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Distribute the Surplus

            Distribute the Surplus. It is one of the founding principles of Permaculture. And one of the tasks is to discover these surpluses and where to pass them on, reaching another Principle, which is “The problem is the solution.”  Usually, at this time of year, I am in the middle of one of my favorite Distributions, which is fresh figs from our tree. But this year is a little different. We had a deep cold snap in the valley last winter, and many fig trees died back to the ground and…


Added by Charlyn on September 21, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Does Mosanto Control our Food in the US?

Originally posted at Back to the Basics

My husband just asked me, "If GMOs and pesticides are causing Cancer then why aren't we at Monsanto's door with pitchforks?"

I love how he likes to phrase these things!  In response I asked him, "Who is in…


Added by Marianne Smith on September 18, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

NEEM hosts Dr. Fernando Funes from Cuba

NEEM of Durham hosts the honorable Dr. Funes with cosponsors at Carolina Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina State University, Carolina Farm Stewardship Members, Dr. Chambers, Agriservices Foundation & SEEDs  September 16 - 19 in the Triangle.

Public Presentations: 09/17 Raleigh NCSU Williams Hall 10AM and 09/18 Durham w/NEEM at SEEDs, 706 Gilbert 6:30PM Free with donation requested but not required…


Added by Jeff Ensminger on September 13, 2014 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Growing a Kitchen Garden

Hi!  My name is Mary and I blog over at Back to the Basics and…


Added by Marianne Smith on September 9, 2014 at 8:55am — No Comments

Glam Jam - Aronia Berry

Its harvest time and our friends just purchased a small farm that just so happens to have two Aronia Berry Plants that are quite prolific at this time. What's Aronia Berry. Well its one of the new Superfoods and instead of coming from some far off country it grows in the U.S. So as part of my Farm to Kitchen Series -  I decided to make some Glam Jam.  Enjoy.



Added by Bruce Weaver on September 4, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Whats a Locavore?

Following the Foodlist from the Lexicon of Sustainability. One that stands out for me is Locavore. Watch the video and find out more about what a Locavore is.

Added by Bruce Weaver on September 4, 2014 at 2:12am — No Comments

VOTE for Mary in the American Made Awards!!!

Here it is...The countdown to the announcement of FINALISTS and I need YOUR HELP!

Becoming a finalist would be one of the best birthday presents ever!  Plus, I LOVE Martha Stewart!

As far as I know we are the only Heirloom, Non-GMO seed company nominated!…


Added by Marianne Smith on September 3, 2014 at 8:02pm — No Comments

My Small Contribution To Feeding Families

When I had recently retired, I wanted something to do that would help women with low incomes to feed their families with good food for the least amount of money possible.  My first try was to buy plots in our community garden for low income women to grow their own.  It was a disastrous failure.  I had to rethink how to proceed.  It would seem that the younger generations of today had not grown up with a tradition of gardening.  I would have to start from square one and I was not sure I…


Added by Marilyn Joan Warren on August 26, 2014 at 12:51pm — 1 Comment

Basics of Square Foot Gardening

Originally shared at Back to the Basics

I was given the out-of-this-world opportunity to try a 4X4 raised-bed garden from Garden In Minutes...But before I get to that I thought I'd share what I've learned about square foot gardening.  After all, education is KEY for a successful organic…


Added by Marianne Smith on August 19, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

AMARANTH and More!

Originally shared at Back to the Basics…


Added by Marianne Smith on August 13, 2014 at 7:50am — No Comments

Lucy and the Apple Press

            Lucy the Cat enjoys her role as supervisor. She loves to climb ladders, to sit in the driver’s seat of vehicles, to poke at eggs and other fragile objects resting on the table, and to demand attention whenever we have company. This week, she was totally engaged in  apple harvest and pressing.


Apple Harvest is a two part project. First, we took our ancient, wobbly wheelbarrow two blocks down the street to an old apple tree in the front yard of a shabby vacant…


Added by Charlyn on August 12, 2014 at 5:41pm — 1 Comment

Good Garden Twine

If you're looking for a good garden twine, look no further. This is simply hemp twine that I soaked in melted beeswax to coat the twine. The hemp is strong and durable and the beeswax helps keep it that way as well as help keep your knots in place.…


Added by Carl Bartelt on August 11, 2014 at 12:13pm — 3 Comments

Classy Interior Decorating that Stays in Style

Interior decorating is a task that all home owners face whether they love it or hate it.  There are many people who hate the idea of decorating their homes because they do not have a decorating eye, it can get expensive, or they just do not have the time to keep up with all the trends that change on a pretty regular basis.  It tends to get quite frustrating for home owners who just finish furnishing and decorating their homes only to be told that the décor they have chosen is out of style…


Added by ginne ulah on August 5, 2014 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Progressing towards an edible balcony

Two years ago I moved from a house-and-garden in Victoria to a small ground-floor apartment in New South Wales (Australia). I'm missing…


Added by Pam Joseph on July 23, 2014 at 1:21am — 3 Comments

Busy day dehydrating and smoking.

Starting a busy week. Started 10 trays of medium tomatoes today and will run the dehydrator till I use up the 25 pounds we picked up at the state farmers market in Saturday. Also set up 1 tray each of fresh plums and peaches. Smoked two chickens yesterday, one for Sunday dinner and the other in today's chicken bog with fresh picked salad greens and corn. Tomorrow is smoke the brisket and another chicken. Wednesday is 10 pounds of wild salmon. And I'm retired?????

Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on July 14, 2014 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

AMERICAN MADE - Independence Day!

Originally shared at Back to the Basics…


Added by Marianne Smith on July 11, 2014 at 9:17am — No Comments

Home-sewn Shorts

After making it my New Years resolution to not buy any new clothes for a whole year I decided that making them would not only be fun but would alos help me hone one of my lacking homesteader skills, sewing. I had completed simple sewing projects before and figured a simple pair of cotton shorts should be pretty easy. The tricky parts turned out to be making the pattern (which with help from my all-knowing mother was easier than expected) and figuring out how to sew the (for lack of a better…


Added by Kourtney Mottern on July 10, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Tomato Preserves

 I had a great crop on tomatoes, so I dug out my mother's old

recipes and found the one for tomato preserves that I grew up on.

I made 4 pints and they taste very well. I garden in half barrel planters.

Just wanted to share.


thanx leland

Added by leland sweeten on June 16, 2014 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Progress – Documentary and New Garden

Here in the Bay Area summer has arrived, sunshine, longer days and then scent of blossoms in the air. The move went as smoothly as can be expected, it has been a busy few months settling in.  Our new place is full of…


Added by Kristi Adams on June 8, 2014 at 3:34pm — 2 Comments

The Illegals

Hi All, 

After much thought we have decided to take the plunge and buy our first 3 chicks. They are not legal in our town, but after much discussion and some soul searching, hubby and I decided that living a sustainable, secure and independent life trumped the town by-laws. We talked with our neighbors (who were all cool with it) and decided to partake in a little civil disobedience. Now we just cross our fingers I suppose :) …


Added by Morgan C on May 31, 2014 at 4:10pm — 4 Comments

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