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Have You Met: Jerry Hebron?



This past summer, I decided I wanted to spend more time in Detroit doing some urban gardening. I called up the volunteer coordinator of the Greening of Detroit to find out about volunteer days and she sent me to the Oakland Community Garden on the north end of the city. There I met Jerry Hebron, who…

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Added by Cara Rosaen on March 28, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Fermented Slaw

We made some last year and we’re greedily looking forward to this batch of lacto-fermented “cole slaw”. The recipe comes from the book Preserving Food… Continue

Added by Nicole Karr on March 27, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Film and Food: A Love Story

 

Ever since the widespread release of the movie Food, Inc. in the summer of 2009, film and food seem to be on a honeymoon of sorts. New flicks documenting the state of our food system are released almost as frequently as the cows need milking, and food film festivals have been taking place in cities…

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Added by Cara Rosaen on March 26, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

First Day Breaking Ground: Boone St. Urban Farm in Baltimore

My friend Cheryl and I have been gardening in small separate plots in Baltimore City for the past few years. This year, we have adopted two large vacant lots- about a quarter of an acre - and are planning an urban farm and community garden. (That's me in the black, red, and gold t-shirt.)

 

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Added by Aliza Ess on March 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

How to Make Homemade Sprouts

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In my quest to make as many foods from scratch as possible, including bread, jam, and herbs for cooking and tea, I…

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Added by Lisa Fine on March 23, 2011 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Whispering Chickens and Big Bad John

The following post was originally seen on www.tinyrevolution.us. 

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Yesterday was a day full of firsts for me. It all began when I woke up in the morning and found out that one of the schools I work with (…

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Added by Andrew Odom on March 23, 2011 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Savor the Season: Acorn Squash

The Real Time Farms Headquarters had a plump acorn squash from Brines Farm (hurray for cold storage for extending what's in season!) lying around, just begging to become something delicious. As I mentioned recently, I'm quite enamored with Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook …

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Added by Cara Rosaen on March 23, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Suburban Chickens Arrived Today

Our second batch of chicks arrived today in our little suburb. Here are the details:





The call came from the post office.…
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Added by Lauren Klouda on March 23, 2011 at 10:37am — No Comments

Movers & Shakers: Ian Calder-Piedmonte, Cofounder and Farmer, Balsam Farms

It’s a lot of hard work and yet, a lot of laughs on Balsam Farms on Long Island, New York. “When you’re working in the fields, much of your work could be thought of as monotonous, but you’re with a lot of people and there’s a lot of joking and laughing....lot’s of funny things happen....if you can’t laugh at some of the problems then you’d be in trouble.” Ian…

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Added by Cara Rosaen on March 21, 2011 at 11:55am — No Comments

Recipe : Two-Bean Vegan Chili

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Added by Lisa Fine on March 21, 2011 at 9:27am — 1 Comment

Cheap Seed Starting Setup

A week ago, I officially started my seeds. There are lots of new additions and my entire list is here and a rough schedule for starting seeds is here. I'm not neat or fancy when it comes to projects, but I can get the job done. All of the planting took place in my dining room and later the pots were hauled upstairs for…
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Added by Jaccqueline Suzelis on March 21, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Are Your Eggs Fresh? Here are some easy tests...

When you have chickens, you always have something to eat. A handful of fresh eggs can quickly become quiche, pasta, pancakes and many other super fast meals. Along with the pure novelty of keeping animals for food come an abundance of new facts about the food you are eating. Raising chickens has changed all my previous beliefs and ideas about food and the word…
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Added by Jaccqueline Suzelis on March 20, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Southeastern Secret Garden

 

For years, weeds outpaced the other plants and pint-sized specimens burst out of their boundaries.  When no one was tending them, the leafy residents of this secret garden hid the promise of what would come.   Come visit behind the garden doors, starting Monday at the…

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Added by Flour Sack Mama on March 19, 2011 at 11:38pm — No Comments

DIY: Making your own seed starting trays and pots from recycled materials

I love to recycle, and reuse, I believe you do need a little bit of creativity to reuse the apparently useless and soon to be trash into something functional. I also love to garden and to save. I sowed so many seeds. I have many seeds due to my participation in seed swaps and I had to find pots for all of them. Why would buy pots for seeds when I have plenty if I look keenly enough into my home? My husband told me the other day that I utilize everything, I was glad to hear…

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Added by Andrea K on March 19, 2011 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments

Ginger Lemon Sunshine Cake

If sunshine had a flavor, I think it would be ginger lemon. The flavors are such a happy combination and this recipe is perfect for these sunny but still cool spring mornings. I'm pretty sure the basic recipe for this bundt cake came from my bon apetite magazines, but the ginger-lemon twist is my way of saying..

Welcome Home…
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Added by Jaccqueline Suzelis on March 19, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Home-Made Instant Brown Rice

I use only brown rice and the other night I needed some rice and had to cook it for 45-50 minutes. Made a much later meal than desired. So my brain thinks, you can buy instant brown rice so why can't you make it. So I came up with this idea to make it. (And maybe it's an old idea and you all know how to do this, but I had never seen it so it was new to me.)



I USED



1 cup of rice

2 cups water



Cooked until it was done. Rinsed well and put it on my dehydrator…

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Added by me on March 18, 2011 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

The Earth is Like a Child That Knows Poems

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

 

Today was the day I laid the last of the seedlings to rest in the compost pile, returning them to earth. I'm a little sad I was unsuccessful this year, but at least they are returning to the earth where they can rest and prepare to nourish next year's garden as compost.…



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Added by lexirain2001 on March 15, 2011 at 7:43pm — 2 Comments

Soil testing, DIY seed paper and self-watering planters

We see some themes popping up in discussions on HOMEGROWN.org and thought it time to revisit some topics covered in the blog and library.



In Soil We Trust? Soil testing resources.







Self-watering Containers Made… Continue

Added by Cornelia on March 15, 2011 at 9:11am — 3 Comments

Edible Landscaping

After some discussion, we cut down the two crepe myrtles in our front flower beds.  They didn't do anything for us, except look nekked half of the year and shed petals onto the cars the other half of the year.  A little bit at a time, we are going to replace our non-edible landscaping with something that we can put into our tummies!

 

In the place of one of the trees, we planted a "tri-apple."  Three varieties of apples gafted onto a single trunk.  We have a Dorsett Golden…

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Added by Donna Brunson on March 14, 2011 at 10:25am — 2 Comments

Help Me Grow the North Country Sustainability Center

I need as many clicks as I can get. Can you help?



I have entered the "green awards" contest from Green Giant.  The winner in each of 4 categories will

win $25,000, and runner ups will get $2,500 to go towards the project described in the entry.

I entered with the North Country Sustainability Center.  Please visit http://www.thegreenawards.com/Default.aspx?v=180  vote for me.  You can vote every day until March…

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Added by Patricia Stewart on March 13, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

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