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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 …


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.…

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…


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

Recipe : Two-Bean Vegan Chili



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…

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…

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…


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…


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…

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.)


1 cup of rice

2 cups water

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


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.…


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…


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…


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

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

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