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March 2013 Blog Posts (32)

Why Every Farmer’s Market Should Accept Cell Phone Payments

A funny thing happened at the farmer’s market yesterday – I forgot to bring cash. I had totally forgotten that I gave my daughters all my cash to see a movie over the weekend and it never occurred to me to re-up at an ATM before hitting the weekly produce bazaar downtown. So imagine my surprise when I find myself standing at the checkout counter with a bag full of red onions and two whoopee pies and nothing in my wallet but plastic.

But then a funnier thing happened – the merchant…


Added by Lucy Clark on March 12, 2013 at 11:53am — 4 Comments

GFP 004:Learning to Appreciate Success When Faced With Burnout, Berni Ortensi of Ortensi Family Farm, New York

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There are times in life that you need to stop and smell the roses. It is important whether you are running a small business, or you just generally lead a busy life. It is important to take stock of why you are working so hard, and to appreciate your accomplishments.

I often find it is in these moments of reflection that good things happen. I firmly believe that the harder you work, the luckier you get (not my saying, but I'll borrow it). While it is good practice…


Added by John Suscovich on March 12, 2013 at 8:52am — No Comments

New Garden with Old Heirlooms

This represents a week's worth of 10 hour days in the garden:

Re-designing the Little Texas Garden

Added by Will Atkinson on March 11, 2013 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

Health benefits of ACV

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

Have to ever tried Apple Cider Vinegar?  By itself?  It's probably not the most pleasant thing to drink but I know that it's good for me.  Apple cider vinegar is one of the main ingredients in my Apple…


Added by Marianne Smith on March 11, 2013 at 8:25pm — 1 Comment

Beeswax Candles



One of the benefits of having a bee hive in the backyard is “free” beeswax. We’ve been gathering our wax for several years, working out a way to clean it sufficiently. After some experiments, Mark bought a colander from Goodwill, lined it with an old tee-shirt, and melted the comb down over a pan of boiling water. When he lifts the colander, the hot wax streams through the fabric and cools on the surface of the water. Voila! A disc of clear beeswax!  The disc lived in the…


Added by Charlyn on March 10, 2013 at 3:36pm — 5 Comments

Growing Garden Huckleberry

Originally posted at Back to the Basics:

This is the second year that I've grown Garden Huckleberry from seed.  The first year I only planted 2 and had an okay crop but then I let the plants die.  Ooopps! …


Added by Marianne Smith on March 8, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments


Added by William Thomas Nichols on March 5, 2013 at 7:27am — No Comments

Enter the garden 2013

It's March 5 2013 and another winter storm barreling through the US. Good news is if we have enough storms they may stop naming them!  Anyway, due to the weather and the trees and bushes, spring is way off. With Easter on March 31, there will be no "easter lillies" in bloom here. I always watch the trees for signs of spring and there is nothing yet to indicate even a regular spring so look for late frosts and late fall harvests. Here is a picture from a couple of days ago. 

Added by William Thomas Nichols on March 5, 2013 at 7:26am — 2 Comments

In Search of a Pen Pal! Or Many!

Letter writing is a lost skill, don’t you agree? Taking the time out to sift through ones thoughts and events, choosing the most impactful and important to record in a letter, help to make us realize what can be let go of in the bigger picture. It’s also “quiet time”, when we can sit by our desk, pen and paper in hand, and take time to compose something that will brighten someone’s day.  This is no poorly spelled text message with auto correct and a letter limit. This is old…


Added by Michelle Wire on March 4, 2013 at 7:34pm — 5 Comments

Staking plants

Hi all. I plan on planting a lot of tomato plants and they always get away from me with sprouts from the base and I never seem to have enough stakes. Anyone try using the "Florida weave" to tie up plants like pole beans and tomato plants?

Added by William Thomas Nichols on March 4, 2013 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

how many of you have heard this?

I wish you all would go to youtube and check out this guys plight with his county over teaching people how to live closer to the land. 


there is also a website. He has a great place and the local gov is trying to shut him down.…


Added by sue woods on March 2, 2013 at 3:16am — No Comments

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