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In times of Economic Uncertainty, GROW and SAVE!

Originally shared at Back to the Basics:

Planning for the future is important.  In the words of Jack Reacher (Lee Child), "Hope for the Best.  Plan for the worst."  While we cannot predict the loss of income, unexpected medical bills or car repairs, we should plan ahead and prepare the best we can.…


Added by Marianne Smith on March 25, 2015 at 10:59am — No Comments

Jumpstarting Spring: How to Greensprout Potatoes

Spring is getting off to a late start here in Vermont, and in many other parts of the country as well. As a result our customers have been asking us what they should do with their potatoes while they wait for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw. One method you can try is called greensprouting, or “chitting” potatoes, which takes advantage of the extra time available to transform your potatoes from starchy spuds into verdant…


Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 7, 2014 at 10:13am — 3 Comments

Ups and Downs in the Beginner's Garden

Click the picture for a link to my update on growing my first garden as the Girl Gone Local :)

Added by Jordan Pastor on July 15, 2013 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Marketing Yourself and Overcoming Financial Obstacles When Farming, Zoe Bradbury of Valley Flora Farm, Langlois, OR

growing farms podcast

There are constant hurdles to overcome when you are growing your farm. Whether you are just starting out, or you have been farming for a while, there is always some sort of issue. The best thing you can do for yourself and your business is to stay positive, work things through, adapt, act, and survive. This farm podcast episode travels to Oregon to speak with a farmer about some of those obstacles and the clever ways she has found to overcome them.

Things are…


Added by John Suscovich on March 18, 2013 at 8:02pm — No Comments

GFP 004:Learning to Appreciate Success When Faced With Burnout, Berni Ortensi of Ortensi Family Farm, New York

growing farms podcast

There are times in life that you need to stop and smell the roses. It is important whether you are running a small business, or you just generally lead a busy life. It is important to take stock of why you are working so hard, and to appreciate your accomplishments.

I often find it is in these moments of reflection that good things happen. I firmly believe that the harder you work, the luckier you get (not my saying, but I'll borrow it). While it is good practice…


Added by John Suscovich on March 12, 2013 at 8:52am — No Comments

Episode One of the Growing Farms Podcast: Show Introduction | How do you define success as a farmer? Why is it important to do so?

growing farms podcast Show Summary:

Click HERE to Download the MP3

Click Here for the Original Farm Podcast Blog Post

This is the very first episode of the Growing Farms Podcast. You may have caught the…


Added by John Suscovich on February 12, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Gardening tips: how to hand pollinate tomatoes for larger production of your container garden

Gardening tips: how to hand pollinate tomatoes for larger production of your container garden. Many gardeners leave pollination to the bees, but if you want to see the best harvests, you can take matters into your own hands.

In this video I am going to show you the best way to hand pollinate your tomatoes. All you need is an electric toothbrush and…


Added by Robert Brennan on July 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Who is an urban farmer? Sneak peek video!

Our latest video featuring urban farmers from across the country + stop motion vegetables.  Stay tuned for full trailer coming in April!

Added by Growing Cities on March 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Inspiring Quotes from Five Urban Farmers

Check out these inspiring quotes from our interviews with urban farmers across the country…enjoy!


Will Allen, Urban Farmer Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI…


Added by Growing Cities on January 20, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Oh, what a year for Growing Cities!

The end of 2011 marks a year of production on Growing Cities for Dan and I (Andrew)!  We feel so fortunate and pleased to be working on this film and can’t wait to have a final product to show everyone.  Although there is a long road ahead to reach that point we’ve really come a long way in twelve months. From dreaming of the open road and planning the itinerary last winter, to the road trip this summer, to a three-month stay in San Francisco transcribing the film – we have experienced and…


Added by Growing Cities on December 21, 2011 at 11:04am — 2 Comments

Work in progress: Little City Gardens

Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway (above with Dan) want nothing more than to make their living as farmers. Since last year they have tried to do just that, tilling the three-quarter acre lot tucked in the southern part of San Francisco that they call Little City Gardens.…


Added by Growing Cities on November 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — 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

How to Build a Hoop House (for less than $30)

After reading about the $50 greenhouse I quickly decided I needed to make one of my own. The summer season was winding down and I knew I wasn't over my newly found lettuce addiction. I need to grow well into the autumn and even winter. Time for a simple hoop house.

Part of all my homestead construction is an element of recycling and reusing.… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on November 22, 2010 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

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

Strengthen Your Immune System with Some Common Garden Herbs

Even though it’s the middle of summer and no one is thinking about colds or the flu, it is NOW that you can be growing, harvesting, and making your medicine!

Below are 4 common garden herbs you may want to consider cultivating in your garden to help boost your immune system.

  • Echinacea leaf & root…

Added by Kristie Nackord on August 15, 2010 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

More things up in the garden

The move made for a late start plus all the rains we had.

But the sun shines

Plants that are up: these came up in a week May 31 to June 5, 2010

Corn ---Peaches and Cream



Added by Linda on June 6, 2010 at 9:27am — No Comments

Just Because You Have A Cold, Black Heart Doesn't Mean You Have A Black Thumb

NOTE: These posts I do, I also write for my blog, which is here (with proper links). But I've been mainly just writing for my friends, many of whom are still dead set against buying organic foods and who mostly just listen politely and laugh when I try to talk up my compost machine. So a lot of what I'm writing about, people on this site… Continue

Added by Heather Flansworth on March 2, 2010 at 2:24pm — 1 Comment

Terrarium Mossarium Pandemonium!!

This ranks right up there with Tiny Houses and mini pies for shrinking the fantastic and beautiful into little packages. Boing Boing and Martha Stewart have excellent how-tos for how to make these green little worlds.…


Added by Cornelia on January 27, 2010 at 4:45pm — No Comments

My next science-fair-at-home project - The indoor hydroponic growing system

This video - and the lack of dirt, sun and space at home - have inspired me to get on Craiglist and Freecycle and get out the power tools. Looks like I'll need:

a 10-gallon fish tank (or a plastic storage tote - cheaper and keeps out the light just as well)

aquarium parts - bubbler motor, hose, something to disburse the air

silicone caulk


liquid fertilizer

starter plants

grow light

I'll start some of my new seed… Continue

Added by Cornelia on January 4, 2010 at 4:48pm — 2 Comments

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