Two Ogden Publications employees turned beekeeping beginners seperate the honey from the comb in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS parking lot. Thier backyard hives are only four miles away for making sweet, local honey.
I am the Flock-Tender here on HOMEGROWN.org. I am keeping a chronicle of my experiences learning, living, and growing a homegrown lifestyle fresh out of college. Am I doing this life right?
Cam enjoyed another week with some volunteer helpers!
Julie Lavigne relates her grandparent’s home in the city, a modern homestead for their time, and proves you can live a self-sufficient lifestyle in an urban setting.
A transplanted Choctaw and Southerner, a grandmother shows her strength and creativity during the Industrial Revolution and shows how one can face and adapt to life’s challenges.
Basil is at its best during hot summertime weather. Pick it, wash it and make it into appetizing, healthy pesto!
Learning to raise cows is more of a challenge than you would imagine!
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
Let’s break down the soap-making process and start scrubbin’ with homemade bars!
The next installment of Maddy Harland's blog series on forest gardening. This week how to choose the lower canopy.
The workshop series "In Her Shoes: Sustainable Farming for Women, by Women" will provide on-farm, women-led sharing of resources, experiences and inspiration to further connect, encourage and support female organic farmers, entrepreneurs and agricultural leaders. These all-day workshops will be in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and each will cost $20 and include lunch.
I had no idea putting dirt in a box was this difficult.
Michelle knows how much work it is to grow strawberries.... and she's happy to be able to buy them at any price!
Try an original 1930s homemade cottage cheese recipe from North Central Kansas along with a modified and new version.
Michelle discovers a new threat to her basil plants!
Do you have trouble picking the perfect watermelon? It's not foolproof, but here are my tips to make choosing a good melon a little easier.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
Our hands take a beating. Be kind to them and make this amazing hand scrub with ingredients right from your pantry!
Cam describes the benefits of writing this blog and his recent book.
Cam describes his weight loss program which involves lots and lots of gardening....
This grandparents’ homestead housed a number of generations and everyone participated in daily chores such as pumping water for baths, melting lard for bread, and using cloth flour bags to make curtains, blankets and dresses.
Vickie Evans describes her grandparents’ life in Winfred during the Depression and the years following. Both came from farming families and used their land and farming knowledge to help the local community.
Taking time to just have fun and enjoy life in the face of serious living.
This hen catches her rooster off-guard in the summer season.
Black bears and rural living go hand in hand in many parts of North America. So how do you keep bear/human conflicts to a minimum?
Cam discovers that his chickens have unique personalities....
Feeling overwhelmed with summer squash? Have you given it away, grilled it, fried it and baked it till you were blue in the face? Here are some of my favorite ways to use this prolific producer!
Settling on a flooring option for the tipi was pretty simple after coming across an awesome company that was right under my nose the whole time.
Cam battles with scarabs in his raspberry patch.
Do you feel like the month of June left you gasping for air? You are not alone. I am hoping July will be slower paced and full of summertime fun!
Where have our bats gone? We miss the benefit of having them around and wish they would come back.
Luke Dinan, a young man from Toronto, Ontario, is forging his way towards sustainable living and a self-reliant lifestyle; a path we can appreciate, strive for and maybe contribute to.
"Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" is a new bee documentary that examines the global bee crisis through the eyes of beekeepers, scientists, farmers and philosophers. The film emphasizes the thoughts of biodynamic and organic beekeepers on Colony Collapse Disorder and highlights the impact of industrial agriculture on the relationship between humans and bees.
As a third-party certifier, the Rainforest Alliance ensures that farms and forests are sustainable environmentally, socially and economically. The green frog seal and the FSC logo have become widely recognized, credible symbols of sustainability.
Cam enjoys a visit with Ken & Madeline who farmed this property many years ago and Cam realizes how hard farming was back then....
40 years of reading Mother, the value of accumulation of reading the contributions of others during that time.
An auspicious start to our beekeeping? Maybe!
Buzz is brewing about Bee-a-Thon 2011, an online "town hall" event scheduled for July 16, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. A variety of bee experts — from beekeepers to academics to environmentalists — will discuss the importance of bees and the critical challenges of colony collapse disorder.
By the 4th of July, there's a palpable shift in the feel of the beekeeping season. New beekeepers wish for more guidance, and may even be wondering why they started this project! Here's a little reassurance that you are not alone in your endeavor.