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Ten Important Foods to Make at Home

As food prices continue to rise, many families are looking for practical ways to cut their grocery budget and save money. Making certain foods homemade may sound like a lot of work; but often, it’s just a matter of planning ahead a little. Here are 10 of the best items to make at home.

Mini Farming, Self-sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

This book has much useful information and ideas that can help you gain a greater level of independence on fairly small areas of land. Obviously, no one can have total self-sufficiency on a 1/4 acre but the author of this book grows 80% of his family of three’s food on just that much land.

There’s a Food Crisis and You are the Solution

Industrial agriculture and modern culture have drastically changed the way that we deal with food. A combination of factors related to our broken food system are yielding a serious crisis that will effect everyone on earth. While there is much power in the entrenched interests that support the food system, the fundamental power is with you, the consumer. Learn what these problems are and how you are the key to solving them.

Getting Started with Bees: An Aurora Farm Update

My brother, dad, and I recently drove two counties over here in our homestate of Texas to pick up 8 local bee hives. The adventure of picking them up was a success, but not without a fair share of trouble.

Why We Farm! Or a guide to relational farming…

Where does your food come from?

Why farm? Why choose a profession and lifestyle that runs against a cultural tide of sharply dressed, well groomed talking heads, who preach the advantages offered by fancier, cleaner, and more lucrative careers? American culture may claim to romanticize agrarian life, but the romance is less than legitimate. The answer lies with the changing ideas of American food philosophy, what I would call a purpose-driven understanding of the role of food and American food suppliers in culture.

The Ultimate Compost Turner (Yes, it’s a Power Tool!)

Composting. It’s one of the most wonderful and mysterious processes in God’s creation. A sign of our mortality and yet a giver of life. The deep thoughts could continue for a while, but you want to know about power tools, right?

The Ultimate Compost Turner (Yes, it's a Power Tool!)

Composting. It’s one of the most wonderful and mysterious processes in God’s creation. A sign of our mortality and yet a giver of life. The deep thoughts could continue for a while, but you want to know about power tools, right?

Steps toward Healthy Eating

One basic approach toward truly healthful eating is to question mainstream health claims and test them against a respect for God’s creation and a respect for the traditions of history.

Use Cold Frames to Beat the Cold

There was really cold weather and snow forecast for our area in the mountains of western Virginia, and I realized they would push the limits of the groundcover cloth I had been using for frost protection. So I grabbed two of the storm window panes I had picked up from Craigslist, took measurements, and built a cold frame to fit the window dimensions.

Winter Greenhouse Gardening – Planning and Resources

But what about actual fresh vegetables in the winter? For that, we need to reference the amazing work The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman. Coleman lives in Maine. He uses unheated greenhouses. In the winter. Here is how his system works: A single coat of greenhouse plastic and the thinnest row covers.