sticker shock!! $3.99 for a box of no name crackers!!!! Came home, took 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 2/3 cup of warm water, mixed rolled out dough on a baking sheet, cut with pizza cutter, baked @400deg F for 15 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes start to finish, or less time than going to the grocery store. Wife loved them and wants more. Need to roll thinner across the… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:54am — 3 Comments

HIckory Smoked Potatoes - Great salad!!

 72 degrees yestarday, so I decided to make a batch of hickory smoked Idaho baking potatoes in Little Chief. I left them in the smoke for two hours and remain in the smoker until tender, about 2-3 hours. To prepare your potatoes, wash and leave the skin on, cut about a 1/4 inch thick, toss in a bowl of olive oil and seasoning of your choice. Cover your smoking racks with foil and perforate it. This keeps the slices from falling through the racks. When smoking the…


Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:01pm — 1 Comment

Simple Dehydrated Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Here is a recipe I use to make salt and vinegar kale chips. More healthier than fried potato chips and taste good even using kale that sat around for a while.


10 oz or a "bunch" of Baby Kale

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

1/3 Cup of Balsalmic Vinegar or 2-3 Tbls Raw Honey/Agave if you like sweet

1 tsp Sea or Kosher Salt

1/2 a lemon (Juiced). I used 1/4 tsp of lemon extract since I was out of lemons.


Mixing… Continue

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 4:51pm


It's true Georgia and South Carolina are looking down the giving end of a double barrel storm shotgun with a very negative outcome predicted by the National Weather Service.  So, being the dedicated husband I am, I decided to make a nice grass finished braised beef brisket and root vegetables crock pot meal and stock base while marinating about 4 pounds of steak for jerky and steak sandwhiches.  I'll use about a cup of the crock pot stock to make tonights' french onion soup and some of the…


Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

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