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DIY Incubator

 Last spring I got some chicks that were supposed to be good for setting but so far there have been no signs of trying to set so I decided to set some eggs in an incubator.

I didn't go out and spend dollars on an incubator but made one out of boxes that I had done years ago and had good success with it. Here are the items and steps I used to build one.

Items used to build the incubator

2 cardboard boxes

1x2 board

1x4x6" board



Added by me on March 10, 2011 at 12:18pm — 4 Comments

braised brussels sprouts

Yup, more brussels sprouts. Awhile ago I tweeted some quote I found about brussels sprouts being so very hip right now. Also turnips/parsnips--I always get them mixed up-- and, I believe, beets. Suspicious veggies are all the… Continue

Added by Christine on March 9, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Homegrown weddings?

Hi y'all!

    My partner just proposed to me (yay!!) and now I've begun to enter the beginnings of the planning stage. I was hoping some of you had stories from your own weddings and how you made them "homegrown". Did you make your own decorations? Did you cater your own reception (this isn't something I'm particularly keen on but if you did it successfully, let me know!)? How did you keep it earth-friendly? If you have any links to sites or recommended reading, I'd really appreciate…


Added by Caitlin Couture on March 7, 2011 at 12:58pm — 7 Comments

Saving money with Whole Grains

Mondays are always hectic. After the slower pace of the weekend, the first day of the week can really knock the wind out of me. Furiously packing lunches, making sure the boys have something clean to wear and just getting basics checked off my weekly list. One of the tasks on my Monday list is always preparing our whole grains. But really the work begins Sunday night.

As the weekend comes to a close, I already have the next week's meals…

Added by Jaccqueline Suzelis on March 7, 2011 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Yummy Turnip Greens Dish


     The other morning I was looking in the freezer to take something out for supper and I found a bag of frozen turnip greens I  had put up last fall that had gotten lost.  I decided to make something for lunch with it.  Here is what I threw together.

1 cup turnip greens

1/3 cup chopped onion

2 crushed garlic cloves

1/3 cup sunflower seeds…


Added by me on March 6, 2011 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

Early Spring Sprouts

Spring is already bursting with life at our house, two weeks before the official start of the season. We're being blessed with an early start to a plentiful crop of vegetables. The lettuce and broccoli seeds are happily germinating in abundance, less than a week after being planted in little indoor containers.…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on March 5, 2011 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Homemade Greek Style Yogurt

Greek style yogurt is so popular right now. No wonder. Have you had a chance to pull back a shiny lid and indulge in that smooth delicacy? It amazes me how even the varieties with no fat can still be incredibly rich. But the price? Ouch. Hmmm... It got me to thinking (because I'm shamelessly cheap but still crave high quality foods) if I couldn't make this stuff in my own kitchen.
I can and I did.
You do need a few odd but readily available…

Added by Lauren Klouda on March 4, 2011 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

We Have a Winnah for “I Garden: Urban Style” Co-Authored by Michael Nolan

Alright folks! We had 41 contest entries to win the book “I Garden: Urban Style” by Michael Nolan and Reggie Solomon via Scissorsanddrumsticks.com and our blog-spot on HOMEGROWN.org…


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on March 4, 2011 at 9:51am — No Comments




After leaving a job that required a moderate amount of international travel, I've spent the last three years becoming more "domesticated". One of my first forays into domestication focused on finally…


Added by Chelsea on March 4, 2011 at 1:09am — No Comments

Growing Organic Micro-Greens – A Shot of Green To Get You Through These Final Weeks….


The thought on everyone’s mind these days at High Mowing is spring, spring, spring! …


Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on March 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

How the Dervaes Family Stole My Victory Garden

This morning it was brought to my attention that portions of an article I wrote in 2008 have been used by the Dervaes family unattributed ever since that time.  I did some research and learned that it was even bigger than I had been told.


Please read the entire blog post with detailed info on my website here.

Added by Michael Nolan on March 3, 2011 at 1:03pm — 2 Comments

The Hard and Soft (neck) Of It All....


Warmer weather arrived for a brief visit over the weekend. Warm enough to drag the plastic laundry baskets of thousands of left over garlic that didn't make it into the garlic field this past fall, out to the front porch for a breath of fresh air and a sorting out.


With the baskets full sitting in the room just of the kitchen and constantly smelling garlic 24/7 makes it difficult not to *think garlic*, want to eat garlic, cook with garlic, etc. Garlic is a tricky…


Added by Country Girl on March 3, 2011 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

DIY Sunflower Seed Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

I figured out a way to make my own sunflower seed bird feeder with recycled materials I scrounged from around the farm.  Besides not really costing me anything, I think it looks pretty snazzy, to boot.

Here's what you'll need:

Two empty cat or dog food cans,… Continue

Added by el vigilante on March 3, 2011 at 10:59am — 1 Comment


This is posted on my blog: http://mountainvalleyfarms.blogspot.com

About a month ago I noticed my dishwasher was not cleaning my dishes very well and I thought do I need to get another one? Didn't take me long to say no I don't! So I've been washing dishes by hand and loving it. I get to look out my kitchen window and watch the birds and just enjoy the beauty of outside. I've been using my dishwasher as a drainer…


Added by me on March 2, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments

sunday soup, quinoa, leek & corn chowder

I made this recipe last week and we kept it on hand for quick dinners and lunches, never actually sitting down to a proper meal. I adapted it from my new all-quinoa, all-the-time… Continue

Added by Christine on March 2, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Growing my own little sprouts

About a month ago I was tired of winter. The doldrums had me....well, feeling humdrum. I needed something green. Something needed to grow! Unfortunately nowhere around us sells seeds or sprouts so I hopped on the line and had some friends in Charleston, SC pick up some seeds at a local whole food-type…


Added by Andrew Odom on March 2, 2011 at 10:16am — 4 Comments

Selling The Homestead

Selling your house is a big decision, selling your homestead, HUGE. From my…


Added by michael on March 1, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Homegrown Happiness

**from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**


February has sucked in myriad ways. I really am thankful it is the shortest month and practically over, because I'm not sure how many more blizzards, rescheduled appointments, sick family members and broken things I can stand. Even though we woke up today to a screaming septic alarm, an emergency weather radio going bonkers and at least a six inch deep lake in our…


Added by lexirain2001 on February 28, 2011 at 10:33pm — No Comments

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