Buckwheat Tabbouleh Wraps

Today I started a brand new full-time job! That's right, I finally get to pack lunches for myself!


Lunch Number One: an avocado with a tiny container of dressing, baby carrots, grapes, Fruit & Nut Bars, and four incredible lettuce wraps.

When Gluten Free Gidget shared her Buckwheat Tabbouleh Hummus Wraps on the This Is Why You're Thin! blog, I immediately thought of how lovely they would be as a healthy, gluten-free packed lunch. I followed her recipe but used only a scant 1/4 cup olive oil and less than half the salt -- it was spectacular! Very satisfying yet light and refreshing.

I topped the wraps with extra romaine to munch on.

One pumpkin fits all

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoEarly in October I harvested our one pumpkin. I chronicled the strange case of the heirloom pumpkin in my blog, explaining how we unexpectedly happened to grow it. Since then, I’ve learned from a reader that our large pumpkin is a Heirloom Neck Pumpkin.This was one of the most effortless crops I’ve ever grown. I transplanted it in early July, watered it, and then just let it

Organizing a Garden

by Lynn of Viggies VeggiesSeed catalogs are rolling in for next season and I face the daunting task of planning a full sized garden with 54 varieties for the first time. Since I had no idea how much I needed to plant with the goal of supplying all of my produce in mind, I started out by reading The Backyard Homestead. They have a nice chart of suggested vegetables and how much to plant to feed

Make Your Own Almond Milk

by Amy of ProgressivePioneer.comMy mother-in-law, who eats nearly a 100% raw diet, showed me how to make almond milk when they were visiting us in Maine. It turns out to be quite a simple process. I make it once or twice a week now. It's so much richer and creamier than the stuff you buy at the store, and of course, still has all its good enzymes because it's raw. And somehow, things you make

Drink hot tea and visit, from 10-4pm this Saturday - today!

With lots of fresh bread and butter... Afterwards we'll walk the property to celebrate the lively people, worms, bees, hens, goats and plants that will be growing here. Our hens just moved in last night, they have a temporary bunker, coop moving tomorrow. Plants beginning to migrate south from home, too.(a pie party is up our sleeves for later in the month when your tummies are hungry again...

Holiday Cabbage Rolls

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! There is so much to be thankful for, especially our good health and the health and well-being of those around us.

With that in mind, this year I again made my Cabbage Rolls as a healthy vegan centerpiece dish. The rolls are filled with a mixture of walnuts, brown rice, and garbanzo beans seasoned with herbs and Dijon and baked in a mixture of low-sodium veggie juice and lemon juice. They were a big hit -- even some of the meat-eaters gave them a try and liked them!

As an early Christmas present to all of you I am posting the recipe here. Use it next time you want to stay vegan and healthy at a festive feast. I'm sorry I didn't get this up before Thanksgiving, but I know there a few more opportunities coming up this season!

Lemon Balm for Cold Sores

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmIt's cold and flu season here. I usually stay pretty healthy, but one of my first warnings that I might have picked up a virus is getting a cold sore. Monday afternoon, while I was out working in the garden (too much sun can also be a trigger), I could feel the beginnings of a tender spot just inside my lip. I don't have time to be sick (does anyone? stress can also be a

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Gift Tags From Fabric Scraps

by KateLiving The Frugal LifeI'm not really much of a crafter. I don't spend much time accessorizing my house, and I don't like to spend money unless there's really a good reason. But. I also don't like to waste things, so I put effort into finding a use for things that most people would consider scrap or garbage.During my recent sewing competence project, my sewing mentor encouraged me to tear

Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether you formally celebrate Thanksgiving at your home or not, I hope you will spend a moment to yourself today. Let yourself be happy for all that you have, and also for all that you give.Each of us is in our own way positive influence on this world.As always, thank you for reading - and for doing all that you do!With Much Love~Melinda, One Green Generation

Making Sauerkraut for New Years

by Chiot's RunSeveral years ago I started making sauerkraut for New Year's Day. We've been eating sauerkraut on New Year's Day since I can remember. We used to go out to my grandma's house and she would have a big roaster full of sauerkraut, sausage and dumplings. When my grandma died my dad took over. He developed his own special recipe, changing it each year to make it better. It's not

Three Pies for the Holidays

Posted by Thomas, from A Growing Tradition BlogThe Egyptians may have invented pie in 2000 B.C., but it wasn't until a couple hundred years ago that Americans began transforming this culinary wonder into an art form (no offense to my British friends). A lot has changed since the first pilgrims landed in the new world, but our passion for pie has remained constant, which is why to this day no

Demystifying Soap Making for Beginners

by EilleenConsumption RebellionHi everyone!I'm feeling quite pleased with myself today because this weekend I made soap from scratch for the first time!Soap making from scratch has always felt very daunting to me. Simply because it just sounds complicated.Firstly, one doesn't measure but weighs. So rather than the usual 1 cup of (say) olive oil, one has to weigh the ingredients.Secondly, almost

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Double Duty Rolls

by Throwback at Trapper CreekWith holiday meals looming in the not so distant future, I thought it would be a good time to share my go-to, no-knead roll dough recipe. It's a basic yeast roll dough recipe that is refrigerated, and doesn't need too much attention. And that really fits the bill when you have multiple dishes to prepare and need to get as much prep work done as possible. Also, these

Patience

Posted by BelFrom Spiral GardenRecently I’ve been thinking about the things we do which take time, and how we adjust our lives so that we have time for these things. Or how we just do things from scratch to to learn, to understand, to appreciate… I often make the excuse that I'm doing something or growing something to teach my six homeschooled children about that thing, but the truth is that as

The Tube, The Box, The Telly, Oh My

By Frugal TrenchesYesterday I wrote a post on my own personal blog about my current television fast! A brief explanation is I've not had a television for two weeks now and it will be at least January if not longer before I make the decision whether to own a television once again. On my current laptop it is not possible to watch TV either, so this is a real television fast, so to speak. I know

Learning to Make Cheese from the "Queen"

by Badhuman the finished ball of mozzarella, originally uploaded by cafemama. Generally speaking J. and I try to live a frugal life but we also believe in spending time and money on learning useful skills. So it was with great pleasure that we set aside a weekend to go up to Massachusetts and learn to make cheese from the self-professed Queen.I first heard about Ricki Carroll in "Animal,

OPENING November 19th !

This page from Nov 3rd has been revised:


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WE HAVE FOUND OUR NEW LOCATION!

Our new address, starting November 19th is 
2500 SE Tacoma St.  Portland, Oregon 97202
in the lovely neighborhood of Sellwood.



We will OPEN at our new location on November 19th :

  10- 6  Tuesday - Friday   &   10 - 4  Saturday!


   Closed Mondays, but we'll finally have 

Green Transportation

written by Gavin @ The Greening of Gavin.



I don't know if this subject has ever been covered at the Co-op, so I thought that I would list a few methods that I know to help you get around in the greenest way possible in order of lowest to highest emissions produced;


1.  Walking or Aka Shanks' Pony - The most obvious method of green transport but probably the least used in western society.  I

Busy Spring

Recent events at Nirvana Diversity of a small mixed orchard.

Spring workshop season ended this month with Deb conducting an extra biodynamic workshop.

































Nirvana also hosted several school tours .Firstly a visit by Bridgewater Primary School who are part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation a school gardening and cooking program. Then several groups from Belair Primary who were studding the concept ‘From paddock to Plate’ and where and how food is grown.



















The basketry workshop weaving magic naturally’ was also a successful day of learning, sharing and creating.















Next event is the BERRY SEASON Where you can buy fresh berries direct from our farm shop. The berries have travelled no more than 300 metres. Red and white currants, English gooseberries and Raspberries in December and black currants and mulberries in January.

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A Close Encounter!

Today I had a reminder of how dangerous some farming activities can be. While returning the self –propelled slasher to the shed via the chestnut hill (a steep slope) it jumped out of gear and started running backwards increasingly faster down the slope. I was trapped between the handles and kept running backwards until I fell and the machine ran me over trapping one of my legs under it. Fortunately the mower blades where turned off. There I was stuck and screaming out for help. Quentin, who was mowing on the other hill finally heard and came to my rescue, lifting the heavy machine off my leg. Fortunately for me I only suffered some nasty bruises and skun elbows. This is an important wake up call as I often work alone and there is no one to help.

Today being a cooler day after the first ever November heatwave , which is set to continue this week , we were keen to get stuck into the long list of things to do before harvest and before Quentin’s knee operation which will put him out of action for all our berry harvest.

Early mornings are really the only time to get things done in the orchard before the searing heat drives you indoors. By the time the sun starts to fade and the evening cools your usually too drained to do anything except tend the vegie garden and relax.

Another job on the list is to set up an irrigation system on the raspberries. Being in a cool damp valley they have never needed additional water until last year. There is still plenty of moisture there at present, but it’s only November and we are in the middle of a heatwave and my midweek it’s expected to reach 41oC. The Red currants, and cherries are turning red, the gooseberries are large and succulent and will need their protective bird netting put up this week. At this rate I expect the raspberries to be early as well.

Extra-virgin olive oil: Why pay more

by FrancescaFuoriborgoOur neighbor, an elderly farmer, speaks lovingly about the olive oil he makes from his trees. He likes to call it “a fresh-squeezed fruit juice,” because it’s the only vegetable oil that comes from a fruit, and not from a seed or a nut. This fresh-squeezed fruit juice has been a key ingredient in the Mediterranean Diet since the late Bronze Age.Olive oil contains a

Setting Goals

by Lynn of Viggie's VeggiesOne thing I know already about urban homesteading is that there is a lot to learn and a lot of work to do. All too often while reading a book, browsing a forum, catching up on my blogroll, or chatting with one of my homesteading friends I hear of some new project idea or skill to learn. It can be a bit overwhelming.What I decided to do was use the site 43things. When

Felt Something

by Amy of Progressive PioneerI'm pretty nuts about felted wool. Any time I visit a thrift store I check the sweater rack for 100% wool sweaters to add to my stash. I've got a huge box full of various pieces in all sorts of colors and patterns just waiting for inspiration to strike. All of our Christmas stockings are sewn from felted wool, I'm in the middle of a little woolen vest for Sam and

Make a Pillowcase Apron

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmOnce you start getting into the simple lifestyle, sooner or later you're going to want an apron. So make one - they're a perfect project for beginning sewers. I have a favorite granny bib-style, H-back, one that I usually wear. But I like having a couple extra aprons around too - guest aprons, you might say. My sister and her family usually visit for Thanksgiving. She

Moving Beyond Panic

by KateLiving The Frugal LifeI don't often confront the big issues of our times head on in my blog posts. Usually I tiptoe around them. Today I'm going to make an exception, in light of a recent article by the UK Guardian concerning the IEA, or International Energy Agency. The IEA is responsible for promulgating official statements about the world's remaining reserves of oil and other fossil

Turning Down The Background Noise

My husband, Matt, has had to go on a few business trips lately. When he comes home we always spend quite a bit of time debriefing about the trip. The other night we spent a long time talking about how easily we forget that we live our lives quite differently than others.The first thing we noticed, was that we no longer surround ourselves with the toxic soup of chemicals that is normal to most

Be Prepared = Save Money

by Chiot's RunMr Chiots and I are savers. We hate to spend money, especially on things that can be avoided, like eating out. Restaurant food is expensive and often unhealthy. It's much cheaper and healthier to prepare food at home. That being said, there are times when it can't be avoided or times when you want to eat out. We do eat out on occasion and try to choose restaurants that serve

Grow Your Own Citrus - Meyer Lemons

Posted by Thomas, from A Growing TraditionSince Meyer lemon trees can bloom throughout the year, it is possible to have fruits ripening alongside clusters of new blossoms. I've always had a fascination with citrus trees. Maybe it's because one of my earliest childhood memories revolve around wandering the streets of Chinatown during Chinese New Year and seeing miniature mandarin orange trees

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Get the Government to help make your house more sustainable (and save money as well)!

By EilleenConsumption RebellionHello everyone,I had posted this earlier in the week in my personal blog, and one of my readers commented that not many people knew about this initiative so I thought I'd post it here too.Note that this initiative is in addition to the various State and Territory initiatives out there (the ones that give us free eco-friendly lightbulbs etc).If you: live in Australia

An overlooked resource

Just this past week we had a break in the rains long enough I could get the garlic planted. In my garden journal, this signals the beginning of the 2010 gardening season. What usually coincides with the annual garlic planting is that the soil is starting to cool and go dormant. Late fall also is when we start bedding our various types of livestock in order to capture as much manure as we can for

Our House Cow Journey Part 2

Posted by BelFrom Spiral GardenContinued from Our House Cow Journey Part OneWe've learned so much in the almost two months we've had a house cow! Some of the main lessons are:* it's not easy* it's not cheap* nothing ever stays the sameIf I knew what a challenge a house cow would be, would I do it again? YES! The milk is fantastic, the manure is abundant, and the cows are really a joy to work

When You're Weary

By Notes From The Frugal TrenchesI've noticed two things during this season, firstly people begin to notice how tired they are and secondly people begin to spend money because they are tired. Not only is this a more expensive time of year for people generally due to the holidays, but there is a financial cost to busyness and tiredness that I began to see when I actively started budgeting and

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Watching My Veggie Patch Grow

written by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin.

It has been about 2½ years since I first seriously started gardening.  It was about the same time that I had been watching a UK BBC2 show called, 'It's not easy being green', which is a story about the Strawbridge family who give up their semi-detached house in the city and move to Cornwall.  They buy a dilapidated old farm on about 3 acres and start

Starting a Dinner Co-op

by Amy of Progressive PioneerWhy would you want to have a dinner co-op? Here's why we do it:We love food, good food, but I don't always have hours to spend in the kitchen.I want to try new recipes, but often find myself falling back on the same old standbys.We like saving money.And we wanted to become better friends with our neighbors.We appreciate that cooking one meal for many uses less

Do You Have A Good Support Network?

My Community at Workby Melinda Briana Epler,One Green GenerationSometimes on my walk to work, I look around me and realize how different I am than everyone else, with my no poo hair, my BS deodorant, my thrift store threads, my clean green home, my very values-driven work, and my constant worry about the impact we're all having on our planet's future. It's difficult on a number of fronts: not