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May 2013 Blog Posts (18)

Braver than you think.

Today I tried so hard to think back to my first day of school?  Do you remember yours?  Were you one of those children that had no trouble at all or were you sad?  Do you remember?  Did you miss your mom or want to go home?  Were you full of smiles or crying or somewhere in the middle?  Do you remember?  Do you remember the feeling of saying goodbye at the door or the school bus?  Do you remember?  I don't. 

Where I work there is a terrific program in place for parents…

Added by bugsmudbooksandsticks on May 29, 2013 at 11:05am — No Comments

Container gardening and a little landscapeing

A four day weekend does give you time enough to get some chores accomplished. Our first round of peas, eggplants, onions and tomatoes are out in the ground. By starting them inside in repurposed 3 gallon tubs, we were able to avoid losing anything to the late snows this year. Nothing looked very perky when I hauled everything outside, and we did lose some pea plants, but it is looking good now. I added four additional wires on to our grape trellis, I should have done that earlier also, but…


Added by Rick Nichols on May 27, 2013 at 4:36pm — 2 Comments

It's Coming Along...

We've been EXTREMELY busy working on projects and planting! We've had a few minor set backs, but all in all, it's coming along.

The chickens will be 13 weeks old on Monday! Won't be long now til we have eggs! Unfortunately, the coop is yet to be completed, we need to get them outdoors ASAP! They are currently living in a make shift pen in the basement!…


Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on May 23, 2013 at 3:24pm — 3 Comments

May evenings in the garden

Several years ago, my wife and I decided to add a set of terraces going down the slope towards our pond. The terraces are not very large, each of them is a barrier of large rocks from when we built the house, curved to follow the hillside, and then smaller rocks used to fill the cracks. One ended in a large open end that was too regular shaped, so my wife used landscaping brick to close it in. One terrace started well, but it finally decided it was to level to fill with compost, and it…


Added by Rick Nichols on May 22, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

My First Experience as a Farmer’s Market Vendor

So my friends Gene and Maggie are vendors at our local farmer’s market. They’re dairy farmers by trade, but they also grow snap peas, zucchini and tomatoes on their land that they like to take to market. It doesn’t earn them a whole lot, but they enjoy doing it and at their age, who am I to complain? This week, Gene and Maggie had to go out of state to their son’s wedding. Being the friend that I am, I volunteered to man the stall in their stead. They weren’t in danger of losing the house or…


Added by Lucy Clark on May 21, 2013 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

Twilight Gardening and Quiet Reflection

Often you’ll notice that my posts of late begin with “I remember when”. Such as when I say that I remember when I had “good” jeans without permanent mud stains on the knees. I remember when weather bothered me, I’d complain about rain or too much heat. But tonight, those things are far behind me, they don’t bother me any longer. Tonight, I’m going to start my post saying “Remember when I used to stop working at 5?”

Now at 5, I stop my corporate job and start my real one. The kids are…


Added by Michelle Wire on May 21, 2013 at 10:09am — 8 Comments

Ride to Farm: Support Beginning Farmers

On June 1st, Miss N and I are riding our bikes. We are hopping on the saddle for a purpose. A program near and dear to our hearts, one that has benefited us and at least 400 other beginning farmers across the state. We'll be peddling 55 miles as part of Ride to Farm, the 1oth annual long-distance fundraiser for the…


Added by vanessa jean on May 20, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

4 Easy Ideas For a More Sustainable Kitchen

Many people are searching for ways to live in a more Eco-friendly manner, and in many cases, living more Eco-friendly coincides with having a sustainable kitchen. Four aspects homeowners can implement in order to receive the greatest benefits monetarily and environmentally are as follows.

Use natural cleaners

One way to create a more Eco-friendly lifestyle and a sustainable kitchen is making cleaners using natural ingredients. From cleaning the floor to the…


Added by Alexander Goodwin on May 16, 2013 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Betty Lou is....Billy Lee?

            Denial is a powerful thing….for weeks, we have been looking at the peeps as they grew into peepsters and pondering Betty Lou. She was bigger than the other Barred Rock; her comb was a brighter red and more pronounced; her peep chest butts were more forceful than the others. But, I just thought “She was born a few days earlier.” Or “She has a stronger personality than the Buff Orpingtons. Barred Rocks are a more aggressive chicken, after all.” I never thought—is she a…


Added by Charlyn on May 12, 2013 at 7:45pm — 1 Comment

green house for everyone


We all soon will find most logics. One of them, grow your own food. 

To have a green house is less expensive than you think. Not to mention that you know what you eat :)

Added by Pierre E.G. Depaepe on May 10, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

My Homesteading Adventure: Patience and Lessons Learned

We’re finally nearing the time that the girls get to move to their new home outside.  I don’t know about you other new chicken mama’s, but this makes me happy.  I’ve realized that homesteading as a whole has taught me quite a few lessons already.

Specifically, the chicks have taught me that I can’t stand dust in my house. I can’t stop staring at it. I know it’s there.

When I got the chicks, they were so small and innocent. I figured the woman I got them from was slightly…


Added by Michelle Wire on May 10, 2013 at 9:38am — 3 Comments

Why I Free Range My Chickens

One of my favorite part of keeping hens is watching them through out the day as they do their chicken thing.  They are so fun to watch as they scratch around, chase bugs and wander through the yard.

I love seeing their social dynamics, who hangs with who, which chicken is always left behind, and I have to admit my heart stops a little every time I see them…


Added by Kathryn Robles on May 9, 2013 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

Too Cool for School

You work at a school that has no grades? You work at school that does not give homework?

You work at a school that does not give tests? You work at a school that does not give report cards?

From these questions you may think that we are not a school at all. Welcome to Progressive Education- its not just a place where children do whatever they want, it is not unstructured but it does allow for freedom. A concept more schools should embrace. There are no grades because I believe…


Added by bugsmudbooksandsticks on May 9, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Starbucks recycles by giving away spent coffee grounds to make compost for your garden

I recently read this blog post from www.greendeals.org and it tugged at my save our planet and recycle heartstrings ~ so I thought I'd share it with our Homegrown Family. 

Starbucks Coffee is Giving Away Used Coffee Grounds for your Garden

May. 07 Green Gardening, …


Added by Karin Bosela on May 9, 2013 at 5:49am — 6 Comments

Below the Line, phase 2

I am $52 short of my goal, so I am continuing the Below the Line challenge. This week is Australia's week, but I'm keeping to the US $ limit.

My tummy's a little made at me right now. What I need are some good ideas on what to do with the dandelions! I've just been using them as salad. Does anyone have another use for them that…


Added by Jana Franzen on May 6, 2013 at 5:38pm — 4 Comments

My Homesteading Adventure: Knowing You’ve Made the Right Decision

On Thursday afternoon, I lost electric in my house.  At first, I waited for it to come back on quickly but then remembered that I have PECO, so I knew nothing would happen quickly.  As frustrated as I was, I tried to let it go knowing there was nothing I could do to change it.

By Saturday, it was still not restored (like I said, PECO!). I had three kids here staring at me and lots that had to get done, so we all set to work. Our travel season is quickly approaching, which means that…


Added by Michelle Wire on May 6, 2013 at 9:46am — 3 Comments

A May Spring Day

Although we have had days in the 80○'s, the stop and go of the weather has drastically changed several of our Spring habits. Usually I go looking for Morel Mushrooms as a early April treat, sautéed Morels are one of the rewards for putting up with sudden rains, unexpected turkey hunters, muddy driveways, and the ever-present ticks. This year, by the end of April, I had found exactly 4 Mushrooms, 2 ok sized, 2 kind of small. Fried them up with some fresh eggs, and decided ok that's it for the…


Added by Rick Nichols on May 4, 2013 at 9:47am — 3 Comments

New Farm Business Model - YHOT Club (Young Hippies of Today)

The mission of ENFB is to alleviate hunger in USDA Food Desert Districts across America by soliciting, collecting, hydroponically growing, and packaging food for distribution through a network of agencies and programs, as well as provide opportunities for partial self-sufficiency and financial sustainability provided by a unique collaboration of a Food Bank, a Farmers Market and a Hydroponic Facility all under one roof, supporting each other, managed by a new farm family, decreasing the…


Added by Jim Garza on May 3, 2013 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

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