Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

Carrie Seal-Stahl
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  • Palmyra. MI USA
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Homesteader Skills to Learn???
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Carrie Seal-Stahl May 23, 2010.

Urban Farming in Detroit- Becoming Reality???
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Carrie Seal-Stahl May 10, 2010.

USDA Rural Development Loans
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Carrie Seal-Stahl Aug 25, 2009.

Best Composting Method?
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Recently purchased "Lil Raisin Acres", a 3.1 acre homestead in SE MI. We raise chickens, grow veggies and herbs, and have several fruit trees thus far. It's a work in progress!
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
We've been loving baked salmon with lemon, garlic and dill lately. We've also been trying out different herbed bread recipes!
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80's Rock, 90's Grunge, Movie Soundtracks
My latest DIY project:
Raised bed flower garden/landscaping, Chicken Coop, Barn Rehab
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The Many Benefits of Gardening

* Healthy, chemical free food supply
* Healthier eating habits encouraged
* Low-impact form of exercise

* More cost effective than buying from grocery stores
* Donate extra produce to food pantries
* Sell some of your produce at farmer's markets
* Gardens raise property values

* Encourages dialog with neighbors
* Community gardens encourage pride

* Eating locally reduces emissions created by shipment
* Organic methods improve quality of local environment
* Provides habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and wildlife

* Connecting with nature
* Personal sense of accomplishment
* Sharing your knowledge with the next generation

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Canning, Dehydrating and Freezing, OH MY!

The past 2 weeks have been a flurry of harvesting and processing the abundant bounty we've been blessed to receive, and there is plenty more still on the vines/tree!

We started the week with 12 pints of mushroom Spaghetti Sauce using our organically grown heirloom "Roma" tomatoes we grew from seed, as well as herbs grown ourselves. This was my first attempt at…


Posted on September 5, 2013 at 2:56am — 6 Comments

Frugal Landscaping- Take Advantage of Clearance Perennial Sales!

Although we have made many happy landscaping discoveries this summer (Peonies, Iris, Lilacs, Snowball Bush, Rose of Sharon and more!) at our new homestead, the front landscaping around the house and deck had been completely neglected by the previous owners. With all of the other projects going on throughout the spring and early summer, I too, neglected it. BUT, the good news is-  it's not too late to get your flower beds ready for next year, and it's a great time to save money by purchasing…


Posted on August 22, 2013 at 11:02pm — 5 Comments

It's Going to Be An Active August!

Well, the inspections for the bank and local municipality have been completed, and all of our rehab work has been approved! We're just waiting on the final disbursement check so that we can pay our roofer. It has been quite the ordeal, but well worth it a little headache and a lot of elbow grease in the end!

I had mentioned before that our riding lawnmower had quit... Well, this past weekend, we were given a riding mower, which we desperately needed, as "payment" from a friend of ours…


Posted on August 6, 2013 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

Meet Our Animal Family (Video)

Over the weekend, we acquired a 2 year old Boer/Pygmy Whether named Houdini. He is stubborn and tries to get out the gate, but extremely friendly and will follow you around like a dog :) All of the 5 older hens seem to be laying now, and the 4 younger gals should be large enough to start getting acquainted with them in a few weeks! 

I'm taking a break from the last of the barn painting... Scorching 89 degrees, but thankfully I'm working on the shaded north side/rear.



Posted on July 15, 2013 at 12:39pm — 1 Comment

Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 9:45am on October 14, 2008, Cornelia said…
Garden porn! Hi Carrie - so happy you joined us!
At 9:07am on March 31, 2009, Brian Stahl said…
hope the plants are still ok when I get home. Anything new sprouting yet?
At 1:29pm on December 29, 2009, Rachel Hoff said…
Wow! I love your artwork! I'm just about to get into photography (my first class starts in 2 weeks yay!), but I do pottery and sculpture primarily, along with landscape design.
At 3:40pm on January 20, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hey Carrie,
I thought of you when I came across this "Virtual Farmers Market" site. Don't know if the pickup is nearby, but thought you'd like to share it with your fellow Michiganders. http://www.westmichigancoop.com/categories

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