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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Edible Bugs? I Dare you..
A couple of months ago there was a post on the PUFN list serve (Philadelphia Urban Farmers Network) asking if anyone had an interest or expertise in the area of edible bugs. Michelle, the special events coordinator at Morris Arboretum was planning their Big Bug exhibit (April through August). She and some of her colleagues had an idea to have a July evening soirée featuring edible insects.
I've been intrigued by the idea of edible bugs for years. I had tried, unsuccessfully, to get someone to
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Growing Mushrooms in Small and Shady Spaces
"After hundreds of millions of years of evolution, functional alliances have become part of nature's body politic. It is time for our species to partake in this ancient mycological wisdom."
Paul Stamets in Mycelium Running
When I talk about The Home Grown Institute, sometimes people say things like "my whole backyard is shady. I can't grow anything!" Or "I live in an apartment and don't have space to grow food." Well, that can be an excuse no longer because as it turns out, one can cultivate
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Monday, March 4, 2013
The Easiest Home Grown Thing Yet
15 Minute Ricotta
There was an old lady who swallowed a bird, to catch the spider to catch the fly... An evolving homestead can sometimes feel like that - challenges generating their own new set of activities.
So here are a couple of my current challenges: I've got an increasing number of eggs from my chickens and I have a teenage son who doesn't always have the inclination toward healthy eating. I discovered a recipe that I think solves both problems. It uses eggs and ricotta with a bit of
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Monday, January 7, 2013
Get Motivated with Mindless Gardening
Years ago, while I was living in Denver, I met a garden farmer who had been working at it for ten years. She said she was "just starting to feel beyond beginner" and I laughed, thinking she was kidding. This year marks six years since I began learning about growing food and now I really understand what she was talking about. I am still very much a beginner, especially since it is just one year since I'm settled where I can really put down roots.
Some homesteading activities have been easier
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
It’s Not Just About the Eggs
When I talk to people about having backyard chickens, inevitably they ask “Is it for the eggs?” I’ve noticed my response is a combination of rant, reflection, passion and invitation. “Up until recently everyone had chickens!” I exclaim. “It was a good idea and I don’t know why we stopped.”
Having chickens makes me less self-centered, reminding me of the complex relationships we have in the eco-system - and how we nourish each other. Just as I feed apple cores to my indoor worms and then use
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