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February 2013 Blog Posts (23)

Sustainable Alternatives to Bluefin Tuna

by Kim Thompson, Sustainable Seafood Expert for the Menuism Seafood Blog and Betsey Suttle

With the recent $1.76 million sale of a single bluefin tuna in Tokyo, bluefin tuna - the poster child for sustainable seafood - is front page news again. These apex predators fetch such high prices because their…


Added by Menuism on February 26, 2013 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Brussel Sprouts

I still have ten plants that didn't really produce last year but are still alive here in Western Pa. Can I expect them to live throughout the spring and summer?

Added by William Thomas Nichols on February 22, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Getting Kids to Eat Their Vegetables: Easier Said Than Done

My husband and I love to eat healthy, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for our kids. My girls, now pushing those dreaded teenage years, are finally starting to expand their palates to include salads, snap peas and hummus. However, they were absolute terrors when they were younger. As toddlers, their favorite food groups were grease and sugar - and heaven help you if you tried to get them to eat anything else.  We could get them to gnaw on carrots and…


Added by Lucy Clark on February 20, 2013 at 11:11am — 4 Comments

Back to the Start: My love of the West and My Homesteading Roots

I wrote this last summer, in June:

Shortly, I leave for my summer trip out West. This year my destination is Wyoming. Burnt Fork to be specific. This trip is a coming home for me, going back to the start. Over my next few posts, I’ll be writing about my decision to go there four years ago, and my return this year. If you’re on your own journey, please read along with me.  Often the answer is in the journey, not the destination.  Any additional italicized quotes are taken…


Added by Michelle Wire on February 19, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Back to Eden

I have been inspired this year by a video that I saw called "Back to Eden" which you can watch here on Vimeo.

God is the great orchestrator of all on earth.  And when we (people) try to take over, we mess things up.  What I have gotten out of this video is that if we just pause for a moment and take a look around, we can see all of the answers to our questions by looking at God's amazing…


Added by Janine Roe on February 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Looking for an Evil Rooster? Look No Further

In my recent stalking of Craigslist for building supplies for my coop, I came across this hilarious posting advertising a Rooster for sale, of the particularly evil variety. I thought it was too well written and hysterical to not share with my fellow chicken lovers! Enjoy:

If you are looking for an evil nemesis I have your rooster, Sneaky Bastard is 2 pounds of pure devil spawn, Do not let his beautiful long feathers fool you. They are just there to disguise his giant pair of NUTS! He…


Added by Michelle Wire on February 16, 2013 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

My Homesteading Adventure: Why Chickens?

The other day, in the midst of talking to my mother about the chickens I’ve decided to raise, my mother asked me WHY.  Why raise chickens? For a moment, I was caught off guard. Doesn’t everyone want to raise chickens once they learn about them a bit? They’re so funny and full of personality. They’re nurturers of health and soul.

But in my mother’s defense, most people don’t sit and…


Added by Michelle Wire on February 14, 2013 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment

My Homesteading Adventures: Chicken Coops and Getting Started

I’ve recently had a revelation: Chickens are far more interesting than we give them credit for. Yep, you read that right. They’re fascinating little buggers, and a growing number of people are recognizing that.  They're quickly become a very popular family addition, for numerous reasons ranging from personality to productivity.

I decided a few months ago to raise chickens this spring. I’ve wanted to do it for years, but only now have the space and the time to do so. Really, I thought,…


Added by Michelle Wire on February 13, 2013 at 7:55pm — 3 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?

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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

Probiotic Coleslaw

It's a dreary, cold and rainy day here in South Jersey so I felt like bringing a little summer life into my kitchen.  I decided, after finding a gem of a pork shoulder at my local butcher, to make slow cooker pulled pork with carolina mustard bbq sauce, roasted potato salad with bacon vinaigrette and my probiotic coleslaw.  I had a quarter head of cabbage in my…


Added by Liz Funk on February 11, 2013 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Homestead Spotlight: Your Gardening Friend

Welcome all you homesteaders!! This is Issue #2 in the “Homestead Spotlight Series.”

Today I want to welcome Your Gardening Friend as this weeks homestead spotlight. Your Gardening Friend is owned and operated by Holly. Holly is married and lives in Indiana. Holly is the proud mother of three canine…


Added by Travis Stinnett on February 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Soil Maintenance in Raised Beds

            Being a serious gardener is not about growing the purple-podded peas and heirloom tomatoes, searching the catalogs for new and exciting varieties of potatoes. It’s not about new and fancy gadgets, or garden art and colored flower cages. It’s not even about planting your own starts on a rainy day, slipping them into the ground under the cloche just before the hail sets in. Being a serious gardener is about maintaining the soil. And it is not easy, nor for the faint of…


Added by Charlyn on February 10, 2013 at 9:42pm — 4 Comments

Wood for our barn

Hello, new here and my first blog post. I can't figure out how to put pictures here, or maybe I can't. But in any event, I just posted a picture on our farm's blog site. We harvested our pine from about 10 acres of our land and we hired someone to come in and mill it. I've taken a picture of some of the wood. If you are interested, please go over and check it out at http://stillseekingfarm.wordpress.com


Added by Michelle Descoteaux on February 8, 2013 at 5:07pm — 4 Comments

Living Green and Saving Money, It's Easy!

Everyone knows that green living is not only healthy for us but it’s also healthy for the environment. However, did you know that living a green lifestyle could also save you money? It is true. The implementation of a few simple, “green changes” in to your life can in fact save you money.

Grow your own food

Buying groceries is a huge expense for most families. For this reason, growing some of your own herbs and vegetables will most assuredly help you keep more of…


Added by Tina Jacobs on February 7, 2013 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

Composting at the university

Firstly, sorry my bad English. I am Brazilian, and here only a privileged few can use English fluently. = (

Well, I would like to relate my experience with composting leftovers from the restaurant at my university!

The project is done by students volunteers, and there is no leaders. We rely on the help of an employee of the university that gives much value to the project (he is on the photos). Each one is responsible for performing activities in one day a week, and when…


Added by Évellin Keith Da Collina on February 5, 2013 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

AWESOME New Homestead Magazine!!!

Hello all you homesteaders!! Thanks for joining us here at Stinnett Farms. We home you all find everything you are looking for. Today I want to introduce a really great homestead reference item. It is called From Scratch Magazine.

This magazine is brand new. In fact, this is the very first issue. You can see it here:…


Added by Travis Stinnett on February 5, 2013 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Seed Order 2013: "A" for Ambition

It's happening over at UpCountry Living. I am ordering a slew of seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, Johnny's Selected Seeds and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

The list of seeds I'm ordering is viewable at: …


Added by Jenna Beaulieu on February 4, 2013 at 7:50pm — 3 Comments

Homestead Spotlight: The Prairie Homestead

This is the first edition of a series I am calling “Homestead Spotlight.” In this series I plan to share with you the blogs I come across that I believe will benefit you as a homesteader. The bloggers we select to…


Added by Travis Stinnett on February 4, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

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