We’re heading down home… to your farms! Urban, suburban, or rural — whatever you’re growing and doing, we want to see it. Today you get to visit Heather and her family at Rockin’ the Green Life Farm in Elkhart, Indiana. Heather, Ryan and their four children have a large garden and orchard, plus raise chickens for meat and eggs. And, they have plans for much more! Come on in and take a photo tour and be inspired by what this homesteading family is doing.
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Beauty is all around us. We pass by things every day; sometimes we notice their beauty and sometimes we don’t. “Stop and smell” the flowers is a great concept, but do we do it? Most of the time, no. That goes for me, too — though I’m beginning to do it more. When walking my woods and meadow in search of food, I have found: a beautiful patch of fiddleheads, delicious high bush and low bush blueberries, a wild cranberry bog, spearmint berries and leaves, wild strawberries, violets, sedum, and nettles. What abundance! Foraging is a great way to get free food, and it’s a great way to become more intimately connected with where you live.
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, I’m taking listener questions, including: making pickles, drying hemp seeds, our GAPS story continued, how long to soak grains, macadamia nut butter, online nutrition courses, using acid when soaking beans, adjusting Fido jars, and trouble with kefir. Plus, the Tip of the Week!
As “wanna-be” homesteaders, we are blessed that we currently live just a few hours away from Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farms. Joel is widely known for his successful beyond organic, grass-based farm as well as his ability to teach and mentor aspiring farmers. We have visited his farm three times (so far). Two of the visits were of the lunatic tour variety, where Joel or Daniel Salatin take groups on hayride tours to see and discuss the farm’s practices. Today, I’m sharing a small snapshot into Polyface Farms through pictures and reflections of our tour-based visits.
You know you’re on to something good when your husband says, “Finally… a cookie I can dip. I haven’t been able to do this since Oreos.” They’re also allergy-friendly cookies — free of gluten, grain, egg, and dairy. Oh, and did I mention the crispy, chewy, dippable texture? [by Wardee Harmon]
Herbal vinegar is easy to make and provides a simple way to add flavor to salad dressings, marinades, and every day meals. Herbal vinegars made using apple cider vinegar are suitable for cosmetics, too. This project requires some pre-planning, since the herbs must steep for at least a week (and often up to three weeks), but it’s worth it.
It’s no secret that I love my goats, and my love for them has a big impact on how I care for them. This is why I’ve chosen to use herbals and other natural methods to keep them in good health. Through research and following the advice of qualified herbalists, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to keeping my goat herd in good shape using herbs, and I’d like to show you what I do and how you can do it, too!
Missed an episode of Know Your Food with Wardee? Looking for some good listening while you walk or do the dishes? This week’s all about catching up on episodes you might have missed! Of course you can view the archives and pick anything you’d like, but in case you want a little direction… in this post I’m sharing my favorite episodes from the past weeks. If you haven’t yet listened to these, now’s the time. 🙂
We’re heading down home… to your farms! Urban, suburban, or rural — whatever you’re growing and doing, we want to see it. Today’s featured farm is Wright Farms, a 465 acre farm in hill country owned and run by a sixth generation farmer. He (aka Farmer) and his wife (aka Raising Crops and Babies) and their four children blog at … Raising Crops and Babies. You’re going to enjoy this farm tour — wisdom and funny stories ahead!