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8/19/2013
Learn how to easily wet felt wool using nothing more than wool scraps. It's so easy a two-year old can do it!
10/8/2008
California ranks No. 1 on the ACEEE's scorecard of energy efficient states. See how your state ranked here!
4/23/2009
A reader from Pacifica, California wants to know what vegetables will grow best when.
11/27/2013
Learn how to make a simple "mealworm farm" out of readily available materials you probably already have in your home. Raise your own mealworms to feed to chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, and other poultry as a protein rich treat.
1/9/2014
A week of no rain, kayaks and firewood in review.
1/28/2014
Update on the homestead.
7/22/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel recounts how she went from half-hearted to full-breed-ahead when it comes to breeding goats.
11/4/2009
Lack of interest threatens ClimateSmart, a program that helps PG&E customers in California offset their carbon emissions, is about to be cut.
8/26/2013
We have a saying around our house: When the pest control truck is at the neighbor’s house, all the spiders come over to our place because they know it is safe. Biodiversity is a top priority in my Northern California rural/suburban garden, and I work hard to have many plants, animals, insects, and, yes, arachnids represented.
8/23/2013
This listing links to information resources related to sustainable agriculture, organic farming and gardening, and growing and buying good, safe food.
12/19/2013
A progress update on our book Tiny Homes On the Move
11/12/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel discusses using manure in the garden, including which type of animal waste is best for which crops.
10/8/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan reflects on the changes that arrive with fall, including her own sense of melancholy.
9/17/2013
After decades of gardening I’ve come to rely on a few essential gardening tools.
11/21/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Missouri farmer Bryce Oates shares why he values reading (Eliot Coleman, especially) and how it impacts his fall growing season.
11/25/2013
Follow Sarah Cuthill's search for a dairy mentor and her very first experience milking a goat.
10/14/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Pennsylvania homesteading mama Michelle takes a young woman under her wing for a first lesson in homemaking.
1/6/2014
A review of the Husqvarna hatchet.
1/31/2014
Review of a great axe made by Vipukirves.
1/31/2014
Chicken tractors are not for me — here's why.
4/4/2014
60 years ago scientists at Bell Laboratories developed the first solar cell capable of converting enough sunlight into electricity for practical uses. Their discovery is the greatest breakthrough in the 6000-year history of solar energy, and the sire to today's solar revolution. Let's celebrate!
6/19/2014
This is a listing of some of the green-themed films that came out between 2012-2014. These films are on a variety of topics, including food/agriculture, health, energy sources, water, climate change, animals, etc.
1/28/2009
Earlier this month a plan was drafted to remove all plasma screen televisions from California retail shelves.
10/25/2013
Let It Shine by John Perlin highlights the context in which solar energy developments have occurred and the people who have made the solar revolution possible, revealing a whole new group of unknown technological pioneers, as well as people famous for other accomplishments never before known for their work as the solar advocates and technologists they were.
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.
9/10/2013
We all suffer from some sort of pain. The real green living question is how to deal with that pain.
12/12/2013
Chainsaw safety equipment.
12/6/2013
Green building expert Lloyd Kahn reviews Kevin Kelly’s new book Cool Tools, an amazing book for the homesteader, builder or anyone who likes cool tools.
2/6/2014
Introducing our new chickens.
2/6/2014
Here is a great article on straw bale gardening.
2/10/2014
A compendium of modern nomadic sweats.
2/13/2014
An introduction to the North House Folk School.
2/19/2014
Garden like the Native Americans by digging up 18-inch-diameter hills on four foot centers. Get your crops started, then worry about working the areas in between the hills.
2/24/2014
The invention of clear window glass allowed the ancient Romans to trap solar energy to enhance their gardening techniques to grow vegetables out of season and exotic non-native plants in Rome. A thousand years later, empire builders in Europe rediscovered the trapping of solar heat with clear window glass so they as well could enjoy the foreign plants in their own back yard and grow native vegetables throughout the year.
2/26/2014
Learning how to graft tomatoes yourself not only saves money but gives you unlimited options for what varieties you choose to graft. With a little practice, you can become skilled at this worthwhile technique.
3/31/2014
To see how much solar heat could be trapped by glass, Horace de Saussure, in 1767 built a solar hot box that consisted of several glass sheets covering an insulated box. Solar heat accumulated in the solar hot box, reaching temperatures far above the boiling point of water
5/7/2014
This post will take a look at how we transplant vegetable seedlings in our certified organic greenhouses, especially tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.
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.
6/9/2014
The following post summarizes Chapter 7 of the book "Let It Shine The 6000 Year Story of Solar Energy."
7/2/2014
HOMEGROWN.org blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm says keeping animals in the garden improves her soil and fights weeds and pests.
6/30/2008
California condors are on the verge of extinction, and lead ammunition has something to do with it. But they're not the only animals being hurt. Based on recent studies, people that eat venison risk exposure to lead as well.
11/13/2008
Pollution isn't just hurting our environment. It is a bigger cause of death in Southern California than motorized vehicles!
8/23/2013
Seth Leitman explains toxicity in our products and how green living is about recovering from these products.
12/16/2013
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
11/5/2013
Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013 for building the most energy-efficient, cost-effective and most attractive solar-powered house.
9/25/2013
Seth Leitman explains why social media, websites and crowd funding are essential tools for green businesses to survive today.
9/24/2013
The Bureau of Land Management has approved construction of a California geothermal plant that will generate enough energy for 36,000 homes.
1/15/2014
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
2/19/2014
Website links to earthbag building projects.
2/24/2014
Fleas and ticks can bring severe itching, allergic reactions, discomfort, and even serious diseases (such as lyme disease) to your pets, so it’s important to protect your pets from them. However, studies have found that many common flea and tick control/treatment products aren’t just toxic to those bugs; they can actually poison your pets, as well. Find out which ingredients and products to avoid, and some safer alternatives to use.
2/25/2014
Cycle Greater Yellowstone, an annual event tour launched in 2013, benefits the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
3/18/2014
This blog post shares some of the simple techniques learned through many years of experience by someone who grows vegetable seedlings for a living.
4/7/2014
This blog post takes a look at some of the methods we have developed over the last 25 years growing vegetable seedlings in our certified organic greenhouses. This time we take a look at the conditions required for healthy seedling growth.
5/2/2014
With 1/3 of the population of the US under a tornado watch today, these tornado facts, myths, and survival tips could save a lot of lives!
5/27/2014
Here are some simple steps you can follow when setting up drip irrigation for row crops.
6/16/2014
MAX won an award at the 2014 Maker Faire Bay Area for...gosh, we don't really know, but it was best in its class.
6/17/2014
This blog post tells you how to set up a drip irrigation system in a raised bed garden.
7/5/2014
The true essence of Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training and Archi’s Acres is about lending a helping hand and empowering veterans to create a sustainable positive future through agribusiness.
2/5/2012
Winter wasn't very hard this year, well at least so far, and even if it gets more normal winter like, there's not much time left. Our bees have done well, and it looks like it might be a great summer ahead.
3/6/2012
A short introduction to the almond pollination adventure going on in California right now. Bee Culture spent 3 weeks exploring this annual event, traveling from Bakersfield to Chico, visiting orchards, beekeepers and almond growers.
1/5/2011
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved the use of methyl iodide, a pesticide toxic to humans, for application to strawberry fields. Methyl iodide is recognized as a carcinogen that can also cause late term miscarriage and permanent neurological damage. Scientists agree that farmers cannot safely use the pesticide, and a concerned coalition has formed to persuade Governor Brown to put a moratorium on the use of methyl iodide.  
1/26/2009
President Barack Obama signed an executive order to help reduce automobile gas emissions in the United States. This is the first of many steps that the Obama administration plans to make to improve global warming.
10/8/2013
Collegiate teams showcase affordable, energy-efficient houses in global competition.
2/25/2014
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
1/10/2011
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition won a major victory with the opening of the Cal Park Hill Tunnel — a world class facility that makes biking the quickest commuting option.
10/11/2012
Conergy Projects Group has broken ground on a 725 kw photovoltaic system for T&P Farms out of Arbuckle, Calif.
10/23/2012
The Obama Administration releases its plans for new renewable energy sources.  Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explains that the new solar energy zones span six states and keep both domestic energy and environmental preservation in mind. If completed, the power generated from these solar energy zones would provide electricity to roughly seven-million homes.  


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