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September 2013 Blog Posts (27)

How to grow storage quantities of 2 crops in one garden space over 1 year.

I've been growing garlic over the winter/spring, and basil over the summer/fall in the same garden space for several years.  The time to plant is now!  Head over to Gastronomical Sovereignty to read all about it!…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 30, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Farmyard Bootcamp - What are you doing Oct 1, 2 and 3? Join a free webcast on homesteading!

Stacey @ bkfarmyards.com as created an unique ensemble of homesteaders and earth stewards to be brought to you via a webast Oct 1, 2 and 3.  Join in on the Farm Yard Bootcamp…


Added by Bruce Weaver on September 29, 2013 at 1:27pm — No Comments

What's Ginger Bug?

Making some HomeGrown Ginger Bug and then a fermented beverage. Following the recipe from Nourished Kitchen

Added by Bruce Weaver on September 29, 2013 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment


As anyone that works with children can tell you, there are days that you wonder.  Why in the world did I choose this profession?  In all my time observing children I can honestly say that I am reminded all the time about why I chose education but every once in a while there are those moments that can only be describe as a rewarding gift- a glimpse into the honesty of children that few people ever look close enough to see.  A moment that you wish you could capture, save and show. Here is…

Added by bugsmudbooksandsticks on September 27, 2013 at 11:14am — No Comments

Fried Rice with Massaged Kale

I've got a fast gluten free dinner idea that's so easy my kids could make (me) dinner: Fried Rice with Massaged Kale.

Click here to see the recipe:…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 26, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Greeting fellow earth lovers

I just wanted to introduce myself. I am the husband of a loving wife of 11 year, father to 2 growing children, and a natural black thumb.

Since we where married my wife and I have dreamed of moving back to the country, and recently we where given the chance.

We are now the proud owners of 6 acres of trees and hay-field, that hopefully we can transform, in the lifetime we have left, into a humble sustainable yet tranquil home. If I'm good and don't procrastinate (HA HA) I will…


Added by Timothy Harman on September 26, 2013 at 12:57pm — 1 Comment

Nutritional info for SPROUTS

Originally posted at  Back to the Basics!

I LOVE SPROUTS!!!  Growing sprouts are simple and easy plus I save a bunch of moolah!

Today I'm…


Added by Marianne Smith on September 26, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Roasted Acorn and Butternut Squash with Corn and Sausage

A savory late summer or early fall supper of roasted cubes of simply seasoned winter squash, topped with corn and optional bits of smoked sausage.

You can find the recipe…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 24, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Reuse Recycle Rejoice - Earth Heart Series .06

Nothing like a little Homegrown Common Sense. Sunny shares insights he has learned on reusing everything from water bottles, washing machines, to restoring vintage automobiles "maybe a better idea than " CASH FOR CLUNKERS ". An examination of a radical life of simplicity: of chopping the wood carrying the water.

Added by Bruce Weaver on September 22, 2013 at 1:15am — No Comments

Shaved Kohlrabi Pizza

Kohlrabi isn't just for sushi any more  (you're thinking, wait, what?).

I shaved the bulb and sautéed the greens for two pizzas:  pancetta, kohlrabi, caramelized onions and Manchego for the meat eaters, and pesto, kohlrabi, caramelized onions, dates and goat cheese for the vegetarians.

You can find the recipe here.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 21, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Church Of The Earth - Video

Many years ago I come across a hard to find book by Robert De Ropp - Church of the Earth The ecology of a creative community - it was writings based on Robert  leaving the life of a scientist and going back to the land to grow his own food and develop an experimental community. It was more than just living on the land it was about experimenting on a deeper level with community living and working with…


Added by Bruce Weaver on September 20, 2013 at 6:45pm — No Comments

5 Awesome Tricks For Working With Onions

Onions aren't a lot of fun to work with, but picked up a handful of helpful tricks over the years that help :)  


1 - Tears No More! 

Cut your onions on your stove under the running range hood, or chill them in the freezer for 10 minutes before slicing.

2 - Save Time (…


Added by Anne Radcliffe on September 19, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Thai-inspired Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup (GF, DF)

Chicken noodle soup should be comforting. 

I’ve added Thai flavors and used gluten and dairy free ingredients for a nurturing bowl of flavorful soup.

You can find the recipe here.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Portland Meat Collective

Great short film on The Portland Meat Collective.

Added by Bruce Weaver on September 16, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Green Tomato Bacon Jam

What do you do when the nights cool down, you've got plenty of tomatoes on the vine and they're not ripening?  Try this recipe for putting up green tomatoes in the form of Green Tomato Bacon Jam.  It's delicious as a sandwich spread, an appetizer, but my favorite way to enjoy it is mixed into ground meat for burgers.  

You can find the recipe, and…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers

Good Sign! Getting off the treadmill of what we've been taught or thought we should be doing to going back to the land and growing our own food.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23849569 US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers

Added by Bruce Weaver on September 11, 2013 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Roasted Banana Oat Muffins (Gluten Free)

Why roast bananas?  BECAUSE it is easy, and awesome for making explode-in-your-mouth caramelized banana goodness.  And that’s about all I have to say about that. 

I didn’t set out to make these muffins gluten-free, they just turned out that way.  I wanted to experiment in baking with…


Added by Anne Radcliffe on September 10, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments

Low and Slow Pear Butter Waffles

I'm fortunate to have resourceful farmers running my CSA.  Last fall they gleaned pears from the unloved, unmanaged city trees and shared them with us.  I made pear butter using FarmGirl Fare's recipe, then used that pear butter to make waffles.

You can…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 10, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

6 Foods That'll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

A lot of us like the green living lifestyle but oftentimes lack the time or space for maintaining our own garden. While having a traditional garden is an excellent way to save money on groceries as well as ensure that your food is safe, fresh, and free of pesticides, there are many foods that can be purchased from farmer's markets or grocery stores and then regrown in small spaces.


Pumpkins are a truly incredible fruit. People can use them for decoration and as food.…


Added by Alexander Goodwin on September 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Voluntary Complexity

            Anyone who believes that we live lives of Voluntary Simplicity because we have a couple of hens in the backyard, some locally grown tomatoes on the shelf and one car in the driveway has not seen my schedule book lately. I am beginning to feel like an Honors Junior angling towards Stanford. They have colored coded planners, fifteen things happening in a day, and no time for the common cold, never mind a weekend off. Me, too. We are all  practicing Voluntary Complexity, not…


Added by Charlyn on September 8, 2013 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

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