Added by Christine on October 7, 2010 at 4:00pm —
Ever since my third grade teacher read "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George to us, I've had visions of living off the land. As a child I always noticed wild onions, and thought that if I were to live off the land that this would definitely be part of my diet.
As an adult, wild onions are often more of a nuisance, popping up everywhere in the garden, yet I still use them as an ingredient for cooking.
There are… Continue
Added by Christa Nelson on October 6, 2010 at 3:30pm —
Added by Elizabeth Propp on October 6, 2010 at 10:42am —
Well, today I made some progress! I talked to the butchers at my local meat market, and they get their beef from a local source (within the state of MN). The cattle are given no hormones or antibiotics.
While I am still searching for a local farm, as well as grass fed cattle. I feel this is a win for today. The poultry and pork from the same market are considered all natural. I would prefer free range and organic while coming… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Propp on October 6, 2010 at 10:26am —
This is a cross-posting from my blog
The growing season for most fruits and veggies is almost over, and I learned quite a bit from my first venture into container gardening. Here's the rundown:
- Don't overcrowd your container. -- I got overly ambitious with some containers. For example, I tried to plant 6 bush bean plants in a single 18" container, and, as a result, all I got were a few limp, tiny beans. Next time, I'll…
Added by Jenni on October 5, 2010 at 9:49pm —
We here at Homegrown are all about the gardens, farmers markets, and CSA shares, yet I thought I'd highlight yet another outlet for fresh, homemade, homegrown produce, dairy products, meat, canned goods, and other things one might find at a farmers market--the country market. Country markets are yet another avenue for local food producers to sell… Continue
Added by Christa Nelson on October 4, 2010 at 4:00pm —
So the plan for the day was to go out with a rented 3 point hitch tiller and get our little piece of earth tilled and ready to go for an oat planting. When I made the reservation Thursday, no rain. In fact everything was shaping up nicely. Even Saturday afternoon's check was, well, check! So what does this all mean? Rain all day Sunday and today. When the fertilizer was delivered today, it was raining. Now, I'll say this, the rain in the end is a blessing and I can't dismiss that. It's the… Continue
Added by chad snader on October 4, 2010 at 1:12pm —
I was wondering if anyone can recommend organic/farmer friendly tea to purchase? I am not sure what the title is necessarily for farmer friendly but I hope you know what I mean. :) I am not a grower but an avid tea drinker and I want the best but what is environmentally and naturally the best.
Added by Monique on October 3, 2010 at 6:41pm —
I have a small cattle farm in middle Georgia,and also work 14 hours a day at a regluar job.Im thinking of quiting the JOB and start a family type farm,do you guys think that is a good idea or not.Oh,did you all get a chance to catch the FARM AID SHOW yesterday it was awsome,I think you can still catch it on direct tv channel 101.
Added by Tony on October 3, 2010 at 3:44pm —
As I'm watching Farm Aid hit their 25 year anniversary it brings me think....is the average person really paying attention to our family farms? The sad answer, as far as I can tell, is no. I want so badly to get through to people I know about how important sustainable local farming is and what the loss of our small farms are doing to this country but people tune out as soon as they hear "farm". Perhaps I get too worked up, too passionate when I speak about it but I want so badly for this trend… Continue
Added by chad snader on October 2, 2010 at 9:25pm —
Parker Farm CSA Share 9/29/10: 1 bunch arugula, 1 bunch tatsoi, 1 bunch red russian kale, 1 head broccoli, 1 (not quite as gigantic) butternut squash, 1 acorn squash, 1 pound zucchini, 3 green peppers, 1
pound kentucky wonder beans (Wonder Beans??!!) and 1 bunch carrots.…
Added by Cornelia on October 1, 2010 at 9:28am —
It's super rainy here on the East Coast, so I ended up making a ton of cozy fall food last night.
Happily this past weekend we made chicken stock (from two of our roosters that we had to kill a few months ago.) Last night I gussied up the stock into butternut squash soup. Pretty excited that I managed to make… Continue
Added by Aliza Ess on September 30, 2010 at 11:03am —
There are these magic little colonies of micro-orginisims called kefir grains. They are literally teaming with life, and have the ability to transform milk into a…
Added by Rachel Brownlee on September 29, 2010 at 9:00pm —
Well I am a newbie to this site, I just found it. I realized that it might be the link to put me in the right place at the right time. I desire to be self sufficient to the fullest but living in the city and not knowing anyone to learn from, it makes it just a tad bit more difficult to be successful. I came to this site to learn and I absolutely know I will just by reading, but I want to actually get some feild training, I want to do the dirty work... but I don't know where... I want to help… Continue
Added by Jazzmine on September 28, 2010 at 4:05am —
Welcome to Autumn. . .
Added by Rachel Brownlee on September 27, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Black walnuts are native to eastern North America, ranging from Ontario to northern Florida, and west to Texas. There are quite a few of them here in south central PA, and considering that they usually sell for about $13/lb, I thought I'd try harvesting some myself.
Finding a tree is easy--just look for the fallen, institutional green fruits, which somewhat resemble Asian pears. I found mine along a back country road dappling an… Continue
Added by Christa Nelson on September 25, 2010 at 4:30pm —
Parker Farm CSA Share 9/22/10: 4 corn, 1 pound green beans, 1 pound zucchini, 1 pound cubanelle peppers, 1
pound shell beans(kidney), 1 pound yellow tomatoes, 1 bunch arugula, 1bunch
radish, 1 bunch broccoli and 1 delicata squash.
Last week, all of us in the CSA were amazed (and a little frightened) by the gigantic butternut squash we received in each share. Some… Continue
Added by Cornelia on September 25, 2010 at 8:30am —
As our first full season of running our own farm comes to a close, there is so much to reflect on. Where did we succeed? Where did we fall short and what can we do to adjust those efforts and improve for next season? What lessons did we learn through our trial and error approach to small-scale organic gardening? I love this time of year. The feeling of completion of something grand and the hopeful forward glance at what may be possible in the next season. I think that might be the most… Continue
Added by Farm Frederick on September 23, 2010 at 12:30pm —
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Beautiful beets are piled high at Seattle farmers markets this week.
Here's some nice bright ones from…
Added by Cara Rosaen on September 22, 2010 at 1:42pm —
Does anyone know if I would need a license or some sort of inspection to give eggs to a foodbank? I don't like trying to sell stuff so I would rather just give away our excess eggs. With twenty chickens we have eggs piling up even with three households using the eggs. I have given veggies to a local food bank a couple of times when I had to much, but I am not sure if doing eggs is a good idea.
Added by jason chambers on September 22, 2010 at 12:49pm —