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November 2012 Blog Posts (15)

A lil' update...

Earlier in the month, I had the opportunity to take a community garden leadership training class, hosted by the Sustainable Food Center.  It was really informative, and now I'm considering adding another set of things to my to-do list.  The New Day Community Garden at the Baha'i Center hosted the workshop, and after, gave us a garden tour.  I took lots of photos, some of which can be seen on the…


Added by Laurie Power on November 21, 2012 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Homesteading on Hold

Blue Grama Grass 

There are many homesteading-related projects I want to move forward with but I'm holding back because I need to wait until I find out what…


Added by MisAnthrope on November 20, 2012 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

So, who are these Four Country Gals?

We're four retired women, 2 are retired cops, 2 are related, one is called "Mom", and she has adopted all of us. Three are from an island in Lake Erie (Put-In-Bay), and one is from Oregon.

We all live together in  a good-sized house in the middle  of the desert in SW Utah on 10 acres of tumbleweed and sand.

Over the past 7 years, we've been building our soil on  about .1 acre and now have a Certified Organic Status. It's not something we were pursuing, until we successfully got…


Added by Four Country Gals on November 14, 2012 at 3:59pm — 3 Comments

The BEST chicken book I've ever read

About a year ago now I bought a copy of the best chicken book I have ever read.  Its taken me that long to read it properly, I’ve read it three times now, in between reading other books, just to be sure that I got everything, because there’s just so much information, its easy to miss something on the first or second reads!
The best chicken book that I’ve ever read is The…

Added by Farmer Liz on November 13, 2012 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Anyone looking to join an sustainable community?

howdy all,

I am new to homegrown.org, but not to farming and country living.  I am part of a small intentional community  called Windward in south central Washington (near white salmon and Klickitat for those who are familiar).   

For the past twenty 24 years folks have been living on this land, and working to create a self-reliant rural village on marginal land. 

We are united with the belief that now is the time for radical change, and that there's no more convincing…


Added by Andrew Schreiber on November 12, 2012 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

What I strive for (what homesteading means to me)

Homesteading to me is being able to survive and thrive with my own skills and knowledge without having to rely so much on others. This kinda goes against Charlyn's post. Sorry, Charlyn, no disrespect at all. But the way I see homesteading, is to be as self sufficient on your own, only to go to town to get necessary supplies or trade things you have for things that others may have.

I believe that we rely way too much on the modern conveniences that over the years we get so adapted to,…


Added by Matt Volz on November 9, 2012 at 1:21pm — 4 Comments

Green onions, spring onions or shallots or…?

I have many confusing conversations with people about green onions, spring onions and shallots.  Well, not that many, but when it does come up between myself and another gardener or cook, it is important to first clarify what we are actually talking about, because everyone seems to have a different idea of what these alliums actually are. 
This year I planted leeks, and what I call spring onions and what I thought were shallots. …

Added by Farmer Liz on November 8, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Clothespins, Socks, and Reflections of Those Things at Dusk

I have many thoughts about the election and the results, but I'm still cogitating about it all, so instead I'll share a few photos I took this evening.  One of the things I'm most enjoying about this new rural, off the grid life is washing and drying clothes by hand. The washing, hanging, and folding have come to be a kind of meditative practice for me, one that's galaxies away from my old practice of just a few months ago:  shoving handfuls of dirty clothing into the…


Added by MisAnthrope on November 7, 2012 at 9:23pm — No Comments

The truth about legumes and nitrogen fixation

We are commonly told to plant legumes in pasture or in the garden to increase the nitrogen in the soil.  It is true that given the right minerals and microbes in the soil, legumes will develop a symbiotic relationship with rhizobial bacteria, which can “fix” gaseous nitrogen from the air and make it available to the plant (more here).  The important…

Added by Farmer Liz on November 6, 2012 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Homesteading, defined

I wrote this in response to the comment on Mother Earth News, about The Homesteaders of the Year (I'm one) not being self-sufficient and living off of their land....       




     I call our home an Urban Homestead to evoke the days when people traveled west, settled on a piece of land, and went to work to improve it, turning it into farmland. Was this always the best decision for the land? Probably not. Did they all remain on the land?—not at…


Added by Charlyn on November 5, 2012 at 9:31pm — 1 Comment

Managing pasture - is burning necessary?

This time of year (spring) we don’t get much rain.  The tropical grass species in our pasture have dried out over winter due to the low temperatures and low rainfall.  They are in a fully mature state, with relatively low protein and mineral content.  The stock feeding on this pasture tend to lose or maintain weight, but rarely gain significant weight.  Now that the temperatures are starting to increase, we are waiting for rain so that the pasture will re-enter its leafy growth stage…


Added by Farmer Liz on November 4, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Morning Desert Amble

I went for a short amble this morning with one of the dogs and one of the cats. The sky was overcast, which is very unusual.  Every day for weeks now has been sunny.  It stayed chilly much longer this morning, since the sun wasn't out to warm things up as it usually does.

A few things I saw on my walk:

Juniper berries, which despite their name, are actually cones.  These are edible, though pretty pungent.  Don't eat them when they're green; wait until they turn…


Added by MisAnthrope on November 2, 2012 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

From the Group Up - Where We Are

What is From the Ground Up?

From the Ground Up is a documentary project that provides an inspiring look at gardeners in three cities, juxtaposing these modern urban farmers with the original Victory Gardeners who during WWII grew food in backyards, on balconies, any wherever they could.  At their peak, these gardeners yielded 40% of the produce consumed in the US. Today a Sacramento teacher and her young sons “take on City Hall” to fight for…


Added by Kristi Adams on November 2, 2012 at 6:42pm — 1 Comment

Farm update - November 2012

The weather in October has been less dry, with a few nice storms to cool down the evenings, but no significant rainfall either.  Our water tanks are down to two half full and one full, and our dam is looking very empty.

Gardening in October as been all about the seeds - both planting and saving.  I have saved a crazy amount of tat soi and mizuna, as well as others, so don't be shy, …


Added by Farmer Liz on November 2, 2012 at 2:07am — 2 Comments

Macaroni&Cheese with a twist

Cross-posted from my blog  http://misplacedhomesteader.blogspot.com/


I love macaroni and cheese.  But really, who doesn’t?  Well, except if you’re lactose intolerant, or vegan, or gluten free, or just don’t like cheese…


Added by Blair Eckman on November 1, 2012 at 2:21pm — 3 Comments

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