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If you aim yourself at me to take a *stab* at communication

I'm going to wonder if it's just a game to you or what is your intention

I'll let you know right off the bat I'm sick of these surface situations

I've seen it and I want a new direction

So if you start a conversation you know which way I'm gonna take it

I want to get to know you, I want to know to get you, to know you get me

I want to dig deeper

I want to grab a shovel and scoop out your… Continue

Added by Peter Hazen on March 12, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Tomatoes 2009

I am really looking forward to getting my tomato seeds started, but I am still about one month away from the time line for here in Philly. I have five varieties of tomato seeds from Amishland Heirloom Seeds, and I will probably grow three plants of each of these varieties for a total of 15 plants. Here are the five varieties I will be growing this year. Photos are from the Amishland Seed web site. I highly recommend them as a seed supplier, and their… Continue

Added by Chris Paquette on March 11, 2009 at 7:18pm — No Comments


As an artist and a farmer I started a program called Art of the farm. We go to farms and create work. We have shows. Half the profits go into an interest free loan fund for organic farmers. We been doing this for 10 years. I would like to see this kind of program grow. We are an unincorporated association of artists. We have no officers no meetings, no grants. It's just us. We only have one rule. No rules. If you'd like to see what we've been doing, please Google Artonthefarm.org

It… Continue

Added by Alan Mart on March 10, 2009 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Jim Rogers recommends buying farmland

Added by michael on March 6, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

PT Barnum was right...

I spent the weekend starting lettuce and tomato seeds, tossing the worms over in the compost bin and setting up one corner of my kitchen for the future lettuce-growing and kombucha brewing operations. I decided to go to Bignamehomeimprovementcenter-with-an-orange-logo because they have a good selection of cheap fluorescent fixtures, bulbs, and doo dads. And there it was. Just as I walked into the garden section. I'd seen the TV ad. I'd even seen it in reputable magazines. The upside-down tomato… Continue

Added by Cornelia on March 3, 2009 at 1:21pm — 2 Comments

Farm Blog

Here is a link to my farm blog

Passage Creek Farm

My wife and I just had our first baby, so lately there have been a lot of posts about baby stuff. Most of the baby stuff is about how we use cloth diapers and air dry so it is good stuff. We have been starting seeds for the up coming season so we are getting back in the swing of things. Please feel free to become a follower on our blog, the more the merrier. The more… Continue

Added by ToddB on March 3, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

I have this idea.....

I am looking for some feed back on this idea I have............ (this is from my website www.fakepersonrealworld.com)

Who am I and why would anyone trust me?

My name is Lamont Dyck and I live in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan Canada. I have a back yard garden and I have been actively gardening for many years. This year I would like to start some new projects that require capital that I do not have. In the past when I needed money… Continue

Added by Lamont Dyck on March 2, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Ramping up in North Carolina

We have seeds at the ready, including a bunch of donated seeds, and are getting ready to build our greenhouse. We hope to grow several hundred plants to give away if the greenhouse works out well. Our community garden will be planted this Spring, starting with two donated acres! Hopefully we can encourage a lot of local families and organizations to plant their ground and grow lots of food to give away. So many people here in the US are hungry, and we hope to make a dent -- starting locally and… Continue

Added by thewhatleys on March 1, 2009 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Peanut Butter and CD scratches

Heard this on a talk radio program:

Apply Peanut Butter or Gel Toothpaste to CD or DVD, and remember not to clean CD around in a circle, but wipe from inside to outside of CD.

Anyone ever try this?

Added by Misty on February 24, 2009 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

Dumpster Diving Pays Off!

Well, pre-diving actually. My employer's warehouse was cleaning out old junk, which included several florescent light fixtures. Mmmm...grow lights.

Bought some bulbs specific for plants and hooked them up to some cheap timers I had laying around the homestead. Then, I mounted the lights under the workbenches a made a month…


Added by michael on February 23, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments


I am attempting to start my seedlings earlier this year, in hopes they will grow into heartier plants before I transplant them outside, and not so tasty to the dang groundhog who mowed down my first batch last year.

So far I have started:











Added by Misty on February 21, 2009 at 1:01pm — 7 Comments

Getting Ready to Order Seed and Such!

Well, we got the bad news this week- they've again tightened credit standards for mortgage loans, so no new farm for us for the time being. Hell with it, the longer we save, the faster we can pay it off and be totally debt free! While it's disappointing, my faith tells me that everything happens for a reason and in it's proper time. Perhaps that particular farm we first wanted is not where we are meant to be!

That all said, I'm preparing my seed orders for this year! I've decided to… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on February 14, 2009 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Garlic, the medicine from your garden

I was hurtin' earlier this week. Thanks to good old fashioned rest, prayers, garlic and heavy doses of vitamin C I'm on the mend.

No doubt most of you have heard or read the wonders of garlic. I'm not going to go into all the great evidence that points to the efficacy of garlic. My intention is to share what worked for me and some other information… Continue

Added by FIMBY on February 11, 2009 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment


My kale and collards are still going strong, but I think I have more aphids than Charles Freck. When I first noticed them, I used a mild soap and a blast from the water hose to get rid of them, but they came back stronger.

I took it up a notch and started spraying w/ Neem, but they seem to like it, as they've multiplied greatly since I began using it.



Added by michael on February 11, 2009 at 12:27pm — No Comments

The future of food

I tried to get the documentation "The Future of Food" in different Viedo stores in my area. Either I was told they were not allowed to sell or rent them or they weren't taken off the shelf(in my town through the owner of the grocry store). Finally I got a copy through a friend.
Now what can be done legally to make people aware about the food situation and how unhealthy it is to buy food in big stores?

Added by Kurt on February 9, 2009 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Oatmeal bread: Pacing your day

Pease porridge hot

Pease porridge cold

Some like it hot

Some like it cold

Some like it in the pot

Nine days old.


It has come to my attention that among other things this month, such as President Obama's inauguration, January is Oatmeal month. Growing up, my mother would often make oatmeal porridge in the winter. It was so delicious and warm. It's not that grey drippy stuff in those little packets that you shake, pour and add water to. That… Continue

Added by Leah Klein on January 29, 2009 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Started My Seeds

I started my first round of seeds today! Last fall was my first attempt at starting from seeds, and this is now my first spring.

My first round includes tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplants and tobacco (why not? Although being careful to not pull a Homer and make tomacco).

I started all these in one of those mini greenhouse starters. Anybody use these before? Also going to direct sow some carrot… Continue

Added by michael on January 24, 2009 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

My Last Tomato

Here it is, my last tomato of the season. I can't believe my plants were producing this long, but there's the Austin winter for you.
And on the same week I'm starting seeds!

Added by michael on January 12, 2009 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Garage Workbench

I finally had some time over the holidays to build a couple of workbenches for the garage. I used the plans here: http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/workshop/bench/below20xl.htm

They are cheap, easy to build, and sturdy enough to stand on.

Added by michael on January 5, 2009 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Salad Days

This is my first year growing during the winter (yeah I can still call it winter in Austin) and my first year to start everything from seeds.

I've had successes and failures - but my favorite success has been lettuce and spinach. Yesterday, as I was eating my lunch - I realized it all came from my back yard (with the exception of the vinaigrette dressing). These moments keep me growing.

Added by michael on December 19, 2008 at 6:35pm — No Comments

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