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August 2011 Blog Posts (22)

Locavore Month! (posted from gezellig-girl.com)

2011 Locavore Challengs First, there was an earthquake, but it was small.

Then, a hurricane, which actually turned out to be not much of a hurricane after all but somehow that didn't make anything better.

Mid-hurricane, the center bar of my bed supporting the mattress snapped (and not even from doing anything fun).

Next, a new school semester started for me. In the first 24 hours,… Continue

Added by Kristen on August 31, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments


I guess you could say that I grew up more HOMEGROWN than my friends. My grandmother, aunts, and my parents canned pickles, jams, jellies, fruits, and chutneys; baked from-scratch breads and goodies; grew fruits, vegetables, and herbs; and raised chickens, goats, and a few miniature horses.  In high school, some of my classmates called me Laura from the Little House on the Prairie (because of the log home my dad built us in the woods). I began to reject that lifestyle in favor of keeping up…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on August 26, 2011 at 10:58am — 6 Comments

HOMEGROWN Cookoff 2011: Compound Butter

As the summer winds down (nooooooooo!), my herb garden is overflowing and in need of some trimming. I can't bear to compost all of the lovely flavor that's been growing, so here's my solution. I chose to combine thyme, rosemary and sage for a handy store of herb butter to smear on a whole chicken for roasting. Come January, February and March, won't it be nice to revisit summer…


Added by Cornelia on August 26, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

101-Year-Old Quilter Still Stitching

She typically wakes in the middle of the night, inspired to draw out another original pattern.  The only book she ever publshed quickly sold out.  And yes, she's still stitching at 101-years-young.  Meet Aunt Lena and learn more about her passion for quilting at http://FlourSackMama.com.

Added by Flour Sack Mama on August 22, 2011 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

be a dinner elf

Food is much more than a series of nutrients and calories. Food brings people together to celebrate the good times and helps sustain us during the tough times.  When you provide food for others, you aren’t just providing a meal. You are providing a few extra minutes in their day, crossing off one thing on their to-do list and hopefully offering a tiny bit of comfort. We all need…


Added by Christine on August 22, 2011 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

Organic or not, which do you choose?


Do you buy organic produce?  If you don't because of the cost, do you worry about what the effects might be?  What if organic produce isn't all it's cracked up to be? Would you still buy it? The question of what constitutes healthy, safe food is something I've been thinking about for over 20 years.


Back in 1989 I was a freshman in college. Young and impressionable, a new friend suggested I read "…


Added by Shira Friedman on August 21, 2011 at 9:13pm — 3 Comments

Sustainable agriculture research - looking for contacts


I live in Scotland on a fruit farm and work at a government agricultural research institute in Dundee. My speciality is sustainable crop protection using Integrated Pest Management. I work with farmers and am involved with LEAF UK (linking environment and farming). We hold Open Farm Sundays every year to get the public re-connected with the land and with farmers who care for the environment.

I'd enjoy hearing from anyone with similar interests or who works for… Continue

Added by Nick Birch on August 18, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Hops Harvest and Hornets, HOMEGROWN Fair submission

The great hops harvest of 2011 is underway. I’ve been a bit neglectful of the garden this summer, but the hops vines have flourished. Some judicious pruning and mulching and tying of support lines took place early in the season, and then, just stand back and watch these babies do their thing. Predicted harvest is five pounds! This is the fourth year for some of the vines and we have 5 varieties planted: Willamette, Nugget, Cascade, Centennial, and Brewer's Gold. 

    … Continue

Added by Nicole Karr on August 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

So You Think You Want A Pet Goat

Since we brought our first goats home and started sharing their photos and stories here, we've heard "I want a goat! Do they make good pets?" from several folks. And certainly, we appreciate the appeal of caprines - they are full of personality, can be affectionate, and can produce milk or meat, if you so desire. We've offered some information and advice in those individual conversations, but I think it's about time I also talked about this here on the site. Goats absolutely have unique needs,… Continue

Added by Trase Passantino on August 17, 2011 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Just when I thought it was over, there are more cucumbers...


My how things can change in just a short amount of time, from this....




to this....



I think anyone who has a vegetable garden suffers from the…


Added by Shira Friedman on August 17, 2011 at 10:04am — 3 Comments

small batch peach jam

I made some peach jam last week while listening to The Be Good Tanyas and drinking a cranberry seltzer cocktail. (If you like folksy bluegrass, check 'em. They are the perfect soundtrack for peach jam-making, among other homesteading activities.) I adapted a recipe from… Continue

Added by Christine on August 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Does Raising and Slaughtering Your Own Animals Make You Violent?

To me it almost seems like a dumb question because we do raise our own meat animals and we're not violent at all. In fact it makes us value life more. We always make sure an animal goes as quickly and painlessly as possible and then we thank it for the life it gave us to sustain our own and honor it when we eat it.


But I've recently been seeing the violence argument a lot. One woman, at a community workshop, standing next to my husband, who does most of our slaughtering, made…


Added by Rachel Hoff on August 14, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

College Students Get Fresh Food Choices

Students returning to campus at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville will have a fitting alternative to the usual fast-food destinations. Their classmates in the organic crop production program are serving up a fresh market with food and entertainment planned through mid-October.


Students can shop the UT Market without having to…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on August 13, 2011 at 4:48pm — No Comments

HOMEGROWN Cookoff 2011: Ingrid's Zucchini Soup

I've been a little behind on cooking all of the veggies that come in my weekly CSA share, but last night I managed to get the massive zucchini and green pepper haul under control! I called up my mom and asked her for her dear friend Ingrid's delicious zucchini soup. Ingrid passed away a few years ago, and I still remember her - still strongly fighting the cancer that ultimately took her - dropping off freshly dug potatoes and a container of this soup with ingredients from her…


Added by Cornelia on August 12, 2011 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

NAIS is Back

Today the USDA announced its new program for Animal Disease Traceability, which looks and sounds an awful lot like NAIS, the National Animal Identification System. It was announced through the Federal Registry today, with a 90 day comment period. Please read this announcement from Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and other groups, about how they feel about this new program.


"Consumers and Independent Producers Lose if Big Ag Wins on Animal…


Added by Patricia Stewart on August 9, 2011 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Goats for us!

When we lived in the apartment we had dreamed about having our own place, raising our animals and feeding our family from the gardens. To cement this dream we created a vision board with everything we wanted on our land and for our family.…


Added by Penny on August 7, 2011 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

This Week's CSA -- Your Choice of Fruits & Veggies

This week’s share at Maude's Market includes the following:


  • 2.5 oz of basil from Double Star Farms
  • 4 slicer tomatoes or a pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 dozen ears of sweet corn from Todd Geisert (1 dozen for 4 person) – Get unique recipe ideas in the month;s Sauce Magazine article,…

Added by Maude Bauschard on August 5, 2011 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Homegrown.org Cook-Off Recipe Entry--Garden Surprise


I love this time of year and the abundance of vegetables at the table. But more than that, I like coming up with new ways to prepare them. Some way to mix them all together, make it pretty to look at, and pleasing to the palette.


Here is another one of our summer favorites--Garden Surprise.

We call it surprise because the ingredients…


Added by Carol J. Alexander on August 5, 2011 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Vegetarian Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich Spread

We recently harvested cucumbers and carrots from our garden here in Baltimore City (Boone Street Garden) and I decided to marinate the veggies in equal parts rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and honey to make pickles.


The pickles ended up being highlighted at a recent…


Added by Aliza Ess on August 2, 2011 at 1:22pm — 2 Comments

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