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4/12/2011
Urban Agriculture activists and advocates work to change the zoning laws in Chicago to be more friendly to urban agriculture.
4/27/2010
Recently a trend in farming called hydroponics has resurfaced and gained national attention that has grown in popularity with some, but has left others with mixed feelings.
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.
4/13/2011
Productive urban landscapes, if managed correctly, can reduce pollution in local watershed.
6/6/2011
The documentary Urban Roots takes a look at how city farming is transforming the city's vacant lots into community gardens, ultimately changing the community as a whole in the process.
9/26/2010
Simple living expert Wanda Urbanska at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
1/22/2013
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.  
12/4/2009
We've reported on the fraudulent practices of Horizon Organic and Aurora Dairy before. Now, a federal judge has suspended one of their suppliers, Promiseland LLC., from organic commerce.
3/4/2011
The next time you stop to buy a bunch of flowers you will look for the Rainforest Alliance green frog seal — your assurance the flowers were grown in a way that respects both the environment and farm workers alike. Since the mid 1980s, growers in a Latin America have been increasing their production of roses, carnations and other blooming species. Ninety percent of the cut flowers and ferns imported to the United States come from Latin America.
5/7/2009
This historical neighborhood, with a strong sense of community, offers the feeling of small-town living.
4/29/2010
Bounty is in the eye of the beholder — whether it be a bowl of perfect berries or millions of maple seeds.
3/11/2010
Keeping a garden journal helps you know which varieties you grew were successful, which were not and how much you harvested from each.
8/3/2010
All the hard work of planting, weeding and watering comes to fruition in a bowl of berries and a plate of golden potatoes.
7/31/2009
All of the work of readying the garden and waiting for it to produce is worth the wait once the harvest begins.
6/22/2009
The garden is growing better than I could have expected in the raised beds at my "new" urban homestead.
5/21/2009
Using natural products, such as grass clippings and homemade organic fertilizer, can turn the worst clay soil into an acceptable growing medium.
4/14/2009
Moving to an urban homestead is a challenge, but the boxes are getting unpacked and the birds are at the feeders.
4/1/2009
Making the move to a historical neighborhood will offer an opportunity to develop community ties and try some new gardening techniques.
4/23/2009
Creating new no-dig garden beds is easier and quicker with raised-bed stakes and two-by-six lumber.
8/31/2010
What's behind the food contamination issues plaguing us of late? Poop. Plain and simple. The Cornucopia Institute weighs in.
5/11/2011
Deciding on urban beekeeping may just mean hosting a hive - some of the honey and none of the work!
9/11/2013
Set up camp in a parking space, feed the meter, and create a mini-park on PARK(ing) Day this Sept. 20.
11/3/2008
Draughts alone don't cause desertification, but drought, overgrazing and bad agricultural practices —  the results of overpopulation — create more desert land.
12/1/2008
With population growing and oil supplies diminishing, more land than ever is being consumed to grow both food and fuel crops.
11/10/2010
A recent report noted concerns about top seed and agrochemical corporations that are placing claims on multigenome crop patents, which could put the planet’s agricultural biomass at stake.
9/3/2010
In eggs from a healthy chicken, proteins found within the egg white control the growth of dangerous bacteria. If a chicken is infected with salmonella, the proteins can't protect you.
8/14/2008
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Egg Board are being sued for using $3 million in public funds to fight a phase-out of inhumane farming practices.
11/25/2008
The Self Sufficient-ish Bible and accompanying Web site offer some universal tips for urban self-sufficiency.
4/8/2010
For a natural looking wood finish, use a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine.
5/1/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence reviews the latest proposals banning urban chicken farming.
11/20/2008
The book Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide is a collection of skills, tools, and technologies usable by urban residents wanting to have more local access and control over life's essential resources.
2/13/2009
Photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand captures a verdant mangrove swamp shaped in a perfect heart — just in time for Valentine's Day. 
12/28/2010
Can’t have a garden of your own, but you want to garden? Urban Garden Share allows you to do exactly that!
2/12/2010
It may not be Spring, but spring fever is in the air along with the need to dig in the dirt, plant seeds and eat fresh vegetables.
1/14/2010
You can get more for your gardening money with a group seed starting effort.
12/11/2009
Wherever you live, you can practice sustainability and share your successes with your neighbors.
11/5/2009
It's fall, time for fall garden clean up and planting garlic for next summer's harvest. 
7/27/2011
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. 
12/31/2009
The process of mechanically tenderizing steaks creates a food safety hazard by transferring bacteria that otherwise would be limited to the surface of a steak to the entire cut of meat, inside and out. Rare steak lovers, beware.
3/11/2009
The National Animal Identification Plan will be easily implemented by large factory farms, but it means trouble for smaller operations. Will the system really keep us safe from disease, or will industrial ag and tracking system manufacturers be the only beneficiaries?
2/3/2011
Pass the cold, wintry months with warm thoughts of how you can eat more local food while supporting sustainable agriculture this coming season.
5/27/2009
While conservation is neccessary for providing for an ever-growing human population, it alone cannot solve our problems. In fact, it may distract us from the real issue at hand.
1/13/2009
It's official: The USDA has finally hammered out the details on country of origin labeling. The rule will take effect March 16, but some say it could use a little tweaking first.
10/4/2012
Hello to my new life and good-by to the old.
8/23/2013
This listing links to information resources related to sustainable agriculture, organic farming and gardening, and growing and buying good, safe food.
11/23/2013
Many sustainable agriculture groups sponsor conferences in the winter. Learn more about these opportunities to continue your learning and broaden your network.
3/20/2009
Relax: HR 875 isn't a bill to outlaw organic farming, as you might have heard. But it's not exactly good news for pesticide-free producers, either. Here are the details.
3/27/2009
More on the much-feared food safety bill, HR 875, and its Congressional counterparts.
3/18/2013
The growing bike boom may be more than just a fad. It may be a full-blown movement toward a more sustainable mode of transportation.
5/4/2011
Don't let your wanderlust for more space hold you back from creating your homestead in the city.
4/4/2013
The healing power of plants can remediate years of soil and water pollution, and create unexpected islands of beauty.
1/4/2010
Coffee bean chaff — the light, airy husks blown off the beans during roasting, can be used as chicken coop litter, mulch and compost. Chaff can usually be found for free at local roasteries.
9/10/2009
Planting flowers and vegetables that are attractive to honeybees will help to bring these garden pollinators into your yard.
11/18/2008
While productivity is often the name of the game at large farms, local food, minimal environmental impact and healthy conditions for farm workers also are hot topics today. Yet, our agriculture — and our living — have a greater impact on the environment and the life it supports than these issues alone address.
9/5/2012
New Holland Agriculture is unveiling new equipment, and exciting new technology at the 2012 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.
3/13/2009
This coming Tuesday, March 17, new legislation will be introduced in an attempt to protect Americans from antibiotic resistance. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 will end the use of certain antibiotics in agriculture unless animals are sick.
3/20/2009
Secure grant funds for your farmers market, community-supported agriculture program and more by applying to the USDA by April 27. 
5/1/2009
H1N1, or swine flu, didn't have to be the epidemic it is today. Are factory farms to blame?
8/3/2009
Legislation to control the use of antibiotics on the farm is gaining momentum in D.C., and emotions on both sides of the issue are heating up. Tell us what you think of the bill.
1/12/2011
Grit magazine is offering a Belted Galloway heifer as a prize in a giveaway.
3/4/2011
Looking for a farming internship or apprenticeship? Search the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Center’s online directory of farming internships and apprenticeships to find one that interests you.
4/5/2011
Hermann and Laura Weber are preparing to host their ninth annual pasture poultry seminar on their farm in Attica, N.Y. Speakers include Peter McDonald of Pasture Pride Farm, Dave Snyder from ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc. and Brian Fleishman from the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and the Wyoming County Tourist Program. Contact the Webers for more information: 585-591-0795.
7/21/2011
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.
5/2/2013
The story of two ladies and their small CSA in the Rocky Mountains.
6/27/2013
Learn a few tips for efficiency from seasoned CSA Farmers: La Vista CSA Farm.
7/2/2013
Flashy technologies billed as holding the key to an “age of plenty” cannot ward off future hunger. But strong rural communities working with, not against, nature can create an age of sufficiency.
7/15/2013
Proposals to weaken the links among conservation, farming and fair access to food would worsen the problems of U.S. agriculture.
6/8/2011
The Worldwatch Institute declares that many people worldwide are turning to organic agriculture to feed themselves and others, while feeling good about protecting the environment in a time of economic depression.
12/18/2008
Guest blogger and longtime advocate of sustainable food Gwen Roland reflects on the new popularity of local eating, and highlights some of the innovative local food projects funded by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grants.
10/1/2010
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s upcoming annual conference on sustainable farming will focus on how to achieve sustainability in our food system, as well as the future of agriculture in general.
10/25/2010
We know why we love heritage breed livestock, but why do you?
7/3/2014
A study links Roundup herbicide and genetically modified maize to a wide range of health maladies, including liver and kidney damage.
10/22/2010
The success of Urban Gardens is a story about an expansion of one’s reach outside of one given discipline.
8/14/2009
Look for local foods, such as fresh peaches, from your local farmers' market to make delightful summer desserts such as peaches and cream.
11/9/2009
 Lyanda Haupt talks about the challenges and rewards of protecting her chickens and garden from local wildlife.
4/26/2011
Finding wild morel mushrooms growing in our urban backyard means plenty of marvelous meals.
5/19/2011
Milk, meat, eggs, veggies-- see how it's done on a small urban farm!
7/27/2011
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.
3/6/2012
Carmen Ortiz shares stories of visiting grandpa on his urban farm where she learned to milk cows, avoided the outhouse and gained an appreciation for gardening.
2/28/2013
How living more sustainably can save you in an emergency.
6/3/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm shares how to install drip irrigation in your home garden.
7/16/2013
Bee populations in urban settings are increasing, but urban settings aren’t set up to provide lots of forage for honey bees... or are they?
7/29/2013
FamilyFarmed.org Good Food Festival & Conference partner Vicki Nowicki shares her experience living, learning, and teaching on her suburban permaculture homestead.
8/16/2013
Bee populations in cities are increasing, but urban settings aren't set up to provide lots of forage for honey bees...or are they?
8/16/2013
Pigs can be a great source of healthy and humanely-raised meat in an urban setting thriving on the leftovers of humanity.
1/18/2012
One way to get a jumpstart on the growing season is to start growing your seeds indoors. For most of you it’s still cold outside. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get a headstart on getting your garden started for the new year.
7/11/2012
I asked Heather, the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist over at Thrive, a few questions and here’s what she said about mycorrhizal fungi.
12/18/2013
A new report from Shareable and the Sustainable Economies Law Center details ways that city officials can harness the power of sharing to transform their cities for the better.
11/27/2013
Using rabbit hypnosis and a pair of wire cutters we successfully perform dental surgery on one of our does.
1/1/0001
If you go shopping for an electric bike, you’ll find a wide range of prices and brands. Discover how to determine the best electric bicycle brands for your lifestyle.
5/12/2014
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares how she built a cheap greenhouse out of mostly scavenged materials - and how you can, too.
6/26/2014
Keeping bees with neighbors in the city or the burbs.
3/26/2014
It takes a village to build a backyard chicken coop.
8/28/2008
We're probably on our way to a population-related catastrophe, after all.
10/16/2008
Sustainable farming expert Michael Pollan has some words of wisdom for the next president of the United States.
8/8/2012
Sandy Boyce's sauerkraut was a hit, selling out each week, until her county health department asked her to stop. Across the nation, regulations can prevent small-time home producers from distributing their 'cottage foods' to the public.
1/12/2011
Solar Energy International (SEI), the National Wildlife Refuge System, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service all offer events to educate participants in varying pursuits. This blog provides links to activity calendars and workshop schedules.  
5/23/2011
Growing potatoes in containers allows you to increase your yield in a small amount of space.
4/13/2012
If you have ever thought about beekeeping photography then this article is perfect. Geoff Fitzgerald talks about his motivation for the topic and what got him started on the rooftops of Brooklyn. There are also some fantastic urban beekeeping photos.
7/1/2011
Kansas City has a thriving city farming scene, and recently hosted an urban farms tour to showcase several of the city’s market and community gardens. One of our editors pedaled along with a bike tour group to see what the city farmers have to offer.  
1/25/2013
The week-long STIHL Tour des Trees is an international cycling tour combining natural beauty, camaraderie and fundraising for the benefit of urban trees.
9/25/2008
When I'm introduced to a new acquaintance, the introduction often ends with, "Bryan farms." Like it's the most interesting thing about me. Well, maybe it is.
9/19/2008
The  U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting public comment regarding a draft Guidance for Industry #187 — to clarify regulation of genetically altered animals.
1/19/2009
It's hard to shop responsibly sometimes, especially for meat. There are so many different label claims that it's hard to remember which are meaningful and which are just fluff. Here's a handy reference card that will give more power to your purchases.
5/8/2009
The Center to Expose and Close Animal Factories employs a strong legal background to take on industrial agriculture. Learn about their plan to clean up the business for good.
1/4/2010
There are a lot of changes we'd like to see made to our food system this year. Add your own.
7/5/2012
Weeding in the summer is all about species maintenance
9/27/2012
Managing compost now allows for more productive use the following season.
10/6/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS interviewed poultry advocate Oprah HenFree at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
11/14/2008
On Saturday, the G-20 will likely discuss trade policy that affects American farmers.
1/7/2011
At least four major beef recalls due to E. coli tainted meat occurred in 2010. A substantial percentage of the meat was certified organic. With these beef scares in mind, the fact that Grist readers voted hamburgers as the second scariest food of 2010 comes as no surprise.
3/13/2013
What is Pesticide Drift? “Pesticide drift” is the movement of a pesticide through the air away from the intended target. You might actually see the drift in the form of a mist. You may smell it. But it can be invisible and odorless. The spray may be applied from the back of a tractor — referred to as a “rig.” Or it may be applied from a spray plane or helicopter.
7/29/2013
Incorporating charcoal into the soil helped Amazonian farmers grow better crops, and its new industrial version is promoted as a panacea for both agriculture and the global climate. Those claims are not realistic.
7/1/2013
The tall-tale vintage postcard collection consists of turn of the century photomontages depicting the utopian dream of agricultural America.
5/24/2012
The Environmental Protection Agency has given the go-ahead to Dow Chemical for its genetically modified 2,4-D resistant corn.
2/20/2009
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition, is now available in print and by download from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Learn how to make your soil perform at its very best!
5/21/2009
The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal has been popping up on coffee, tea, cocoa and fruit products all over the world. So what exactly does this certification signify? We’ve investigated.
7/1/2013
These online tools can help you find the best sources for local food, including local farmers markets and community-supported agriculture programs.
7/28/2010
Weather.com now features customizable local weather applications, including an Agriculture Application with great tools for farmers and gardeners.
12/6/2011
At first glance George Siemon and Doc Hatfield don’t appear to have a whole lot in common. But George and Doc and a bunch of conspirators are revolutionizing agriculture: they are putting consumers back in touch with the people who grow their food.
11/13/2013
Support your local food systems while getting the most from your home garden.
1/6/2014
Self-dubbed “lunatic farmer” Joel Salatin describes how sustainable living and more conscientious agricultural practices can mend and revive a planet pushed near the brink.
3/10/2014
Reynaldo Ochoa, the subject of a new short film, grows with a goal of teaching and practicing permaculture unique to an individual's region, emphasizing sustainable farming as opposed to “slash and burn” agriculture.
7/25/2012
The Oakland, California-based urban farming company manufactures grow-your-own oyster mushroom kits with soil made from recycled coffee grounds.
3/11/2011
Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.
5/29/2011
How we turned our plain old yard into a productive farm, and how you can do it too!
12/15/2011
After a completely miserable potato harvest this year we’ve decided to pull them out of the ground and do them in boxes made out of pallets. That way we can use weedblock under them to eliminate the whole bindweed issue. So today, the boxes went up.
2/1/2012
You can easily make homemade mozzarella in 30 minutes or less!
2/29/2012
A few thoughts about the activities here in southwest Missouri this spring, including plans for a garden, thinning and pruning trees, and salvaging urban logs
3/8/2012
Jerry is no ordinary guy. Don’t be fooled by his rather gruff exterior. Laughing eyes, and a twitch at the corner of his mouth, quickly verify that humor lies within! This wild man in the suburbs has some interesting hobbies which keep him well fed!
3/9/2012
A new farmer builds a great sheep shelter out of free stuff and learns where not to put it.
4/11/2012
A beginning farmer realizes that time may be the farm's most important commodity.
6/4/2012
A beginning farmer loses a friend and finds that solitary farming isn't all it's cracked up to be.
7/5/2012
A beginning farmer enjoys the work she has to do by hand. But would still like a tractor.
9/28/2012
A beginning farmer starts to realize that first impressions of the farm will make all the difference.
7/26/2013
Rabbits are an ideal source of high quality meat for urban homesteaders.
2/28/2012
The Spirit of Hope garden in Detriot offers a safe, nurtuting place for plants and children to grow.
3/4/2011
When you grow your own food, you not take a step towards self-sufficiency. You also make a move towards better health and whole new relationship with your food.
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.
5/25/2011
Check out the installation process of an urban beehive.
12/20/2011
Lay Htoo, a Burmese refugee, has been enrolled in the Farm Business Development Program at Cultivate Kansas City and is setting out to start her own urban farm.
2/15/2012
Dealing with insects in your garden is inevitable. It’s just a matter of when it happens. Just because you have some critters munching on your food doesn’t mean that you have to break out the chemicals.
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.
6/21/2010
A new course, Radical Urban Sustainability Training, teaches city- and suburban-dwellers the skills they need to develop a self-reliant and sustainable lifestyle.
1/28/2009
Columnist Ann Fisher writes about the unfair animal ordinances in Worthington, Ohio, which may surprise chicken owners.
8/13/2010
China’s largest green burial ceremony is part of the growing trend of eco-funerals in a country that is trying to conserve land.
7/27/2012
As you can guess from their name, cabbage worms primarily attack plants in the cabbage family, but are not exclusively cabbage feeders.
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
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.
7/13/2012
None of these items' primary use is for gardening or livestock keeping but here we are using them all the time. So here's my list of items that you should keep around if you are an avid gardener or own livestock.
1/29/2014
On-going series on my family's efforts to raise urban chickens in our Minneapolis backyard.
4/14/2014
Ziggy Liloia examines two poignant books, Paradise Lot and Gaia’s Garden that turn the idea of needing lots of space to grow ample food on its head.
11/14/2008
As modern farms increase production using monoculture crops, the nutritional value of the harvests diminishes, along with the economic stability and self-reliance of the farmers and their local communities.
2/27/2012
New Holland Agriculture is unveiling a number of new tractors as well as new haytools and other equipment at the 2012 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California and the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky.
6/25/2009
Smithfield's hog farms produce a lot of meat and make a lot of money, but at what cost? Can we continue to look the other way as they pollute  waters, abuse animals and terrorize their neighbors?
2/3/2012
Clearly the NACE considers “useless” degrees to be ones in which pay is low and availability of jobs is scarce. However, shouldn’t measuring the usefulness of an education take into account the actual benefits bestowed upon the person doing the study
3/17/2012
Starting flats of seedlings begins this year's growing season.
5/23/2012
Transitioning seedlings from indoor starts to outdoor plants
6/7/2012
Harvesting abundance in the early spring.
6/21/2012
The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.
8/16/2012
Use of a mobile chicken tractors allows us to keep the birds on fresh ground and stay on top of the weeds.
9/15/2012
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
12/12/2012
The Ecological Farming Association will host the 33rd annual EcoFarm Conference at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, Calif., Jan. 23-26, 2013. The conference will offer more than sixty workshops, as well as the opportunity for eight beginning farmers to win substantial grants.
4/24/2013
In this section you will find stories of real farmers across the country that made it work. You'll find their story, how they did it and who helped them. We hope these stories will inspire and educate new farmers, as well as land owners and community members to become involved in the new agrarian movement. A growing trust.
5/21/2013
It has been fifteen months since heritage breed hog farmer Mark Baker sued the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to stop the implementation of an invasive species order (ISO). The swine ISO supposedly targeted feral swine but could be applied to any domestic pig not raised in confinement. Baker has yet to have his day in court and it is still not settled when his trial will take place. It is common for lawsuits like this to turn into wars of attrition; the state has virtually unlimited resources while the farmers are bled of theirs over the course of the litigation.
7/11/2013
Dairyman Nick Snelgar reflects on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health certification process and bagging hay for winter on his UK dairy farm.
2/25/2013
In this excerpt from Fair presenters Hank and Karen Will’s new book, Plowing With Pigs and Other Creative, Low-budget Homesteading Solutions, they’ll show you how to add small grains to your plot.
2/14/2013
FairShare CSA Coalition partners with health insurance groups to offer a rebate for selecting fresh, organic, local produce.
7/14/2008
Don't like weeds? Well, maybe this will change your mind. An article in the New York Times, discusses possible ways that weeds could help fight global warming.
1/31/2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture deems Roundup Ready alfalfa safe, leaving organic crops vulnerable to contamination and paving the way for more superweeds.
2/7/2011
Fearing a sugar shortage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would defy a District Court judge's ban on Roundup Ready sugar beets.
2/8/2011
Concerned about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's refusal to stop Monsanto? Here are four steps you can take now.
7/11/2013
The Department of Natural Resources seeks to fine a family for possession of prohibited swine.
2/2/2012
Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seeds and the toxic herbicides used to drench them, is calling itself a supporter of sustainability. You’re kidding, right?
11/3/2011
The Front Yard Coop Supplies Innovative and Elegant Chicken Coops to Meet Rapidly Growing Interest in Raising Hens.
7/28/2011
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?
10/24/2011
Rachel and her husband committed to a year without groceries, and they made it! She shares her experiences in local food in this post.
2/21/2012
A nine-to-fiver turns a corner and leaves behind a twenty-year career to grow food amongst housing developments and strip malls.
2/28/2012
A beginning urban farmer grows nothing without a smartphone.
3/21/2012
A beginner farmer learns about taking on the responsibility of raising animals.
1/3/2013
Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised garden beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, air pockets for the roots of what you plant, etc.
4/10/2011
In the United States, we are feeling the effects of the rising food prices as well. When you take a deeper look into the prices, it’s not the food that is causing the price to rise. It’s everything else that goes into getting the food to your plate t
4/23/2011
Growing your own food doesn't have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways to cut back the costs and be earth-friendly as well. You can do this by giving a second life to items that have outgrown their initial purpose.
4/23/2011
Containers are great for those that are gardening in small spaces. Though there is the fear of not knowing when or how often to water them. This is why I started to make my own self-watering containers.
4/30/2011
If you are new to growing your own food in containers, these are some simple tips that should help you to get a better yield and results from your containers.
5/8/2011
A post by Maria Rodale called A Harvest of Healing got me thinking about how gardening and growing your own food is much more than what you harvest.
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?
5/20/2011
Whether you are new to gardening or experienced, you will make some mistakes. Get over it and learn from it. That’s the most important thing.
5/27/2011
Take these into consideration the next time you are making your food purchases.
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.
6/10/2011
When you are apartment gardening in a small space, you are forced to be creative due to your space constrictions. Most traditional pots and containers might not work, so you become reliant on reusing objects to better fit your space.
6/16/2011
Parents will often say that they don't have time to grow their own food because they have kids. Don't let kids be the excuse. Instead make them part of the experience too. It's what families have done since the beginning of time. The past 100 yea
6/26/2011
Some people use gardening as an escape from the trials and tribulations of the real world. It’s their time to get their hands dirty, connect with the earth and just be in their garden.
7/10/2011
People often dismiss gardening as an expensive hobby that they can’t afford. While that can be true, it doesn’t have to be. There are way to make gardening cheap.
7/15/2011
We are taught when we are kids not to waste food, but it doesn’t seem as if that lessen has stuck with us.
7/25/2011
It might be the middle of the summer, but you should start thinking about getting your fall garden ready. If you don’t have much space, to plant everything outdoors, then you can certainly start your seeds indoors.
8/7/2011
It’s the middle of summer and you are likely enjoying the harvests. There is` so much to do with all that fresh and flavorful produce, but what should you do?
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.
5/16/2012
What if I told you that you could grow 50 plants in 4 square feet?
5/31/2012
Organic is a phrase that’s tossed around and abused a lot by marketers these days. Not all “organic” products should be treated equally.
8/30/2013
Our efforts to improve energy efficiency in the United States might be faltering.
3/27/2011
When people ask why they should grow their own food, the answer that I give is often simple. I tell them, "It's because we are humans."
3/14/2011
While there are many events that have lead us to where we are today in terms of food, there are some things/events that stand out the most in my mind. Growing your own food is one way to reverse the trend.
9/20/2013
An experiment in urban gardening produces a melon miracle.
2/25/2014
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
3/11/2011
This blog post started life as an article in The Natural Farmer,published by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). It could be said to herald the birth of that entity we have come to call The Cynical Optimist.
4/11/2011
A quick essay regarding the "size" question of a top bar hive, from the bee's point of view - where it's all about the "volume"!
5/9/2011
It helps us feel better to know "why" things happen, but we don't always get to know that answer...
7/1/2011
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.
12/8/2011
As winter descends a three-season hoop house is weeded, compost spread, and a straw mulch applied. Next spring will be here soon.
4/16/2012
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.
5/10/2012
There are various means for developing an edible landscape.
8/30/2012
Community food events are an outstanding way to share the abundance of our harvest and strengthen local community ties.
11/28/2012
Looking ahead to spring, we're using these long days to plan a rootstock order of perennial trees, shrubs, and herbs.
2/5/2013
Tail Docking of dairy cows serves no purpose and causes pain and discomfort for the cows.
2/9/2013
A winter thaw inspires starting the first seeds of the season - indoors, of course: kale, chard, and spinach to start.
2/18/2013
The place I call home these days is The FarmSchool, a fertile 180-acre strip of ridge top in Athol, where 15 student-farmers are spending a year learning the ins and outs of growing food, managing forests, and raising animals for meat. I arrived at the farm in October, just as the leaves were reaching their peak brilliance. The Farm School — which offers three-day programs for schoolchildren, a summer camp, a full-time middle school, and the apprenticeship program I’m in — takes us through all seasons of farming, weaving together class work and on-farm training.
4/24/2013
A few months back I heard a comment on an NPR radio program that really caught my attention. The program was about the local food movement and at one point the guest on the show said, “Now remember - just because it’s local doesn’t necessarily mean it has a smaller carbon footprint. That Argentinian apple that was shipped on a barge with thousands of tons of other apples may actually have required less fuel per apple than the apple than came from a few hundred miles away in the back on a farmer’s pickup.”
4/23/2013
Honey bees, the Boston tragedy, and our power to create the world we’ve been waiting for.
8/25/2011
When we stayed on an organic farm in Costa Rica, my kids and I experienced the beauty of self-sufficiency and saw how truly sustainable development benefits the local community as well as the global one. Mostly, we miss the homemade butter.
7/28/2011
This is a rundown of films that came out in the last few years. These films cover a wide range of environmental topics, from energy, climate, and fuel, to food, farming, and health. Many of the films have won awards or been critically acclaimed.
9/15/2011
Once a barren wasteland destroyed-like much of Costa Rica's land--by decades of cattle ranching, Rancho Margot is now a verdant and productive paradise. Find out how the Sostheim family has accomplished this in just seven years.
5/31/2012
Introducing the serviceberry, a beautiful landscape tree or shrub suitable in much of North America, to the edible landscape. Serviceberry -- or sarvis -- comes in many regional forms and produces edible berries.
9/14/2011
Over the past 15 years the noise level in cities has increased sixfold; urban noise doubles every eight to ten years. Even in the country, we can't escape the sound of airplanes and engines. What can you do?
2/7/2013
OK, you’ve got a start: where to get equipment, groups to join, classes to take, and mentors to hook up with. Now’s the time, before you have bees, to take a long hard look at some of the rest of the things you need to be thinking about.
10/5/2011
Homegrown vegetables are a lesson for kids in where food comes from.
10/13/2011
The process of curing potatoes for winter storage.
10/27/2011
D Acres offers alternative economics. We are the 99&: join us.
11/10/2011
Leaves are a valuable source of mulch and fertility within the permaculture garden.
2/2/2012
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
9/27/2012
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.
3/17/2011
Slower growth in crop yields, high oil prices and use of food crops to make biofuels could push food prices higher for the next year and beyond.
10/11/2010
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
3/27/2012
Learn about the advantages of urban farming from those who are leading the way. The benefits include improved food production, increased revenue sources and reduced energy use.
4/2/2012
My first blog for MOTHER EARTH NEWS takes me back to a time when I didn't know I had a love of gardening. One of my first gardening experiences came during an unlikely encounter with my curmudgeon grandfather.
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...
6/13/2011
Kansas City's 18Broadway project is a superb example of how to capture and store rainwater to grow food in the heart of downtown.
2/20/2011
An overview of groups, initiatives, planning certifications, and neighborhood developments that promote sustainable communities, including Transition initiatives, ecovillages, One Planet Communities, LEED for Neighborhood Development, and others.
8/23/2010
Simran Sethi looks back at her New Year's resolution: to nourish herself.


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