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May 2012 Blog Posts (11)

Baltimore Mini Goats

Baltimore  City has legalized mini goats!

Nigerian Dwarf Goats are highly prized for their small size, ability to produce up to two quarts of high butterfat content milk a day, and their companionable nature.

These little guys are "wethers", or castrated male goats. They come from a hobby dairy farm- the goats must be "freshened"…


Added by Aliza Ess on May 29, 2012 at 5:28pm — 3 Comments

The wild bees and the honey men...

I received a message by way of my father, via the local grocery store, from the resident bee-keeper and honey man.  The message was that news had reached him, via a neighbour, that there was a nest of wild honey bees in an old tree on my property - which of course I already knew.  The bees have never bothered me and I have never bothered the bees, though I often wondered what the honey might taste like after they have fed abundantly on the flowering basil, rosemary and thyme that grow in my…


Added by Yvonne on May 26, 2012 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Hair Masque for Everyone!

Masque. You have to spell it that way for it to work. It's a rule. The more Euro it sounds, the better off we'll all be.

I discovered hair masques when I went to Ojo Caliente with my pal Briana and took a plunge into the mud/clay pool. You wallow around in the mud and then lay on your lounge chair and bake like a tandoori under the New Mexico sun with all the other freaks. Let me tell you, it's quite the spectacle. So I decided to go for it and put mud all over my whole self,…


Added by Beth McCormack on May 21, 2012 at 1:35pm — No Comments


The weather has been great!  The peas and carrots are up and there are plans for a gathering in July.  Projects we hope to work on are... building outdoor oven,  clearing roadway for well driller to put in well that wil utilize a solar powered pump, fencing in first pasture for foragers and of course putting a bridge across stream.  Lots of planning to do and materials to gather.

Added by barbara Russell on May 18, 2012 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Pizza Hippo Gives Thanks

Man, there are so many things I'd love to write about to clear my head, to inform my 50 or so readers and any newbies out there about the crazy ten days we've just experienced.

Unfortunately, with the Bellows Falls market this afternoon and the potentially HUGE
Community Jam tomorrow aka Pizza Hippo's grand opening of our flagship store aka Pizza Hippo #1 aka the
 Townshend VT…


Added by PizzaHippo on May 18, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Raised veggie garden update - top soil relocation programme!

Finally, a break in the huge system that has hung over our tiny island home these last two weeks (though I believe it is only a temporary respite).

A combination of dry weather, and the appearance of Handy Andy - something akin to the alignment of the planets, we finally managed to make some progress on what had become a fenced off quagmire, and new home for the local frog population, safe from dog-kind.

With the wood for the two raised beds duly installed,…


Added by Yvonne on May 16, 2012 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Everything Old Is New Again


We’ve been telling the story of North Country Sustainability Center for nearly two years. Finally we put it in a YouTube storybook.  Check it out, please.


NCSC, as we call it, is a innovative incubator that builds communities by  allowing the development of the skills that have long been there.  Traditional skills such as carpentry, sewing, cooking and farming are being…


Added by Patricia Stewart on May 16, 2012 at 10:08am — No Comments

Lemon Verbena Pound Cake

I don't know why the formatting for my blog posts always comes out wonky here. If you'd like to read this as I meant for it to be formatted, check out my blog post here: http://crunchychelle.com/lemon-verbena-pound-cake/

After sitting in my fridge for a week waiting to be used, I turned my lemon verbena syrup into a delicious glaze for the lemon verbena pound cake I made this past week.…


Added by Chelle on May 14, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Ryan and the white picket fence

(When we last left our hero he was in the front yard gussying up the place for his front yard wedding)

Good morning from Grandin Village. I had the honor and privilege of waking up every hour last night for reasons unbeknownst to me. Was it the rigorous workout in the front yard yesterday? Or perhaps the allergy pill I took? Maybe the chocolate I ate right before bed? I suppose the cause matters little to my tired old body this morning. If the reason for my insomnia was the…


Added by Phil McNeish on May 13, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Provident Gardening

When I saw this book was written by a couple of veteran gardeners from Utah, I knew it would speak to me. Provident gardening is the term Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow use to describe strategic cultivation in extreme conditions, which is how I grow fruits and vegetables at 6,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada. While their bottom line is getting food on the table, these two women are truly joyful gardeners. They offer great tips on critter control and managing frost, yet they also give elegant design… Continue

Added by Sheila Hlubucek on May 10, 2012 at 8:50am — No Comments

Learn what kind of food license you need to sell your pickles, jams, eggs, meat, and more!

Here in Baltimore, we have learned that value-added products such as pickles and jams, dried teas and spice rubs, drinks, baked goods, and more can really supplement the income you earn to support your homestead or urban garden project.

Especially for our urban farm, where we want to create a lot of community engagement programs such as cooking…


Added by Aliza Ess on May 9, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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