Hello everyone! This is my first blog which tells a little about my background and my journey to become a radical homemaker.
I grew up in a small town in south Georgia. I guess it would be considered more of a farming community than anything else. My ENTIRE family grew up, and still live, in this area. Family was a huge part of my childhood. I saw my grandparents at least once a week, and went to school with my cousins. Although we lived surrounded by farms, my family never owned a… Continue
Added by Jessi Smith on April 25, 2010 at 1:00pm —
This week Cafe Nola celebrated Earth Day with a Zero Waste mentallity. We offered no carryout containers or paper to go cups. Instead we offered refillable travel mugs for only one dollar. No paper napkins or straws were used and, as always all glass was recycled. Aside from a few customers wanting only carry out the effort was a success. It proved manageable for future efforts. I feel like we can reduce our waste to very little without changing alot about what we already do.
Angie, a… Continue
Added by Doug Powell on April 25, 2010 at 12:12pm —
We've had a productive week or so on the Nola Farm. We put a roof on the chicken coop and we're preparing to cover the outside with a wooden siding. The roof is made of corrugated metal. It's pretty lightweight and inexpensive, reflects the sun well and sounds awesome in the rain. We were going to cover the entire coop in metal but we thought it would look too "Chipotle" and felt that it might be too ironic for a chicken refuge, besides... the wooden siding was less expensive and looks… Continue
Added by Doug Powell on April 24, 2010 at 8:00pm —
Pastured pigs are a completely different animal than those raised under industrialized factory operations. When animals are given an opportunity to live, eat and graze under the sun on healthy pasture, their meat and fat will symbolize the type of food us humans used to eat thousands of years ago.
Skip ahead to recent times, and you will find… Continue
Added by Rachel Brownlee on April 24, 2010 at 7:00am —
Hi, I AM A SOUTHERN WOMAN. My name is Cat Ryan and my husband and I have a little piece of ground in Newberry, FL. We are in north central Florida about 14 miles away from the University of Florida. My goal is to become as self sufficient as possible, living in a small town. Rules ya know? Continue
I have a husband, two grown step kids, a beautiful 3 yr old Grandson-Gryphon, two dogs, 5 cats, and 8 chickens. We are also care takers for my Ma-in Law who is 79 and on kidney dialysis. I…
Added by Cathy Ryan on April 23, 2010 at 9:23am —
In honor of Earth Day I'm posting today about something near and dear to my heart. :) Cloth diapering. When I was pregnant with my first baby, my husband and I knew right from the start that we would cloth diaper. It just made sense to us. Our mothers had used cloth diapers on us and we were convinced they would be more comfortable and healthier for our baby. That was number one. High on my list was the fact that we would be sparing landfills a whopping 1 ton of trash by the time our son potty… Continue
Added by Pete and Izzy's Mom on April 22, 2010 at 7:07pm —
Added by Pete and Izzy's Mom on April 22, 2010 at 7:05pm —
So, starting seedlings indoors turned out to be a smashing success. I started 216 plants on my kitchen counter top and they pretty much did the work… Continue
Added by Pete and Izzy's Mom on April 22, 2010 at 7:04pm —
My girl Gwyneth's latest Goop Newsletter
is a good one! NYC acupuncturist and herbalist Adele Reising provides recommendations for allergy sufferers that include the beloved Neti Pot, avoiding dairy, wheat, sugar, and cold raw foods, as well as a yeast-free diet.
Detox recipes involve the love-it-or-hate-it ingredient licorice, a simple ginger-scallion soup, and a fragrant essential oil salve. Gotta love the herbal remedies, and the bonus… Continue
Added by Cornelia on April 22, 2010 at 11:04am —
A very tasty little hen was purchased at farmer's market last Friday, lending flavor and joy to recent kitchen creations. It first appeared at the table roasted with herbs and potatoes, our garden's first salad greens, and watercress pesto.
Tonight it will make a second showing as a rich broth for soup. I am yet again grateful to East Fork Farm for raising animals with so… Continue
Added by Rachel Brownlee on April 22, 2010 at 7:30am —
Started seeds on Friday and we're already seeing basil, broccoli and cukes in the minigreenhouse! Oregano and chives are already green and growing in the herb garden, and I planted my salad greens yesterday. Tomorrow we have to go pick up some black liner to help with our weed problem (no matter what we do, daisies invade!) and some chicken wire for the peas and cukes to grow up.
Besides getting the garden going we are gutting our front bathroom, as there was a slow leak that… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on April 20, 2010 at 12:03pm —
These two chefs are the absolute top of the heap for me, and my friends know this. A friend recently sent me the podcast from the Miami Book Fair and I thought I'd share it and the list of food and cooking books and that they count as their favorite. Enjoy:…
Added by Cornelia on April 14, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Yesterday, 25 beautiful baby chickens arrived at the Frederick Post office. We got the call early yesterday morning... Alex said she could hear the babies 'peeping' in the background. Dave picked them up from the post office and brought them by the cafe for everyone to see. People came out of their booths and seats to get a glimpse of the tiny birds in their small shipping box. The box they shipped in was really small but they all made it through the trip. We unfortunately lost the runt of the… Continue
Added by Doug Powell on April 13, 2010 at 9:42pm —
Big project last weekend, we got rid of our dead sod and added 150-200 sq/ft of new garden,… Continue
Added by michael on April 12, 2010 at 11:01am —
With this beautiful weather here in Western NC, things are happening. Even though our frost date is May 15th in the mountains, things are getting planted anyway.
This weekend, three kinds of potatoe seeds went to the ground, a La Ratt fingerling potato, a purple potato and a yellow potato. Three rows 40 feet long should produce a lot of potatoes!
Two rows of sweet white corn also got planted today as well as some sunflower seeds around the house.
Mulch was added to my… Continue
Added by Allen Frost on April 11, 2010 at 9:00pm —
I just recieved information from a garden club friend of mine that states that this mulch is poisionus to dogs and cats. It containes Theobromine ,it's the same stuff in chocolate .Depending on the size of the dog it can kill them.check it out here . www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp
I just wanted to pass along.
Added by jennifer thompson on April 11, 2010 at 12:33pm —
Compost piles are truly amazing; they are a perfect example of the circle of life. You dump a bunch of organic material into a dedicated spot, keep adding to it, turn it now and then, give it air, sunshine, and a bit of moisture if it gets too dry...and within a year or so you should have a whopping pile of fantastically healthy dirt.
And that's just what we have. A busy, bustling, incredible little eco-system all our own… Continue
Added by Raine Saunders on April 9, 2010 at 2:06pm —
I am very pleased to have as a guest today Kathryne Pirtle, a professional musician who struggled for years with debilitating health issues. She suffered conditions experienced by millions and millions of people - celiac disease, acid reflux, and chronic inflammation just to name a few. I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to Kathy for allowing me to share her story here, and my hope is that it will provide a positive impact on… Continue
Added by Raine Saunders on April 8, 2010 at 3:00pm —
I think that the most overwhelming part of starting a project like this is know where to begin. What do I do? Who do I contact? Do I need insurance or a tax ID? When and what do I begin planting? So many questions flood your mind that it can seem an unmanageable task... but it isn't and you are not alone. Plenty of people around the world are doing this and have been doing this for years and there are valuable resources everywhere... the trick is knowing where to look.
So here… Continue
Added by Doug Powell on April 8, 2010 at 2:26pm —
So... now three member's of our crew have experienced a violent reaction to something on the farm, which we have assumed to be poison ivy. Julien has got some pretty bad blisters on his forearms and Dave's case seems to be spreading to his torseau. The blisters on my hands have healed but now my left armpit is under attack. What we've learned through this painful process is that poison ivy can be present even if the vines and leaves are not. A write-up by… Continue
Added by Doug Powell on April 8, 2010 at 1:53pm —