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Shannon Zuiz
  • Richmond, VA
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Shellie A. Gades commented on Shannon Zuiz's blog post 'On the path to freedom!'
"LUCK!!!"
Sep 8, 2012
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Blackberries

"I have not! I was rather devastated, to say the least! I think I really screwed up the fruit to sugar ratio, and cooked it WAY TOO LONG. I was also trying to convert pounds to cups, and that was yet another factor in this tragic event. Any advice?"
Sep 3, 2012
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Blackberries

"Have you tried again since?  I hope so!  I'd be glad to talk you through it."
Sep 2, 2012
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"You're front and center! Meet Your Neighbors: Shannon is live!"
Aug 30, 2012
Jenna Beaulieu commented on Shannon Zuiz's blog post 'On the path to freedom!'
"Decluttering is one of the best. feelings. ever. A lot of the folks in my life don't understand why I pretty much perform a daily purge of "excess." They don't understand how "stuff" (at least to me) equals…"
Aug 29, 2012
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Awwww yisssss....mama's got a new pressure canner! No idea who to use it, and frankly I'm a little scared of it, but I'll just have to learn and deal. I figure if I gave birth in my living room I can deal with learning to use a pressure canner. ;)I…
Aug 29, 2012
Jennifer commented on Shannon Zuiz's blog post 'On the path to freedom!'
"Good luck, Shannon! And (gulp) at the risk of making your husband sad: May the force be with you and your yard sale!"
Aug 29, 2012
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On the path to freedom!

Our first step on the path to freedom from capitalism is to PURGE PURGE PURGE the mountains of crap we have collected in the four years we have lived in this house. I am selling my entire library of books on Amazon, hosting a yard sale this weekend (and I'm being ruthless, I may have to drug and lock my husband up in a closet on yard sale day to keep him from intervening on behalf of his beloved Star Wars possessions)...I've been able to barter away some furniture in lieu of having to sell it…See More
Aug 28, 2012
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Food Preservation

How-To's on putting food aside: canning, freezing, drying, much more...See More
Aug 28, 2012
Jennifer commented on Shannon Zuiz's blog post 'Urban foraging!'
"Hey, Shannon: It's mostly based in California and overseas, but this site mapping spots for foraging is really cool—and maybe you'll be inspired to start a map for Virginia: www.fallenfruit.org. —Jennifer"
Aug 27, 2012
Shannon Zuiz commented on Shannon Zuiz's blog post 'Urban foraging!'
"Wow! I had no idea you could pickle dandelion flowers! They grow in abundance around here, so I'll have to give that a try. Thanks for the advice and encouragement! I will see if our library has some sort of guide to local edible…"
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Aug 22, 2012

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama
A bit about me:
My family is planning on making a major shift in the way we live. We are hoping to perhaps build a Tiny House (on wheels!) and spend a few years doing internships on various farms to learn more. We're not sure what the future holds, but we're on a new adventure.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Shrimp and corn chowder!
Currently reading:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Currently listening to:
Ani Difranco!
My latest DIY project:
Crab apple jelly!
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Through Radical Homemaking
Web site I recommend:
http://soulemama.com

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On the path to freedom!

Our first step on the path to freedom from capitalism is to PURGE PURGE PURGE the mountains of crap we have collected in the four years we have lived in this house. I am selling my entire library of books on Amazon, hosting a yard sale this weekend (and I'm being ruthless, I may have to drug and lock my husband up in a closet on yard sale day to keep him from intervening on behalf of his beloved Star Wars possessions)...

I've been able to barter away some furniture in lieu of having…

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Posted on August 28, 2012 at 10:58pm — 3 Comments

Hello everyone!

I'm new around here, and thought I'd introduce myself!

My family and I live in central Virginia. We have had a somewhat successful kitchen garden for the last 3 years or so, growing mostly salad greens, kale, herbs and a few random other veggies. I've been trying for the last few years to master the arts of bread making and making jams and preserves. I recently finished reading Radical Homemakers, and it really solidified a lot of thoughts that have been rambling through my head for…

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Posted on August 25, 2012 at 10:58pm

Urban foraging!

So, we made our first attempt at urban foraging last week. I discovered a crab apple tree near the library, and we went and harvested about half of what was on the tree.

I was able to successfully turn it into crab apple jelly. Delicious!

I'm so into this urban foraging idea, and want to learn more!

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 10:34pm — 2 Comments

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At 12:25pm on August 21, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hi, Shannon. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). I’m so glad you found us. Sounds like your family is possibly on the cusp of a big transition; I hope you find lots of useful resources here at HOMEGROWN. Give me a holler if you ever have questions or need help locating something on the site. You can always find the latest additions at the very top of the homepage, and not far underneath that, you'll find our member blog, The Stew. Actually, let me plant a bee in your bonnet now about that: I'd love it if you were inclined to post about your experiences as you ponder a rural move. Just a thought! In the meantime, I hope you feel right at home!

At 11:49am on August 30, 2012, Jennifer said…

You're front and center! Meet Your Neighbors: Shannon is live!

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