Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

 By Abby of Love Made the Radish GrowThough there have been no gluts of tomatoes this year, the plants we did get in are doing very well. I canned a bit of diced tomatoes to use for salsa throughout the winter, as we do not like canned salsa. The other big thing we use is sauce for pizza and pasta. I do not like just pureeing tomatoes and trying to get them cooked down and thickened up at

Home Brew Beer

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin.

Enough words, time for some movies on the SGFC.

I ran a beer making workshop a few months ago, and want to share it all with you today.  It is in three parts, so those who are interested in making your own beer from a kit, enjoy the show and I hope you learn or can share it with your partner.  You even get to hear my cool Aussie accent!

*more fun photos on our Facebook siteGARLIC Update:Certified Organic = Chesnok, Elephant, Inchelium, Kettle River Giant, Korean Red, Music, Purple Glazer, Shandong, Soft Neck Braiding Mix (Lorz Italian, Nootka Rose, Silver Rose) Transitional Organic Land = ChesnokOut for now = California Early White, Dujansky, ZemoSHALLOTS:Certified Organic = Dutch Yellow and French RedComing soon = Armenian Red,

Uses for Cracklings and Lard

 by Danelle @ My Total Perspective Vortex

Cracklings waiting to be strained off of melted lard.
"Cracklings (American) or crackling (British) is a crisp, deep fried food that may be made from various animals. Pork rind cracklings are popular in the American south. The skin of all kinds of poultry are used to make cracklings, including duck, chicken, goose and game birds. Some classic dishes,

Assembling a 1st Aid or Emergency Kit

by Kate
Living The Frugal Life

Recently I was fortunate enough to have a young man with EMT training and work experience as a guest in my home.  When I told him I was interested in putting together first aid kits for my home and car he kindly retrieved his own emergency medical kit from his car and spent about an hour going through it with me, explaining the use of each item.  I thought this

Autumnal Chores

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmAs the nights get longer and cooler, my indolent summer grasshopper ways give way to a spate of ant-like autumnal activity. Of course, like any good ant, there's the annual season's end garden harvesting and putting by. Thankfully, a kitchen full of steam from vast pots of boiling water is now much easier to withstand in the cooler daytime temperatures. But the kitchen

Harvesting the last tomatoes

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoEach day for the last 10 days or so, I've wondered whether this was the day I should harvest all the remaining tomatoes on the vines. Our days are growing shorter, but the nights are still warm. However, fall officially begins tomorrow, and one of these evenings temperatures are liable to drop suddenly. When is the right time to harvest those last tomatoes?This year I

Quick & Easy Composting

by Chiot's RunLately I've been thinking about things I can do to save time in the garden and I decided trench composting would be a great way to do this. I started composting directly in the garden areas that need the most help. Now I don't have to worry about nutrients leaching from the compost pile, which is something I've been reading about. If your compost pile isn't covered, the rain will

Garden Lessons

by Throwback at Trapper CreekI keep a garden journal in a simple notebook. Nothing fancy, college rule size lines represent my rows in my gardens - and my hieroglyphics mostly likely would take some deciphering by anyone other than myself. I keep track of varieties, planting & harvest dates, amendments, tillage and weather. The information when set down isn't that important, it is later when I

How To Render Lard in a Crockpot or Slow Roaster

It is not my usual posting day but I simply could not wait to share this so I got special permission to make this extra post!

by Danelle @ My Total Perspective Vortex

Our butcher does not render the lard that our pigs produce for people, but they will grind it up and bag it to be included with the order. Still, rendering lard has set in our cultural imaginations as something dangerous, messy,

Garlic & Shallots!

SUPPORTLAND Cards are here + FREE!You can get lots of goodies from local shops, by using it around town. We have a buy 10 Local Compost, Get 1 Free punch card and a $20 Hen Treats reward... bcaw!GARLIC: as of Sept. 16th, 2010 = we'll keep updating thisOG California Early WhiteOG DujanskyChesnok Red - Greenthumb Garlic, on transitional organic landZemo - SOLD out - Greenthumb Garlic, on

Respite Weekend

by Abby of Love Made the Radish Grow

Things have been terribly busy around our farm this year, so much so, we haven't gotten too much respite. Last week my husband took off from work, the beginning half of which we took care of some bigger projects around the farm and about halfway through we hitched up and headed out of town. My sister stayed at our place to keep an eye on things while we

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My Dichotomy

by Gavin, from The Greening of Gavin.

Have you ever been split between two paradigms?

Well, my life seems to be a constant tug of war between the two main parts of my day that both demand equal amounts of my attention.

Firstly, my job.  I work with a multi-national in Information Technology in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia.  I need to travel from my semi-rural home to

Education Goes Both Ways

by danelle @ My Total Perspective Vortex
This not so little piggy went to market on Thursday. He was in the finishing acre, feasting on really good fresh picked apples (some windfall too, but not as much since we found a really good tree to pick for this week) and 10-15 gallons of whey per day between just four pigs. We also offer them grain but they are not eating much of that, opting for
Free Goat Workshop by Naomi at the Muddy Boot Organic Festival on Saturday, September 11th from 12 - 1pmClackamas Soil & Water Conservation will be at the shop on Saturday with lots of great info!Garlic is in and more this coming week... shallots, onion sets, bamboo, sedums, fruit trees and flower bulbs + more plants in a bit. Cover crop seeds are here! and await your sowing and undersowing.

Carrot & Chili Pepper Escabeche

by Kate
Living the Frugal Life

Because I've found myself making this easy dish again with late summer carrots and chili peppers, I'm re-running this earlier post from my personal blog.

The Chantenay carrots I grew this year are coming in well right now. They don't look normal, do they? Gardening has so many of these "real world" opportunities for discovery. Yet even if their tops are

Chile Roasting Time

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmIt's the time of year when I try for a delicate balance of harvesting. I want to let everything get as ripe as possible, but also don't want to be out trying to harvest it all some blustery evening as the temperatures plummet (or snow is starting to fall). So I watch the forecasts, keeping in mind my own micro-climate's min/max thermometer readings. So far, the lowest

carissa putri menghilang entah kemana

kabar ini sekarang sedang heboh,, carissa putri pemain ayat-ayat cinta hilang.. hmm kemana? infonya di Carissa putri hilang ini

The Skills to Survive

I had an interesting conversation with some friends the other day about the skill set many of us have in our modern world and the skill set people had 200 years ago. Many of us now have skills that aren't directly linked to our survival. My skills as an business manager earn me a salary of money which I then give to a grocery store to buy food which it purchased from someone else. If something

Embracing your bioregion

by Throwback at Trapper CreekThere are so many buzz words out there today in the simple green movement, some are fitting, and some are well, just buzz words. Sustainable, local, locavore, green, and the list goes on. But many times the words are just words or marketing tools. In our all out quest to save the world from everything we are losing sight of what really matters. Do my neighbor's

These Boots Were Made For Walking...Going Car Free!

By: Notes From The Frugal TrenchesJust shy of a month ago, I moved abroad. I left my little eco friendly car behind (no room for it on the plane you see!) and arrived car-free, but not quite care-free. The decision to go car-less for as long as possible was both purposeful and intentional and while I had a small moan yesterday on my blog, the reality is, I have found it a very blessed experience.