Mmmm Eggs

Posted by Belfrom Spiral GardenOur pullets born here on the farm last year are just coming into lay. And those hens who chose to moult over summer are also laying again. So at last we have an abundance of eggs again. Eggs to make quiche for dinner, to have boiled for packed lunches, to poach and pop onto sourdough toast with cracked pepper and herbs for a delicious brekky... Pink eggs, brown

Home Made Ricotta

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin

Those of you who read my blog may know that I am a passionate amateur cheese maker. I took a cheese making course at my local community house about two years ago, and haven’t looked back since.

I have made the following cheeses so far with great success; Feta, Wensleydale, Gouda, Pepper Jack, Pyrenees with peppercorns, Parmesan, Romano, Camembert, Stilton,

Holidaying away from the web

Aurora @ Island DreamingI am writing this post whilst lazing in bed, 200 miles from my computer and Internet connection. I had considered rescheduling my post for when we returned home, but realized that this was a good opportunity to try out a much hyped piece of modern technology - the smartphone. This isn't my own, but my much more gadget minded darling other half's, who over the years has


by Amy of My Suburban Homestead 

Well, dear readers, I haven't been as active in writing about my homesteading experiences as I have been in the past. This is largely due to the fact that I am pregnant, and most of the time struggling to keep my eyes open and nausea at bay! Most often I've been curled up under the blankets catching up on movies I've wanted to see over the last few years but have

Reaping the Rewards

by Chiot's RunIf you've been reading here for a while you've heard me talk about my experimentation with winter gardening. This past winter I covered 3 of my hoop houses in the back garden with greenhouse plastic. They were filled with all sorts of greens, onions, leeks, and celery. I've been checking on them all winter, just waiting for the chance to harvest my first salad. Eating the first

Bloom Where You Are Planted

By: Notes From The Frugal TrenchesWhen I think about the culture around me, I think it is a culture of excuses; the truth, is I used to be a part of that culture. All around me I hear the statement if only; if only we had the money to have land, we would hang out sheets to dry, if only we had a bigger kitchen, we would make jam, if only we could afford it, I wouldn't work so much. I used to

Soda Bread

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmSaint Patrick's Day this week meant good some prices on corned beef. I was working yesterday, so put carrots, potatoes, and a chunk of corned top round in the crockpot before I left. When I got home, I added a few cabbage wedges on top and put the lid back on. While the cabbage cooked, I mixed up a batch of soda bread and got that into the oven. Dinner was ready in 30

Samsung announces the Galaxy Pro for all the QWERTY lovers

Sam sung Galaxy Pro for all the QWERTY lovers

Samsung just can’t get enough of all products with the ‘Galaxy’ moniker in it and adds another one to the lineup. For those QWERTY people out there, here’s the Galaxy Pro which sports a 2.8-inch touchscreen with an 800MHz processor and a 3-megapixel rear camera with auto focus. It comes with Froyo installed and of course, it has a four-row keyboard

Nokia E7 is now available pre-order in the US unlocked at $679

Nokia E7 is now available pre-order in the US unlocked at $679

Nokia lovers out there, specifically those who were in the United States behold as the Nokia E7 have landed on your nearest e-tailers, figured on Amazon listing, Nokia E7 is still featuring same unlocked price of $679. There’s still no available date of shipping but “in stock on March 31, 2011″ giving a taste of early April

It's Nice to Share

Posted by Belfrom Spiral GardenCollaborative Consumption Groundswell Video from rachel botsman on Vimeo.Interested in joining this movement? It's not just goods which can be exchanged, services are equally swap-able. Here is just a sample of the initiatives thriving worldwide right now -A to Z BarterAirBnbAlternative CurrenciesBabysitting ClubsBartercardBarter BankBook CrossingBookMoochCommunity

Plastic - where green intentions and frugality collide?

Aurora @ Island Dreaming

I finished organising the yard this week. This involved collecting all of our stray plant pots, discarding any broken ones; and taking the rest inside for a good wash. The majority of them are plastic; and every year more and more are thrown out as they are degraded by sunlight and the elements. I am astounded at just how much plastic there is in my garden. Nearly all

Home Made Cherry Jam

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin.

What do you do when your friend gives you a 20 litre bucket full of cherries of various grades for free?

Well you spend an hour sorting through them, keeping the split ones for jam, and the good ones for eating.  Unfortunately, all of the rotten ones, which was about a quarter of the bucket, went in the compost bin and some for the chickens.  Such a shame

List of International Seed Catalogs, 2011

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoBelow is the final list of International Seed Catalogs for 2011 with links to the sites, that I have compiled with your input and help. It's subdivided by country, in no particular order. Some of these catalogs don't ship abroad because of customs restrictions on importing seeds, but the aim of this list is to be a useful reference tool for gardeners around the world,

happy spring + worm moon

Worm Moon, Super Moon, Crow Moon, Vernal Equinox = Spring! The days are now longer than the nights, we've tipped happily over into the growing season of lush fertility.We're in the April issue of Sunset Magazine with Nellie! One perfect day in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood and we also wrote an article in People's Co-op's Grassroots Newsletter - Livestock & Planting Remedies to Soothe Your

Soap Nuts and other Laundry Fun

By Danelle @ My Total Perspective Vortext

Here's the deal. My dearest husband has this terrible, painful skin thing and medicines are not working for him. The ones that do a little bit are icky AND expensive, but they treat a symptom not the root cause. He's always complaining about things smelling too strong or itching, especially clothes. I thought we should change bath soaps.  That helped a

Lease News + Article in IGT!

InFARMation (and BEER!) this Tuesday at Holocene in Portland on Co-ops, Rally in Salem, & How Consumers Can Take Charge of their Food System!An article that I wrote for Oregon Tilth's, In Good Tilth Magazine, just came out in the March/April issue. You can find a link to the full article here, Naomi's Urban Organic Hub and free issues of the magazine are here at the shop. (Naomi with Farmer

Swapping Seeds

by Chiot's RunThis is the time of year when most gardeners (at least us northerners) start going through our seeds and planning our spring/summer/fall gardens. I usually order my seeds in January and organize them into my seed stash when they arrive. I also have a spreadsheet that they get entered in to that contains dates for sowing, harvest, and notes about each variety after I've grown them

Progressive Stew

by Throwback at Trapper CreekFood Security is on many peoples minds these days, I posted about our mainstay food crops that we rely on in this post on my personal blog. Bel has written several posts here recently too. Rather than growing or buying food to match recipes, in my kitchen, meals are planned around our food stores or garden depending on what season we are in. That is our food

Do What You Can

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmDo what you can, when you can. That's my sustainable living mantra. The past couple of months, I've been fretting because I've had to resort to using my clothes dryer. I prefer hanging my clothes outside to dry, but the weather's been too cold and snowy most of the time. I have a little folding dryer rack I can set inside the bathtub, or in front of the wood stove. But

Two Best Nokia Smartphone, N8 & N9

When you think of purchasing any mobile phone/ Smartphone, the best option about company is Nokia. Its every new handset has some more extraordinary features with it. Nokia technology is perfectly according to new era.Nokia N8 Smart PhoneOne of the finest and the most popular mobiles is Nokia N8. HD version phone has a giant 12MP Carl Zeiss optical camera. The Symbian Smartphone has awesome

iPhone 5 With a 4.3 Inch Screen?

Technology lovers are as keen as mustard about the launch of iPad2. Initially the information about the launch was considered as a rumor but now it seems as a fact and its official event is expected very soon. Reuters and New York Times disclosed that iPad 2 is coming in the lime light in this first week of March. It’s sure that after the launch of iPad2 Apple will give the entire attention to

Food Security

Posted by BelFrom Spiral GardenThis is related to my recent post about an impending Food Crisis... Not a new topic by any means, but something that I feel is worth bringing to everyone's attention again right now.The only two suggestions I offered to this global issue were to eat local (grow your own if you can) and eat less meat. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?Our local LETS group has been

Okra & Lima Bean Masala

Excitement! Time to introduce a brand new lunch box!

I love my To-Go Ware tiffins and use them almost every day to pack our lunches for work, but lately I've been packing more hot foods like soups and stews. The tiffins are perfect for big salads and cold foods, but now I wanted something with a tight lid that wouldn't leak that would keep my food warm until lunch time -- something like the wide-mouth insulated container I bought a couple years ago, but a bit larger and made from stainless steel.

I found one! And with a cute green apple handle, too! I ordered our two new thermal stainless steel double-walled lunch boxes just a couple weeks ago from Dino Direct, but they aren't on their website at the moment. This one looks similar.

For their inaugural voyage to lunchtime I filled them both with Okra and Lima Bean Masala from FatFree Vegan Kitchen. This is one of my favorites to make at the end of the week when fresh produce is running short but I'm not ready to go to the grocery store; I steam-saute a sliced onion with Indian spices, then add a bag of frozen okra, some frozen lima beans, and two cans of diced tomatoes.

Home Made Wensleydale Cheese

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin

No so long ago, I made a video tutorial for Wensleydale Cheese which I think you will enjoy. 

This cheese is up there with my favourite cheese Caerphilly and on a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 9.5 especially when you hit that layer of sage in your first mouthful!  The only down side of this cheese is the 8 hours it takes from milk to mould.  Well worth it if