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May 2011 Blog Posts (39)

Working on Purpose: Success Is Helping Others

**cross-posted from my blog,Semi-Farmed Kind of Life. Please visit the blog to enter the book giveaway.**


I think I truly needed this. A week's worth of respite: soul searching, time spent with family, and a chance to do some honest-to-goodness physical labor with my hands in the dirt. It's been like a balm for my heart, which had seriously been struggling with the concept of employment these last few weeks. …


Added by lexirain2001 on May 11, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Spring Has Sprung....

I am guessing that Spring has finally sprung. I was really beginning to doubt the sincerity of Spring. It was as if Spring would pop it's pretty little head up out of the harshness of Winter's grasp only to be quickly snuffed out, buried by another foot of snow that seemed to stick around for an eternity. 

It's always funny me....…


Added by Christene Graham on May 10, 2011 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Build a Cold Frame

My oldest son is a pack rat. When he lived at home he was constantly bringing stuff home from work. Working as a carpenter, that included plenty of construction waste. At one time he had a part-time job working for a tear-down contractor. That job resulted in many piles of old barn wood and windows on the place.

We always tried to put his salvages to good use. Our… Continue

Added by Carol J. Alexander on May 10, 2011 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

:: What in the World is Yacon? ::


Added by dixiebelle on May 10, 2011 at 2:35am — 2 Comments

Medicinal Qualities of Organic Culinary Plants

By Sarah Zettelmeyer

(Sarah is an independently trained student of herbology, has taught community classes on wild food/medicine ID, herbal home health, and herbal crafts in north central VT for over ten years. She is trained as a doula and has collectively facilitated and taught at an herbal summer camp for kids for the last 9 years. She… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on May 9, 2011 at 2:54pm — 4 Comments

A Little Hard Work Never Killed Anyone (But It Sure Made 'Em Sore)

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life, that highlights my family's adventures as we establish our own organic subsistence farm in NE Ohio. If you enjoy it, please subscribe and tell a friend. **


I woke up today to screaming thighs. It's astonishing how out of shape you can get over a long winter while working a desk job. Fortunately, I've got several free days left to get back in the swing of…


Added by lexirain2001 on May 9, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

:: Survival Food :: If You Won't Eat It Now, You Won't Eat It Then ::

Turnip greens. Well, actually, turnip seedlings! Of all the 'cool season' seeds I've put in,… Continue

Added by dixiebelle on May 8, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

"Diet" is a dirty word

"DIET" is defined as:

1a : food and …


Added by Erin Mitchell on May 7, 2011 at 6:53pm — No Comments

:: Will the World Fall Apart & We Won't Be Ready? ::

You know lately, this blog hasn't been so much about eco, ethical, homesteading, peak oil, climate change, economic collapse, and stuff like that. It's been more about my story. Sharing stuff I've been going…

Added by dixiebelle on May 6, 2011 at 10:46pm — 3 Comments

Cambridge Community Kitchen Farm Class at North Star Farm in Westport MA, 5/14/11

Please join board members of Cambridge Community Kitchen for a fun filled day on a very unusual farm!

We will start with a tour of  amazing North Star Farm- 2 acres of tender greens growing under a 20 ft unheated greenhouse in Westport MA

After the tour, resident farmer, Steve Hancock, will teach you how to plant tender young sprouts in your own urban garden.  This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and learn about varieties and techniques, and maybe you'll see the…


Added by JJ on May 6, 2011 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Adding a "quarantine" pen to the coop

Today was the day for expanding the coop and adding a "quarantine" pen. Mostly its a stop bullying the chicks pen, lol. Its turning into a mansion for the chooks. The hubby is taking time to put in doors for the quarantine pen. It'll be really nice to not have to climb over the fence to let them out :) This is the whole pen.



Added by Erin Mitchell on May 4, 2011 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Local Food / Farmers' Market Class in NYC

I'll be teaching an informal class on the basics of local food, including a guided trip through a NYC farmers' market. (Class info is here.) I'd love for the class and tour to be a success, and hope it encourages people to eat more sustainably.


Any tips or recommendations on what to cover, activities, etc.?


Added by Jay Geneske on May 4, 2011 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

I'm Never Gonna Stop the Rain By Complainin'

** cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life. If you enjoy it, please follow me or share with your friends.**


I wish I could be writing about plants, about all the wonderful foodstuffs springing forth into life inside the borders of my yard. I wish I could describe to you the vibrancy of the five color silverbeet swiss chard I finally planted by the front walk on Friday or the depth of the green brought…


Added by lexirain2001 on May 3, 2011 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Green Carolina Businesses in Bloom

What a fun weekend it's been to visit the Asheville Herb Festival in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  The narrow market sheds were brimming with the colors of flowers,…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on May 3, 2011 at 10:25am — No Comments

Back to Basics: Canned Whole Tomatoes


Tomatoes as many as will fill the amount of jars you have
1 teaspoon of salt per jar
*Optional 1 teaspoon of lemon juice per jar…

Added by Mud Pies to Sticky Buns on May 3, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments

Preserving Food: Lactic Fermentation

Finished jars now they only need to ferment for 5 to 7 days.

Several months ago, I stumbled across lactic fermenting. Honestly, I had no idea what that was. I had been planning on canning this fall. I… Continue

Added by Lauren Klouda on May 2, 2011 at 3:29pm — 40 Comments

Young Foodies: Katelin Davis

“Food is the source of energy and the food that comes into your body directly influences you, nutritionally and emotionally,” responded 22-year-old Katelin Davis when asked why she cares about the food she eats.  She is a firm believer that the energy she consumes affects her well-being, and for this reason she tries to eat only what she considers “happy food.”…


Added by Cara Rosaen on May 2, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

It's a Hay Day!

 Springtime in the Rockies is.... unpredictable, to put it simply. One day it's warm (ish) with blue skies infused with hopeful thoughts of gardening and the next day you wake to foot of snow on the ground. But it is precisely this unpredictability and wonder that I love so much!


I'm also always impressed by the timing of things in life and specifically, the ranch life. Yesterday was a "Hay Day'. Literally. Fingers crossed this was our last load for the…


Added by Kristie Nackord on May 1, 2011 at 3:58pm — 2 Comments

Dirt In My Veins & Chickens In The Garden

I was born and raised in the beautiful green country of Washington State. I am the daughter of two of the best "Urban Farmers" I know. Where my Folks' house is now, used to be the country. It used to be surrounded by hundreds of acres of hay fields, horses, and orchards. I grew up…


Added by Christene Graham on May 1, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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