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September 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Building a Low Tunnel

One of the biggest challenges in having a winter garden is protecting it from the weather. Most people do not live in regions where the weather is perfect all year-round. So, in order to have a winter garden, most gardeners need some level of protection for their crops.

There are so many ways to protect your crops from the winter weather:…


Added by Matthew Riland on September 27, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Living The Good Life - Walking in the footsteps to Scott & Helen Nearing

 Living The Good Life

Walking in the footsteps of Scott & Helen Nearing

Greg Joly and Mary Diaz purchased a piece of land in Jamaica Vermont and hand built a homestead. Following in the footsteps of Scott and Helen Nearing who in 1932 left New York City to establish a homestead in Jamaica Vermont. There experiment in living the simple life, building…


Added by Bruce Weaver on September 27, 2012 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Homemade Chicken Calzones

Originally posted at Mary's Kitchen:

Homemade Chicken Calzone

adapted from TLC


1/2 packet of dry yeast (approx 1 1/2 teaspoons)

1/2 cup and 1 tbsp warm water

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup…


Added by Marianne Smith on September 25, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Insane in the Membrane: What's the Deal with Cage-Free Hard Boiled Eggs?

We received this question from an interested party who stopped by the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent at Farm Aid 2012 (which was AWESOME, by the…


Added by HOMEGROWN.org on September 25, 2012 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

If you value your time DON'T buy shredded cheese

What's wrong with shredded cheese, you ask?

Well for one, it has an additive ingredient called "non-caking" agents that are used during processing so that the cheese stays in its shredded form and doesn't combine into one big lump. Food "agents" probably aren't that healthy.

The big one is that it costs more.

So, it's a little more, right? No. It can be a lot more.

Look at the price of an 8 oz bag of shredded cheese. Then look at the price of a 2lb block of the same… Continue

Added by Dan Garner on September 24, 2012 at 3:49pm — No Comments

FALL~ cool breeze, warm fresh bread!

Oatmeal Molasses Wheat Bread  w/Cinnamon Swirl Variety

½ cup warm milk

2 c. water

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

2 Tbsp. canola or olive oil

¼ c. quick oats

5 cups freshly milled whole wheat ( I use red  wheat berries)

2 c. all-purpose flour or bread flour

1 tsp vital wheat gluten    + 1 tsp. dough enhancer if…


Added by Lisa Stephens on September 22, 2012 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Potato Harvest

            It’s been warm and sunny, but the light has shifted to golden and the potatoes are ready to be dug.  After lunch, I gather the wheelbarrow, six paper  bags, a water bottle, and a few hand tools and headed down the street to the second  garden.  Three raised beds are covered with dried, crunchy old potato vines. I push them aside, plunge my hands in, and haul out a huge red potato, followed by three or four small ones, pop them  into the bag, and move onto the next…


Added by Charlyn on September 18, 2012 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Gargling Salt Water: A Simple Health Aid

Yesterday I came down with a cold. Typical autumn move, really. It always seems to happen at this time of year.

My body doesn't acclimate well to the decrease in temperatures. You'd think I'd be immune to this, considering I've always lived in Maine. No sirree, Bob. I get cold just like everyone else and I get colds just like everyone…


Added by Jenna Beaulieu on September 12, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments

Reclaiming Sundays

{Photo taken from the top of Cadillac Mountain | Bar Harbor, ME | September 2011}​

Yesterday I woke up with purpose. I was determined to have a relaxing day at home. No housework, no…


Added by Jenna Beaulieu on September 10, 2012 at 9:17am — 3 Comments


  We most often think of spring as a starting place, a place for birth, re-birth, growth ... but I didn't get here til now, so ... I'll open my blog as I open to you at Homegrown, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.

  I enjoy nature and it's gifts. Yesterday I had the time to go to a wooded lot (hillside) behind the house to look for Chicken of the Woods mushrooms. I just started looking for fall mushrooms. I'd never harvested any except for morels in the spring. I've been lucky for about two…


Added by SamR on September 9, 2012 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

Flashcard Philosophy: Gardening As Therapy

[originally appeared at http://upcountry-living.com/2012/9/7/flashcard-philosophy-gardening-as-therapy]

Pursuing hobbies and passions is therapeutic. Even at the beginning, when you're discovering that you love to do something, your thoughts and actions are…


Added by Jenna Beaulieu on September 7, 2012 at 9:17am — 2 Comments

How to cycle an aquaponics system using the fishless cycling method week 1

In this video, I will show you what to do on week 1 of you aquaponics cycling. The hardest part in setting up your first aquaponics system is waiting for you system to cycle. Most of you are likely scratching your head and thinking “wtf is cycling?” I thought the same thing when I setup my first aquaponics system.

The best place to start is to explain the…


Added by Robert Brennan on September 5, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Change of seasons

Summer wind down time. 46 degrees on the old thermo this am. Amazing! One day it's summer, the next, it definitely feels like fall. Picking blackberries, harvesting grapes, making pickles from the bumper crop of Heirloom Lemon Cukes, grabbing up the daily load of sugar sweet Sungold tiny tomatoes, daily cheese batching for the aging fridge , hay making and loading into the barn for winter...it's harvest time!

Something happens when the seasons change. There's an energy in the air, a…


Added by Dyan Redick on September 2, 2012 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Dinner is on the countertop with Mason Jar Tomato Sauce! Couldn't get any easier...

It's Saturday after a busy work week  and a day for some LAZY Day farm food.

Dinner is on my counter with Mason Jar Fresh Tomato Sauce and NO COOKING involved! Just add your ingredients, shake the jar and let it it out for 4-6 hours to marinate the delicious flavors~ the FLAVOR is anything but LAZY!

Here is the…


Added by Lisa Stephens on September 1, 2012 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

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