Archive | January, 2012

Making the Jump to Backyard Chickens

I talk to lots of people who want to keep backyard chickens but just haven’t made up their minds yet. I think a lot of this comes from reading all the crazy literature out there about backyard chickens. It seems that most chicken books read like a worst-case scenario guidebook of disease and disaster. The […]

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Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

Most people either love or hate mushrooms, which is understandable. I fall distinctly into the love category. If you’ve been using canned cream of mushroom soup from the store, you will madly love how superior this homemade version is. 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 onion, chopped (Shallots would be a great variation) 1/4 cup […]

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Sustainable & Natural Hygiene

Lots of people think living sustainably means growing a vegetable garden, composting, and recycling your plastics. All those things are a great start, but if you are still going to WalMart to stock your bathroom cabinets with expensive, toxic chemicals in plastic containers, you still have a ways to go! If you added up the […]

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On Community Supported Agriculture

We all know we should be eating better food—local, organic, fresh. Unfortunately, not all of us have the time to grow our own or even spend a couple hours on Saturday morning perusing the aisles at our local farmer’s market. What’s the alternative for someone looking for a healthy, sustainable choice? The last few years […]

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How To Place A Spring Seed Order

Winter can be dull. The sky is cloudy, the garden is mostly dormant, the pace of living seems to slow. It’s hard to remember the warm sun on our faces, the feel of hot dirt in our hands, and the beautiful sight of a young seedling pushing up through the soil. Then, one bleak morning, […]

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