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October 2010 Blog Posts (32)

Experiments in Broadcasting

Recently, we tried “broadcasting” for the first time. Broadcasting is a method of sowing seeds where seeds are scattered onto a bed and then mixed in with the soil. It is also the…


Added by Cultivating Dreams on October 30, 2010 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Baltimore DIY Fest 2010

A map of DIY Fest 2010! Here is a photo of the event schedule:

And a link to the blog post if you're interested in details!…


Added by Aliza Ess on October 28, 2010 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

Building a permanent greenhouse with cattle panels - part 1

The greenhouse today - still a lot to do

Last year I decided I wanted to build a small greenhouse. I wanted to have a place to start seedlings and be able to pot things in…


Added by Elizabeth Wilson on October 26, 2010 at 5:27am — 8 Comments

Community Garden update: we're getting there!

Cross post from my blog, domestic efforts.

Since starting the community garden in South Philadelphia, a lot of people have expressed interest in participating. Although a number of them have flaked out, we now have a small group of committed gardeners. Initially, it was just me and one other person. Since we both work full time, we had to do all the major work on weekends, and it was a huge job to clean up the… Continue

Added by Jenni on October 23, 2010 at 4:41pm — 3 Comments

Drying basil in the microwave

This is a cross post from my blog, domestic efforts.

This weekend, it was time to harvest what was left of my basil, and there was quite a bit of it. Tips for preserving basil often suggest making pesto, but I'm not a huge fan of the stuff. I decided instead to experiment with drying, since I use dried basil quite a bit in soups and stews. Since I don't yet own a dehydrator, I took a shot at drying the leaves in the microwave.… Continue

Added by Jenni on October 20, 2010 at 9:52pm — 11 Comments

making yogurt cheese

One of the first things I did when I joined Homegrown.org was to get myself into the Cheesemakers group. And now I can proudly say that I've made cheese! Super simple yogurt cheese, but cheese nonetheless. …


Added by Christine on October 20, 2010 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Urban Farmers Unite

If you are an urban farmer/food grower/livestock raiser in the Bay Area, please contact me to be in the Urban Farmer Directory! I am working on it now.

Help me raise funds for the Bay Area Urban Farmer Directory! Please

check it out and spread the word! Click here to view.…


Added by Esperanza on October 20, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Seeing Red Over Blue Tomatoes?


from the October 05, 2010 eNews issue

While most of us have never bitten into a blue tomato, chances are we have eaten genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as part of our daily diet. An estimated 70 percent of the food products sold in grocery stores come from plants…

Added by Omega Farms on October 19, 2010 at 6:50pm — No Comments

CSA Cookoff: Roasted fall vegetables with maple butter glaze over crispy Persian rice (Tah-dig)

Parker Farm CSA Share 10/13/2010:1 bunch beets,1 bunch turnips, 1 bunch parsnip, 1 pound green tomatoes, 1 butternut squash, 1 bunch carrots, 1 sugar pumpkin and 1 blue hubbard

squash (what a critter that is!)

This was our last CSA share of the season **sob**. It was an incredibly bountiful season, with a wide array of…


Added by Cornelia on October 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Meet the newbie!

So I already have a farm blog, but as a way of introducing myself, I thought I'd post about it here... http://homegrowed.wordpress.com/.

And yes, I am totally mortified that I chose the name Home Growed for my blog, thinking it would be a clever way to express just how bad I am at farming, while completely unaware that homegrown.org existed. D'oh.

Added by Lisa on October 19, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

ooh la la evening shawl & other thoughts

I entered the world of homegrown adventures through craft. I learned to crochet during finals week during my senior year of college. Bad timing for my schoolwork, but perfect timing for my stress levels. The repetitiveness of crocheting, the feel of soft yarn on… Continue

Added by Christine on October 18, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Quince Jam

I have always misunderstood quince. After the magnificent show it puts on in the early spring, it tends to fade into the periphery of a landscape, playing the role of ugly duckling for the remainder of the year. The apple-like fruit may seem tempting in the fall, until a curious nibble proves instantly disagreeable. Rarely are you able to remove it from your landscape without a… Continue

Added by Rachel Brownlee on October 17, 2010 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

autumnal campfire coziness: making homemade pumpkin doughnuts and mulled wine

Crisp air and chilly nights makes me want to have a campfire, and I thought some homemade seasonal goodies to go with it would make an extra cozy touch. Pumpkin doughnuts and mulled wine seemed to fit the bill.

First of all, I started with the mulled wine, as that needs time to cook. You can make it on a stovetop, but I chose to make mine in a crock pot. There are many…


Added by Christa Nelson on October 16, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Sauteed Pea Shoots with Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

With frost warnings in full swing, I headed to the garden to harvest those who may not make it through. Though peas hold up well in light frosts, I couldn't resist the tender shoots for this evening's…

Added by Rachel Brownlee on October 15, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments


Would anyone have a recipe using roselle to make wine? I have found a wonderful recipe for jam; but I have been blessed with a nice yield of roselle this year~ First time growing it; abundant crop!

Thank you!!!!

Mama T @
Tindel Den Cottage

Added by Theresa Byer on October 15, 2010 at 8:50am — No Comments

mr. cornelius applejack

While we are fortunate enough to have illustrated directions for making our own apple jack, we decided to go the easy route and swing by a local apple orchard, family farm and distillery to pick up a bottle.

"Since colonial times, traditional applejack…

Added by Christine on October 12, 2010 at 4:07pm — 6 Comments

What's the Difference: Potatoes! On the Real Time Farms Blog!

What’s the Difference: Potatoes…

Added by Cara Rosaen on October 12, 2010 at 1:07am — 1 Comment

North Country Sustainability Center

There's a new regional sustainability center in development. Check out www.northcountrysustain.org and see some of the plans we have. We have a wonderful opportunity to purchase and old stable and mill complex to create a sustainable ag/farmer's market/art center as well as an exhibition facility. We need to know if we can help you, or you can help us. Please look through the site, and spread the word. It's exciting, but there's a lot to be done… Continue

Added by Patricia Stewart on October 11, 2010 at 9:28pm — 2 Comments

Making Fresh Cheese

My friend Donna has been making fresh cheese for ages. This go-round I asked to join in. Like so many things which previously seemed complicated, I was surprised at how simple the process is. Separate the curd from the whey, strain, compress or age, and you've got a perfect example of the subtle beauty of mild cheese.
Donna most often…

Added by Rachel Brownlee on October 11, 2010 at 8:31pm — 4 Comments

Dirt Roads and School Days

Its about time to head out to the fields here in Arky...grab some Black-Eyed Susie's and lay down and watch the clouds roll by.

Yea that is what I would do if I were back in 3rd grade...but since I have snow on the roof so to speak, I will head to my favorite towns in Northwest Arkansas...hoping to see the beginnings of the fall colors...getting some photos of the mist in the Boston Mountains...and chase the fairys from the woods.

Some day I will have a little more time to…


Added by Randy Hughes on October 11, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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