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Clicker Training a Goat

I love clicker training. I use it to train all my dogs and puppies. It's an amazing tool, but I have to admit I've never considered using it to train my goats. At least not until I saw this. Amazing.

I've had such amazing success with dogs using a clicker that I don't have to be sold on it's value as a training tool. It's what they use at places like Sea World to train the marine animals and was introduced to dog trainers by a former Sea World trainer,…


Added by Elizabeth Wilson on November 18, 2010 at 4:59am — 3 Comments

Grow Your Own Garlic

Growing Tips: Garlic

Organic Garlic Growing Tips Aromatic, flavorful and healthful – there are hundreds of garlic varieties, but they all fall into two basic categories: hardneck… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on November 17, 2010 at 3:43pm — 2 Comments

Young Foodies: Seth Teicher of Roadside Organics

Young Foodies: Seth Teicher of Roadside Organics

Seth Teicher (see picture), a 24-year-old Michigan grad and DC resident, and his best friend, Nick Weisman, recently started Roadside Organics, a communications firm focused on amplifying and harmonizing voices of leaders in the local food movement.…


Added by Lindsay Partridge on November 17, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments


I went out to run a few days ago and found this little guy laying (Or playing dead) on the side walk. He would have died in no time with the heat here. So I brought him home and I'm nursing him back to "whole" I didn't know that opossum's are the only North American marsupial, They do NOT carry rabies. They can be a bothersome but for now I'll help to get him strong and take him somewhere safe. I'll keep everyone updated. He actually is so cute!…


Added by Jan Martinez on November 17, 2010 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

eat your brussels sprouts

I never loved brussels sprouts. They always tasted just like little tiny cabbages, which I suppose is exactly what they are. Meh. At the risk of sounding like one people that think you can grow spaghetti in your garden, I confess that I had no idea brussels sprouts… Continue

Added by Christine on November 16, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

cornish pasty with butternut squash, parmesan and sage

I never knew what a Cornish pasty (pronounced PAST-ee) was until this recipe. Apparently it's not really all that authentic of a recipe, but it sure is delicious.

I started prepping for this meal in the morning before work, as I often do. I made the dough… Continue

Added by Christine on November 15, 2010 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Herbed Chèvre and Oyster Mushroom Tart with Gluten-Free Almond Crust

Almond flour is a perfect compliment to local chèvre blended with fresh herbs, caramelized… Continue

Added by Rachel Brownlee on November 15, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Vegan chili

Cross-post from my blog, domestic efforts.

My husband recently combined a bunch of online recipes to make a really amazing chili. It's pretty easy to make and incorporated several of my preserving projects, which is an added bonus. We utilized a pressure cooker to cook the beans, but you can certainly cook them the old fashioned way. You can also use canned beans, but why bother? With a little more effort, you'll get tastier… Continue

Added by Jenni on November 15, 2010 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Gleaning at Parker Farm

Yesterday was the highly anticipated CSA member Pick-your-own event at Parker Farm. A good chunk of the membership drove out to the farm - pitchforks, trowels and knives in hand- to glean the remaining produce from Farmer Steve's fields.

It was a beautiful warm fall day. Drier than the originally-scheduled weekend before. Being out in the fields where my CSA bounty was grown is a significant… Continue

Added by Cornelia on November 15, 2010 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Build your own outdoor Earth Oven for under $30

(The following post is about our experience making a cob oven. We built in the middle of the summer and that presented a multitude of problems. But today we fired it up and it worked and we are getting ready to have homemade pizza for lunch. So it does work. The construction details have been trimmed back a bit. However, feel free to contact me for more detailed instructions on how to build an Earth Oven that costs less than the 24 beer bottles I used in construction.)

I… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on November 13, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Local Lamb Sirloin Chops with Parsley Sauce

Every morsel from East Fork Farm is downright dreamy. This evening, tender lamb sirloin chops were enjoyed smothered in a lovely parsley sauce fresh from the garden. Accompaniments included; roasted sweet potatoes tugged from the soil just 50 yards from the dinner table, smeared with delicious whole milk…

Added by Rachel Brownlee on November 11, 2010 at 6:07pm — 2 Comments

How to Grow Collards

Collards To borrow a line(s) from Midnight Oil, "The time has come / A fact's a fact / It belongs to them/ Let's give it back"

And so with winter on the wing, we have realized the soil is not really ours and we have given it back to the earth for a few more months. What am I talking about? Well, this morning I harvested the last of the… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on November 11, 2010 at 2:26pm — No Comments

My First Butcher

I blogged about my experience with our first butcher on my blog... HERE.


...I guess one of the biggest things when you're raising your own food is that you can't just keep a bunch of animals around just because you gave

them a name. Eventually, hens get too old to lay eggs. There just isn't

enough room in the world for all the extra animals that don't fit into a

food… Continue

Added by rachel whetzel on November 9, 2010 at 12:31pm — No Comments

A Virginia Girl in love with Florida Oranges

I have a confession. I am a citrus junkie living in zone 7. So despite my local-loving ways, I horde OJ like a kid raiding the halloween candy bowl. Even now that we have an apple press and 14 apple trees on the way, meaning my cup will runneth over with that earthy wonderfulness known as cider, I can't start my day without a glass of the orange stuff.

So what's a girl to do?

I've decided the best way to reconcile my beliefs and my breakfast is to find a…


Added by Lisa on November 9, 2010 at 11:58am — 2 Comments

Home Cheese-Making & Paneer Cheese (RECIPE)

This is a cross-post from my blog, Together In Food; to read a slightly different version of this post, please go to my blog here.

I love cheese, and I have this (perhaps slightly crazy) dream of producing 80% of the food we eat at home myself, from scratch (growing, raising and processing it). So, I wanted to be able to make cheese myself. I'd read…


Added by Stephanie M, Together In Food on November 8, 2010 at 3:53pm — 4 Comments

quintessential november

Well it's a quintessential November day. Cold, blustery and a bit gray outside. I'm just settling into hibernation mode with my yarn at the ready, our bread machine humming along and the storm windows tightly shut. I've got cookbooks and a pop fiction paperback on… Continue

Added by Christine on November 8, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Chard (or Any Other Greens) Frittata (RECIPE)


Added by Stephanie M, Together In Food on November 5, 2010 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Is There A Crisis in Home Cooking?

Is it true…


Added by Stephanie M, Together In Food on November 3, 2010 at 7:00pm — 25 Comments

Storing the Fall Bounty

Storing the Fall Bounty

We have all worked hard in our gardens and on our farms, reaping the harvest

all season long, from spring greens and peas to main season

broccoli and green beans. We’ve been canning pickles and salsa,

freezing beans and corn, and drying herbs so that we can enjoy the

flavor of a summer meal while warming up near the woodstove after a long

day on the ski slopes (at least… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on November 2, 2010 at 12:23pm — No Comments

like peas & carrots

Another Halloween, another homemade felt costume. This year, we went together like peas and carrots. Organic, obviously. And locally grown.…


Added by Christine on November 2, 2010 at 10:45am — 4 Comments

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