is airing on CBS 'The Early Show' during the 8am hour this Thursday 4/1... and Nellie, Sebastian and Moon Shark will be on national tv with goats Darlin' and Cheyenne from the Going Goaty collective on April fools day.. right next to Sandra Bullock stories?? wild...... (on 4/1) link above goes to the online clip. Emily, Jill and all the goaties are so cute!

The Fight Over GMO Sugar Beets on OPB

On air at 9am and 9pm today on Think Out Loud. Discussing the lawsuit Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed is involved in (below). Listen on OPB or read online here!Capital Press article, "GMO Ban Threatens Industry"On the Organic Seed Alliance, "Sugar Beet Industry's Opinion on Roundup Ready Sugar Beets and Frank Morton’s Response"just heard them read a response from Katie Kulla on how this

Garden Journaling

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Homemade Feta

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin
Since trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I have seized as many opportunities as I can, and have been willing to learn new skills where I can.  Back in February 2009, I attended a Cheese making workshop and since then, have made over 15 different types of cheese.

This golden opportunity was too good to pass up.  The Cheese Making Workshop was held

Chronicles of a New Garden: intercropping

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoGardening season is off to a slow start this year in my part of the world, as March has been an uncharacteristically cold and wet month. And so, instead of cultivating my garden, I've been cultivating my ideas about how I want to sow and plant this year. There are several strategies that one can take when starting a new garden, and I've decided to take an intercropping

Haybale Cold Frames and the Question of Dead Fish

by: Danelle at My Total Perspective Vortex

I want vegetables now. I always kill my seedlings and I just don't have the space yet to dedicate to the seed flats. I have had success with direct sow, a lot of success, but this just doesn't work with tomato and peppers.....luckily I get plants from wonderful friends and neighbors, but I still want to be self sufficent in this matter. I am still a

Chamomile for Damping Off

by Sadge, at Firesign Farm"It smells like wet dirt in here," Aries says when he gets home from work. No wonder - I'm in the kitchen wetting down four trays of little pots filled with potting soil. It's time to start seeds for my tomato, pepper, eggplant, and other garden transplants.Earlier, I'd stopped by a nearby Hispanic market to buy dried chamomile flowers. In Spanish, chamomile is called

3 ducklings + 33 birthday

Compost! 12 pallets of Teufels, plus Ground Up / MarWest, Black Gold and Gardener & Bloome await your planty activities... big day of deliveries, including lots of fertilizer meals and amendments, another big order from Eco-Nutrients (thanks for all of your fervor for their kelp and fish!) and there's lots of organic straw, hay and feed in the barn. Ordered more seeds last night, too, while

Lardy Cakes

by Kate
Living The Frugal Life

I couldn't resist this. I've been working my way through online videos of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's various shows. I'm a bona fide sucker for traditional British foods, especially those with evocative or unusual names. So when he mentioned lardy cake, it hardly mattered what was in it or how it tasted. The name alone was sufficient to lure me. It turned out

Making Your Own Deodorant

by Melinda Briana Epler, One Green GenerationOne of the most popular posts on my blog is a post about making my deodorant. Hundreds of people visit it each day - still, a year after I wrote it! And I must say making my own deodorant is one of THE easiest changes I've ever made on the path of sustainability.Why Make Your Own Deodorant?Aluminum is a neurotoxin, and is found in most

Maple Sugaring at Chiot's Run

by Chiots RunLast year we sugared our maple trees for the first time. I would have done it earlier, but I always thought you needed sugar maples to make syrup - not so. We have a back yard full of red maples. They have less sugar in the sap so it takes a little more sap, and the final product can be cloudy, but it still tastes as delicious as syrup from sugar maples. We also started late in

Farmhouse potato salad

by Throwback at Trapper CreekWith moderate weather returning, I am finding myself working outside much more these days. We eat a large breakfast and snack throughout the day, so I need to have some things made ahead so we can come in, grab a bite and get back outside.Cooking from scratch can seem daunting at first, but I view it as a method, rather than a recipe. If I keep my pantry well

Depending on others

by EilleenConsumption RebellionPhoto by D3 San FranciscoHello everyone!The last month has been particularly busy for me. Work events have meant that I have had to work many more hours than I usually do. In the past, when such times in my life have crept up, I know that I would compensate by buying more convenience foods and buying housework/gardening services. Those times were certainly not

What's Possible

By now, I'm sure most of you know about the Dervaes family out of Pasadena, California. I first watched this video over a year ago and became really inspired by their efforts and way of living. As you can see by watching this video, it's amazing what one family can accomplish on a small urban plot of land. To produce over 6000 lbs of food annually on 1/10th of an acre of growing space is

POTATOES + Bee Movie = Saturday at 8pm

Organic seed potatoes from Irish Eyes are in! Yukon, Caribe, Viking Purple, German Butterball and Rose Finn Apple Fingerlings. (Photos in order of potatoes listed and copyright of Irish Eyes)Queen of the Sun, bee documentary this Saturday at 8pm - special screening at Sunnyside Methodist Church, SE 35th and Yamhill. Proceeds benefit the Queen of the Sun finishing fund and Spikenard Farm and

Frugal Homeschool

Posted by BelFrom Spiral GardenHome educating on a budget may seem like a challenge at first, especially if you are attempting to gather as many resources as your average classroom. There is no need to rush out and buy a lot of equipment that you may not need. First, sit down and write a “wish list”, then highlight the items you feel are most necessary to begin.There are many alternatives to

Enjoying The Little Things

By Notes From The Frugal TrenchesIn these parts it is the beginning of spring; a season which brings birth, renewal and the promise of the sun (I know some of the co-op readers are headed into Autumn, which is equally as beautiful!). This is also a time when a lot of people are facing continued economic hardships, due to unemployment, pay cuts or just normal living expenses. One of the immense

Love Your Dirt

Organic Soil Amendments, Testing & Cover Crops Workshop this Sunday at the shop from 1 - 4pmThis class is through the City of Portland's Urban Growth Bounty Series. You can register online through their site or call / email our shop ahead to reserve a spot - $20You are welcome to bring soil tests and other questions.  Outdoors and hands on.3 colors of the sweet "Support Oregon's Family Farms"

Bedding Alternatives for Livestock

 By Abby of Love Made The Radish Grow
Since we started keeping animals out here at the homestead, I have tried to keep on top of the different options for bedding. We started out using ground corn cobs, which I've got to say I was not impressed with. They ended up making it terribly difficult to clean out the chicken coop on a regular basis. From there we went with the traditional hay and straw.

Low Pressure Drip Irrigation

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin

Just before Summer here in Australia, I decided to install a cheap and efficient drip irrigation system.  I originally published this in three parts, so to improve the flow of the post, I have compressed it into one long story. 

Due to the limited space I had available, I figured that small was the way to go, so I rushed down to Bunnings (our local hardware

Chronicles of a New Garden: tidy gardening

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoWhen I finished cutting the ivy and pruning back some trees that were casting unwanted shade on my garden plot (here), I was left with large piles of plant material, and a question: what to do with it all? How you dispose of large quantities of garden waste mainly depends on whether you live in a rural or urban area, and on how much land you have. In some countries, local

The Indoor Fire

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmWe heat our small two-bedroom home with a wood stove in the living room. Wood heat in a climate where night-time temperatures are below freezing at least five months out of the year means having a way to keep plenty of wood available inside. I know people with wood stoves that do just fine with a big open plywood box alongside the stove. But just because I heat with wood

Motivation for Springtime

by KateLiving the Frugal LifeI don't know about you, but I'm a fundamentally lazy person. I like winter, because it really justifies a lot of hanging out on the couch in warm comfy clothes, with a good book, a cuppa tea, and a cat or two. I know as a gardener that I am bound by blood oath to adore spring, pine for it, and burst into song when it arrives. But the truth is, I secretly dread it,

This weekend

Saturday, 3/13 - "Organic Soils and Compost" 12 - 1pm - METRO Natural Gardening Workshop by Naomi, here + FREE, Register online here!Saturday, 3/13 - Grow Portland Seed Club 5 - 7pm here at the shop, more info on their site.Sunday, 3/14 - Manifest Men's Garden Club meeting here at 1:30pm for a talk with Naomi on organic gardening and chicken keeping!See updated baby chicks on the HENS+CHICKS

Siskiyou Seeds are here!

Don Tipping of Siskiyou Seeds and Seven Seeds Farm in Williams, Oregon, just brought up their handmade rack stocked with seeds, including "Faro" Quinoa (see the article by Conner Voss in In Good Tilth!) and 5 other grains, we selected to compliment the varieties we have from Uprising Seeds. We've been ordering weekly from Uprising and have 500 more packets on order, coming this week... We've

Harvest Time - Choko

Posted by BelFrom Spiral GardenLast Autumn I wrote about my favourite vegetable, pumpkin, here. It's now harvest time again, and we are getting a lot of chokos (Sechium edule), a vegetable which originates from Mexico. Along with pumpkins, chokos are prolific here, and I enjoy using them in many different ways.To grow a choko vine, buy a choko and place it in a dark cupboard. When the wide end

Diggin' Roots starts are here!

InFARMation + Starts + Seeds and Potatoes

Tonight Anne Berblinger from Gales Meadow Farm will be speaking about Plant & Seed Diversity at InFARMation - Roots Organic Brewery, Portland, 6:30 -8:30pm yum! Grow Portland seed club there at 5:30pm, too. And Wednesday is the March Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council meeting 4 - 6pm at City Hall, Rose Room.Don Tipping may land today with a rack from Siskiyou Seeds in Williams, OR... with

The Real Food Challenge

by Chiot's RunThis month we're having the Real Food Challenge over at Not Dabbling in Normal, a blog I also write for. It's a great challenge, we're hoping to encourage people to eat fewer processed food and make a few changes in their diets. I thought a few of the readers over here would be interested in joining this challenge or learning about it. I've always been a cook from scratch kind of

A different kind of spring tonic

by Throwback at Trapper CreekThis time of year, the first greens of spring are always welcome. Winter greens can be heavy and tiresome, most growing since last fall and then simmering through winter, a welcome respite for sure, but not the same as the first tender shoots that spring brings.The much maligned Stinging Nettle Urtica diocia is one of those greens. High in vitamins and minerals, it

How to Build a Salad Box

Posted by Thomas from A Growing Tradition BlogI first came across the concept of salad boxes and tables while watching the PBS show, Cultivating Life. The idea behind them is pretty start forward - many salad crops have shallow root systems and therefore only require 3 to 4 inches of soil medium in order to grow. Building a salad box or table made out of 2 x 4's enables you to harvest fresh

Fruit Socks & Siskiyou Seeds !

from the Home Orchard Society are in, formerly known as nylon footies, both plain to protect against apple maggots and! socks lovingly hand-dipped in Surround kaolin clay by Ted Swensen - protect against apple maggots and codling moth in a deliciously organic way!* * * HOS Fruit Propagation Fair a.k.a Scion Exchange is this Saturday, March 6th, at the Washington County Fairplex 10 - 4pm * * *lots

Of What Do You Dream?

By Notes From The Frugal TrenchesLately I've been privy to many conversations about what people want from life. As a pretty young downshifter, it is something that interests me greatly, especially as I've always believed one's ideal/dream life is a window into their soul. It seem like most people want enough to not have to worry about money, due to my curious nature I've asked people to further

Changing Seasons

As we pick the last of the mulberries , the packing shed coverts briefly into a classroom before the chestnut season begins.

The courses are generally slow to fill at this time of the year despite being the best time to establish gardens and compost. In general most people think of such things in Spring , missing the best establishment opportunities.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Much of the last few weeks has been dominated by basketry activities. Its time to collect, dry and store  much of the material needed plus  Basketry SA’s exhibition, ‘Warp on the Wild Side’ is now in progress.Being my first  at such and event has been a busy time preparing as well as a rewarding experience and steep learning curve.


At the Bottom of the Garden’

Gardens can house many secret lives if we take the time to look.

Gnomes are the elemental being connected with all that is below in the earth, and the fertility of the soil. Since the soil is more active and alive in winter, I like to think that in summer they emerge from deep within the earth to frolic in the summer sunshine, revitalizing themselves like the sun trapped in quartz crystals. If you venture to the bottom of my garden you may find their summer house amongst the grasses and faded flowers along with a few other seasonal visitors.

Like the common brown butterfly you’ll find resting amongst dead leaves and grasses. They are masters of camouflage even reducing their shadow by leaning to one side. They fly in waves amongst the orchard trees emerging from the dry summer grass.

Ants are also connected with the earth and like gnomes most of their activities are underground, they also like undisturbed areas. Their nests within the soil creating tunnels and spaces that help water infiltrate the soil while the ants busy themselves foraging, thus keeping the place tidy.


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Goats in USA Today!

Woke up to find the goaties made national news...is this possible?! Wow. They deserve extra nuzzles, treats and a really good walk today. (Neil walking Nellie and Sebastian & Naomi with Nellie, Moon Shark in the doorway)

The Ant and the Grasshopper

by Aesop (620-560 BC).
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content.  An Ant walked by, grunting as he carried a plump kernel of corn."Where are you off to with that heavy thing?" asked the Grasshopper.Without stopping, the Ant replied, "To our ant hill.  This is the third kernel I've delivered today.""Why not come and sing with me,