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Live Chicken Cam - in anticipation of the end of puppy cam

Flying Skunk Farm
If I can't watch away hours with the Shibu Inu pups after they go to their adult homes, I can at least watch my lady hen friends on the Vineyard!

Added by Cornelia on December 3, 2008 at 4:08pm — No Comments

FDA Draws Fire Over Chemicals In Baby Formula


By Lyndsey Layton

Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, November 27, 2008; A02

Public health groups, consumer advocates and members of Congress blasted the Food and Drug Administration yesterday for failing to act after discovering trace amounts of… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 2, 2008 at 11:16am — No Comments

My Latest Ireport...

With rising concern about the economy and food safety issues, you may be considering supplementing your food supply with homegrown vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Although spring is several months away in some parts of the country, it's never to early to being ordering your seed catalogs and contemplating what you may want to grow this upcoming season. Here are 3 items to consider:

>Click HERE to read… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 1, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Huffington Post: Obama's Team Includes Dangerous Biotech "Yes Men"


Biotech "Yes Men" on Obama's team threaten to expand the use of dangerous genetically modified (GM) foods in our diets. Instead of giving us change and hope, they may prolong the hypnotic "group think" that has been institutionalized over three previous administrations--where… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 1, 2008 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

CNN Article I'm in!

Inflation and a tough economic situation are making it harder for Americans to put on the spread they once did.


Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on November 26, 2008 at 1:49pm — 3 Comments

Building our first BIG greenhouse

Well we did it. We finally decided to expand our operation and get a new greenhouse. The greenhouse is 26' x 28' , so putting it together will be a chore. Luckily I have the greatly appreciated help of my friend Jay. I will post more pics as the process continues.

Added by ToddB on November 19, 2008 at 9:25am — No Comments

The Last Hurrah- Trash Mother Earth!

WASHINGTON — In the next few weeks, the Bush administration is expected to relax environmental-protection rules on power plants near national parks, uranium mining near the Grand Canyon and more mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia.

The administration is widely expected to try to get some of the rules into final form by the week before Thanksgiving because, in some cases, there's a 60-day delay before new regulations take effect. And once the rules are in place, undoing them… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on November 8, 2008 at 1:57am — No Comments

My First Letter to President Obama

As I said in my last entry, it's time for me to get to work! I was notified through a community I belong to over at LiveJournal that Obama's new http://www.change.gov website is now live and has a form for submitting your ideas to his office. Of course, my first contact was advocating for national urban/suburban sustainable gardening/farming programs! Below is the text of the letter I sent. I thought I'd post it as encouragement for others to do likewise :) My next correspondence will be… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on November 7, 2008 at 1:41am — 3 Comments

Time to Get to Work!

Although the election is over, and Barack Obama is indeed our President Elect, we've still got much work to do! Now that I have a sympathetic president coming into office, it's time for us to start working on emailing, petitioning, calling, etc etc etc to encourage President Obama to take a look at the issues we find most pressing, and the small things that can improve everyday life in America.

As an example, it's common knowledge that I'm an advocate of the urban/suburban… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on November 5, 2008 at 2:56pm — No Comments

First post!

Hello everyone. This year, with the encouragement and expertise of one of my nephews who has a truly green thumb, I planted a box more or less following the square foot gardening method.


It's a bad time of the year to plant but since I felt the impetus I went ahead with it. I made a box using reclaimed pine from a couple of construction site pallets and made the square foot gardening (SFG) mix: equal parts compost, peet moss, and perlite… Continue

Added by Miguel Marcos on October 28, 2008 at 8:18am — 2 Comments

Fall Baked Apples

See original post here at FIMBY.

Baked Apples

serves 5-6 as "the" dish

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

12 - 14 medium/large baking apples, cored, peeled & sliced

1 cup blueberries

1-2 tbsp flax… Continue

Added by FIMBY on October 25, 2008 at 11:55am — No Comments

When the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain to change thats when you will change!!

Just a quick favorite slogan of mine......think about it, it's very true no matter what kind of undertaking we do in this world!


Added by Hardryve on October 25, 2008 at 2:18am — No Comments

The Future of Food - MUST SEE

The Future of Food Trailer

I just finished viewing this documentary produced by the wife of the late Jerry Garcia. I knew some of what was contained in this video already, but did not connect some of the practices to one another until viewing this vid. This documentary discusses Genetically Modified foods, Monsanto's questionable practices concerning patenting seed and plant life, "terminator seed" technology, and more.

I highly recommend this… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on October 25, 2008 at 1:49am — No Comments

MORE Veggies Today

McIntye's in Georgetown this am- bought purple cabbage, spinach, several varieties of lettuce, strawberries, oriental greens- several varieties, arugula, dill seeds, radish seeds- diggin' out more water hog, useless St. Augustine (carpet) grass to grow more edibles right in my front yard.

Added by Betty Saenz on October 23, 2008 at 4:24pm — No Comments

First Frost...

I knew it was coming, though I'm never prepared... Burrrr....

I'm never ready for winter, and I can never wait til it's over. I guess I just have to keep looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the January arrival of the 2009 seed catalogs. The worst is the wait between the arrival of the catalogs and mid-March when you can actually get some of those seeds started indoors, and if it's been particularly mild, get some of your greens out in the ground...

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on October 22, 2008 at 7:50am — No Comments

Stocking the Larder: Locally

I wrote a series of posts on my personal blog this summer related to buying, eating and celebrating locally grown foods. Here's the second post in the series, viewpoints that might be appreciated among this group.

Farmer's Market Flowers Farmer's Market… Continue

Added by FIMBY on October 21, 2008 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Say NO to NAIS!

The National Animal ID program was originally designed to give the big beef producers help in getting export markets which required disease controls. The idea is that every single livestock animal in the United States will be identified and tagged. All livestock animal movements will be tracked, logged and reported to the government. The benefit is to the big factory farms who probably do need this type of regulation. They get to do single ID’s for large groups of animals. Small farmers, pet… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on October 19, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Garden Soil Microbes Good For You!

New study published at Psychology Today finds that soil-borne microbes boost the immune system and aid in psychological wellness! Click the link below to read the article!


Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on October 18, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Tucking the Garden Away for the Winter...

So it's that time...

The time to pull up my annuals and tuck everything away. The vegetable garden has all been pulled up and turned for the season (save the 2 Brussels Sprouts still producing) and I'm just about done with the last weeding of the herb garden. Brian's raking leaves right now that I'm going to use to mulch up my perennial herbs. I'm going to *attempt* to keep my rosemary over-winter by super-insulating it from snow. It's listed as a perennial for zones 8-11 only, but… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on October 17, 2008 at 6:24pm — 1 Comment

Final Herb Harvest 2008

I finally got motivated and finished harvesting the herbs for this year. There is a cold front on it's way, so I got out there this morning and got everything ready for storage for the winter. I am hoping my periennial herbs will make it safely through the winter and cut them back accordingly. My haul included: Genovese Basil, Italian Parsley, Chives, Garden Sage, Rosemary, Thyme

I froze the parsley and hung the rest to dry. Woody stemmed herbs like dill and rosemary should be… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on October 14, 2008 at 11:40am — No Comments

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