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Garlic, the medicine from your garden

I was hurtin' earlier this week. Thanks to good old fashioned rest, prayers, garlic and heavy doses of vitamin C I'm on the mend.

No doubt most of you have heard or read the wonders of garlic. I'm not going to go into all the great evidence that points to the efficacy of garlic. My intention is to share what worked for me and some other information… Continue

Added by FIMBY on February 11, 2009 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment


My kale and collards are still going strong, but I think I have more aphids than Charles Freck. When I first noticed them, I used a mild soap and a blast from the water hose to get rid of them, but they came back stronger.

I took it up a notch and started spraying w/ Neem, but they seem to like it, as they've multiplied greatly since I began using…


Added by michael on February 11, 2009 at 12:27pm — No Comments

The future of food

I tried to get the documentation "The Future of Food" in different Viedo stores in my area. Either I was told they were not allowed to sell or rent them or they weren't taken off the shelf(in my town through the owner of the grocry store). Finally I got a copy through a friend.
Now what can be done legally to make people aware about the food situation and how unhealthy it is to buy food in big stores?

Added by Kurt on February 9, 2009 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Oatmeal bread: Pacing your day

Pease porridge hot

Pease porridge cold

Some like it hot

Some like it cold

Some like it in the pot

Nine days old.


It has come to my attention that among other things this month, such as President Obama's inauguration, January is Oatmeal month. Growing up, my mother would often make oatmeal porridge in the winter. It was so delicious and warm. It's not that grey drippy stuff in those little packets that you shake, pour and add water to. That… Continue

Added by Leah Klein on January 29, 2009 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Started My Seeds

I started my first round of seeds today! Last fall was my first attempt at starting from seeds, and this is now my first spring.

My first round includes tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplants and tobacco (why not? Although being careful to not pull a Homer and make tomacco).

I started all these in one of those mini greenhouse starters. Anybody use these before? Also going to direct sow some carrot… Continue

Added by michael on January 24, 2009 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

My Last Tomato

Here it is, my last tomato of the season. I can't believe my plants were producing this long, but there's the Austin winter for you.
And on the same week I'm starting seeds!

Added by michael on January 12, 2009 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Garage Workbench

I finally had some time over the holidays to build a couple of workbenches for the garage. I used the plans here: http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/workshop/bench/below20xl.htm

They are cheap, easy to build, and sturdy enough to stand on.

Added by michael on January 5, 2009 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Salad Days

This is my first year growing during the winter (yeah I can still call it winter in Austin) and my first year to start everything from seeds.

I've had successes and failures - but my favorite success has been lettuce and spinach. Yesterday, as I was eating my lunch - I realized it all came from my back yard (with the exception of the vinaigrette dressing). These moments keep me growing.

Added by michael on December 19, 2008 at 6:35pm — No Comments

What to do with those five golden rings?

After getting married, there is the expected period of adjustment. Things change (or don't) in ways both expected and unforeseen. Getting used to hearing yourself say "husband" and "wife". Learning about what it's like to have in-laws. Coming home to a steak on the table every night. Of the many curious and wondrous metamorphoses of marriage, one that has me, a newlywed gentleman, the most vexed is this: when do I take off my ring, specifically when cooking? It's been years since I've… Continue

Added by Vance Edwards-Orr on December 18, 2008 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

Urban Farming "School" near Vancouver - A North American First

An article in the Vancouver Sun Urban Farming School Takes Root

"Instruction would be based on intensive farming on small plots, a heavy dependence on physical labour, ecological sustainability and meeting local market demands, including the food needs of ethnic and immigrant communities.

"It's… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 16, 2008 at 11:15am — No Comments

Plastic bag recycling (downcycling) centers


A great web resource for dealing with the plastic crap in our lives. Naturally, less plastic is best, but it still happens.

Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets,… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 10, 2008 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Looking for Historic Farmstead in MI

Most people are aware I'm looking for a small hobby farm roughly two to five acres in size within a 30 mile radius of Carleton (Brian's work...). I prefer homes built between 1880 and 1920. It's my dream to take a neglected historic farmstead and restore it to it's former self, including refurbished/reproduced appliances and decor of the era of it's creation. Perhaps it's my disgust of corporate yuppie America, or the longing for of a simpler time, but nothing out there today compares to the… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 6, 2008 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Live Chicken Cam - in anticipation of the end of puppy cam

Flying Skunk Farm
If I can't watch away hours with the Shibu Inu pups after they go to their adult homes, I can at least watch my lady hen friends on the Vineyard!

Added by Cornelia on December 3, 2008 at 4:08pm — No Comments

FDA Draws Fire Over Chemicals In Baby Formula


By Lyndsey Layton

Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, November 27, 2008; A02

Public health groups, consumer advocates and members of Congress blasted the Food and Drug Administration yesterday for failing to act after discovering trace amounts of… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 2, 2008 at 11:16am — No Comments

My Latest Ireport...

With rising concern about the economy and food safety issues, you may be considering supplementing your food supply with homegrown vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Although spring is several months away in some parts of the country, it's never to early to being ordering your seed catalogs and contemplating what you may want to grow this upcoming season. Here are 3 items to consider:

>Click HERE to read… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 1, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Huffington Post: Obama's Team Includes Dangerous Biotech "Yes Men"


Biotech "Yes Men" on Obama's team threaten to expand the use of dangerous genetically modified (GM) foods in our diets. Instead of giving us change and hope, they may prolong the hypnotic "group think" that has been institutionalized over three previous administrations--where… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 1, 2008 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

CNN Article I'm in!

Inflation and a tough economic situation are making it harder for Americans to put on the spread they once did.


Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on November 26, 2008 at 1:49pm — 3 Comments

Building our first BIG greenhouse

Well we did it. We finally decided to expand our operation and get a new greenhouse. The greenhouse is 26' x 28' , so putting it together will be a chore. Luckily I have the greatly appreciated help of my friend Jay. I will post more pics as the process continues.

Added by ToddB on November 19, 2008 at 9:25am — No Comments

The Last Hurrah- Trash Mother Earth!

WASHINGTON — In the next few weeks, the Bush administration is expected to relax environmental-protection rules on power plants near national parks, uranium mining near the Grand Canyon and more mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia.

The administration is widely expected to try to get some of the rules into final form by the week before Thanksgiving because, in some cases, there's a 60-day delay before new regulations take effect. And once the rules are in place, undoing them… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on November 8, 2008 at 1:57am — No Comments

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