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Heather Flansworth
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  • Brooklyn, NY
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker
A bit about me:
It all started with making liqueurs to destress from teaching my hooligan students. Now I'm hauling garden books from my parents' on Metro North, collapsing in a sweaty heap in Long Island City unable to continue (thanks, awkward 7 to G transfer), coating myself (unintentionally) in homemade butter, and trying to figure out if a quail would want to live in Bed Stuy...
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Oh manzies...does homemade bread and homemade butter count? Would it sweeten the pot if I said I used some chives in it I grew myself out of a purse?

I need to start cooking balanced meals.
Currently reading:
Hot, Flat, and Crowed, by Thomas Friedman
Currently listening to:
No one in Brooklyn can answer this question without it being a pissing contest or sounding like a douchebag.
My latest DIY project:
Awkward self-watering/sub-irrigated planter...um...at least my chives and parsley haven't died yet?
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At 11:29am on November 12, 2009, Cornelia said…
Hi Heather - welcome to HOMEGROWN.org! Your blog post about the site completely cracked me up. At the risk of sounding like a douchebag (I commend your liberal use of this most effective descriptor), you can re-arrange your page here to be a little more readable and to link properly to your awesome blog.
Here are some tips from the FAQ:
Redecorating - Try moving around the different chunks of information on your page. For example, if you are using the RSS feed to bring your blog to your page, you can move it from the sidebar to the center area – try it, you might just like it!
Blog - You can start a blog on your page or link to an existing one. To link to an outside blog, simply click the RSS button at the very bottom of your page and enter the url of the site.
Let me know if you need any help linking to your blog. Basically, just enter http://bleachbottlebirdhouse.blogspot.com/ into the field that asks for the URL.
At 12:50pm on November 13, 2009, Cornelia said…
Well shut my mouth - you're right! This is a case of our platform (Ning) not playing nice with others (Blogger). We've been asking for them to fix this, but, evidently, it hasn't happened yet. Boo. At least your link will bring people to your site...you can always re-post relevant things from your blog in a member blog and link back to your site. Others here have done that and seem to like the effect.
I'm so glad you're finding the site useful. I know that the Brooklyn Food Conference is coming up again in the Spring, so I'll hopefully see you there in the flesh!
At 8:27pm on December 2, 2009, Helen Heil said…
Hi Heather! Good to hear from you. Cleopatra and other queens have used honey for their beauty treatments. I think honey is an excellent moisturizer. I learned this while extracting and getting my hands covered in it. They were so soft when I washed the sticky off! I have used it on my face, about 1 tablespoon and leave it on for 10 min. before rinsing off. Since honey attracts moisture and helps retain it is a great moisturizing facial. It's also good if you get a cut or a scrape like a natural barrier and antibiotic. Enjoy!
At 5:30am on December 3, 2009, georgia schweyer said…
At 5:34pm on December 4, 2009, Aliza Ess said…
Hi Heather! Thanks for all the comments. Always appreciated. To answer a few questions...

Agreed, vertical indoor gardening sounds awesome. After the mouse debacle though I kind of swore off having too much soil indoors. Luckily just got a plot in the community garden for next year so I can deal without having indoor plants.

Haven't tried decorating my own planters yet, since the little plastic ones just seem to appear in my cabinets out of nowhere. Worth a shot! I own some of that wood-grain sticker paper myself.

Propagating plants is easy with certain plants like african violets or aloe vera. Woody stems are much harder to propagate. I like aloe the best because it sends out little shoots that you really can just pluck out of the soil and re-plant.

Don't personally know any Brooklyn foragers, but let me know if you meet any! Too bad foraging season is over. Mostly I learned how to forage by keeping watch on various city plants, and if they look interesting I google them and research what to use the plant for. Mulberries are another good one around these parts, and sacred datura grows really easily in urban environments which is totally crazy...
At 9:36pm on March 1, 2010, kelly linss said…
I'm really enjoying reading your blog! I love the way you write.
At 2:40pm on March 25, 2010, Amber Westfall said…
Just saw this and thought of you: Green Maps Bed-Stuy Food Justice Program and Bed-Stuy Eco Mapping Project.

Please write more soon!

At 5:40pm on August 31, 2010, Cornelia said…
Your future ex-husband is in the shit: Impounded: Dr Claw hunted by the Dept. of Health.

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Because Wasn't Your Childhood Also Filled With Pretending To Be Orphans Preparing For The Rough Colonial Winter? False, Because You Were Allowed To Play Videogames And Aren't A Pussy? Fair Enough...

When you grow up in the greater Hartbeat vicinity, showing that 860

love and enjoying conehead sundaes at a wonderful restaurant called The

Friendly's with regularity, you are pretty excited about the

Revolutionary War and other colonial things. Apparently my friendship

bracelets from the South tend to focus on the Civil War or whatever,

and like to spend hours talking about how "The North Wanted Robert E.

Lee Really Badly But He Had Too Much Loyalty To Virginia."… Continue

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:21pm — 3 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

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 2:24pm — 1 Comment

Life DID Give Me Lemons, And I Am Not Even Kind Of Mad At That

(for the version with proper links, click here)

Oh, hi. I didn't see you there. Probably because I am too busy COUNTING ALL OF THE BABY LEMONS ON MY MEYER LEMON TREE, JEALOUS?


you read that correctly. So! many! lemons! Okay, maybe I lied on the

phone to my dad, because when he asked how my day was, I was like,…

Posted on February 20, 2010 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Oh Manzies, Hannukah Is Coming, Now I Have To Wrap Eight Presents, Part 1: Taking Newspaper To Classy Places

Answering these questions:

What can I use to dye paper?

What can I use to make all-natural dyes?

How do I dye paper?

How can I make homemade wrapping paper?

How can I wrap gifts with newspaper and not endure as much mockery?

How can I make compostable wrapping paper?

Where can I find a good stamp store in New York?

What did Steven give Heather for her 24th birthday?

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Posted on December 2, 2009 at 4:27pm — 3 Comments



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