The latest winter snow has thawed to reveal golden wisps of dormant grass blowing gently in the meadow called Cades Cove. While horses still graze on other fields nearby, much of the grasslands lay unused except by the wildest of creatures. Small mammals like rabbits and fowl such as quail can more likely find a place to hide from their predators when they have native clumps of grass like broomsedge in their natural habitat. Yet, fescue has claimed most of the land, choking out several…Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Cold, frozen days are inspiring me to dream about the next season's garden. Not an expert by any means. But I'm determined to garden smarter each season, even on a small scale. My husband and I have the usual arguments about pest control, which involve me swearing off any synthetic pesticides, while he eventually sneaks out a can of this or that when he thinks he has no other alternative.
I'm aiming to read through the new (2009 anyway) Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of…Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments
I can only imagine what splendid dishes the Denman family cooks up. When I planned a visit to their greenhouse, I knew that matriarch Georgia Denman and her daughter, Caitrin Bayard, were experts at organic gardening. What I couldn't comprehend until my visit was their depth of knowledge and passion for culinary plants. …Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:20pm — No Comments
I arrived home from work last week to find that my sister had brought me a bag of kiwis. I absolutely love kiwis. I could eat them every day. But this was a GIANT bag of kiwis. At least thirty, maybe a little more. My brother in law, Jeff, had apparently done some work for a local farm, setting up their network. He refused payment because he just wanted to help them out. So instead he got a big bag of kiwis, half of which they brought to me.
Several days later the bag is still…Continue
**cross-posted from a Feb 6, 2011 post on my blog, semi-farmed kind of life**Continue
Added by lexirain2001 on February 16, 2011 at 5:42pm — No Comments
Let me guess: you want to grow food someday, but right now you don't have a yard. That was my reasoning too — until I discovered Mike Lieberman's blog, the Urban Organic Gardener.
A Brookyn native, Mike started growing organic food on his tiny fire escape a couple years back. He blogged every detail with photos,…
Peanut butter cups seemed like one of those things that you just couldn't make yourself. At least to me. But they are so easy! Melt chocolate, make a little PB mixture and load into muffin tins. That's it! I made a batch of these for Valentine's Day... imagine…Continue
Added by Christine on February 16, 2011 at 2:12pm — No Comments
Hot is not how I would describe our family's backyard compost pile. Wam, I hope. Definitely not smelly, but not the hottest thing around. The more I read how the experts explain composting, I don't think ours is cold or passive. I do make an effort to turn it about once per week But it's, well, simple at best. My husband, skillful as he is, never found time to build one of those fancy corrals that some of you have. At first, I thought we needed…
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 12, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Added by Cara Rosaen on February 8, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments
This isn't a post about food or plants, but I thought some folks might be interested in the general "homemade" aspect! My gentleman and one of our friends recently took a primitive skills class and got to make their own bows. While they hung out and made arrows, I made a rag rug.
The full blog post about it is here.
Here they are using the bows for the first time on…Continue
Added by Aliza Ess on February 7, 2011 at 5:13pm — No Comments
The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
What a start to the new year. I can hardly believe today is the first day of February. In just a couple of weeks Crystal and I will have been married two full years. We will have located… Continue
The girls have been very creative in the kitchen today.
First prepared was the ground beef for jerky later. Daughter Madison mixed a 1½ lb. batch for pepperoni jerky. It’ll set in the fridge for a few hours, so the cure, seasonings and beef become well blended. Then tonight, we’ll put it in the food dehydrator. We have one of those little Jerky-Works guns, which makes things easier. It looks like a small chalking-gun. You simply fill it with seasoned meat and pull the trigger…Continue
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Added by Rachel Brownlee on February 3, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments
What does making homemade pasta got to do with gardening? Nothing! But a gardener’s got to do something in the dead of winter and I wanted to try out that new pasta machine that I got for a birthday gift in June. I thought it…Continue
Added by Jannine Cabossel on February 2, 2011 at 11:26pm — No Comments
Sitting here, eating local, seasonal corn and carrots which I froze this summer, a frozen fruit smoothie, and delicious local ravioli from Mama Mucci's in Canton. I'm thinking about the epic snow storm that will be soon descending upon Southeast Michigan. Thinking about emergency preparation (oh crap, we have no bottled water or spare battieries...) is encouraging my mind to drift to something a little more fun, which is my planting plan for this…Continue
This is reposted from our food blog, Cooking the Seasons (www.cookingtheseasons.com), which is out of Somerville, MA.
We began this blog two and a half years ago with the idea that we wanted to make our small impact on the world, or rather, NOT make an impact on the world, by supporting local agriculture, growing some our own food, and making a concerted effort to be more aware of what we ate, where it came from, how it was…Continue
Added by Cooking the Seasons on February 2, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments
I met Elana Taubman during our sophomore year at the University of Michigan in Environment 270, taught by Ivette Perfecto. Throughout the semester, Ivette continued to return to a focus on the urban/organic agricultural revolution in Cuba, which she pointed out has occurred as a direct result of the Soviet blockade. Being cut off entirely from outside resources, notably food, fertilizer, and pesticide imports, forced the island…Continue
Added by Cara Rosaen on February 2, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments