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Our Seed Sharing Station

We built this in cooperation with our local thrift store - Jacob's Dream. Food security is becoming a critical pressing issue as food benefits are being drastically cut across the country.

The people affected by these cuts are predominantly children, the elderly, veterans and people with disabilities.

One of the ways we can all help is to grow more food to share with food banks and our neighbors.

Seed sharing helps us grow more.

It's very easy to set one up. Find…


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What is Resilience? What does it mean to Thrive. 9 Books Worth Reading

At a personal and at the community level we are all looking for ways to thrive in tough times. It is surely a struggle our families and our friends. So much change, so much uncertainty even as we hear the economy is improving.... It is not improving for many of us. This is a list of my favorite books to help you get way beyond survival. We can dream bigger dreams while recognizing our interdependence. There is a new vision emerging...join us!…


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New USDA Hardiness Zone Map

According to the USDA:

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater…


Added by LizM - Site Moderator on February 21, 2012 at 12:58pm — 1 Comment

5 Biggest Gardening or Farming Mistakes You’ll Make BEFORE You Ever Plant a Seed

People are really excited about growing their own food. When we practice urban farming or gardening,we celebrate ancient wisdom of nourishing our bodies, our communities, and our land. There’s a reason there’s been a …

Added by Stacey Murphy on March 7, 2013 at 5:04am — No Comments

10 Ways to Prepare for the Success of Your Yardshare Garden this Winter

garden can in snow

As gardeners of all stripes will tell you, winter is the planning season. Stuck inside, with little chance to get your hands dirty, it is the perfect time to pause and reflect. What will your garden be? Who will you bring into the project? What are your hopes? How will you get the resources together? What will you plant? What worked last year and what did not? There is a lot to…


Added by LizM - Site Moderator on December 20, 2009 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Preparing to reignite the homesteading fire...

So it's been a long while since I visited this site.  Much has happened in that time.  Two chickens lost to dog attack, started a full-time job which caused my 2012 veg garden to suffer greatly, got divorced... it's been a busy time.  However, my new best friend lives across the street and can't wait to help me revive my once thriving practice -- growing food in my 10 raised beds, tending my mini fruit orchard, and helping me acclimate the two new pullets I’ll bring into the family this…


Added by Jenny on January 31, 2013 at 12:35pm — 1 Comment

SFG Guru Mel Bartholomew answers my question about peat moss sustainability.

I got to ask Mel Bartholomew father of the Square Foot Gardening method what he thought about the issues some people see around peat moss. I learned a bit - enjoy http://www.melbartholomew.com/whats-up-with-peat-moss/

Are you a Square Foot Gardener? What's your experience? How many beds do you have and what do you grow?

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Sharon Astyk and the Right to Live Sustainably

Sharon Astyk is one of my favorite thinkers on resilience and sustainability. She brings it down to the ground where it belongs. In this blog she covers what we need to get sustainability working in our neighborhoods. It's going to take more than canning, kale and clotheslines. It's going to take getting involved at the municipal level as an organized group and at a national level. Many of the things that make living in the burbs potentially sustainable - are actually illegal at this time.…


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Hoops on the beds


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Straw additions - composting on site

During the growing season, and then again in the fall, we flail chop wheat straw and apply it to our raised beds. Fall applied…


Added by Steve & Carol Griffith on January 13, 2012 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Gifts that empower

The gift of a dairy goat represents a lasting, meaningful way for you to help a little boy or girl and his family get empowered out of poverty.

Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. The gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day - a ton of milk…


Added by Muhwezi Henry on December 27, 2011 at 1:20pm — 2 Comments

It started with an empty fish tank

Having an empty tank was hard to do but needed to keep it down to the one. Using an empty tank in the same room I half filled it with water from the running fish tank, added a piece of ac filter, sprinkled it with basil seeds and turned on a light. As the forest grew I started reading up on aquaponics, and gardening in general. Having tasted freshly grown herbs and veggies, I have been expanding the garden.

There is now a small koi pond hooked to a growbed( both pretty much made using…


Added by Alan Foster on November 9, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Radditz! Radditz! Er... radish.... :D

So, I finally made it back out to the garden. The tomatoes survived the insanity of the unexpected frosts and dropped temperatures, the peas have blossoms, the onions look okay (I think), and I saw bits that I think are corn and know are cucumbers poking out of the ground. The turnips have leaves, but don't seem to have blobs yet.


But, as I was busy trying to make there be fewer weeds (they, naturally, are growing awesomely, as usual, including through the 4" of mulch I laid…


Added by Jana Franzen on May 4, 2011 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Urban Farm Readers Choose...

Urban Farm Magazine asked their subscribers to name their favorite tweeple - @hyperlocavore made the list! Made our day! Thanks folks! Follow us at Twitter.com/hyperlocavore and check out this months issue of Urban Farm Magazine - Coolest feature - DIY dehydrator plans!

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Winter crops and spring seedlings

I wandered out into my garden today, after a month's worth of heavy rain finally dried up a bit. There is work to do to get spring plantings into the ground, and there is a fairly large crop of fava beans ready to harvest. I am trying to decide whether to leave the rye in the ground and try to harvest it, or what. I planted it mainly as a cover crop, and as such it's done pretty well, but it's not enough to bake anything. Perhaps if it sets seed, I can at least save the seed for next year's… Continue

Added by Betsy M on April 2, 2011 at 10:43pm — No Comments

land of moss and weeds

since i have moved to portland, i have not quite been able to get into the gardening "scene" so to speak. my apartment is begging to be transformed.


i've planted rosemary outside my bathroom window with the theory that rosemary grows monstrously large and smells great when it rains. being one of my favorite smells, i am hoping it can be a natural freshener for the bathroom.


i am looking into doing a worm box, but i want to keep my costs minimum. aside from the…


Added by geoff on April 3, 2011 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Well... the weeds are growing!

Scored some wood chips from the city - got them to dump half a dump-truck full in my backyard. That, plus a pickup truck load have begun the anti-mowing around the gardens and the majority of the grapevines. Of course, now it looks like I have raised walks and lowered beds...


...and the beds are doing an excellent job of turning green with the lovely weeds that are growing so happily in the screwy weather I'm getting. But, I checked, and it seems the turnips and radishes are…


Added by Jana Franzen on April 4, 2011 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Sub Irrigation Planters

Anthony Spangler turned me on to SIPs -- I can't wait to try this method!!  Here's a great Flickr stream showing variations on the theme:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenscaper/sets/72157624321548672/


Thanks, Anthony!

Added by Jenny on March 6, 2011 at 5:10pm — 4 Comments

10 Seed Starting Tips for early Spring

Photo by member Melanie Ragan


1.  Start with fresh seed starting mix if possible - avoid peat moss which is not renewable. Seed starting mix is light weight and sterile. Most store bought stuff has extra fertilizers in…


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