The instinct to share home grown herbs, flowers and vegetables runs strong in gardeners, so sharing home grown goodies brings heartfelt rewards.
After a terrible tart cherry season in 2012, Cheribundi was forced to expand their product line.
Learn how to calculate best planting times for fall harvested crops.
Yes, it's possible to harvest trees from your own property to build a timber-frame structure. But here are a few things to consider before you decide to go ahead.
A young homesteading family experiences their first harvest season and is able to preserve enough produce to last the winter.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Missouri farmer Bryce Oates shares why he values reading (Eliot Coleman, especially) and how it impacts his fall growing season.
A gourmet guide to preserving the last harvest from your garden.
A small apiary uses a unique system to extract honey from frames.
To prevent algae growth deterioration by sun damage to a plastic rainwater tank, cover it with a painted bed sheet.
In addition to the beans you planted to harvest dry, a good gleaning may yield a surprising harvest of gourmet beans.
After a summer of growing sweet potatoes, fall is the long-awaited time to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Properly harvesting sweet potatoes, followed by sound curing and storage methods, will ensure you can enjoy your crop through the winter months.
How my dad defended himself from overly generous gardeners.
Dehydrating or sun-drying your extra summer veggies is a great way to save the summer bounty for year-round eating!
Harvesting honey from an experimental frameless beehive.
The particularly dry spring has prompted us to move up some of our water-harvesting strategies on the project list. Swales are an integral part of our overall water plan.
Harvesting our potatoes is another family event where everyone gets their feet and hands a little dirty!
My second visit to the seventh annual Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival.
Rainwater Warehouse introduces a complete line of rainwater harvesting systems and products available for purchase on their new website.
Drought has been displaced by winter storms in the headlines, but persistent water shortages are plaguing much of North America, and the past 18 months have seen a global outbreak of water emergencies.
Get creative in the kitchen by baking with your harvest. These sweet recipes will change the way you think about baking with fruits and vegetables.
Spend the weekend preserving fall apples before they're all gone.
Learn about what goes on at the Heritage Harvest Festival in Virginia and the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania, both held in September.
The zucchini harvest overflows. Learn how to preserve zucchini for year-round enjoyment and creative ways to eat it now.
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
It's time to harvest honey and there must be a way to evict the bees from the super. This post covers three possible options.
Blackberry picking only happens at the height of summer, but is well worth the thorn wounds!
In preparation for a large chicken harvest later in the season, a few homesteaders perform a trial run to test their chicken harvesting capabilities.
The Rainwater Hub is an entirely new answer to the limits of traditional downspout diverters and rain barrel systems. The Rainwater Hub distributes rainwater up to 150 feet through regular garden hoses.
During a quiet, pre-dawn moment, an owl hoots softly. Is this connected with the bounty of mice and a big harvest?
Engineer Venkappa Gani leads by example when it comes to sustainable living. His entire backyard is an organic garden, an edible landscape that borders his rainwater harvesting tank collectors overlooked by solar panels that power his home (and more!). Gani is dedicated to sustainability, a word he lives by everyday at his suburban home in Austin, Texas.
One locavore takes responsibility for raising and slaughtering her own chickens.
Join us in fighting the threat of GMOs: California's Right to Know (Prop 37) for GMO labeling leads the nation, and the Southern Exposure lawsuit against Monsanto continues to push through the courts. Plus, fall gardening can be easier than summer!
How using a refractometer can increase your honey production, how a refractometer works and how to use a refractometer.
Harvesting abundance in the early spring.
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
A historic ice house on the LeDuc-Simmons Estate and a local ice harvest at Lake Rebecca demonstrate how ice and other perishables were kept cold in the hot summer months during the 19th century.
Rachel and her husband committed to a year without groceries, and they made it! She shares her experiences in local food in this post.
Crossing a creek using cinder block stepping stones one year after installation and using cinder blocks to repair driveway ruts. Shoveling mulch from a Club Car golf cart and a nice image of turkey tail mushrooms popping up from a log of walnut.
Smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg is perfect for picking dinner!
Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
Monticello's Heritage Harvest Festival inspired us to keep at those challenges that frustrate us on the farm.
In this piece, author Mary Moss-Sprague discusses the simple pleasures of tasty, home-canned tomato preserves.
Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, Iowa, helps refugees transition from growing food for their families to operating small businesses that sell produce at farmers markets, local grocery stores and to area restaurants.
Chado-En tea company will donate 100 percent of profits from the sale of its special cherry blossom tea to Japanese relief efforts.
YIKES! What to do when you've planted too many veggies? Is your garden producing more than one family can eat? Sure, you can give it away. But wait! Try pickling those garden gems. This way, you'll be able to enjoy them through the winter and beyond!
Dog days of summer? Yes, but there is still a lot of the grwoing season left. Protect yourself from the late summer sun with these tried 'n true items ... tested by a gardener who knows more than she'd like to about skin cancer.
The process of curing potatoes for winter storage.
A story of life, death and rebirth of a hoop house.
An update on generating electricity with pedal power and which exercise bike we decided on and testing soil for nutrient ratios along with fixing a pair of leaky boots with adhesive and inner tube scrap patch.
The roundwood truss system described here enables DIYers to build their own trusses at very low cost. You can gather truckloads of poles from national forests, enough for several small houses, for the cost of one $25 firewood permit.
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.