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7/27/2015
On-farm enterprises often take root when a gardener produces more than they can personally use. Here is a brief guide to working with restaurants and creating a Farm-to-Table culture within your community.
5/13/2015
The Tao of Vegetable Gardening by groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. She focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow just about any food crop.
5/13/2015
In The Nourishing Homestead, Ben Hewitt along with his wife Penny tell the story of how we can create truly satisfying, permanent, nourished relationships to the land, nature, and one another. With plenty of practical ways to grow nutrient-dense food, build soil, and develop traditional skills, this book is sure to inspire a new generation of homesteaders.
2/4/2015
With GMOs seemingly everywhere you turn, it’s hard to know where to buy non-GMO Seeds. Here’s how to keep GMOs out of your garden.
1/13/2015
This article takes an insider’s look at how the seed business works, and what you can do to get the best-quality seeds.
12/19/2014
Tap the Tomato Chooser app for info on 333 tomato varieties, plus help deciding which tomatoes to grow in your garden based on the traits you want.
7/23/2014
Good storage conditions for your garden seeds are essential. These tips will help you learn how to store seeds.
7/11/2014
The Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service is looking for an organic farmer worthy of being named their 26th annual Organic Farmer of the Year.
2/26/2014
Some tomato varieties wilt when temperatures get too hot. Find heat-tolerant tomato varieties that can grow robust tomato plants in hot climates.
1/8/2014
Introducing Alpaca-Gold, a new company producing 100% all natural, organic Alpaca fertilizer.
10/8/2013
Cover crops protect your soil over the winter and are beneficial for soil building. Learn more about your cover crop options and the time to plant them.
10/2/2013
Growing pine trees from seed will allow you to produce lots of trees very economically. Follow these instructions to propagate pine trees from seed.
9/20/2013
An experiment in urban gardening produces a melon miracle.
9/18/2013
Using leaves in the garden will boost the soil’s organic matter.
7/1/2013
These sources can help you locate organic and other natural options for plants, seeds, and weed and pest control products.
4/29/2013
It was becoming pretty obvious the crowding and lack of light were real limitations to my mini garden. Then, the idea of a trough on the windowsill came to mind, combining a way to water all the plants uniformly and efficiently all at once. Great, now how to make this trough? Wood? Sheet metal? The choices all seemed expensive, clumsy, prone to leaking...then the light bulb went on in my head: gutters!
3/5/2013
Have you started your tomatoes and peppers yet? 'Tis the season to start seeding long season crops indoors. If you normally buy organic starts from your local nursery, try your hand at seed starting.
2/28/2013
What exactly is hydroponic gardening? Though it may sound complicated, it’s really not.  The word "hydroponic" comes from the Greek "hydro," meaning water, and “ponic,” meaning work. The basic concept is this: growing plants in a nutrient rich water solution rather than in soil.
2/26/2013
A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly ready to reach out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, more often than not are too small, too pest-ridden, and too high in the tree. My fear of heights makes the last deficiency most important to me. Large, clean fruits are for nought if I can’t bring myself to climb a ladder or the branches for harvest.
2/7/2013
I’d like to introduce the words farmden and farmdener into the English language. I wonder if there are any other farmdeners out there. And just what is a farmden? It’s more than a garden, less than a farm. That’s my definition, but it also could be described as a site with more plants and/or land than one person can care for sanely. A gardener and garden gone wild, out of control.
1/23/2013
If I could only pick one season extending structure, it would be a cold frame. Incredibly versatile, a simple cold frame is the key to taking your garden from a two or three-season plot and turning it into a year round vegetable factory.
10/11/2012
Cam enjoyed a very successful sweet potato harvest!
10/10/2012
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food
8/28/2012
It's Week #11 of our CSA and we can't find boxes big enough to fit all of the great produce!!
8/16/2012
Cam undertakes an experiment to see how much food he can produce on his one acre of garden space.
8/14/2012
Cam is enjoying a bumper crop of onions this year!
8/10/2012
It's an aromatic time of year at Sunflower Farm - time to clean the garlic!
7/24/2012
Strategies for controlling voles in the potatoes in your garden.
7/19/2012
This certification confirms that the company’s import, warehousing, and sales processes meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program.
7/18/2012
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
7/18/2012
Cam finds an new old-fashioned way to keep the wildlife out of his garden.
7/16/2012
Cam contemplates his place in the universe while weeding his corn patch....
7/12/2012
There are many logical reasons for adding flowers to your vegetable garden: attracting beneficials, crop diversity, companion-planting, barriers and healthy soil. But perhaps their beauty does not need to be rationalized at all!
7/10/2012
Cam is exhausted but exhilarated by the early success of his CSA.
7/3/2012
Cam describes the method he used when planting his sweet potatoes this year with hopes that he'll end up with a prettier finished product!
7/2/2012
Let’s put water back into the soil where it belongs. Permeable or porous surfaces, like a gravel path or patio, allow rainfall and irrigation to percolate into the ground rather than spill into the street.
6/26/2012
Keep your garden full all season by planting the next crop as soon as the previous crop is harvested. Tips for deciding what to plant next.
6/24/2012
A birdbath in the garden does much more than a birdfeeder. Attract birds to the garden with water, and they will help with pest control, soil aeration, and much more as they get the water they need for drinking and grooming. Wasps love a drink too.
6/12/2012
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
6/6/2012
Our MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR last weekend was full of great presentations about all facets sustainable living, including on learning how to garden.
5/31/2012
Popcorn is easy to grow and makes an attractive and delicious alternative to sweet corn, especially in a small garden. Kids will love the cute little ears, and adults will treasure the superior flavor of homegrown popcorn. Plant in late spring.
5/30/2012
So, what do you do if you neglected to start your veggies way back in January or February? You had good intentions but there always seemed to be something that stole your attention. Now it’s the planting season and you have nothing to plant...
5/29/2012
Tips for keeping your tomato plants healthy.
5/16/2012
When a vegetable garden doesn’t look like a vegetable garden, what is it? A polyculture, where gardeners strive to address this simple truth: The most effective way to grow healthy plants is to create gardens that replicate nature.
5/15/2012
Experiences getting started gardening in the 1970's and suggestions for beginning your own projects in 2012.
5/10/2012
Cam ponders the wisdom of starting a CSA at the ripe old age of 52.
5/2/2012
Deciding where to buy seeds can be a perplexing challenge. How does a conscientious gardener choose seeds that will grow well, look lovely and taste great, but also support sustainable seed farmers and healthy environments?
4/25/2012
Where are we headed, vis a vis our food systems? Can we as individuals make a difference in our food? Yes!
4/25/2012
I’m a handmade gardening gal – part eco-friendly, non-traditionalist; part crafty creative with more ideas than money, and an abiding aversion to off-the-shelf shopping. My garden is my canvas, my vision, and my voice.
4/18/2012
When you ask people if they want chemicals in their garden or on their food, most will say no. They want to limit their exposure to the chemicals and pollutants.
3/30/2012
Eating only homegrown foods on the Fridays in Lent.
3/21/2012
You want to start your urban garden from seed this year, but you're not sure where to start because you’ve only started from transplants.
3/20/2012
Growing and harvesting hazelnuts (filberts) in your garden.
3/13/2012
To make the best use of potato-growing season, use the technique of greensprouting.
3/6/2012
Thoughts on growing all your own food. How much space is required and other things to consider.
3/2/2012
Know how many seeds you need for your area considering germination rate and extras.
2/24/2012
The how's and why's we homestead
2/21/2012
Knowing your average last frost date is key to getting your garden off to a good start.
2/13/2012
Explains the benefits of organic fertilizers such as rock phosphate, kelp, fish meal and greensand, and tells you how to get buy these materials at reasonable prices.
2/2/2012
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
1/4/2012
The ACTUAL benefits of weeds in your garden. Use and value diversity! Find the benefit!
12/2/2011
This spring when the pests arrive in your garden try this radical strategy - Do nothing!
11/28/2011
For those of us who hate to use chemicals in our gardens, in our homes, or with our livestock and pets, diatomaceous earth may be a safe and efficient substitute. It may worm your animals, rid them of fleas and lice and even handle indoor pests.
11/6/2011
Mulch, like compost, plays an important role in organic gardening. To maximize the flavor and nutrition of your produce, learn how to use and balance the characteristics of various organic materials when mulching.
10/18/2011
This summer Cam became a market gardener and actually got paid for something he loves to do - grow vegetables!
9/29/2011
Cam appreciates the simple things like rotten hay and beautiful vegetables from his garden.
9/21/2011
This is an excerpt from Christopher Nyerges' "Self-Sufficient Home" book (published by Stackpole) where he talks about some of his early gardening experiences and when he learned that the health of the soil is the most important aspect of gardening.
9/21/2011
Cam has been busy harvesting and sorting potatoes.
9/13/2011
Elsa Sanchez of Penn State University will present two workshops on compost and mulch at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/9/2011
Diane Ott Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange and Jackie Cleary Dietrich of Auburn Meadow Farm will present workshops on gardening and farming at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, Sept. 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/8/2011
Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs and Brooms will present a workshop on bioregional herbalism at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/1/2011
Jason Akers, The Self-Sufficient Gardener, will present two workshops on gardening at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/24/2011
Ruth Rogers Clausen of Timber Press will present a workshop on how to cope with deer when gardening at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/12/2011
Sue J. Morris of Sue's Salves will present two workshops on gardening and creating salves at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/12/2011
Cam loves growing and selling food!
8/10/2011
See this shot of Swiss chard with strong colors that any gardener can appreciate. 
8/10/2011
Candy DeBerry, Ph.D. of Washington & Jefferson College will present a workshop on pollination at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/5/2011
Tammi Hartung of Desert Canyon Farm will present three workshops on growing and using herbs at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival. September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/4/2011
Jennifer R. Bartley of American Potager will present a workshop on cooking with herbs and vegetables from a kitchen garden at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/3/2011
Deborah Niemann of Antiquity Oaks will present two workshops on traditional home dairies and homegrown food at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/2/2011
Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger of Green Heron Tools will present a workshop on the principles of good body mechanics at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/1/2011
In July and August, it’s time to start thinking about planting crops for fall. But how do you get good seed germination when the soil is so hot?
7/25/2011
A problem for older gardeners is finding tools that make gardening easier as getting up and down becomes harder.
7/12/2011
We've been warning you about aminopyralid-containing killer compost for quite some time. Now there's a new deadly herbicide on the market, Imprelis, and it's wreaking havoc in at least seven states.
7/7/2011
Cam battles with scarabs in his raspberry patch.
6/15/2011
Our HelpXers Mike and Melissa share their experiences as volunteers here at Sunflower Farm.
6/5/2011
Take a visual tour of the events at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
6/3/2011
I say compost, you think of rotting food, dirt, flies and a horrible smell. For that reason most people wont' even consider composting at home.
5/24/2011
Linda Gilkeson, master gardener, and Jessie Price of EatingWell Magazine will present workshops on gardening and healthy cooking at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/23/2011
Growing potatoes in containers allows you to increase your yield in a small amount of space.
5/21/2011
If you strive to grow a garden that is beyond-organic, that relies on very few (if any) off-site products, and that saves you both money and work...deep organic gardening is for you!
5/13/2011
When you say “organic” most people think of elitists that are buying over priced food because they think that they are better than others. What does the “organic” really mean though?
5/6/2011
Lindsay Lee, nursery owner and Seed Savers Exchange advisor, will present a workshop on grafting fruit trees at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/5/2011
Erin Harwood and Eloyce O'Connor of the Garden Delights CSA and Herb Farm will present a workshop on natural remedies at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
4/28/2011
David Tracey of New Society Publishing will present two workshops on organic gardening at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
4/27/2011
The Living Seed Company is creating a platform to inspire gardeners and gardeners to be.
4/26/2011
Maddy Harland writes about principles that underpin our understanding and practical application of permaculture. She relates them to designing a green home and garden but also explains how permaculture can help us to create more sustainable lifestyle
4/19/2011
Everyday families can now provide much of their fresh vegetables using Aquaponics. Aquaponics is the production of edible fish and vegetables growing in a drought proof, no weed, back saving growing system.
4/17/2011
Here are six of my favorite ideas for those of you with small spaces and still want to get your garden on.
4/4/2011
Cam is hoping that the Queen attends his gardening workshop this weekend at the Royal Botanical Gardens....
4/4/2011
Regardless of how little space you have, you can grow some of your own food. Space is just an excuse. By building a self-watering container or soda bottle planter you can maximize the space that you have. You don't have to have a huge garden - growi
3/20/2011
Having little space is not a reason to not be growing your own food. It's just an excuse. I've been apartment gardening since 2009.
3/9/2011
A potential solution to rising food prices, food insecurity and the obesity epidemic may call into play raising farms inside the city limits.
2/23/2011
The Aerobin 400 uses a patented aeration core inside an enclosed bin to promote aerobic break down of organic matter. The Aerobin 400 is easy to use - just open, drop in materials, and close.
2/15/2011
Lundberg Family Farms announces the opening of a new warehouse that is powered by 100% solar energy. Lundberg Family Farms produces wholesome, healthful rice products while protecting and improving the environment for future generations.
1/20/2011
The UrBin Grower is a unique gardening system that takes place in self-watering containers that can be used on decks, patios, side yards or porches.
10/7/2010
Amid mounting concerns over food security and sustainable food systems, the rise of urban gardens and agriculture has been on the rise. Due to a paralleled increase in the numbers of people interested in learning how to garden, programs in urban agriculture at colleges as well as nonprofit urban garden training programs have sprouted up across the country.
10/4/2010
It's always wonderful to meet someone who is passionate about what they do!
9/8/2010
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. 
9/7/2010
Mother Nature has a way of filling in the blank spots....
9/3/2010
We produce wonderful, organically approved soil products for the independent garden centers.
8/23/2010
Cam shares the results of his experiment growing wheat in his vegetable garden.
8/20/2010
The right dog can be a very useful member of the family when you are growing corn!
8/18/2010
The second post (of three) describing an organic gardener's attempt to grow his own wheat.
8/16/2010
Cam grows a patch of wheat to see how much work is involved. He will never take a loaf of bread for granted again!
8/11/2010
Cam shares what he has learned about corn smut in his organic garden.
8/9/2010
Cam shares his love affair with garlic and explains the work involved with growing and processing organically-grown garlic.
8/6/2010
Garlic is a very labour-intensive crop to grow but the rewards are worth it!
7/27/2009
To better accommodate the planting schedule of gardeners in the southern United States, California’s Natural Gardening Company will make a dozen varieties of tomato transplants available by mid-August.
11/6/2008
We have developed two customized search engines that make it easier to locate companies that offer specific varieties of seeds and plants, as well as organic garden products and tools.
1/1/0001
Watch a roundup of organic options for controlling slugs and snails in your garden, such as organic slug baits, beer traps, copper stripping and more.


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