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6/29/2016
When we bought our homestead, the only gardening area was at the bottom of a fairly steep hill. Though fine for growing a winter’s worth of potatoes and squash, it’s less convenient for greens, which we prefer to grow close to the house. Having read about a method called "lasagna gardening" (named for its layers; learn the basics here), we decided to try it. Egged on by its success, we extended the garden the following year only this time incorporating hugelkultur techniques. Here’s how we did it.
6/3/2016
Now, 4 years into growing much of the produce we eat, I realize that garden farming connects me even more deeply than I had imagined to the earth, the life cycle, my body and food. It is also more difficult not only physically, but mentally as well. Had I known more from the start, no doubt it would have been easier and more effective. It is in this spirit that I am sharing some of what I’ve learned.
5/14/2016
Sumptuous meals are the result, not of fancy tools, but of healthful ingredients, adequate skill and love.
5/11/2016
Building raised vegetable garden beds has many benefits: They negate contending with poor soil, you can make them tall to avoid bending, avoid soil compaction and they look appealing to name a few. But how can you make them biodynamic? This post will tell you how.
5/2/2016
7 ways to use cut grass from mowing the lawn in the garden to reduce waste and recycle.
4/29/2016
Prepare simple recipes using greens and roots from the spring garden, including Dandelion Green Salad Recipe, Sauteed Sorrel Recipe, Braised Parsnips Recipe, and how to make Hyssop Tea.
4/28/2016
Goat packers who have goats with horns that have become an issue around the home or farm is that, depending on age and sexual hormone levels, there may be options less dire than surgical complete dehorning or banding at the base of the horn, which compromises your pack goat’s defensive capability and confidence on the trail. Certainly talk to at least two vets before committing to any plan of action regarding full removal of horns from goats over the age of 6 months old.
4/27/2016
Growing your own localized varieties of vegetables allows you to customize the taste to your liking.
4/26/2016
Biodynamic growing can be thought of as the next step up from organic growing, as many of the principles of organic growing are followed in biodynamics. The biggest difference in biodynamics is that everything starts with the soil and the alignment of the sun and the moon in the cosmos for planting, harvesting and tending to types of plants. For those of you who are not familiar with biodynamics, let me set the scene for you here.
4/17/2016
There are many types of composting methods available for the urban homesteader — from fermentation bins called Bokashi systems that allow you to compost cooked foods, fish, dairy and meat, to vermicomposting, or worm composting systems, and everything in between. Learn the types of composting systems, along with what is compostable, the best compost material ratios for your situation, and troubleshooting tips for common compost problems.
4/13/2016
Whenever I fancy an item for which I lack funds, I remind myself of what the item would cost in terms of that freedom. Fortunately, and perhaps because I live a joy-filled life, these material desires rarely beckon.
3/28/2016
Our kitchen cabinets hold an array of mismatched cups and utensils and plates purchased at thrift shops or bartered with neighbors and friends. The effect is not quaint like that of a country house in a glossy magazine. Rather, it speaks the truth of its owners: people who refuse employment that chafes against ethics and spirit. People who value a frugal life.
3/17/2016
Many people take multivitamins, calcium or fish oil to help ensure that they get the essential vitamins they need. That said, the majority of people aren't aware that there are some other supplements and foods out there that may even more beneficial to the body.
2/17/2016
Goats need sound feet, knees and legs to carry a pack in the backcountry. Here are some problems and solutions that pack goats experience with their legs, including proper goat hoof care.
1/25/2016
Training wethers to pack can be an option for dairy goat breeders looking for alternatives to less attractive means of dealing with the problem of too many males.
12/8/2015
Forward-thinking gardeners are working to develop new varieties of garlic and reverse the effects of thousands of years of cloning.
11/6/2015
A fun interior design idea to dress up your kids' bedroom.
10/22/2015
How to build a great wood-fired earthen hot tub.
10/13/2015
Using new design ideas in your home will help you create an aesthetic that is all your own, but you don’t have to go out and dump your bank account into new items. You can make some great updates to your home using recycled or salvaged pieces for very cheap. This article explores five design ideas anyone can do for a dime by incorporating recycled materials that will make your home look amazing.
12/1/2014
The methods of landrace gardening can provide food, even when social or family troubles take us away from the garden.
4/7/2014
Utility companies and solar power companies are vying for customers' business. See how that affects you.
4/3/2014
Egyptian walking onions are one of my favorite crops because they produce food for my family from early spring until late fall.
3/24/2014
Going solar at home will save you both money and energy. See why it's the future for renewable energy in residential areas.
2/12/2014
A pragmatic approach to eliminating male sterility from a home garden. Includes a diagram and photos about what to look for.
2/11/2014
For many people, going green seems like a daunting task, but in reality, a few simple lifestyle changes is all you need.
2/5/2014
Cell Fusion genetic engineering is emerging as a hot topic in the Certified Organic seed and food industry. We can expect the resolution of this issue to impact both small-scale and large-scale growers.
1/22/2014
Creating a landrace of promiscuously pollinated tomatoes. Details about my major plant breeding project for the next few seasons and a plea for help.
1/10/2014
Alternative energy has become a hot topic in recent years as we try and work towards more sustainable resources. Whether we'll get there or not remains to be seen.
1/7/2014
Putting into practice those great intentions: Living on preserved hard work and home canned peaches these short days.
1/3/2014
A landrace market farmer’s perspective on survival seed banks. Part 3: Storing the seeds. With careful forethought, it is possible to store seeds in a manner that will allow them to avoid or survive common seed destroying events.
12/19/2013
A landrace market farmer’s perspective on survival seed banks. Part Two – Suggestions about the types and quantities of seeds to include in an emergency seed bank.
12/19/2013
The sun provides us with enough clean energy that if ever effectively harnessed, we might never need any other form again. Sadly, we are only able to harness a fraction of it's potential. Fortunately, we are making great progress to get where we want to be.
12/10/2013
A market farmer’s perspective on survival seed banks, evaluating current offerings.
12/2/2013
Old homes are often thought of as second-hand or sub-par quality. There are a lot of things you can do to modernize your home, and even make it more energy efficient that many new homes.
11/26/2013
Grow enough seed for yourself and a little extra for seed swaps and you may never have to pay for seeds again.
11/14/2013
The principles of landrace gardening can be applied at any scale from small annual gardens to multi-generational community wide tree farms.
11/13/2013
Here are a few ways to know if a business is supporting green practices or not. Green practices are increasingly more and more important as companies increase and continue to have a large impact on the environment.
11/8/2013
New, efficient technology is replacing the old, and it is transforming the way in which we live, and more importantly, our impact on the environment.
11/6/2013
Sunroots are a typically-cloned crop with great potential as a locally-adapted survival-of-the-fittest landrace
11/4/2013
Exploring my hopes and dreams for the landrace seed movement with suggestions about how farmers, merchants, and gardeners could cooperate to create a more robust, secure, and locally adapted food system.
10/28/2013
10 easy steps to get your home prepared for winter.
10/23/2013
A photo essay documenting imported landraces that I started incorporating into my existing landraces during the current growing season.
10/11/2013
A photo essay showing off the beauty of landrace squash.
10/10/2013
Here are a few ways to know if a business is supporting green practices or not. Green practices are increasingly more and more important as companies increase and continue to have a large impact on the environment.
10/3/2013
Many people perceive going green as an inconvenience and an unnecessary burden on their daily lives. What they don't realize is that they can take simple steps to help protect the environment without the disruption to their lifestyle, but save money as well.
9/19/2013
A photo essay showing off the beauty of landrace crops.
9/18/2013
When you do business with someone, you are indirectly condoning their methods. with access to the internet, anyone can do a little research to see which businesses are living up to our high expectations.
9/13/2013
How to use hybrids in a landrace garden.
8/30/2013
How to adjust the moisture of homegrown popcorn so that it pops well.
8/23/2013
Joseph Lofthouse shares tips for growing landrace popcorn.
8/14/2013
For decades, corporations have been able to skirt past being held accountable for any environmental irresponsibility, and that has helped propel us into a time where pollution is out of control, and our natural resources are at a constant decline. Raising the standards for these faceless corporations is becoming evermore necessary.
8/14/2013
Landrace gardening allows us to minimize fertilization by selecting for plants that thrive in the pre-existing soil.
8/7/2013
In our modern society, we are starting to realize how important the environment is and how fragile it really is. Our resources are limited, and if we aren't kept in check, we will ruin any hope we have of preserving it. Using the technology we have available to help us is something everybody can do.
8/7/2013
Joseph Lofthouse shares how to maintain thriving populations of landrace vegetables in the garden.
8/2/2013
Instituting community-wide, Eco-friendly programs can be a great way to beautify cities, save money, and do your duty to help preserve the planet. It might be difficult, but all it takes is one person to make a difference.
7/31/2013
Seed saving is an integral part of landrace gardening.
7/24/2013
By growing potatoes from pollinated seeds we can develop locally adapted plants that thrive in our gardens.
7/15/2013
There are many ways we can conserve energy, and be more eco-friendly, especially with the advancements that technology is making every day.




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