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Meet the Urban Organic Gardener

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,…


Added by Jessica Reeder on February 16, 2011 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

homemade chocolate peanut butter cups

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…


Added by Christine on February 16, 2011 at 2:12pm — No Comments

there's no problem, only solutions

Over the past year, my family as encountered a ton of change. Mostly it has been positive, and, for that, I am immensely grateful. It's nice for once not to be forced to operate in fight-or-flight mode. Here's the kicker though: having lived my life in a near constant state of emergency over the last several years, I've forgotten a few essential skills, namely patience and relaxation.

I've discovered that change is the only thing in life that's pretty much a guaranteed constant. In the… Continue

Added by lexirain2001 on February 15, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Squash Seed Saving!

So, I'm hosting Squash february over on my blog as a way to inspire you (and myself) to eat the backlog of winter squash you may have in your cold storage. I'm proud to say we've eaten around 50% of our stash, but still have 4 acorns, 2 butternuts, and 1 delica to go. And I only have 2 weeks left! YIKES! anyway, below is one of my posts on seed saving. it's a beginner's guide, that's for sure because i'm just learning too! XO…


Added by ohsweetie on February 14, 2011 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment

Simple, Messy, Compost Pile

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

Let's Swap Seeds

After experiencing the “blizzard” (aka Snow-mageddon, Blizzaster, or Snowhere Near Expectations, depending on your location) that just swept through the eastern half of the US, it’s somewhat difficult to believe that now is the right time of year to start thinking about seeds and gardens and green plants reaching up through… Continue

Added by Cara Rosaen on February 8, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Bows and Arrows (and Rugs)

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…


Added by Aliza Ess on February 7, 2011 at 5:13pm — No Comments

all good brunch

Two of my best college buds visited this past weekend for a sleepover. We navigated the snowy, slushy sidewalks to check out an alumni happy hour (eeps, we'll be celebrating our five year reunion from undergrad this year) and then came back to put on our pjs and have some chips, salsa and ChocoVine. Have you heard of that? Chocolate wine? It's ridiculous.

Earlier in the week we put in a special order to our… Continue

Added by Christine on February 7, 2011 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

Tiny House Update – 02.01.11

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

Added by Andrew Odom on February 3, 2011 at 10:07pm — 2 Comments

Pickle Bread, Fruit Leather and Valentines


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…


Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on February 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Coconut Sweet Potato Soup

We were blessed with a very successful sweet potato crop this year. Digging up the harvest was a total thrill (in gardening terms). I have been picking away at them all winter long to accompany steak in the form of oven fries, appearing alongside…

Added by Rachel Brownlee on February 3, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments

Pasta Making 101


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…


Added by Jannine Cabossel on February 2, 2011 at 11:26pm — No Comments

On Ravioli and Emergency Preparedness

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…


Added by Arika on February 2, 2011 at 10:51pm — 3 Comments

The Weight of Our Foods Choices

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…


Added by Cooking the Seasons on February 2, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Young Foodies: Elana Taubman

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…


Added by Cara Rosaen on February 2, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Miss Snail Pail, the world is your oyster.

Hi Homegrown! It's been a while... I want to update you on my recent adventures. Here's the latest from my blog,Love and Trash...

If your garden is besieged with snails, you’ve probably joked once or twice about making escargot. After all, a plate of snail meat will set you back $50…


Added by Jessica Reeder on February 1, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments

sunday soup, potato and red lentil with homemade pita

Back at the Sunday Soup game. And with an observation: photographing soup is hard. … Continue

Added by Christine on January 31, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Have You Tried: A Pomegranate?

Have You Tried: A Pomegranate?

Pomegranates are tasty fruits, and the edible part is actually the pulp-encompassed seeds. In the United States they are mainly grown in warmer places like California, so they are a treat that I don’t often buy for myself. Luckily though this one was a gift. I love gifts of food!



Added by Cara Rosaen on January 31, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Starting rosemary seeds and cheap grow-light set-up

Cross-post from my blog, domestic efforts:


This is my first year growing seeds indoors. I was tempted to begin this new venture with an elaborate set-up but decided to starts slowly and cheaply. That way, if my plants fail, I won't be quite so upset.

I purchased a shop light and 2 fluorescent light tubes (1 warm and 1 cool). I also bought adjustable shelving, leaving the top of the unit shelf-less so the shop…


Added by Jenni on January 29, 2011 at 6:19pm — 3 Comments

Winter Sown

Last night, with a glass of wine and a soundtrack that included this bit of dreamy, awesomeness, I winter sowed some seeds.

I started with just a few flats last year. Only the chamomile did really well. This year I'm trying again, sticking mostly to self-sowing natives and other hardy perennials that are well adapted to the climate, naturally drop… Continue

Added by Amber Westfall on January 29, 2011 at 4:14pm — 5 Comments

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