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Peachy Observations
Peachy Observations

Audrey Pavia’s blog – Peachy Observations – Urban Farm OnlineAudrey Pavia, chickens, mr. mabel, mr. molly, peach, feeding chickensI’ve never given peaches to my flock, but I figured they would like it.apaviaBoth my roosters were all over it within seconds.Peachy ObservationsThe simple act of feeding my chickens a peach ends up showing me their different personalities.

Top 10 Reasons for Urban Beekeeping
Top 10 Reasons for Urban Beekeeping

Home /Urban Farming /Top 10 Reasons for Urban BeekeepingPhoto courtesy of Hemera/ThinkstockUrban beekeeping satisfies anyone looking for a new hobby that also helps Mother Nature.Honey: Honey is sweet and delicious; we can almost all agree on that. But store-bought honey can be expensive and doesn’t even include bee pollen, which legitimizes the honey’s source.

Our Favorite Garden Season Extenders
Our Favorite Garden Season Extenders

Home /Gardening /Our Favorite Garden Season ExtendersPHOTO: USDA/FlickrEvery gardener loves to eke a bit more out of their growing season. With so many products on the market, it’s sometimes hard to know what equipment to choose. Here are some favorites from my experience as a homesteader and grower with Swainway Urban Farm in Columbus, Ohio.

Make Seed Tape With Kids
Make Seed Tape With Kids

PHOTO: Tessa ZundelIncluding children in our gardening efforts is a wonderful way to cultivate a family culture of work and usefulness. Children who know how to garden are also more connected to their food. Let’s face it, a kid is more likely to eat a carrot they grew themselves. However, gardening with children—especially planting seeds—isn’t always as simple as it might seem.

How to Make a Healthy & Delicious Chef/Cobb Salad
How to Make a Healthy & Delicious Chef/Cobb Salad

1Wash lettuce and chop or tear into small pieces2Add lettuce to large bowl3Chop red and green onions and add to bowl of lettuce4Chop cucumber and add to bowl, I didn& 39;t have any so I am skipping this step.5Dice tomatoes and add to bowl, I am using cherry tomatoes, my favorite, this is all a guideline, feel free to add as much or little of these ingredients as you wish, it& 39;ll still be delicious!

Recipe: Vegetable Pastry
Recipe: Vegetable Pastry

Home /Urban Farming /Recipe: Vegetable PastryPhoto by Judith HausmanWinter squash, such as butternut squash (pictured), goes well in this vegetable pastry.This weekend we went to visit some farmer friends in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. This rich agricultural area on either side of the beautiful Connecticut River has managed to preserve its agricultural traditions and an encouraging atmosphere for young farmers.

Mountain Mints
Mountain Mints

Home /Crops /Mountain MintsPhoto by Jessica WalliserUnlike true mints, mountain mints are will not overtake your garden, and about 20 mountain-mint varieties are native to North America.It’s been a long winter, and I, for one, am ready for spring. While the ground here is covered in a thin layer of snow, the tulips and daffodils have already begun to push their way up out of the soil.

How to Make Your Own Ketchup
How to Make Your Own Ketchup

Home /Urban Farming /How to Make Your Own KetchupYou can make ketchup from cooked, pureed fresh tomatoes (remove seeds, as they impart a bitter flavor) or from canned tomato puree.Yield: About 5 cupsIngredients:· Food processor or blender· Measuring spoons and cups· Rubber scrapers· Storage containers and lids· 4 cups fresh tomato puree (or a 28 ounce can)· 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped· 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed· 2 Tbsp brown sugar (dark gives a richer flavor)· 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar· 1 cup waterPreparation:Pinch or more of each of following, according to your taste: ground allspice, finely ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, celery salt, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, dry mustard, ground ginger, kosher saltPut ingredients into a blender or food processor.

What Historical Farm Relics Lurk In A Pile Of Rocks?
What Historical Farm Relics Lurk In A Pile Of Rocks?

Home /Farm Management /What Historical Farm Relics Lurk In A Pile Of Rocks?PHOTO: Daniel JohnsonIt’s funny how much things can change without us noticing. Cute little spruce trees grow up into imposing specimens that encroach on their surroundings. Wooden buildings weather over time and require a fresh coat of paint.

Tips for Pickling
Tips for Pickling

Home /News & Trending /Tips for PicklingA simple pickle recipe from is the Lazy Day Refrigerator pickle, which creates homemade pickles in just 24 hours.When it comes to preserving your summer produce, don’t forget about another option: Pickling!The National Center for Home Food Preservation also offers the following tips:Tips for picklingUse uniform produce.

Spiced Clementines or Mandarin Oranges
Spiced Clementines or Mandarin Oranges

Home /Recipes /Spiced Clementines or Mandarin OrangesPhoto by Virginia PinkstonYield: 9 half pintsIngredients6 pounds clementines or mandarin oranges, dividedwater1½ cups sugar6- to 7-inch cinnamon stick, broken into three pieces18 whole clovesPreparationMeasure and juice 2 pounds clementines or oranges.

Making Mud Cloth
Making Mud Cloth

PHOTO: Patricia LehnhardtAs a kid, I loved to play with the dirt drying in mud puddles. I’d pick up the shards that formed and made mud pies—probably my first attempt at cooking. What I didn’t know then, but I’m sure my mother did, as she tried to launder the muddy clothes I gave her, was that dirt contained minerals that contained pigments that would color cloth.