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The Joys and Oys of Making Kosher, Homemade Baby Foods


There's a newish movement in Jewish (Kosher) cuisine: getting back to the roots.  I don't mean Eastern Europe, but trends in Kashrut point to a rise in consumer interest in healthy, organic, sustainable products.  If you keep kosher, and you haven't noticed, most of the foods you'll find in the kosher…


Added by Monica Gebell on April 25, 2011 at 2:26pm — No Comments

How to Do a Quick Germination Test at Home

Are you using last year’s seeds (or even older) and aren’t sure if they’re still viable? Try this germination test at home to see if they’re worth planting, or if you should be buying new seeds this year.

  1. Use a double thick paper towel.  Moisten with water and fold…

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 25, 2011 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Backyard rebuilding

Ok so the hot tub lost it's romance plus broke down this winter and we weren't about to put any more money into it so, we thought we would give it away and placed an advertisement on kijiji. Well what a fiasco that turned out to be! With all the crazy questions and comments (even though I had no idea what was wrong with the thing and I posted pictures showing what was broken) we were beginning to wonder if we would have to fork over more cash to have the thing moved. We even had one fellow…


Added by Nancy Deno on April 24, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

Savor the Season: Cabbage and Apple

Who doesn't love a good slaw?

Beautiful purple cabbages and red apples combine to make a bright dish during dreary winter days.



Added by Cara Rosaen on April 23, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Earth Day Splendor

Reblogged by Local Me.

Happy Earth Day! How are you celebrating? I'm having some friends over for a mostly-local dinner. Just returned from a trip to Union Square greenmarket to pick up some last-minute ingredients.

Here's what's on the menu:…


Added by Jay Geneske on April 22, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Easter Eggs without the Artificial Food Coloring

More Naturally Colored Easter Eggs…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on April 22, 2011 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Earthly Eating

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

If you really stop and think about it, all the ways that we interact with our food (growing, raising, packaging, distributing, cooking, consuming, composting, digesting, landfilling, and more) have a huge collective impact on our planet. Over the decades since the first Earth Day…


Added by Cara Rosaen on April 22, 2011 at 11:54am — No Comments

Counting blessings

So, first: I got 2 family recipes from my grandparents in-law this last weekend! I'm SO excited! jEspecially since my step-mother-in-law said I couldn't get a family recipe till I was in the family for 15 years (I've been with my hubby for 5 and no one likes my step-mother-in-law, hehehe)


Second: it looks like we have two different varieties of Americaunas! A red brown and a silver.


Third: We have SO many hot peppers and tomatoes coming in that we'll have them…


Added by Erin Mitchell on April 21, 2011 at 4:19pm — 3 Comments

One-Day Old Ducklings!


That's right, four little ducklings. And you are correct, that is a White Orpington chicken that's raising them!

A month or so ago, one of our White Orpington chickens got a little broody, which means she didn't want to get off her eggs. So we decided we might as well make use of it and get some fertilized duck eggs.


Four hatched successfully yesterday! In the morning when we fed the chickens one of the eggs had hatched, and by the time I…


Added by Aliza Ess on April 21, 2011 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

It's the Thought That Counts

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


Well folks, here are the new additions to our little happy corner of earth. I'm posting multiple pictures not only because I am incredibly proud to have them in my humble homestead, but to also go off on a brief political tangent. I don't do this too often, so I hope you'll forgive me. (At least I'm in good company~ my pal…


Added by lexirain2001 on April 21, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

Three Cheers for Women

International Women’s Day just flew by! A global day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. What better way to commemorate this occasion than to share some words from the amazing women farmers that I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with?…


Added by Cara Rosaen on April 21, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Expectations: Planting Seeds

Who turns their living room into a green house?

Dirt covers my floors, couch, dining hutch, and end tables. Make shift seedling pots are over ever flat surface available. There are sour cream, yogurt, coffee cups, baby food containers, non-dairy coffee creamer jugs, peat pots, etc. anything I could get my hands… Continue

Added by Lauren Klouda on April 21, 2011 at 3:15am — 6 Comments

:: It's What's Inside That Counts :: Inner Resilience - Part One ::

So, here I was with all these plans... plans to save the planet, plans to build an urban homestead, plans to be prepared for the future, plans to be resilient to what I believe will be a challenging future. (Of course, plans to be a great… Continue

Added by dixiebelle on April 21, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Modern Homemaking for Hip Homies!

From folding a fitted sheet to fit in the tightest of storage spots, to setting up a container garden that will thrive in your studio apartment, Kate Payne offers her foolproof tips, tricks, and tidbits for making your place your own in The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking.  Kate, skilled in the art of decorating and dining on a budget, adds her own anecdotal advice to tried and true homemaking how-tos in this latest book, which hit the shelves on April… Continue

Added by Caroline Malcolm on April 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Savor the Season: Raspberry Scones

Alright, it's just wishful thinking that raspberries are in season here in Michigan. Even though they aren't really in season at the moment, by freezing summer treats like raspberries, you can enjoy them year round!

I'm kind of on a scone kick lately, and this …


Added by Cara Rosaen on April 20, 2011 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Easter On The Farm: In Review & Today

A few years back, our local TV station did a 2 minute, human interest piece on us, regarding Easter and the giving of animals to children as Easter gifts.

The news gal's name, who did the piece, was Kaylin Karsin, of KSAX-TV. This particular piece was the first of two stories - the second was on 4-H. You get to see many of the critters on the farm. The interview featured Carol... with a few seconds of Madison, feeding a baby lamb. Madison was…


Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on April 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Blame It On the Rain

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


The last few weeks here, like the weather, have been dreary, stormy and tumultuous. Although there is plenty to be excited and hopeful about in terms of our home, yard and garden, the part of my life that helps me pay for these dreams of dirt and chickens has been a bit wacky. I'm trying to remain fairly zen about the whole experience and to practice…


Added by lexirain2001 on April 20, 2011 at 10:24am — No Comments

What The Bug?

Can you help identify this bug?  It's not in my 'Handbook of Natural Insects and Disease Control'.

It looks like a ladybug, but I don't see any listed here with the same markings.  I also don't see a split down the back that would allow for wings - and they aren't… Continue

Added by michael on April 19, 2011 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance Declared Illegal by Dept of Agriculture in Maine

QUOTATION FROM FOWARDED MESSAGE BELOW: "In a letter to the Town of Blue Hill dated April 6, the Maine Department of Agriculture declared the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance to be illegal, citing it as a violation of the State's…

Added by Burl Hall on April 18, 2011 at 12:39pm — No Comments

My recipe for red pepper marmalade

Mud pies to Sticky buns

Red pepper marmalade is a delicious on beef or chicken or mixed with cream cheese.

It is really quick, easy…

Added by Mud Pies to Sticky Buns on April 18, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

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