Heirloom Vegetables

Saving Tomato Seeds

Step-by-step instructions for saving tomato seeds. By ROL Staff While there are a few extra steps when it comes to saving seeds from a tomato, it's still rather easy. Harvest ripe tomatoes from several different vines of the same variety, cut each across the middle, and gently squeeze the juice and seeds into a bowl. … Continue reading Saving Tomato Seeds

How a Former Vegetarian Became a Butcher and Ethical Meat Advocate

Before she was a butcher, Meredith Leigh was a vegetarian. She was fascinated by plants and loved vegetables—how they grew, the way they tasted right out of the field, how they changed color and texture as they cooked. [repost: http://civileats.com/2016/05/27/how-a-former-vegetarian-became-a-butcher-and-ethical-meat-advocate/%5D But during a trip to Vietnam in 2004—after Leigh had been a vegetarian for nine … Continue reading How a Former Vegetarian Became a Butcher and Ethical Meat Advocate

Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…but you do

<!-- http://code.jquery.com/jquery-migrate-1.4.1.js--&gt; window.yumprintRecipeDisabled = true; Did your grandparents have food allergies? Mine sure didn’t. A stark comparison to the growing epidemic of food allergies, worsening with every generation.  According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011 (1). … Continue reading Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…but you do

DIY Rabbit Tractor

Reader Valinda Mullin shares a clever DIY hack that allows her to raise healthy, happy meat rabbits in a mobile pen. By Valinda Mullin I thought it’d be great to have a tractor for raising meat rabbits, just like people do with their chickens. I started by gathering up recycled supplies that I’d been saving … Continue reading DIY Rabbit Tractor

[image source: food-shenanigans-blogspot-com]

The PRIME Act: Giving the Power Back to the People, At Least When It Comes to Meat

[article repost: http://www.righttothrive.org/2016/01/25/the-prime-act-giving-the-power-back-to-the-people-at-least-when-it-comes-to-meat/ ] By Christine on January 25, 2016 in Local Economy There aren’t enough federally regulated slaughterhouses anymore. For many farmers, the closest facility with an inspector onsite is a couple hours away, even if they’re only planning to sell the meat at a farmers market. This costs more for the farmer, which raises … Continue reading The PRIME Act: Giving the Power Back to the People, At Least When It Comes to Meat

[image source: out2playinthegarden-blogspot-com]

Growing Radishes

Radishes are under-utilized in our diet. Radishes are good source of vitamin C, folate, riboflavin, thiamine, iron, magnesium, copper and calcium.  They are also full of anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, electrolytes and dietary fiber.  Radishes can be grown year-round; just select the right variety for the season.  There are over 200 varieties of radish, so pick and … Continue reading Growing Radishes

Growing Asparagus

  Sow or Plant In the beginning of January; sow Asparagus seeds indoors in trays. Sow Asparagus in seedling trays in soil that is between 75-80o F at ¼- ½” depth. It will take about 3-4 weeks to germinate. Starting indoors ensures good germination. Another option is to plant Asparagus 1 year old crowns. In … Continue reading Growing Asparagus

Eat Your Weeds! Purslane [image source: http://weedscanada-ca]

Eat Your Weeds!

Eat Your Weeds! The Best Edible Weeds Easy-growing weeds are surprisingly tasty and packed with nutrients [repost - thanks Mother Earth Living: http://www.motherearthliving.com/food-for-health/eat-your-weeds-best-edible-weeds.aspx%5D By Amy Mayfield May/June 2011 With high levels of iron, potassium and beta-carotene, dandelion stimulates digestion and aids the liver. Long used as cleansing tonics, easy-to-find spring weeds are rich in vitamins … Continue reading Eat Your Weeds!

How to Save Seeds: Drying Seeds for Storage

Learn how to collect, save and cultivate seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees and shurbs with "The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds." Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process. By Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough [repost:  http://www.motherearthliving.com/vegetable-gardening/how-to-save-seeds-drying-seeds-for-storage?pageid=3#PageContent3 ] The following is an excerpt from The … Continue reading How to Save Seeds: Drying Seeds for Storage

How To Turn Ordinary Garden Soil Into Organic Potting Mix

Written by: Jacki Andre If you’ve been gardening for a while, you’ve likely heard that you shouldn’t use garden soil in containers or as a seed-starting medium. But garden soil is free and it’s right there for the taking. So, what’s wrong with using it? The short answer is that soil used in any kind … Continue reading How To Turn Ordinary Garden Soil Into Organic Potting Mix