Organic Gardening

Learn how to use natural, organic gardening methods to grow the freshest food in your own garden.

Using Sprout Mats for Soil Building

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

We use spent sprout and micro-green mats as mulch all around our homestead.

Growing Lettuce with EcoScraps Raised-Bed Garden Mix

By Don Abbott

This spring I've decided to try an experiment using EcoScraps Raised Bed Garden Mix versus potting soil.

Planting Leeks

By Pam Dawling

Leeks are a wonderful cold-hardy crop that provide a tasty change from leafy greens and stored roots in the winter. They provide onion-like flavor without pungency and without worries about the plants bolting. By growing appropriate varieties, and transplanting enough, you can provide harvests over several cold months. We plant out in June for fall and winter harvests.

Improve Soil With Organic Matter

By Anna Twitto

Improving soil takes time, patience, and plenty of organic matter.


Planting Carrots

By Celeste Longacre

Carrots can be hard to germinate. Check out this easy trick for greater success.

The Heritage Grain Trials Project

By Lydia Noyes

The nonprofit Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is preserving heirloom grains that are ideally suited to Rocky Mountain growing conditions.

9 Permaculture Practices

By Jessi Bloom

Apply permaculture to your land to nurture its natural features.

Weeding Done Right

By Anna Twitto

Weeding is a necessary garden chore, but it can be made a lot easier when done right.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.