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November 2010 Blog Posts (39)

North Country Sustainability Center is Official

NCSC, the North Country Sustainability Center is now an incorporated entity, one step away from formal tax exempt status. This is a very exciting time for all of us in MA and NH. Once we get this underway, we plan on buying the land and starting a commercial kitchen/arts center/ sustainable ag center with a whole lot more.

Please check out www.northcountrysustain.org, or check us out Facebook. We are a… Continue

Added by Patricia Stewart on November 30, 2010 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

apple pie with a cheddar crust

My contribution to this year's Thanksgiving celebration was an apple pie. Instead of reaching for the store-bought crust as I usually do (confession!), I decided to make… Continue

Added by Christine on November 30, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Tomatoes & Spinach & Carrots, Oh My!

One of the ways that my Mom fueled our gardening interest was to let us choose a unique type of seed each year. We chose and grew unusual vegetables, cotton, gourds, and even flowers.

We hope to use this lesson from my Mom and introduce unusual seed during the Grow And Share children’s educational classes at the greenhouse…. and when we present at schools or scout troop meetings.

These are seeds we request…


Added by thewhatleys on November 29, 2010 at 4:03pm — No Comments

the story of stuff

I wrote this post awhile ago and have been saving it until the right time. With the season of holiday consumption ahead of us, and with it the automatic response of buying more cheaply and unsustainably produced goods just because we think we should, now seems like the right time. Of course I'll be back here on Black Friday plugging alternative gift guides and artisans and handmade products, but as always there is another alternative: be more thoughtful about what you buy, more… Continue

Added by Christine on November 29, 2010 at 11:26am — 5 Comments

It's here! Soup Bowl Sunday!!!!

I was lurking around here trying to find a soup thread somewhere, but it seems that the recipes have yet to pour in!

So without further ado, I will leave mine for the week.

It's nothing I'm too proud of -definitely a recipe from one of those cookbooks that you feel like a cheater to use- but I must say the times I've made it it's quite a lovely dish. The flavors are very delicate and feel a little sophisticated, but not so different that they scare away the meat and potato…


Added by Kali on November 28, 2010 at 10:33pm — 1 Comment

Got Beef?


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on November 24, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Ridiculous Urban "Hunting" Story

My boyfriend (I call him Chicken-Man on my blog) has been talking about hunting a deer for some time. But we live in Baltimore City and have busy schedules, and it's been hard to plan a trip.

Yesterday, sometime really insane happened, and it looks like the venison came…


Added by Aliza Ess on November 23, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

sunday soup, french onion

We decided on French Onion this week and used a recipe from one of my go-to cookbooks. There's not a lot to say about this recipe as you really just cook onions and add vegetable stock. I will… Continue

Added by Christine on November 23, 2010 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

We Take Enough From the Ground, It's High Time We Start Putting it Back

Posted By Drumsticks-Scissorsanddrumsticks.com

Ahhh, it's that time of year when everything that grows outdoors start to take a colorful turn to give us a spectacular show of color just before forfeiting their exteriors to the soil. I like to compare it to a summer time festival where everyone is having a grand ol time appreciating the company of others and making new…


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on November 22, 2010 at 10:03pm — No Comments

5 Ways to have a Minimalist Thanksgiving

Originally posted on scissorsanddrumsticks.com by Guest Author Andrew Odom-anotherkindofdrew.com/tinyrevolution.us

In just one week we will all be preparing to tie on our feed sacks and gather round the family table in…


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on November 22, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Winter Compost Heap

This year at the Scissors & Drumsticks garden we had to grow at a minimum for test purposes. We just didn’t want to waste anything that wouldn’t grow, and believe me, we had our ups and downs. We are not gardeners of sorts, we just wanted to grow and preserve our own food. As much as we could at least. This year has proven to us that it can be done. From the garden years ago in my parents’ backyard I formed my little bit of background in “backyardiculture.” It was the tips from two…


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on November 22, 2010 at 4:47pm — No Comments

beets & sweets

Beets. I always think of canned pickled beets, which gross me out. I think. I'm not sure I've actually tried them, at least not recently, but it's a long-harbored prejudice that I just can't shake. So when it came time in our mission to expand our vegetable… Continue

Added by Christine on November 22, 2010 at 11:04am — 7 Comments

How to Build a Hoop House (for less than $30)

After reading about the $50 greenhouse I quickly decided I needed to make one of my own. The summer season was winding down and I knew I wasn't over my newly found lettuce addiction. I need to grow well into the autumn and even winter. Time for a simple hoop house.

Part of all my homestead construction is an element of recycling and reusing.… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on November 22, 2010 at 10:26am — 1 Comment


Believe it or not, kiwifruit (originally known as Chinese gooseberry, native to Southern China) is both locally grown and seasonally available right now in Western North Carolina. A sweet couple from Little Sandy Mush have two very old vines which happened to do very well this year. They explained to me how kiwifruits are picky and… Continue

Added by Rachel Brownlee on November 21, 2010 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Planning for animals on the homestead

Meat Chickens - week 3 As we move from Odom's Idle Acres in Barnesville, Georgia to Pink Hill, North Carolina and our own little plot of dirt, the one thing that we intend on intensifying (even while downsizing) is our goal of self-sufficiency. We're not vegans or even vegetarians so we have to think about our source for milk, eggs, and meat. Even if we were vegan though, keeping… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on November 21, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Cabbage Salad With Sesame and Pomegranate & a Knit Hat Becomes a Project Pouch

I've got at least four heads of cabbage stored up from my CSA share, and it's been a lot of fun coming up with different recipes for both raw and cooked cabbage.

The other night I wanted a fresh salad to go with a roasted chicken and sweet potatoes, so I made the salad pictured above. Here's an ingredients…


Added by Aliza Ess on November 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream-cheese frosting and toasted hazelnuts

Today is Glenda's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Glenda!) so I took advantage of all of those yellow carrots I gleaned and made cupcakes. What? Too February 2010 for you? Are cupcakes now terribly passe? PSHAW! THEY'RE CUPCAKES and sweet and cute is never out of vogue!!!!

The… Continue

Added by Cornelia on November 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Clicker Training a Goat

I love clicker training. I use it to train all my dogs and puppies. It's an amazing tool, but I have to admit I've never considered using it to train my goats. At least not until I saw this. Amazing.

I've had such amazing success with dogs using a clicker that I don't have to be sold on it's value as a training tool. It's what they use at places like Sea World to train the marine animals and was introduced to dog trainers by a former Sea World trainer,…


Added by Elizabeth Wilson on November 18, 2010 at 4:59am — 3 Comments

Grow Your Own Garlic

Growing Tips: Garlic

Organic Garlic Growing Tips Aromatic, flavorful and healthful – there are hundreds of garlic varieties, but they all fall into two basic categories: hardneck… Continue

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on November 17, 2010 at 3:43pm — 2 Comments

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