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Christa Nelson
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  • Lower Frankford Township, Pennsylvania
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country greenhouse=snakes?
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Hello.... I'm planning on building a little greenhouse out of reclaimed antique window frames.  I live out in the country and someone  mentioned to me that it may turn into a house for snakes (garter…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Lueders Mar 29, 2011.


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Tapping Maple Trees and Making Maple Syrup


Mapling, or sugaring, is the process of collecting and boiling down the sap from maple trees in order to make syrup. It is an ancient practice, being one of the few sugar sources found in the northern hemisphere. The entire process takes a bit of time, but after tasting the…


Posted on February 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

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…


Posted on October 16, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

wild onions

Ever since my third grade teacher read "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George to us, I've had visions of living off the land. As a child I always noticed wild onions, and thought that if I were to live off the land that this would definitely be part of my diet.

As an adult, wild onions are often more of a nuisance, popping up everywhere in the garden, yet I still use them as an ingredient for cooking.

There are… Continue

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

shopping homegrown at a country market

We here at Homegrown are all about the gardens, farmers markets, and CSA shares, yet I thought I'd highlight yet another outlet for fresh, homemade, homegrown produce, dairy products, meat, canned goods, and other things one might find at a farmers market--the country market. Country markets are yet another avenue for local food producers to sell…


Posted on October 4, 2010 at 4:00pm

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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A bit about me:
last year i inherited a cute wooden house and land in the country, so i left the city (Portland, OR) and have been setting about on my homesteading journey
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
a sweet sunday get-together brunch spread consisting of all sorts of homemade and homestead goodies
Currently reading:
The Riddle of Amish Culture
Currently listening to:
the local classical radio station
My latest DIY project:
building a little barn for milk goats and alpacas from reclaimed materials
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At 10:12am on August 24, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hi Christa! Glad you found the site. Sounds like you have some adventure stories to tell! Do you blog? If so, please feel free to cross-post your stuff in the member blogs section. If not, please consider using the member blog to tell your tales of homesteading!
Let me know if you have any questions about the site.
At 4:54pm on September 22, 2010, Cornelia said…
Just a quick hello to tell you that you are AMAZING! I'm so happy that you are a (very vital) part of HOMEGROWN!!! Thank you!
At 3:06pm on October 3, 2010, Tony said…
hey girl,do you know how to make apple butter?if you do please share
At 8:57pm on October 10, 2010, Tony said…
Hi,Christa.my whole front pasture is full of wild onions,dont eat them there not very good.my cows wont even eat them.
At 10:08am on October 27, 2010, Cornelia said…
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At 12:45pm on December 10, 2010, Cornelia said…

Hi Christa!

Your presence is certainly missed around here, but I hope the new job is fulfilling and interesting. I'd like to re-post your "Friendly Extension Office" blog to the HOMEGROWN Blog in January - is that OK with you? It's a great article and I want to share it with people!

At 8:45pm on March 21, 2011, Andrew Odom said…
Hey gal. Just wanted to stop in and say hello to you. Haven't heard much from you but wanted to send a howdy your way!
At 7:02am on March 22, 2011, Andrew Odom said…
Yeah, I see you on Facebook. Although I was traveling last week for work so I wasn't around much myself. Great to see you. I can't wait to see the finished greenhouse!
At 2:41pm on September 7, 2011, Cornelia said…
Hey there - I'm looking at some of your canning recipes and thinking of you. Hope the hunt is fruitful and that you're doing well!

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