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April 2012 Blog Posts (20)

One year later...

Well I see it has been nearly a year since I last wrote!  Spring is early this year and a lot has already been planted.  As for the 70 acres, we have been doing a lot of observing of sectors and discovering what is growing where.  Didn't accomplish a lot last year but feel we have come a long way in understanding the uniqueness of the land we purchased.  So much of it is already just perfect.  Trying to get a feel as to how we want to fit in without disturbing too much. The back corner has a…


Added by barbara Russell on April 30, 2012 at 7:03pm — 1 Comment

Lemon Verbena Syrup

I love the smell of lemon verbena. It's so light, so lemony, it's one of the herbs we've been growing for 2 years now. It won't survive frost outside, but will hunker down over the winter if you bring it inside, losing most of its leaves during the dark days, but growing back when spring is back in full force. Before the end of last fall, I collected the leaves to dry and make into a lovely, light tea, but already this Spring it has started growing back in leaps and bounds!…


Added by Chelle on April 30, 2012 at 3:35pm — No Comments


I apologise in advance to all those experienced homesteaders and country folk out there for whom ticks are just an annoying inconvenience that happens every summer and who will think me an ex-city-dwelling, drama queen.  For me, first-time dog owner and new tropical gardener, they were something of an unseen, and unknown, Nemesis lurking in the long grass.

Having finally gotten around to clearing a new patch of grass that had stood as tall as me (possibly taller), for many months, I…


Added by Yvonne on April 24, 2012 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Townshend Pizza Hippo Stand is a GO Baby!

Pizza Hippo thanks everyone who generously gave both financial and emotional support to this now funded project.  Especially the financial supporters.  (And a special thanks to Homegrown.org for curating our Kickstarter page.)

All joking…


Added by PizzaHippo on April 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Earth Day Celebration Harvest Recipe: Basil

Originally Posted at Mary's Kitchen:

There are so many terrific recipes that include basil from sauces to salads and even bread.  I chose Basil for Earth Day because it is easy to grow, doesn't take up much space and is very versatile.  I'm including several recipes with…

Added by Marianne Smith on April 22, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Calling all herb crafters! Free and downloadable ebook available for YOU!

Calling all herb crafters!

Are you aspiring to support yourself by supporting your community with homemade herbal goods? Well, Poppy Swap has got you covered with a FREE e-book that covers business savvy from online marketing, to product pricing, GMP…


Added by Kristie Nackord on April 20, 2012 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Pizza Hippo Opens Season at Putney School Earth Day Celebration

Hello hello!

What a gorgeous week we've been having here in southern Vermont!

It's also only five days until Pizza Hippo opens the season at the Putney School's Earth Day celebration.  The weather is supposed to be less than stellar on Sunday, mirroring last year's auspicious start.  Hopefully we'll have more cloud and less rain!

It will be an amazing feat when we set up Sunday morning, though.  Svetlana, our 88 Volvo Pizza Wagon,…


Added by PizzaHippo on April 17, 2012 at 6:10pm — No Comments

News from Grandin Village

My name is Phil. I am just another gardener in a sea of 'people of the earth'-a slowly disappearing breed of homo sapiens who would rather spend countless hours of hard labor in order to eat a dish of spring potatoes than take a quick ride to the grocery store and simply buy them. We are a stubborn lot that refuses to give up our connection with the soil. If you are a member of this website, you are, no doubt, among this dying group of weed warriors that brave the elements and the forces of… Continue

Added by Phil McNeish on April 15, 2012 at 2:55pm — 3 Comments

Drought and water preparedness

Contrary to expectation, and something of an anomoly, as we head into the rainy season, water shortages and water storage have been on my mind.

My experience thus far has been that when the island has high or sudden rainfall, the reservoir gets filled with silt and debris as water thunders down the…


Added by Yvonne on April 15, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

ye gods, I found energy

(so I am camped in front of the computer for the weekend!) Then again, the forecast for the weekend reads "hail and tornados", so I'm fine with staying inside.

Soooo... I started out with 3 long beds, which, from my prior post, needed the gook…


Added by Jana Franzen on April 14, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

Doing Things The Hard Way Never Felt So Good

Historically, I've done things the hard way. It's my nature. I joined the Marine Corps my junior year of high school because it was the "hardest" of the armed forces. After 4 years of struggle and stories upon stories to tell my grandchildren some day I got out of the Marines and plunged right into a career as a stand-up comic. That's harder than being a Marine, take my word for it. And after a decade in the performing arts, I decide to be a farmer?! What the hell is wrong with me? I could…


Added by Farm Frederick on April 13, 2012 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Growing in the City: Garden Theft & Garden Love

This morning we experienced the low point of growing food in the city, as our intern saw a few men walking away with handfuls of our garlic, which is about five months old.

We haven't had much produce theft so far, but it's always a little frustrating when it happens. I guess we don't have to worry about four legged produce thieves like deer and rodents…


Added by Aliza Ess on April 13, 2012 at 3:47pm — 3 Comments

Mobile soil sifter : )

What a neat little gadget from a fellow Facebooker. He husband built this mobile soil sifting cart for her with a hinged top so she could tip the remaining stones straight into a wheelbarrow - I have some old timber about the place and some spare barrow wheels....I see another project coming Handy Andy's way!

and here it is open for dumping the unwanted debris left…


Added by Yvonne on April 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Pizza Hippo: Get Ready for Organic Pizza Townshend, Vermont

And I'm bringing you a love that's true

So get ready, so get ready

I'm gonna try to make you love me too

So get ready, so get ready, 'cause here I come (The Temptations)…


Added by PizzaHippo on April 11, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Recycle discarded produce to make low cost compost and reduce the waste stream.

Has anyone recycled discarded produce from supermarkets and maybe even restaurants to use as a source of compost?   I was considering this as one of our projects to develop the compost for our bucket brigade and maybe even resale as a fund raiser at our local farmers market and maybe if viable, as a small cottage industry for my NPO.

Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on April 9, 2012 at 3:07pm — 2 Comments

Raised veggie garden update

Stage I is completed. All the retaining walls are up with drainage included to allow water to continue on its natural pathway down the sloping landscape. The lattice fencing to keep dogs "out" and cucumbers, beans and more "up", is all in place and looking exactly as I had planned.

Stage II  - the addition of the potting-shed-cum-gazebo was due to begin after the Easter break, but rumour has it that our reservoir is reaching critical levels and with the recent hot weather and…


Added by Yvonne on April 7, 2012 at 2:24pm — 2 Comments

Finally got it going

Finally got stuff out in the postage stamp, some peppers and tomatoes and basil I started inside. Direct seeding beans, they are starting to sprout. Have more inside under the lights, after a bit, they should be ready to come out. The container plants are loving it outside. Chocolate Mint rebounded, and the tomatoes and peppers are loving it! Got some awesome roses blooming on the roses we planted a couple yrs ago, too!

Added by David P. McMillen on April 4, 2012 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Update: Brattleboro Farmer's Market and Kindle Farm Pizza Hippo

Hey Brattleboro!  It's official!!!  Pizza Hippo has been accepted by a jury of our peers to sling organic goodness at the Brattleboro Farmer's Market this summer.  We'll be there on Wednesdays starting in May.  It was an awesome feeling to hear Martha, membership director, complement our pizza so warmly and welcome Pizza Hippo to Brattleboro.  Hopefully we'll hear more of the same from the other market's we're still…


Added by PizzaHippo on April 4, 2012 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

Bumper Crop and bumble bees...

At the risk of repeating myself, it looks as through it will be a bumper mango crop this year.   Was it the chillier than normal winter that had folk shivering and complaining, and pensioners island-wide wondering if this is what hypothermeria was like, with night-time temps reaching as low as 23c?? (they have no concept of what it's like to live in a cold climate where you wake in the morning with thick ice on the INSIDE of the bedroom window, or to have your toilet cistern frozen solid for…


Added by Yvonne on April 4, 2012 at 12:12pm — 4 Comments

The Politics of Food

Although some may disagree, I don't consider myself a politically active individual.  I do however feel very strongly about MY FOOD, which some say is highly political.

Think about this question: How is it that we live in such an advanced world (technology, medicine, science) and yet "the world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in  more than 50 years"?…


Added by Marianne Smith on April 2, 2012 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

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