Food for Your Garden: Starting a Traditional Compost Pile in Your Yard
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by Chelsea Green
2d ago
What can we do to reduce our waste? Use less, recycle and reuse packaging materials, and compost your organic waste. And if you’re a gardener, there’s no reason to throw away this beneficial (and cheap!) source of nourishment for your soil. Compost is the key to a flourishing garden. Turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into food your garden will love. The following is an excerpt from Fresh Food from Small Spaces by R. J. Ruppenthal. It has been adapted for the web. How to Start A Traditional Compost Pile If you have enough space to start a compost pile in your yard, make sure your local c ..read more
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Raspberry and Blueberry Soda: Brewing Up Some Bubbles
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by Gretchen Kruesi
3d ago
One of the best ways to begin brewing is by dipping your toes in the bubbling waters of homemade soda. This recipe for Mountain Raspberry and Blueberry Soda features just a few local ingredients and allows you to get as creative as you’d like. There are no real rules when it comes to this fun and bubbly beverage. The following is an excerpt from The Wildcrafting Brewer by Pascal Baudar. It has been adapted for the web. How to Make Raspberry and Blueberry Soda This is probably the prettiest soda I’ve ever made, and it’s super tasty as well. The recipe is extremely loose, so don’t ove ..read more
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Drying Herbs and Flowers
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by Chelsea Green
4d ago
The following is an excerpt from Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning by the Gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivante. It has been adapted for the web. A few guidelines: Pick plants in the morning, when it is dry and sunny and they are at their peak, depending on the plant and the part that you are using. Wash plants only when necessary (roots, for example). Always dry plants in the shade (outdoors) or in a dark place (indoors). Drying is complete when plants are dry and brittle. Store dried plants in glass jars, paper, or cardboard boxes, away from light. Plants can also be hung in a ..read more
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Recipes and Meal Plans for Childhood Cancer
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by Gretchen Kruesi
4d ago
“Your child has cancer.” Every day, forty-three American families hear these words, thrusting them headlong into the terrifying and unfamiliar territory of pediatric oncology. Finding meals that are both enjoyable and good for your child’s health can feel near impossible. Read on for some tips and recipes to inspire and help in one of the most stressful parts of implementing changes: nutrition. The following is an excerpt from A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Cancer by Dr. Dagmara Beine. It has been adapted for the web. Develop a Nutrition Plan Our food crisis is real. In the United States, the ..read more
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Using The Miyawaki Method: A Forest in the Desert
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by Gretchen Kruesi
4d ago
Growing a forest on barren, dry land calls for an innovative approach. This approach, known as the Miyawaki Method, transforms infertile land into a biodiverse oasis! The following is an excerpt from Mini-Forest Revolution by Hannah Lewis. It has been adapted for the web. Photo Courtesy of Gaurav Gurjar History of the Miyawaki Method When Afforestt’s Gaurav Gurjar was trying to identify local species to plant in a patch of degraded, semiarid land in central Rajasthan, India, he studied old local paintings and poetry. Immersing himself in this particular restoration project, Gurjar a ..read more
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Wild Dijon Vinaigrette: A Spin On Classic Salad Dressing
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by Gretchen Kruesi
4d ago
Move aside, store-bought salad dressing! Delicious and unique, this Wild Dijon Vinaigrette is bound to be your new salad staple. All you need to get started is some vinegar, a little bit of mustard, and a few more simple ingredients that you can find at home. The following is an excerpt from Wildcrafted Vinegars by Pascal Baudar. It has been adapted for the web. Featured image copyright © 2022 by Pascal Baudar. RECIPE: Wild Dijon Vinaigrette This is a classic vinaigrette made wilder. In fact, it’s completely wild and a good example of creating a tasty vinaigrette with ingredients sourced ..read more
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How to Create the Perfect Bee Hive: A Home Worth Buzzing About
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by Gretchen Kruesi
4d ago
For all the beekeepers and future beekeepers out there, this one is for you! Your journey to successful beekeeping begins with constructing a suitable haven for honeybees, otherwise known as the bee hive. The following is an excerpt from Raising Resilient Bees by Eric and Joy McEwen. It has been adapted for the web. Bees and Humans: A Historic Partnership Figure 3.1. Inspecting a Natural Nest colony during the midsummer nectar flow. This is past the season of prodigious wax production. No more supers will be added to this colony, thus encouraging backfilling of portions of the brood nest wit ..read more
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Ramp It Up A Notch: Tabasco-Style Ramp Hot Sauce
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by Gretchen Kruesi
1w ago
Looking for a delicious (and spicy) DIY project to work on this spring? This recipe for foraged, tabasco-style ramp hot sauce is sure to turn up the heat. The following is an excerpt from The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora by Alan Bergo. It has been adapted for the web. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs copyright © 2021 by Alan Bergo. Preserving & Cooking Dried Ramp Leaves One of my favorite ways to preserve ramp leaves is to dehydrate them, then crumble them before adding to recipes. Dried ramp leaves lend a telltale aroma to foods but are milder in flavor than either onion or garl ..read more
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Designing A Food Forest: The Seven-Layer Forest Garden
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by Chelsea Green
1w ago
Get ready to create your own seven-layer forest garden! Food forests, or edible forest gardens, are life-filled places that provide habitat for wildlife and food for humans while promoting natural beauty and biodiversity. To get started, all you need is to take a page from Mother Nature’s book. The following is an excerpt from Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway. It has been adapted for the Web. All illustrations by Elayne Sears unless otherwise noted. Featured image by Jerome Osentowski. Food Forest: The Seven-Layer Garden It’s time to look at forest garden design. A simple forest garden contains ..read more
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Better Butter: Blossom Butter and Herb Garden Butter
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by Chelsea Green
1w ago
Herb butter is a fantastic trick to have up your culinary sleeve! These two recipes offer simple ways to use edible flowers and herbs that you can pick right in your backyard. If you’ve never made herb butter, you’re in for a treat. These recipes are from The Occidental Arts and Ecology Cookbook, by The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center with Olivia Rathbone. It has been adapted for the web. Blossom Butter Bee balm (monarda) petals have the distinct flavor of oregano. Combined with the demure blue flowers of rosemary and society garlic, this combination is a whimsical version of an Itali ..read more
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