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Don't Throw Anything "Away" Day

For Earth-day I decided to keep all the trash with me throughout the day to see what I use and where I can improve. I was surprised I had as much as I did, but also surprised how much was recyclable (See graphic). My hat is off to Phoenix for how much they take as recycling. 

Other surprises: I paused as I reached for the paper towel to dry my hands in the restroom. The K-cups were obviously not recyclable  as I was sipping the coffee. (Do they make a single serve…


Added by Matthew Newton on April 22, 2014 at 7:56pm — 6 Comments

Chicken photobomb

While trying to get a picture of one of the younger girls taking a dust bath, curiosity got the better of one of my barred rocks.  My girls make me smile every day!

Added by Kelly Tjon on May 6, 2013 at 2:51pm — 6 Comments


So I am hitting the 2 year mark on my rabbit project.  I have not posted in a long time so thought i would update my

bunny blog.   So when I began this I started with a couple of NZ meat mutts.  good breeders but they did not get as big as the breed should.  In other words they never did reach senior weight.  I waited to breed until they were over eight months old and they only got to about 7 pounds.  The breed should reach 9-12 pounds.  OK so then I got interested in American blues…


Added by Treasa on April 1, 2012 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

Quail Adventures - Our journey so far.

As with any project we did a lot of research and talked with as many people as we could find about Quail.  It was interesting to find that there aren't very many in the valley who have embraced this alternative to chickens.  I grew up raising chickens and very much enjoy their eggs but have come to the understanding that quail are cleaner, take up less space and are much quieter.  Living in a cookie cutter suburb they are perfect.  Nothing in most HOA guidelines specifically prohibit quail.…


Added by Mary Gillespie on April 3, 2012 at 1:04pm — 7 Comments

Summer Greens Program - UPDATE

Hi All,

I know it seems kind of early to start thinking of summer, especially with this cold snap.  But summer is right around the corner and our beautiful supply of fresh lettuces, spinach and other tasty winter greens will soon be replaced by squash, corn, okra and the other summer gardening favorites.  But does that mean we have to give up on the idea of salads and other cooked greens from the garden?  NO!!  Well, at least not entirely... we can't grow lettuce during the summer…


Added by Liz & Dan on May 27, 2017 at 7:03pm — 7 Comments

FREE Food Preservation Video Series

Hello fellow Permies,

Did you know about the fantastic video section on this website?  We have an entire series on food preservation created by Purdue University titled "Putting Foods By" by Sue Berg from the Monroe County Extension Service and Stephanie Solomon from Mother Hubbard's Cupboard demonstrate different ways of stretching your food dollar and preserving food in your own home with the following techniques:…


Added by Liz & Dan on January 26, 2012 at 10:19pm — 5 Comments

Procrastinators Pruning Practicum - complete

hi all! bryan at the green house farm here, just wanted to show some pictures of this years fruit tree pruning efforts ... the goal of this home orchard is to have trees that are a maximum of 8' high so we can reach / service (prune + net + harvest) the tree from the ground ... in order to do that, dwarfing through pruning was implemented see dave wilson's website for additional instructions ... all of these trees are on their 3rd bare root / winter spring season:

1st year -…


Added by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden on January 16, 2012 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

Blogs, Forums, Groups

We have noticed quite a few posts to the Blogs section of the website which answer questions or share links to resources rather than take on an article like appearance.  Generally, blogs are intended for documenting your process on a project or sharing information.  You are certainly welcome to post where you want, but we offer the following tips just in case people are unfamiliar with how to get the best results on this site.

If you have a question, consider posting it to one of our…


Added by Administrator on April 18, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

finally built it

I finally built my bike powered grain mill. I am very excited about not having to do at least 12 cups a week of flour via hand crank. If anything it makes you appreciate your food more. Another thing I like about it is that it was 100% built with stuff I had or found, and 95% of it was trash. I love building stuff from trash, to me that is recycling. If you guys haven't baked your own bread or ground your flour, I highly recommend it. The taste is so much better than any thing in the store,… Continue

Added by Kenny on August 8, 2009 at 5:32pm — 9 Comments

Promise kept -Crosspost follies-About Seedballs

I made a promise last saturday to get this posted before going to sleep....Which I did. Just forgot to crosspost it to both sites...Sorry about that. ....enjoy. rjs


Suggestion: read this through and think about what you want to plant this way before starting.

Basic Recipe

You will need seeds, compost or potting soil, clay, container (pot, bowl, bin), spray bottle and something like wooden spoon or chopsticks to stir with.

It starts with a… Continue

Added by Ruby Sheffer on May 3, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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