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December 2008 Blog Posts (10)

Salad Days

This is my first year growing during the winter (yeah I can still call it winter in Austin) and my first year to start everything from seeds.

I've had successes and failures - but my favorite success has been lettuce and spinach. Yesterday, as I was eating my lunch - I realized it all came from my back yard (with the exception of the vinaigrette dressing). These moments keep me growing.

Added by michael on December 19, 2008 at 6:35pm — No Comments

What to do with those five golden rings?

After getting married, there is the expected period of adjustment. Things change (or don't) in ways both expected and unforeseen. Getting used to hearing yourself say "husband" and "wife". Learning about what it's like to have in-laws. Coming home to a steak on the table every night. Of the many curious and wondrous metamorphoses of marriage, one that has me, a newlywed gentleman, the most vexed is this: when do I take off my ring, specifically when cooking? It's been years since I've… Continue

Added by Vance Edwards-Orr on December 18, 2008 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

Urban Farming "School" near Vancouver - A North American First

An article in the Vancouver Sun Urban Farming School Takes Root

"Instruction would be based on intensive farming on small plots, a heavy dependence on physical labour, ecological sustainability and meeting local market demands, including the food needs of ethnic and immigrant communities.

"It's… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 16, 2008 at 11:15am — No Comments

Plastic bag recycling (downcycling) centers


A great web resource for dealing with the plastic crap in our lives. Naturally, less plastic is best, but it still happens.

Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets,… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 10, 2008 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Looking for Historic Farmstead in MI

Most people are aware I'm looking for a small hobby farm roughly two to five acres in size within a 30 mile radius of Carleton (Brian's work...). I prefer homes built between 1880 and 1920. It's my dream to take a neglected historic farmstead and restore it to it's former self, including refurbished/reproduced appliances and decor of the era of it's creation. Perhaps it's my disgust of corporate yuppie America, or the longing for of a simpler time, but nothing out there today compares to the… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 6, 2008 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Live Chicken Cam - in anticipation of the end of puppy cam

Flying Skunk Farm
If I can't watch away hours with the Shibu Inu pups after they go to their adult homes, I can at least watch my lady hen friends on the Vineyard!

Added by Cornelia on December 3, 2008 at 4:08pm — No Comments

FDA Draws Fire Over Chemicals In Baby Formula


By Lyndsey Layton

Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, November 27, 2008; A02

Public health groups, consumer advocates and members of Congress blasted the Food and Drug Administration yesterday for failing to act after discovering trace amounts of… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 2, 2008 at 11:16am — No Comments

My Latest Ireport...

With rising concern about the economy and food safety issues, you may be considering supplementing your food supply with homegrown vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Although spring is several months away in some parts of the country, it's never to early to being ordering your seed catalogs and contemplating what you may want to grow this upcoming season. Here are 3 items to consider:

>Click HERE to read… Continue

Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 1, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Huffington Post: Obama's Team Includes Dangerous Biotech "Yes Men"


Biotech "Yes Men" on Obama's team threaten to expand the use of dangerous genetically modified (GM) foods in our diets. Instead of giving us change and hope, they may prolong the hypnotic "group think" that has been institutionalized over three previous administrations--where… Continue

Added by Cornelia on December 1, 2008 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

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