How We Raise Our Pigs

by Danelle at My Total Perspective Vortex

A couple months back I engaged in a comments discussion about pork. The idea that pork, pork fat, and all things bacon related are bad for your health is very ingrained into our local Midwestern American culture and others too.

It's not entirely true.

It's not the pork. Rather, its not entirely the pig's fault. I'll preface this to say that if you ate


by Sadge, at Firesign FarmBear with me - this isn't the post I thought I'd be writing this time around, but sometimes rolling with the changes can be ok too. For some of you, trying to learn to live a new, frugal, lifestyle, everything probably seems so new and different. Trying to replace old habits with new ones is hard - doing such mundane things as planning and packing healthy lunches, or


Nirvana Organic Farm offers gardeners a chance to  share Deb’s 30+ years of experience in creating a productive landscape in a unique and beautiful living classroom.

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Sunday, September 5th

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Sunday, Sept 19th 2010.   8.30 am. -4.30 pm.  Cost: $110

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Working with the rhythms of nature can develop your skills in fine tuning your garden and can add a new dimension to your gardening experience


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Practical guide to orcharding. Includes establishment, soils, ground covers, maintenance & pruning.


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by Kate
Living the Frugal Life

A while ago we had the chance to spend a little time with my husband's oldest friend. In his mid-forties now, this friend is a charming, energetic, and creative entrepreneur who has built several businesses to astonishing financial success at a fairly young age. He came from a very large family of modest means and though he always had food to eat and decent clothes

A gardener on the road

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoI was on the road for almost three weeks this month, first in a country I'd always wanted to visit, Portugal (here), and then in a region I love, Tuscany (here). But my vegetable garden did not share my enthusiasm for travel. By the time I returned home, it had become a forest of healthy weeds threatening to choke my weakened plants. Traveling when you have a vegetable

Making Bone Meal at Home

by: Chiot's RunI'm always trying to find ways to make things instead of purchasing them. I sometimes buy bone meal for the garden. I like to use it when I plant garlic, onions and other bulbing plants. I don't like to buy the stuff at the store, because I know it comes from animals that have lived in CAFO's and have been fed antibiotics and hormones. Since I buy my chickens at the local farm,

Fall & winter gardening in summer

by Throwback at Trapper CreekIf your climate allows, now is the time to be getting your fall and winter vegetable garden planted in preparation for those shorter days that are inevitable as summer slips by. Fall and winter gardening is about harvesting not growing - so it is important that the plants get some growth on them before the shorter days of September arrive.While we wait all winter for

Does Your Handbag Show a Simple, Green & Frugal Life?

By: Notes From The Frugal TrenchesI recently read an article that stated research from found the average British woman's handbag is filled with £342 worth of essentials, which works out to $522 US, $590 Australian dollars or $543 Canadian. The article stated that some experts felt that was a conservative estimate...this of course inspired me to count up just what my average

Thrifty Fabric Finds in Buying Sheets

By Abby of Love Made the Radish Grow

I love sheets for material use. Big pieces of fabric most folks throw out when they no longer match the bedroom, and I pick up cheap for sewing! These two are some most recent creations. Super Boy is modeling the skirt, because he insisted, but it is for Pony Gal. I found this number at a Goodwill in the Big City and also ended up making myself a skirt

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Living Through Changes

written by Gavin, from The Greening of Gavin.

When openly embracing a simple, green, or frugal lifestyle, you will inevitably have to make some changes to your current way of living.  In the fourth of my not so obvious series of posts about green psychology, I will try to explain the different stages of change, and what to expect when embarking on your journey towards a more sustainable

La Via Campesina


Via Campesina is an international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers. We defend the values and the basic interests of our members. We are an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent of any political, economic, or other type of affiliation. Our 148 members are from 69 countries from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

We had a wonderful visit in late June organised by Friends of the Earth for  members of La Via Campesina ,East Asia & South East Asia along with  farmers from , Japan-Japanese Family Farmers Movement, Korea – Korean Women's Peasant Association and East Timor. 

US Social Forum: Statement from the People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty

US Social Forum, Detroit, 2010

Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make salt—in defiance of the British Empire’s monopoly on this resource critical to people’s diet. The action catalysed the fragmented movement for Indian independence and was the beginning of the end for Britain’s rule over India. The act of “making salt” has since been repeated
many times in many forms by people’s movements seeking liberation, justice and sovereignty: Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, and the Zapatistas are just a few of the most prominent examples. Our food movement— one that spans the globe—seeks food sovereignty from the monopolies that dominate our food systems with the complicity of our governments. We are powerful, creative, committed and diverse. It is our time to make salt.

A movement for food sovereignty – the people’s democratic control of the food system, the right of all people to healthy, culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems – is building from every corner of the globe.

We find that our work to build a better food system in the Unites States is inextricably linked to the struggle for workers’ rights, immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, the fight to dismantle racism in our communities, and the struggle for sovereignty in indigenous communities. We find that in order to create a better food system, we must break up the corporate control of our seeds, land, water and natural resources.

Because at a time of record harvests and record profits we have over one billion hungry people on the planet; because poverty is the root cause of hunger; because the world’s oceans are being polluted and plundered,because industrial agriculture contributes one third of all greenhouse gas emissions, because increasing inequality, poverty, hunger, a global land grab, and environmental destruction are threatening the livelihoods of family farmers,farm workers, fisher folk, and marginalized communities worldwide; and because community based food systems and agro ecological farming can cool the planet, build resilience to climate change, and eliminate poverty;

We therefore commit to re-building local food economies in our own communities, to dismantling structural racism, to democratizing land access, to building opportunities for the leadership of our youth, and to working towards food sovereignty in partnership with social movements around the world;

We call on others in the US to demand an end to the global land grab, to end both corporate and military land occupations, to demand fairer trade,aid and investment policies, land reform, and support for sustainable peasant and community agriculture and sustainable community fisheries;
We endorse actions that include: the liberation of land and water resources for the production of food and sustainable livelihoods; the creation of new structures for cooperative ownership of land and food production, processing and distribution; the integration of labour rights, immigrant’s rights and food justice; the valuing of women as primary food providers, and the denouncement of false solutions and false partnerships addressing climate change, hunger and economic development;

We demand a world in which everyone has control over their food and no one has to put food in their mouth that hurts people or the environment.Organizations and individuals among us have therefore committed to the following actions:

• Launching a campaign for food sovereignty as a right of the people
• Growing and harvesting as much food as we possibly can everywhere
• Liberating land through reclaiming urban and rural spaces for the production of food for communities; demanding the use of public lands for food production
• Participating in a global campaign against land grabs, in which corporations and governments grab up the lands of communities
• Carrying forward the people’s agenda coming out of the Cochabamba climate summit — including popular education around food and climate justice and promoting sustainable agriculture as a solution to climate change
• Standing with the people of Haiti, Palestine, Honduras, and other countries whose food sovereignty is threatened by political, military,and/or corporate occupation
• Hosting collective meals in our communities as a way of connecting people across generations and cultural backgrounds and as a tool for dismantling racism in the food system
• Forging new models of collective control of land and waterways; assuring legal protection of the commons
• Building the leadership of the next generation; providing opportunities for urban and rural youth to have a future in food and farming
• Rejecting GMOs and other forms of the corporate takeover of our food systems
• Creatively and strategically working to dismantle the corporations who have hijacked the world’s food systems
• Affirming the sovereignty of indigenous peoples in North America and throughout the globe
• Committing our food movements in the US to be active participants in the global movement for food sovereignty and to work to stop our government and corporations from practices that undermine food sovereignty globally.
• Challenging US food and agricultural aid and development policy (e.g.,Monsanto and USAID’s recent “donation” of seeds to Haiti)
• Working towards a people’s food and farm bill based on principles of food sovereignty
• Hosting community seed exchanges
• Engaging communities in popular education on GMOs and the role of corporations in our food system
• Engaging communities in popular education on community nutrition and public health
• Creating more community farmers markets that are accessible and affordable to all; affirming everyone’s right to food that is good, safe,healthy, and fair
• Helping everyone understand where their food comes from and who helped bring it to their table
• Highlighting the common struggles between farmers and farm workers in the US and their counterparts throughout the world

Tour de Coops - Saturday, July 24th + WORKSHOP

Naomi is teaching an Advanced Chicken Troubleshooting Workshop here at the shop, register through PCC. Held the morning of the Tour from 9 to 11am, start here and head up through SE into the northern coops on adventure.Tour tickets /booklets just came by bicycle last night and are here for sale, with the cute drawing Jon Wagner made on the cover. There are beautiful photos and descriptions of 25

Always Learning, This Time About Putting Up Peaches!

by: Danelle at My Total Perspective Vortex

I've been canning jams for about four years now, this being the fourth summer. I learned from reading books and the Internet. I learned to can pickles the same way.

This weekend I took a freezer jams class. I probably could have learned how to do freezer jams from a book as well, but pectin intimidated me. Sugar + fruit I could totally handle, but add

Mix & Match Stir-Fry

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmLike Kate, in her post yesterday, I too am finally getting to eat fresh out of the garden. Then, too, the heat of summer has finally arrived, so long cooking times heating up the kitchen is the last thing I want to do. Stir-frys are our quick, easy meal of choice, and the ingredients vary depending on what's available at the moment. Just like a Chinese menu, choose one

Two Meals for the Garden Trickle

by Kate
Living the Frugal Life

Experienced gardeners are accustomed to dealing with gluts from time to time.  The glorious avalanche of food coming in all at once - whether it be tomatoes, green beans, zucchini/courgettes, potatoes, or something else - can be met with a variety of strategies ranging from sharing it among friends, family and neighbors, to food preservation.  There are even

New SITE needed for inFARMation and Beer!

inFARMation and Beer! at - ** CANCELED this Wednesday - we all just found out that Roots Organic Brewery just closed ** - Friends of Family Farmers is looking for a new regular spot for monthly gatherings. From FoFF, "We discovered this afternoon (Tuesday 7/13) that Roots Organic Brewery has closed its doors permanently today. An alert Friends of Family Farmers' supporter sent us this blog post

The Simple Life

by Chiot's RunThe older I get the more I enjoy the simple things in life. Sometimes they're are a little more work but usually more rewarding. I really love kneading bread by hand, hanging the laundry outside, and sweeping the floor with a broom. I love the quiet time I have during these activities, no loud vacuum cleaner, mixer or dryer; just the swoosh of the broom, the quiet sound of dough,

Continous lettuce harvests

by Throwback at Trapper CreekLettuce is one of the ubiquitous garden vegetables that everyone is familiar with, and rightly so since it is available in so many colors, shapes, and flavors. Just a quick look at a seed catalog will astound you with the range available. Lettuce has a reputation for being easy to grow and I have to agree, but after growing many varieties for mesclun sales, we had

How Do You Save Money?

Currently on my personal blog, I'm running a series about 100 ways to save money! Thinking about it, a lot of the actions I take to live a more frugal lifestyle also help my home run more simply and more environmentally friendly. I certainly use less water, electricity and gas (petrol) than most and try to reuse or refuse as a part of my life choices. My top 10 tips for beginners trying to save

Mid-Winter Warmers

Posted by Belfrom Spiral GardenHere in the southern hemisphere we're in the midst of winter. Depending on location - this could mean quite mild weather, or "real" winter with snow and ice and cold toes!What I love about winter is the warm, nourishing foods. Here are a few of my favourite winter meals...Baked Lima Beans500g dry lima beans800g tin diced tomatoes2 medium onions, chopped finely1/3

Homemade Laundry Soap

by Abby of Love Made the Radish Grow

I am so, so very picky about how my laundry smells and how I wash it. It has taken a while, and quite the journey through mainstream detergents (I used the free and clear varieties there), to organic/natural ones, to now just making it myself. People don't really realize that clean laundry should smell just that-clean. Mainstream cleaners use so much

Homestyle Favorites Made Meatless

Those of you with my second book might notice my friend Renee Pottle's book Homestyle Favorites Made Meatless listed in the Recommended Resources. I'm happy to announce that the book is now available at her website, Wine Barrel Gourmet, where she also sells mixes for healthy soups, pasta dishes, wholegrain breads, and more.

Renee's latest book is all about cooking with meat substitutes. I've been paging through my copy; the recipes are mostly old-fashioned favorites that you may have grown up with. Think hearty, down-home meals like ChickN and Dumplings, Sweet and Spicy Chops, Burgundy Beef, Salisbury Steak, and Fish Tacos, all made healthier and meat-free.

The book also contains a helpful list of some of the different meat substitutes available, and lets you choose which one you would like to use in any given recipes. For example, options for pork chops include Cedar Lake Meatless Chops, Field Roast Deli Slices, Worthington Choplets, or baked tofu. Cooks can take their pick and follow the recipe from there, so you're always able to find a vegan choice. Vegan recipes are noted, and many more can easily be made vegan by using nondairy milk products.

Check out this picture of Renee's Paella, one of the "Meatless ChickN Favorites". Looks yummy!

Also, I just noticed if you order the book from her website you'll get a free bonus: "The Meatless Pantry Checklist" and "Meatless Pantry Creations - Design Your Own Soup, Stir-Fry and more!" A PDF version is even available.

Summer Refrigerator

Yes, I'm still alive! Not blogging, but working, single parenting, dating, selling my house, and now moving to a new house. If life gets any busier I'm going to have to clone myself.

Today I cleaned out my refrigerator and did a grocery store run (I was out of town this weekend and missed the farmer's market). It's looking so pretty, kid-friendly, and well-stocked I thought I would take a picture.

Apples, watermelon slices and veggie sticks (jicama, baby carrots, and celery) are ready to grab and snack on, along with coconut yogurts, applesauce cups, and dried apricots. My son is a big fan of the new So Delicious Coconut Milk; it's all he drinks at home nowadays. The chocolate soymilk boxes are for his morning snack at summer school.

A big bowl of salad is behind the veggie sticks, and right now I'm cooking brown rice and edamame to add to this easy-grab snack fridge.

Thinking Differently

written by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin

In last fortnights post about Deviating From The Norm, I mentioned that I have realised that I have different thought patterns that others around me.  Once again, due to my green transformation, I find that I am deviating from what is considered normal behaviour.  Let me give you a few examples, which may seem a little crazy, but hey, that is just who

Cooling Off

by: Danelle at My Total Perspective Vortex

Two things that cost us a lot of money when it gets hot at the farm: Popsicles and beverage. When we were newly married my husband got so sick from dehydration and exhaustion that he was admitted to the Emergency Room and administered fluids for 4 hours. After that experience I made it my job to keep everyone working at our home in the heat hydrated and

Make a Jeans Skirt

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmThe heat of summer has finally arrived. I needed a casual alternative to pants, a bit more appropriate than shorts, to wear. Making a denim skirt is an easy afternoon project. I've been turning old blue jeans into skirts for decades, a fashion that never seems to go out of style. It's easy enough for a beginning sewer too, involving only a bit of cutting, pinning, and

Planning Ahead: Gifts from Our Own Production

by Kate
Living The Frugal Life

I'm not a terribly organized or foresighted person.  I'm often caught up short on occasions when it's appropriate to give a gift.  Just because I resist the pull of consumer culture doesn't mean I don't enjoy giving things to those I love.  Indeed it's far more satisfying to give gifts that I've had a hand in growing or otherwise producing.  So I'm making an effort