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April 2011 Blog Posts (60)

Look at the tulips!!!!!


Maybe one day, just maybe, I could run through those fields of tulips! Weeeeeeeee~ …


Added by Kristie Nackord on April 30, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

X-Gardening :: It's not for the faint of heart~

Check out what X-Gardening is all about in the mountains of Colorado in the May/June 2011 of the Essential Herbal Magazine written by yours truly! 


X-Gardening Article on the Essential Herbal Magazine…

Added by Kristie Nackord on April 30, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Movers & Shakers: The Many and Brave of Bicycle Food Delivery

As Spring is fast approaching (I swear....), I can't help but reflect on all of the men and women connecting people to local food, decreasing our use of carbon, and all this on wheels.

When I met Ed Weymouth, the…


Added by Cara Rosaen on April 29, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Music project in NY




Tho I know this website is for gardening, homespun stuff, and the like. Music is an amazing glue holding us all together. At least look at the site please. I went to school with Colin, he's an amazing pianist! He's on youtube as…


Added by Erin Mitchell on April 28, 2011 at 6:15pm — No Comments

21 st century living

     I can remember the first time I ever played with dirt.  My brother and I dug a huge hole in our parents backyard and I remember climbing into this hole.  I also  remember how scorching hot it was outside since it was mid summer in Phoenix, but I also  remember how cool it felt in this excavation of mammoth proportions. So while I was down in this hole, I just kept digging.  And now many years  I'm still digging.  I'm not sure if it is a genetic predisposition to want to garden and dig… Continue

Added by Ihor Chopko on April 28, 2011 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

The chooks next door...

Good morning kids!


Well, I was unable to sleep with the thunder and the dogs going nuts. Funny thing is, the menfolk are sleeping like logs. So at this point I get alone time with coffee and Netflix, yay! The tomatoes will love all the rain, lets see if they will actually stand in it.


We started a trend with the keeping of chickens, lol. Our neighbor brought home a pair (not sure what kind,  but pretty) and the roo has taken it into his head to crow at all…


Added by Erin Mitchell on April 28, 2011 at 9:23am — No Comments

pain au chocolat

Continuing my timid and noncommittal dip into French cooking, I made pain au chocolat this weekend for Sunday brunch. The recipe is from Made From Scratch, a collection of recipes…

Added by Christine on April 27, 2011 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

Starting Off Your Little One on Fresh, Homemade Baby Food

Today we're lucky to have Kate Storey, Michigan Mama author, guest blogging for us!


I only consider myself to be “moderately crunchy.”


Sure, I’ll look for more natural ways of living, but I’m not completely ready to live off

the land and give up every modern convenience. I…


Added by Cara Rosaen on April 27, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Heaven Outside My Door

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**


My daughter found this this morning where her dad parks as we waited in the driveway for her school bus to come.…


Added by lexirain2001 on April 27, 2011 at 9:23am — 6 Comments

:: Some Home Truths ::

Gardening: it is hard work, this 'grow your own' business, and before I got into it, I really only imagined how wonderful it would be picking basketfuls of fresh vegetables, and making preserves from home grown fruit. It is wonderful, but it… Continue

Added by dixiebelle on April 26, 2011 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

So Fresh and So Green

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**


Ohio sometimes gifts us with the most bizarre of weather. This past weekend was no exception, with a blissful beginning on Saturday with sunshine and high temps, followed by Sunday's perpetual misting and yesterday's downpours. It's as if Mother Nature is crying, like the whole of earth is suffering from some lingering Seasonal Affective Disorder or Depression…


Added by lexirain2001 on April 26, 2011 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Rooster Kung Fu

I've been hanging out with our chickens a lot more these past couple weeks and I've noticed a number of things that both delight and concern me. The roosters don't get along with each other. If that weren't bad enough, I believe each of them want me dead. I've never had a pet who wanted to kill before. I've also never had a pet that, if time's got tough,  I could legally eat before. Try explaining that to a rooster though. Roosters don't care about reason... they're not trying to understand…


Added by Farm Frederick on April 25, 2011 at 6:38pm — 7 Comments

The Joys and Oys of Making Kosher, Homemade Baby Foods


There's a newish movement in Jewish (Kosher) cuisine: getting back to the roots.  I don't mean Eastern Europe, but trends in Kashrut point to a rise in consumer interest in healthy, organic, sustainable products.  If you keep kosher, and you haven't noticed, most of the foods you'll find in the kosher section of your grocery store are loaded with Bad Stuff.  (Sorry,…


Added by Monica Gebell on April 25, 2011 at 2:26pm — No Comments

How to Do a Quick Germination Test at Home

Are you using last year’s seeds (or even older) and aren’t sure if they’re still viable? Try this germination test at home to see if they’re worth planting, or if you should be buying new seeds this year.

  1. Use a double thick paper towel.  Moisten with water and fold…

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 25, 2011 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Backyard rebuilding

Ok so the hot tub lost it's romance plus broke down this winter and we weren't about to put any more money into it so, we thought we would give it away and placed an advertisement on kijiji. Well what a fiasco that turned out to be! With all the crazy questions and comments (even though I had no idea what was wrong with the thing and I posted pictures showing what was broken) we were beginning to wonder if we would have to fork over more cash to have the thing moved. We even had one fellow…


Added by Nancy Deno on April 24, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

Savor the Season: Cabbage and Apple

Who doesn't love a good slaw?

Beautiful purple cabbages and red apples combine to make a bright dish during dreary winter days.



Added by Cara Rosaen on April 23, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Earth Day Splendor

Reblogged by Local Me.

Happy Earth Day! How are you celebrating? I'm having some friends over for a mostly-local dinner. Just returned from a trip to Union Square greenmarket to pick up some last-minute ingredients.

Here's what's on the menu:…


Added by Jay Geneske on April 22, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Easter Eggs without the Artificial Food Coloring

More Naturally Colored Easter Eggs…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on April 22, 2011 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Earthly Eating

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

If you really stop and think about it, all the ways that we interact with our food (growing, raising, packaging, distributing, cooking, consuming, composting, digesting, landfilling, and more) have a huge collective impact on our planet. Over the decades since the first Earth Day…


Added by Cara Rosaen on April 22, 2011 at 11:54am — No Comments

Counting blessings

So, first: I got 2 family recipes from my grandparents in-law this last weekend! I'm SO excited! jEspecially since my step-mother-in-law said I couldn't get a family recipe till I was in the family for 15 years (I've been with my hubby for 5 and no one likes my step-mother-in-law, hehehe)


Second: it looks like we have two different varieties of Americaunas! A red brown and a silver.


Third: We have SO many hot peppers and tomatoes coming in that we'll have them…


Added by Erin Mitchell on April 21, 2011 at 4:19pm — 3 Comments

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