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    Announcing the little farms

    by  • November 14, 2014 • 7 Comments

    I’ve long been inspired by the permaculture movement. It just makes sense to invest time in longer-growing, diverse groups of plants because work in the present can benefit for years to come. When I read Mark Shepard’s Restoration Agriculture, I began to see perennial design as a potential humanity-saving system of agriculture and potential...

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    Care & Feeding of Sourdough Culture

    by  • October 28, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Winter is a great time to add a new pet to the family. No, this isn’t another post about Annabel. And I’m not referring to the bee checking out this jar either. I’m talking a pet of the culinary variety – sourdough. Sourdough is a grain-based, aerobic, yeast and bacteria culture. The most vibrant...

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    A New Woodshed

    by  • October 14, 2014 • 0 Comments

    simple woodshed with pallet sides

    After hobbling through one winter with a tarp-covered pile of not-quite-aged-enough wood, we’re doing it right this year. In a couple afternoons, Alex built a small woodshed. We’re filling it with logs that were taken down over a year ago on the left and standing-dead ash on the right. Alex designed the woodshed as...

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    A First Visit to Cedar Point

    by  • September 27, 2014 • 2 Comments

    cedar point ohio entrance

    Lil’s summer was full of firsts this year – she learned to ride a bike without training wheels, endured a bee sting, and went to Ohio’s famous amusement park Cedar Point for the first time. Tall Lil was fortunate enough to meet the height requirement for all rides at Cedar Point and lines were...

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    Meet Annabel

    by  • September 14, 2014 • 6 Comments

    puppy annabel

    Since Devie the coonhound died in December we’ve been missing a big dog. Our spring and summer were so busy with the kitchen, guests, travel, and farming that we knew we had to wait so that we’d have the time to devote to training a new dog. We said that after Labor Day weekend,...

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    If Canning Jars Leaked But Sealed, Are They OK?

    by  • September 5, 2014 • 0 Comments

    canning jars with uneven headspace

    When I’m asked the same question by three different people in three days, I know it must be a hot topic worthy of discussion. Here’s the scenario: You’ve made stock, applesauce, or peaches in syrup. You carefully ladle it into hot jars with the recommended headspace and dutifully can the recommended length of time...

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    Homegrown Home-canned Salsa {Recipe}

    by  • September 3, 2014 • 4 Comments

    home canned salsa recipe

    Home-canned salsa. It sounds so simple and yet many people struggle to make something that’s “just right”. The first recipe I tried was too watery. The next was too bland and the third had a too-cooked texture. ┬áThese were all a disappointing use of homegrown tomatoes and peppers! Then finally last year my friend...

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    Produce Your Own Produce Mural #projectfreelove

    by  • August 29, 2014 • 5 Comments

    finished produce your own produce mural

    A few weeks ago, we were given the most amazing gift. Sarah Hout, a professional muralist, chose our garage for her Project Free Love, a three free murals endeavor. She came over for a short interview during which I showed her the gardens and told her how much I love the victory garden propaganda style...

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    Homemade Dry Cured Ham {Silent Sunday}

    by  • August 18, 2014 • 3 Comments

    slicing dry cured ham

            1. Alex, thrilled by the finished dry cured ham. This ham was pressed and salted for two weeks and hung to dry until it lost 30% of its weight, about six months. 2. Wishing he had a wooden ham vice. 3. Trying to achieve the perfect thin slice. 4. Pile...

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