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September 2013 Blog Posts (6)

I don't get rid of Ants - nope

I don't do it! Sure, I suffer some bites here and there, but it's the price you pay for having these little soldiers clean up the yard and aerate the soil... Do they steal my seeds? Not that I've noticed- I lay down enough to share though. Do they farm aphids? I don't think so. If they do- they're probably just factory farming some snacks for other creepy crawlies that hang out around the yard.

Now, they used to bother me when I first moved into my house. In fact, I used to…


Added by Heather Green on September 29, 2013 at 10:42am — 4 Comments

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer - The Dirt

It’s a sight every wife loves – dirt tracked all over the floor.  You know what I mean – big ol’ muddy man footprints making their way from the back door to the bathroom…or the kitchen…or the worm room.  “The worm room?” you say?  Mmhmm.  We have a room dedicated to worms in our house.

It’s actually not in the house.  We bought a home with a three car garage, and the third car…


Added by Robert Fenchak on September 25, 2013 at 6:41am — No Comments

Aquaponics Survey

Researchers from three schools– Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland and West Virginia University – are combining forces to conduct the largest survey of the aquaponics field. The survey will collect critical information about production methods and community engagement among aquaponics hobbyists, educators, farmers and companies. The responses will help contribute to a better understanding of this growing field.




Added by Virginia Amaral on September 17, 2013 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Amazing Italian Red Sauce


We're new to the alliance and would like to introduce ourselves. We're fairly new to the real foods movement, and are trying to begin to actively participate. We've recently started some gardening in the back yard. We have some mint, basil, rosemary (my favorite!), some cherry tomatoes, and big boy tomatoes. I have read we have a good long tomato season here and can't wait to pick them already!

We do have a blog and soon to be website, and in introduction wanted to…


Added by Tom & Shirley Davis on September 13, 2013 at 12:18am — 1 Comment

Seed Scattering - Life Force

Our Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) produces abundant spears of flowers each spring, attracting hundreds of bees.  Later, green berries appear and dry through the summer on the tree.  Winter winds shake the brown, dry seeds down, and invariably two or more sprout directly under the…


Added by Marsha Cleaveland on September 10, 2013 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

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