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    Long Island Cheese Pumpkin {Favorite Flavors}

    by  • November 13, 2015 • 3 Comments

    Have you ever had finger-licking good pumpkin? You might think that such a thing doesn’t exist. Truthfully, I didn’t either. I am disappointed by watery, slightly bitter squash every time I roast a pie pumpkin. I honestly usually enjoy the roasted seeds more than the pumpkin. That is, until my farm friend Al from...

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    Phyllis’s Gingerbread Cake {Recipe}

    by  • October 6, 2015 • 0 Comments

    It’s young ginger season again at Swainway Urban Farm! We love growing this beautiful tropical plant and enjoying the mild, clean flavor of the young ginger. Last year some time, my mom mentioned my Grandma Phyllis’s ginger bread recipe. We didn’t eat it much growing up so I adapted it with our fresh young ginger...

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    Growing Edges

    by  • July 29, 2015 • 3 Comments

    growing edges

    Have you ever noticed where weeds are most intrusive in the garden? Where the forest erupts in plant diversity? Where shellfish thrive? On the edges. The boundaries of the raised bed, the forest floor, and the ocean shore are teaming with life. I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without...

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    Sharing Strawberries

    by  • June 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

    strawberry bowl

    This spring has been a good for strawberries. Great, even. Our patches produced enough for multiple quarts daily that we’ve eaten fresh, frozen, and made into jam. Enough that the afternoon “pick me” call feels more like a chore as days go by. Enough that I revisit this memory often: I am nine or ten...

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    Five Things I Know About Keeping Bees

    by  • May 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

    beethinking bee hives

    1. Bees die. Sometimes they die as part of the natural life cycle and are carried out of the hive by coroner bees. Sometimes whole hives die from cold or starvation, the fate of the bees kept on our property the last two winters respectively. Dead hives are fascinating and beautiful in their own...

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    Frog In The Swond – Attracting Wildlife With Water

    by  • April 8, 2015 • 0 Comments

    praying mantis pond

    We’re coming upon our third growing season at the Harmonious Homestead property. As I think about the year ahead, it occurs to be that I’ve never shared the most exciting goal we achieved last year. The frog in the swond. When we moved here, our property was like a park. We enjoyed big, beautiful...

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    Printing & the Hand-Made Ethic #MoveOurIgloo

    by  • March 29, 2015 • 1 Comment


    I have a new tradition. On Sunday mornings instead of giving to a church plate, I give to a Kickstarter project. Not every Sunday, and not always Kickstarter, but over the last few years I’ve shifted from charitable giving to funding small businesses. Why this is would be an interesting post in itself, but I...

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    Raising Healthy Dogs with HardyPet {Sponsored}

    by  • March 19, 2015 • 0 Comments

    dog taking hardypet complete

    What do you feed your pets? The more that I explore and understand human nutrition, the more I consider this question. If I believe that humans are healthiest on a diverse, vitamin-rich diet, doesn’t it follow that my pets would thrive on such a diet too? Our little dog Hawise stopped being interested in dry...

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    Change Your Life Kraut Melt Sandwich {Recipe}

    by  • February 24, 2015 • 4 Comments

    kraut melt sandwich recipe

    What I’m about to tell you is so devastatingly simple that it can hardly be called a recipe. And yet, a friend whom I recently served this to declared that it “changed her life.” All you need is vegetable kraut, bread and cheese. I ferment my own mixed vegetable kraut from whatever’s in season....

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