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Scientist Mom Explains Endocrine Disruptors

When Susan Nagel shops for her family, she feels the same frustrations that many of us do about finding safe, wholesome sources to bring to the table.  She considers not only which food is best, but which type of packaging and storage to trust.  Nagel says she almost exclusively uses glass storage containers for food, and skips buying canned groceries whenever possible.  "The only thing I buy in cans are beans and I rinse them very well before eating them."  As a parent, she viewed glass baby… Continue

Added by Flour Sack Mama on October 13, 2011 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

Curried Yellow Tomato Jam aka Curried Ketchup!

I have been canning up a storm! and I'm a bit tomato crazy. If you find your self with a glut of end of season yellow tomatoes, even if you need to mix them with red, make this sun drenched, yummy, 'jam'. It's outstanding with just about everything!


Added by Tamika Adjemian on October 11, 2011 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

:: Home Truths :: Part Four ::

Let's get straight into it, shall we, it's a long one. More Home Truths here.…


Added by dixiebelle on October 10, 2011 at 7:24pm — No Comments

:: The Chicken Diaries :: Day 16 ::

It's been a while since we've had a chicken update, as I've been so busy gardening, sewing, school holidaying and of course, caring for the chickens! They've grown so much, like… Continue

Added by dixiebelle on October 9, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

First planting in this walled garden...



My family grows what we can, tries to eat local and organic (in that order), and in general 'live lightly' from within our suburban SJ context. We bike when possible, reduce when convenient, reuse when possible, and recycle the rest.


What does that mean? I'm not really sure. 


I was intrigued by homegrown's presence at Maker Faire 2011 (a family tradition), and though I'm an internet grandpa who's seen too many online communities come and…


Added by Bruce Bullis on October 7, 2011 at 10:24am — 1 Comment

Homegrown Fair submission! Peach Chutney End to Summer

I'm new to this space, I have a website elsewhere where I write about canning, food, small scale homesteading in the suburbs and, from time to time, things I've learned form chickens.

I really did get the very last of our local peaches to make chutney, after having made peach bourbon jam, canned roasted peaches, frozen and dehydrated about 20 lbs of peaches (then made peach bourbon jam, again, with a class!)

So here is…


Added by Tamika Adjemian on October 6, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

no-crust apple pie

I’ve finally found the perfect apple pie recipe. It’s perfect because you don’t have to make a crust.

That’s right, all of the glory and none of the pain. In a small kitchen, even a simple pie crust…


Added by Christine on October 5, 2011 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

Fall Hiking

In between water sports and downhill skiing, I get my outdoors fix with some crisp, scenic hikes during the fall season. As the leaves turn and the air cools, it’s the perfect time of year to lace up those boots, fill a daypack and hit the trails!


Photo by…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on September 29, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Americas funniest food ironies!

You either have to laugh or cry at these!:

1. The very same company that makes Agent Orange- one of the deadliest toxic chemicals known to man (Monsanto)- is also allowed to put chemicals in your foods and in your seeds.

2. In food labelling, the FDA demands labels for all sorts of food additives, except ones that make up less than 1% of the indredients. Ironically, these are the indredients so toxic and strong that they wouldnt be able to be used in a bigger quantity… Continue

Added by Tabitha Farrar on September 28, 2011 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

:: The Chicken Diaries :: Day 5 ::

The chickens are all doing well, and growing nicely, seeming to gain feathers and lose fluff even within hours! Two of them have definite tail feathers already, compared to the others of the same age (remember we… Continue

Added by dixiebelle on September 28, 2011 at 12:38am — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed!

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts (not far from where I live today!).  Appleseed's story is the stuff of folk legend - a pioneer who introduced apple trees to areas in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois by spreading seeds along his journey. 



Added by Caroline Malcolm on September 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Acorn Squash...MM MM Good!

Acorn Squash for dinner...Happy birthday to me!!!

Today I received a package from my sister with a beautiful wind chime and a homegrown acorn squash. It must be my birthday! I was so excited about trying another recipe that I cut it in half (no, the hubby cut it in half because I don't need an ER visit on our budget) and added proper seasoning and in the oven it went.


Acorn on the right : Sweet. Acorn on the left: Spicy.

Sweet… Continue

Added by Marianne Smith on September 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

:: The Chicken Diaries - Day One ::

Today we became the proud parents of 3 Light Sussex and 3 Speckled Sussex chicks, ranging from one day old to 2 weeks old. No matter how novice, we are now 'chicken keepers', and like all newborns, we are giving them attention (not too much… Continue

Added by dixiebelle on September 24, 2011 at 11:01pm — 4 Comments

Grocery Co-op Offers Families Sustainable Choices

As the parent of a young child, Allyn Richardson says she considers food…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on September 20, 2011 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

Last week Mrs. Q. of Blessed Homemaking posted on Making a Homemade Gnat Trap. I was so excited; not because I have a problem with gnats, but fruit flies.

So, I immediately got off the computer and followed her instructions to see if her gnat trap would catch my fruit… Continue

Added by Carol J. Alexander on September 20, 2011 at 8:23am — 2 Comments

Infinite Varieties and $5 Challenge

Added a new blog post over at Local Me (http://localme.tumblr.com) talking about my Farmers Market class, Slow Food's $5 Challenge, and an amazing recipe for Tomato Cobbler.

My goal is to make local food accessible and exciting for the average person. I'd appreciate your thoughts and comments on the content, format, etc.

Added by Jay Geneske on September 19, 2011 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

Going Organic

In case you are new to the blog or you've been lurking for a while and haven't signed up...WELCOME! September is all about GROWING! I've added a few posts so far with growing tips and soil information. I practice ONLY organic growing methods. If any of the recommendations say "fertilize" I am referring to an organic method (preferably homemade).

Store-bought fertilizers, especially organic, can be very expensive and can be harmful to the environment for many reasons. As far as the… Continue

Added by Marianne Smith on September 17, 2011 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Locavore Living Update

While I do try to think locally when I shop for food, clothing, and entertainment, factors like price, convenience, and quality always rear their heads as I approach the cash register.  I sometimes feel guilt when I buy strawberries from California in the winter, or when I purchase organic arugula at a local store, instead of hitting up the neighborhood Farmers’ Market.  But more often than not, the largest portion of my day-to-day purchases are local and/or sustainably produced goods.  I…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on September 16, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Warm Cucumber Soup?

Who knew there was such a thing?


The internets knew, that's who!


Our two late-planted cucumber plants are producing like gang-busters.  And, while I love cucumbers, I can only eat so many cucumber salads.  Or cucumber spears.  Or cucumber sandwiches.  So I was on the lookout for new cucumber ideas.


I found this recipe on All Recipes.  It looked pretty good.  I could get down…


Added by Donna Brunson on September 13, 2011 at 2:16pm — 1 Comment

Brier Patch To Preserves

Brier Patch to Preserves…


Added by Bonnie Barker on September 8, 2011 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

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