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What to do with those five golden rings?

After getting married, there is the expected period of adjustment. Things change (or don't) in ways both expected and unforeseen. Getting used to hearing yourself say "husband" and "wife". Learning about what it's like to have in-laws. Coming home to a steak on the table every night. Of the many curious and wondrous metamorphoses of marriage, one that has me, a newlywed gentleman, the most vexed is this: when do I take off my ring, specifically when cooking? It's been years since I've… Continue

Added by Vance Edwards-Orr on December 18, 2008 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

Urban Farming "School" near Vancouver - A North American First

An article in the Vancouver Sun Urban Farming School Takes Root





"Instruction would be based on intensive farming on small plots, a heavy dependence on physical labour, ecological sustainability and meeting local market demands, including the food needs of ethnic and immigrant communities.

"It's… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 16, 2008 at 11:15am — No Comments

Plastic bag recycling (downcycling) centers

PlasticBagRecycling.org

A great web resource for dealing with the plastic crap in our lives. Naturally, less plastic is best, but it still happens.



Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets,… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 10, 2008 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Looking for Historic Farmstead in MI

Most people are aware I'm looking for a small hobby farm roughly two to five acres in size within a 30 mile radius of Carleton (Brian's work...). I prefer homes built between 1880 and 1920. It's my dream to take a neglected historic farmstead and restore it to it's former self, including refurbished/reproduced appliances and decor of the era of it's creation. Perhaps it's my disgust of corporate yuppie America, or the longing for of a simpler time, but nothing out there today compares to the… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 6, 2008 at 9:57pm — No Comments

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

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/26/AR2008112600386.html?hpid=sec-health



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"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/obamas-team-includes-dang_b_147188.html?view=print



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.

READ IT HERE:
http://money.cnn.com/2008/11/21/news/economy/thanksgiving_inflation/index.htm#

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.



http://www.squarefootgardening.com/



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!

Hardryve

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

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