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March 2013 Blog Posts (32)

How to quickly identify organic, commercially grown and GE produce at the grocery store.

Since many of us are personal farmers and not always able to grow everything ourselves; some due to space constraints. I thought I'd share one quick way to spot organic produce in the store. Check out the price look-up number (PLU) that is on a sticker of each piece of produce. The International Federation for produce coding standardizes PLU codes for every grocery store in the country. Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables have a 4 digit code number beginning with a 3 or 4. Organically…


Added by Karin Bosela on March 26, 2013 at 5:37pm — 11 Comments

Let's Get Dirty for Earth Day & Party! Celebrate America's Sustainable Farmers

Let's Get Dirty for Earth Day & Party! Celebrate America's Sustainable Farmers

The fun begins Monday April 16th and runs through April 28th, and we guarantee you want in on this!  

Over the 13-days,Organic Authority will  interview and feature farmers from across the nation, and chefs who cook their own farm-to-table eats. And to…


Added by Karin Bosela on March 26, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Make an Easy Valance from a Pair of Vintage Hankies

Here is a sweet and simple tutorial utilizing something you may already  have at home: a pair of vintage hankies. 

Simply affix some elastic to the corner of each and hang from hooks decorated with vintage buttons.  …


Added by Jennifer Cazzola on March 25, 2013 at 7:04pm — 4 Comments

Hash Browns


Added by Rita Kapadia on March 25, 2013 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Are Organic and Biodynamic Wines Worth It?

by Etty Lewensztain, Wine Expert for the Menuism Wine Blog

Joe Dressner, the revered wine importer and veritable poster child for the “natural wine” movement in the United States, passed away recently, bringing a wash of sadness over the wine world, but also inciting a flurry of pointed discussions centered around natural wine—including what that designation really means, and whether natural wines…


Added by Menuism on March 25, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Senator Begich (D-AK) Making Strides to Safeguard Us from GE Seafood.

This past Friday Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) struck a mighty blow for those of us that want to know whats in our food. He offered an amendment to require labeling of genetically engineered fish that was passed by a voice vote in the Senate. In his speech he also notes that over 60 countries currently require labeling of GE Foods and that over 2,000 grocery stores across the U.S. including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have committed to NOT SELL genetically engineered seafood.

To Thank…


Added by Karin Bosela on March 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Starting Seeds revisited

In years past, I have started my seeds using those peat pellet kits you get at most home stores.  You know the ones that come with a tray and a clear plastic dome to simulate a green house?  They always start out nicely, however once they start, I never quite know what to do next.  Do I leave the dome on?  Where should I put them?  Should I transplant them into bigger pots?  What I have done in the past is leave the dome on longer than should be, and then once I take it off, just set…


Added by Janine Roe on March 24, 2013 at 4:55pm — 3 Comments

GMO debate in 6 points

This article is from HomeCures that work and is a great read for those who are just getting the NO GMO concept and what to understand more about this issue.



Added by Karin Bosela on March 24, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Take Action to stop the Monsanto Protection Act!

In the event that many of you are unaware; as of 10:54 a.m. EST on March 21, 2013 Congress passed the Continuing Resolution, HR 933 that contained the dangerous provision that strips the important concept of “judicial review” from our courts, caving to Monsanto.  The passage of Section 735 in this resolution strikes a major blow against America’s constitution, citizens, farmers and the environment that undermines our basic democratic rights in favor of continued corporate welfare and…


Added by Karin Bosela on March 23, 2013 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

Strawberries and Sweaters and Slugs, Oh No.

My newest post, please stop by and visit. Comments and suggestions are very welcome!

Added by Vickie Acord on March 23, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Home Canned Hamburger Mix and A Recipe for Pizza Bread!

If you are looking to stock your pantry with convenience food that you've canned yourself consider this recipe for hamburger mix.  It can be used in a variety of ways: chili, sloppy joes, tacos, or as shown here for pizza bread. …


Added by Jennifer Cazzola on March 22, 2013 at 6:56pm — 2 Comments

A Month In...

As of yesterday, it's been a month since we moved to our 3 acre homestead, which we've dubbed "Lil Raisin Acres", so named for the tributary running out front called "Little Raisin River" (hardly a river, more like a ditch...). We've been EXTREMELY busy.

Firstly, we had to paint the kitchen in order to have our cabinets and appliances installed. The former owners, who'd been foreclosed on, had removed every stitch of anything other than floor from the kitchen, including the plumbing…


Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on March 21, 2013 at 11:44pm — 2 Comments

How to Make Granola in the Crockpot

make granola in a crockpot

One of the best things I ever learned was making granola in the crockpot. You know why? Because in the oven, I always burned it--never failed. Oh, you can still burn it in the crockpot, but it's not as easy. Probably because it's a much lower temperature for a longer period of time. Since I've learned to do this, I've never tried it…


Added by Carol J. Alexander on March 19, 2013 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Indian Chutney

Leeli (Green) Chutney Recipe for making Patra ni Machi, Baked Salmon or Sandwiches.

LEELI CHUTNEY (Green Chutney)

4 tbsp desiccated coconut

2 sm bunches coriander

4 green chillies

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

I lime, juice of

2 tsp cummin seeds

4 cloves garlic

METHOD: Grind all the above ingredients either in a chopper or blender with enough water, to make a smooth paste.

This chutney may be used on fish, sandwiches, potato patties and to…


Added by Rita Kapadia on March 19, 2013 at 4:26pm — 3 Comments

Losing a Mentor

Five months ago I wrote about welcoming my son into this world and now, sadly, I will write about a great person leaving.

I have always had an alternative philosophy regarding education and children. I waited to find the perfect fit to start my teaching career. My first school was a great place and I was confident in my stance on Progressive Education. Over the years the school started to change, I started to change and by the end I was questioning my approach and my ability to… Continue

Added by bugsmudbooksandsticks on March 19, 2013 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

A Brief History of Season Extension

Vegetables courtesy of season extension

I read an article on the wonders of winter spinach in Illinois and the author of the article seems flabbergasted that one can grow anything in winter. Read this story…


Added by Lucy Goodman on March 19, 2013 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

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

First Sugaring Here On the Farm

It's been a very busy two weeks in our first maple sugaring season here on the farm. We have 8 trees tapped–all in the yard, so we don't have to trek that far–using the old-fashioned bucket approach, and have processed 90+ gallons of sap into just over 2 gallons of syrup.  Two of the trees have had great runs so far (the aptly named Gusher and Sappy, and yes, they all have…


Added by Jacqlyn Thorne on March 18, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

4 Innovative Uses For Solar Energy Around The House

Most homeowners want to reduce their home’s energy consumption. Many are motivated to help the environment, to save money on electric bills, or both. No matter the motivation behind the goal, those of us who desire a more energy-efficient home should consider the use of solar energy. The four innovations below represent the newest in solar energy technology and are a great way to reduce a home’s energy costs:

Solar powered air conditioning

Around 11 percent of…


Added by Alexander Goodwin on March 12, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments

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