Category: Food & Food Support Systems

Homestead Sausage

Sausage Feat

I recently was interrogated by a reader about sausage and mushrooms we grow on our homestead. I thought they were right, and I needed to write about one of our biggest sources of fast food SAUSAGE. So, thank you Twiddlebug. When I say sausage, I don’t generally just mean pork. I just mean anything you want to grind and mix up. I generally use some sort of meat, but you […]

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Make your garden Unique with Chayotes

Chayote fruits hang on trellis.

Looking like a yellow-green pear, tasting mildly sweet, and offering a crisp texture, the chayote is a one of a kind squash.  Pronounced “chi-oh-tay”, this fruit is known by many names such as vegetable pear, christophine, chocho, and mirliton.  It is a member of the vast Cucurbitaceae Family (cucumber family), which also includes cucumbers, watermelons, zucchinis, and pumpkins.   The chayote, (Sechium edule) originates from Mexico and Central America and its […]

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All About the Beet

Fresh beet isolated on a white background

Feeling the Beet When I think back to when I was a young, I recall flashes of warm happy summer days.  Many of those memories are of sowing and harvesting beets with my mom and sister.  I also have fond memories of my mother preparing those same beets.  After scrubbing the beets and trimming the tops and bottoms off, my mom would give them a 15 boil, slice them and […]

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Commercial Permaculture Farm

Woman Buying Fresh Vegetables At Farmers Market Stall

Grandpa Bill stated the prime goal of permaculture is “the aim to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable”. While we try to leave minimum foot print on the Earth, we are trying to produce food for ourselves and our animals. Once we go back to the roots and study Bill Mollison again, we see that “economy” is actually playing a role in every design but we don’t […]

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What Can Carrots Do For You?

Organic Carrots. Carrot Growing Closeup

“What’s up Doc?” This famous catch phrase from the beloved Warner Bros. character, Bugs Bunny, brings to mind an incorrigible rabbit and the carrots he likes to munch. When thinking of bunnies and carrots, those things often bring to mind gardening. And while bunnies are cute, they are rarely helpful when it comes to creating a successful garden, unless they can help fertilize it. To learn more about how rabbits […]

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Do You Know Celery?

Celery plants growing on a garden

Celery is a commonly known vegetable, yet often seems to be misunderstood.  From the idea that it is a negative calorie food, to that it provides no nutritional benefits, celery’s place in the diet seems to have been exaggerated or underestimated.  Finding where celery stands can help determine if celery is the vegetable for you.     What does celery have to offer? Celery, Apium L., is from the Apiaceae (carrot) […]

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Roselle

Hibiscus sabdariffa or roselle fruits

Striking, unusual, edible, and useful.  Those four words do well to describe Hibiscus sabdariffa – L., aka Roselle.  That small bit of information should be enough for anyone to consider planting this beauty in their garden, but to learn more, read on!   Roselle, can also go by the names hibiscus, Florida cranberry, flor de Jamaica, Jamaica sorrel, sour-sour, Queensland jelly plant, jelly okra, and many more.  Roselle is a […]

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Okra:

Oklahoma Okra Garden

Lady’s fingers, ochro, kopi arab, bhindi, okro, and gumbo; all pseudonyms for that quirky edible seedpod, officially known as Abelmoschus esculentus, that many of us simply call okra. Okra is nestled comfortably in the Malvaceae (mallow) family of plants, which also houses hollyhock, cotton, and hibiscus. While there is some question if okra is a fruit or vegetable, it does contain seeds all wrapped up in a nice little package […]

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A Happy Garden

Lentils sprouted

When growing a garden, we rarely plant just one vegetable or fruit. We like to have many of favorites growing from early spring to late fall, yielding an enchanting bounty for both the palate and the eyes to enjoy. When we plan our gardens we visualize beautiful robust plants full of nourishing edibles. To get these types of plants we must fully care for our gardens. Caring for our gardens […]

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Are Bugs More Nutritious Than Meat?

notorious bug eating of asia

A new research study shows that eating edible insects could provide as much or even more iron and other micro-nutrients as consuming beef. A large percentage of the world’s population consumes meat. Unfortunately, meat production is taxing the planet, with its demand for substantially large amount of water and energy, in addition to contributing to environmental pollution. The look-out for an effective alternative is on and many sustainability researchers are […]

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Reducing Your Footprint When You Haven’t Built a Permaculture Site from the Ground Up

Reducing Your Footprint Feat

In the ideal world of most budding permaculture enthusiasts, which I still consider myself, we would have pieces of land sizeable enough to begin the adventure of a lifetime. We would be designing our own energy-efficient homes with passive solar heating in the winter and deciduous vines clambering around to keep the sun off in the summer. We would have the space for luscious gardens and food forests to grow […]

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Installing an Urban Food Forest – Updated

Installing an Urban Food Forest feat

Last year, the city of Pottstown, Pa., saw new growth and opportunity in the world of permaculture, as several local and broader groups came together to transform a dead, empty lot into a food forest. Biochar Bob from The Biochar Company and Soil Reef Biochar took viewers around the space, introducing them to participants and the project. The empty lot, situated perfectly in an urban space, near a busy street, […]

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