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Troy Anderson
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Non stick pans?

I have two cast iron pans but I want to add a standard lighter weight non stick pan for cooking fried eggs and so on. Can anyone recomend one that would be considered Eco friendly or at least non…Continue

Started Dec 31, 2011

What to do with all the hot peppers?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by jim turner Aug 22.

Need help with raised garden beds!
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I am about to start construction on 3 or 4 raised bedds in my yard. here is my question. What is the best material to use and how tall should they be? I have a lot of rabbits in my yard and also 2…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray T. Goss II Jul 21, 2011.

 

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jim turner replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'What to do with all the hot peppers?'
"I used 1/2 cup Morton's canning salt to 1 gallon 5% acidity vinegar  -- I made up brine and put in whole jalapenos and weighted them down.They started turning brownish  overnight-  looks like they are starting to pickle-…"
Aug 22
Tisha Whitson replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'What to do with all the hot peppers?'
"I tried this just the other day, 1/2 cup pickling salt, 1 gallon vinegar, weighted with a bag of water. All peppers are covered but they are turning yellow, once a beautiful green, what could I have done wrong? "
Jul 28, 2012
Troy Anderson joined John F. Houpt II, PhD's group
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The Brewers Pub - Sit and raise your glass with friends!

If you are a brewer, a lover of home brew beer, or just interested in making beer or wine at home, this is your place. I do not support anyone provider of brewing items, but the community. I brew what tastes good to me and so should you. PROST!See More
Jan 3, 2012
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"I used untreated white pine. We are starting year 3 with the same wood, so far it is holding up well for the price! We have not treated it with anything."
Jan 1, 2012
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"I've been wanting to build a raised bed this spring but am debating what type of wood to use. I found that pressure treated wood can leach chemicals into the soil over time and same with other woods. Cedar i found is the gardener's choice…"
Jan 1, 2012
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Non stick pans?

I have two cast iron pans but I want to add a standard lighter weight non stick pan for cooking fried eggs and so on. Can anyone recomend one that would be considered Eco friendly or at least non toxic? Could be I just need to re season my cast iron but eggs never come out right.
Dec 31, 2011
Troy Anderson replied to Carrie Seal-Stahl's discussion 'Heirloom Seeds...'
"I have been looking at Baker Creek for my winter order. I have heard great things and look forward to trying them out for myslef"
Dec 15, 2011
Troy Anderson left a comment for Rebekah Ainsworth
"How did the summer treat you?"
Dec 15, 2011
Troy Anderson joined Cornelia's group
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Newbies - Just starting out

A place for those of us who are just dipping our toes into Homegrown living. Maybe we're looking to change how we buy our food, what we buy...Maybe we've started our first garden and have questions. If you're green, this is the place for you!
Sep 15, 2011
Ray T. Goss II replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'Need help with raised garden beds!'
"I use the scrap outside "boards" from our local sawmill.  They look rustic with bark on the outside and smooth surface on the sawcut side.  Here they average about 12" in width by varying length.  Depending on the type…"
Jul 21, 2011
Cajun Chef Ryan replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'Need help with raised garden beds!'
"For my 1-foot raised beds I use 2"x12"x16' untreated lumber cut into raised bed boxes which are 4'x12'x12". I have four of them now in the back yard. For my 8-inch raised beds I also have two raised beds in the front…"
Jul 5, 2011
Larry Snyder replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'Need help with raised garden beds!'
"I used  8x8x16 cinder blocks. Get the chipped & cracke4d ones there much cheaper. I usede 1 course but I'm consideringt adding another course. These beds will never rot."
Jul 4, 2011
Elizabeth Laren replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'Need help with raised garden beds!'
"Hey, Troy. I just built raised beds this year. I used 2x6 cedar and 4x4 cedar in the corners. I had the 4x4s cut to 12" lengths and the 2x6s cut to 8' and   4'. Each side of the bed is 2 2x6s tall. You could make the beds…"
Jun 28, 2011
sparky replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'Need help with raised garden beds!'
"Lynda, I have pics from the last couple of years,  and really need to get some for this year.  I went back to a discussion I posted some older pics on, and it was really fun to look at them.  My garden is much bigger now.  I will…"
Jun 17, 2011
Lynda Reynolds replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'Need help with raised garden beds!'
"Sparky: I'm impressed!  Could you post pictures?"
Jun 16, 2011
sparky replied to Troy Anderson's discussion 'Need help with raised garden beds!'
"I used salvage bleachers for mine.  Each bleacher had three layers, the original 6" cedar, then a 7" overlay of fiberglass.  Later two rails were added and a ten inch fiberglass.  Each set of cuts gave three boxes, a cedar,…"
Jun 16, 2011

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker
A bit about me:
I have been a golf course superintendent for 10 years. I am starting to use more organic products on my course and we are seeing reductions in the need for synthetic chemicals.

I hope to get out of the golf buisness in a few years and start a farm market.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Roasted chicken with sweet potatoes, shallots and butter nut squash. All roasted in the same pan so the fat off the chicken flavors everything!
Currently reading:
Folks, this ain't normal. Joel Salatin
Currently listening to:
Bluegrass and the Dead.
My latest DIY project:
Nothing but work lately.
Web site I recommend:
http://acresusa.com

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At 12:23pm on October 9, 2009, Trell Johnson said…
Hi Troy! In re your questions about Mead. It could not be simpler! Get a 12 pound batch of honey, mix it in with about 3 gallons of super good water. Heat that mixture up to about 160 degrees f and skim off any crap that floats .

Add the mixture into a Standard 6.5 gallon Carboy or Primary Fermenter(Aka Food safe plastic bucket) and then make up the volume to 6 gallons with more really good water. Pitch your yeast in, i use EC-1113 but any champagne yeast is good. Do not use beer yeast!!! I cannot stress that enough. Now wait.. and wait... soon it will stop bubbling, When it does, rack it into a new carboy. Try to avoid mixing in air. Wait another 2 months or so, bottle it up. Make a sweet mead at about 11.5 percent alcohol.

Want more? Try www.gotmeat.com
At 12:24pm on October 9, 2009, Trell Johnson said…
i mean www.gotmead.com
At 10:07am on March 12, 2010, Rebekah Ainsworth said…
I am also in the pre-market phase really. There was one last year, and this year I hope it will be better, but most of my effort is going into trying to lure people into the love of farming (while learning a lot about it myself!). My organization has a demo farm (very small, more like a garden), and are planning on having workshops and weekly gatherings for people growing or interested in trying to grow produce.
Hope to keep talking about all this...what a great forum!
At 10:31pm on November 13, 2010, Andrew Odom said…
Thank you Troy for accepting my friend request. Looking forward to chatting more and especially seeing more pics!
At 10:20am on November 15, 2010, Andrew Odom said…
Well, thank you for the compliments but in all fairness I must say we DID have some great projects going, etc. We decided about 9 months ago that we were going to build and move into a Tiny House (www.tinyrevolution.us) and in doing so, move to Pink Hill, North Carolina where my wife's people are. So we have left my family farm in middle Georgia for a more coastal and sandy soil in NC. The land we settled on has NO clearing so we are beginning from square 1 which were were (fortunate???) fortunate not to have to do back on Odom's Idle Acres. We bring with us A LOT of knowledge now though.
At 10:30am on November 15, 2010, Andrew Odom said…
Man, read the manifesto on our site. We were stuck in the place too and we just decided it was slavery and we had to get out. It snowballed from there. We are working so hard to be debt free (Jan. 2012 as it stands now) and sustainable. It is hard and not for everyone. But we don't have any children (yet...although we would love to) and have both traveled the world and gotten that "out of our system" although you never really are able to do that, per se.
At 10:44am on November 15, 2010, Andrew Odom said…
"...we are not as concerned with what they are doing and turning the focus on our lives and what we want to do for our health and mental wellbeing and that of our son."

That is absolutely the key, my friend. My wife and I aren't building and moving into Tiny House for anyone other than ourselves. The design is ours and fits our needs with the ability to expand should we be blessed with a child. Our ultimate goal is to make a life and not a living. I have been in corporate America since college now and besides it being a rollercoaster it has always effected my mental state and my outside ambitions. I don't want it anymore and if we can get to debt free with relatively small overhead I can then focus on other things and work at a much more scaled back pace. We have been providing about 55% of our own food which cuts the bills immensely and we eat out about once a month on a "date night" or something. The one things people don't seem to get is for us "minimal" doesn't mean living in poverty or destitution. It just means really weighing purchases and outgoing expenses before committing to them. It is a conscious mindset with each choice of your day.
At 10:57am on November 15, 2010, Andrew Odom said…
Yeah, I didn't do a very good job at sorting that navigation out. Oh well. I am sure you found it as you said you did. It is at:

http://tinyrevolution.us/2010/08/31/why-you-ask/

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