Have any of you heard of The Mountain School in Vermont? The first part of their info states “The Mountain School of Milton Academy is an independent semester program that provides high school juniors the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm in rural Vermont.” If I were of that age again, I think I’d like go there – and when my children are old enough I’m going have them look into it. Since I work for a study abroad organization, sending college stu...
Gateway: links to our projects, blogs, and forum discussions re: growing our own food With the current state of our environment and our society many people are beginning to grow their own food, whether that is on a farm, in a backyard or on a balcony. This shift to “back to the basics” has many gardeners learning about strategies to work with nature to create an abundance of organic goodness. Here, at GardenTenders.com, our members share lots of information and first-hand ex...
March 11/10 Yesterday was my birthday (I am now a full-grown woman, according to Native beliefs) and my daughter gave me a gardening book. :) ”The Organic Garden” by Allan Shepherd It is a great book, filled with lots of gardening wisdom. It focuses on the UK but gardening strategies are gardening strategies. It is written with a sense of humour and a bit of poetic flare. This would be a perfect book for someone thinking about starting a garden, walking you through the sp...
I have been ignoring my garden for the last few months, and it shows. It is overgrown with weeds and such. But, I have been busy working on a project – the tiny trailer house. I posted it on Lumberjocks, so I thought I would add a mention here as well for those who might be interested. Once I get that done, I can get back to the garden and get those weeds out. Unfortunately, there is a lot of bermuda grass. I am trying to keep the garden organic, or as much as possible. So, the...
Things are doing pretty good here. We have been harvesting chinese cabbage for a few weeks now. The spinach is all harvested and I am planning on setting out a fall crop. The greenhouse is busting at the seams with green tomatoes, cucumbers and the pepper plants have started to flower. Strawberries are almost gone and the fragrant squash and melon flowers are in full bloom, some with small fruits. Snap peas are doing great and ready to stir-fry this week….mmmmm.
Synthetic Products & Natural Alternatives #5: Can Organic Farming "Feed the World"? Let's review some facts :)
http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/~christos/articles/cv_organic_farming.html Can Organic Farming “Feed the World”? Christos Vasilikiotis, Ph.D. University of California, BerkeleyESPM-Division of Insect Biology201 Wellman-3112Berkeley, CA 94720-3112 The legacy of Industrial Agriculture With the world population passing the 6 billion mark last October, the debate over our ability to sustain a fast growing population is heating up. Biotechnology advocates in particular are b...
The Economic Bad News continues to mount. Food prices are up. Companies are laying off employees. Housing prices are slumping. During hard times people tend to take care of the home front. One of the ways to help make ends meet is to start growing some of your own organic food. Growing a simple vegetable garden can save hundreds of dollars in food costs. For example, consider lettuce. You can pay $3/ head for an organic looseleaf lettuce in the grocery store. You can also spend the same $3...
Chick-Pea Pudding In Newfoundland it is common to have peas-pudding (yellow split peas) with a cooked dinner. However the soaking and boiling is time-consuming. I have created a cross between traditional peas-pudding and Hummus that is delicious served hot or cold with any dinner. And can even be used as a dip. 1 large can of organic chick peas¼ small onion1 clove garlic Salt, pepper(lots) and butter to taste. Simmer the chickpeas, onion and garlic until warm and all liquid...
Stuffed Chicken Breasts 3 chicken breasts, filleted and pounded thin Makes 6 3 slices of sprouted grain bread1 tbs chopped onion1 clove garlic1 tbs butter1 tsp savorySalt and pepper to taste Place the above ingredients in a food processor and pulsate until fine moist crumbs. Lay all 6 chicken pieces on wax paper. Form the stuffing into sausage shapes. Place in the center of the chicken filet then roll the top down, pulling the filling upward and continue to roll all the w...
Natural Chicken wieners ( Nitrate-free, organic) Makes 6 small wieners. 1 chicken breast1tbs sunflower oil2 tbs flour2 tbs total of the following spice mixture:Celtic grey sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, beet powder, cayenne, pepper, curry.1 tsp honey powder or fine sugar. Grind all of the above ingredients in a food processor until it of a very fine paste consistency. Stuff into a pastry bag tightly without a tip. In a large pot bring 8 cups of water to a rolling boil...
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