Tag Archives: organic

The True Meaning of Happiness

04/07/2013

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I have poison ivy in 6 places.  Ear, neck, cheek, chest, wrist, bicep.  ITCH.  Not sure where I picked it up, but I hope it was not in the perennial garden last Sunday, because I spent the day out there today battling briers and vines.  If that is where the current rash came from, I […]

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Perennial In Every Way

03/12/2013

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We bought this place in the mountains 7 or 8 years ago, although we just moved here at the end of 2011.  (Or I did… poor John spent another year driving back and forth to our previous state, tending to affairs, selling a house, etc.) Way back then, the previous owner’s manicured perennial garden flaunted […]

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Raw Goat Milk, Please?

07/31/2011

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This morning, I’ve been surfing the internet to find raw goat milk for sale.  I want to try making my own chevre and mozzarella cheeses.  It turns out it is legal to sell raw goat milk from a farm in Illinois, but not legal to advertise it.  Hunh?  Time to gas up the Guzzler and start driving around to goat farms, […]

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The Strange Case of Percy Schmeiser, by Steven L. Hopp

07/30/2011

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Steven L. Hopp wrote the article below.  It is part of Chapter Three, Springing Forward, in Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  You really should read the chapter in its entirety.  It’s about the beauty of heirloom seeds and open pollination… but this story by Mr. Hopp really got to me.  I think the subject needs our attention: In 1999, a quiet, middle-aged farmer […]

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Organic Worm Farm, You Ask?

07/15/2011

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Yes, they do exist.  I am fascinated by this concept.  This may not be for everyone, but I found out I can buy worms on-line, as well as worm castings to make worm tea.  Yes, worm tea.  (It’s not for humans, it’s for plants.)  As worms move through soil, they ingest it and concentrated nutrients are “cast” […]

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