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.
Welcome to the first issue of Voices! One Sunday per month, we give you the floor to share … whatever is on your mind. In this issue, Anthony encourages us to resist the corporate food industry and instead support pure foods from small farmers. Jenny shares her family’s strategy for dealing with a New Age atmosphere in health food stores. Anna reveals what God’s word showed her about fueling her body with nourishing foods. And finally, Karin talks about how she saves her sanity and paces herself through all she’s learning about traditional cooking. So, pour yourself some tea, come on in, and partake.
In this weekly round-up, I’m sharing about picking blueberries (twice), stops at the river, getting to meet an internet friend in real life, and how our garden’s all about bearing fruit these days. Come on in and share the highlights of your week!
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!