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John F. Houpt II, PhD
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Are GMO plants an invasive species under Executive Order 13122?
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
I'm retired from 39 years of combined military and federal civil service. So, to fill my "free time". I am avid home brewer, food grower, butcher, volunteer lead kitchen chef and putter upper. Love the freedom of the outdoors and the simple way of life.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
12 lbs black pepper bacon (to be smoked in Applewood this week), 25lbs of roast beef and 15lbs of beef brisket.
Currently reading:
The Suburban Micro-Farm by Amy Stross
Currently listening to:
German American Radio, Internet radio station on TuneIn
My latest DIY project:
STILL Removing the old stuff from the house!!
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Through the Farm Aid website.
Web site I recommend:

Good Organic Brewing Site

Folks, here is a good organic brewing site I use for getting my brewing items.

They also have fair trade coffee for your personal roasting.


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Reisling now being served.

Finally got the wine to clear using an age old method...Egg Yolk. One egg yolk did in 7 days what chemicals couldn't do in 21 days. Nice tartness with a clean full apple secondary taste. Very smooth and way too drinkable!? Hefeweizen and Witbier next in the fermenter and on to a 2013 Mosel River grape Reisling.

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 10:21am

Gotta check the Reisling for clairity tonight/! LOL!!

Busy two days. Started building a new container garden this week using 5 gallon buckets and self watering using a float/resivoir. Will use this for the 8 Brandywine Black organic tomato plants that were given to me this weekend. While doing that, got the smoker cleaned up ready for a brisket this weekend, updated my substitute cream soup/sauce mixes, a chicken-less chicken flavor bouillion/powder, made some bread machine mixes for a friend. Hate buying commercial items when I can make them…


Posted on May 5, 2015 at 12:45pm — 2 Comments

New Year, New Skills

Been a busy 4 months with little time to say hey y'all. During this time, I learned the boys are rainbow loom masters, me, fat fingers. So, not to be out done (male vanity kicked it), I'm learning to weave and loom knit while teaching the boys as I go. Funny how fast they pick it up and do better than I with a little encouragement. Weaved 2 baby blankets, 1 more in the loom, & 2 heart shaped trivets. Knitted 8 Christmas gift scarfs with 10 more in the que. Appears, folks still like gifts… Continue

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

Busy day dehydrating and smoking.

Starting a busy week. Started 10 trays of medium tomatoes today and will run the dehydrator till I use up the 25 pounds we picked up at the state farmers market in Saturday. Also set up 1 tray each of fresh plums and peaches. Smoked two chickens yesterday, one for Sunday dinner and the other in today's chicken bog with fresh picked salad greens and corn. Tomorrow is smoke the brisket and another chicken. Wednesday is 10 pounds of wild salmon. And I'm retired?????

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?

Went to a local grocery store to pick up a few things to go with my fish salad and had sticker shock!! $3.99 for a box of no name crackers!!!! Came home, took 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 2/3 cup of warm water, mixed rolled out dough on a baking sheet, cut with pizza cutter, baked @400deg F for 15 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes start to finish, or less time than going to the grocery store. Wife loved them and wants more. Need to roll thinner across the… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:54am — 3 Comments

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At 5:31pm on August 21, 2014, NB & TL Getzinger said…

Thanks for the welcome John, to answer your question, my wife's family originates from Regent ND. They are the Binstock family and later moved to Lieth ND. 

My Mother's family originates from Altoona PA.

I am Homegrown right here in good ole' NW Ohio.  Nick & Tracy

At 7:24pm on August 21, 2014, John F. Houpt II, PhD said…
Unbelievable coincidence both of our wives being from such a small city in North Dakota. My wife, Dorene's family name is Koppinger, and went to school with Dorene Binstock back in 1973. Dee's mom is in Bismark, her brothers and sisters still live/farm in the Regent, Dickinson, New England area with the youngest sister living in Minn. Looks like our families crossed paths over the years and didn't even know it. Keep in touch and again, welcome to Homegrown. The folks here are great, especially our web shepherd Jennifer, and bring a lot of knowledge and help to the table. John and Dee
At 6:54pm on August 24, 2014, NB & TL Getzinger said…

That is pretty awesome, my wife was all excited to hear. Her family all still live around Dickensen, Bismark, Lieth, Regent and surrounding area. My wife's dad Joe Binstock travels around helping his many kids throughout ND. We are kind of removed over here in Ohio from her family but we make the best of it. 

We are enjoying what we are reading and will post some stuff soon. Just finished up with the fair and National tractor pulls and working on canning and collecting apples for canning, cider and hard cider for the winter. 

At 5:34pm on September 9, 2014, NB & TL Getzinger said…

Hi John,

It sounds like you have your hands full with great things going on.  Tracy and I have been busy as well trying to keep up with the harvest and showing our young ones the ropes as well. We are gearing up for the winter and trying to complete all the little projects on our bucket list to avoid doing them in the cold. As always, I am sure we will be doing some in the cold. LOL

It is good hearing from you and hope to post additional pictures soon of the harvest and canning completed. Peace to you and your family NBG

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