How to Set up a Farm Store

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by brenda on December 17, 2014

  I miss our Farm Store. I want to share with you today how we set it up–what we included, what we learned, and what made it successful. Start with a Cozy Space This might be difficult to come-by on a farm. We used a room that was part of our home that had an [...]

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Gardening in the Winter: What I’ve Learned

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by brenda on December 9, 2014

This time next year (December, January, February, and beyond), I want to have fresh veggies in my backyard. I haven’t done it yet, but I am going to. The idea has always intrigued me. I feel like, to be truly self-sufficient, one would have to plant a winter garden. It’s what our great-great-grandparents would have [...]

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Image Credit This might be obvious to some of you, but to others this statement will be shocking: The Flu Vaccine Will Not Protect You From the Stomach Flu Vomiting is not fun. I can’t imagine anyone would sign up for the stomach ‘flu,’ aka Gastroenteritis, voluntarily. In fact, some people are so afraid of [...]

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What to Buy a Homesteader for Christmas

by brenda on December 5, 2014

Homesteaders, wonderful as they are, are a different kind of folk. While most of the world is wishing for new technology and bling this Christmas, homesteaders are looking for something different. Remember this post, Money and Possessions Don’t Feed You? Homesteaders “get it.” If you love a homesteader and you don’t know what to get [...]

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Black Friday Awesomeness

by brenda on November 27, 2014

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  I don’t like sounding sale-sy, and I don’t post things like this often. I have to share, though, today is always the best day of the year to get stellar deals from real food bloggers.  If you’ve been drooling over real food meal plans and e-books, this is [...]

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Grain-Free Green Bean Casserole

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If you’re eating grain-free or gluten-free, you might be wondering how you are going to make all of the traditional holiday foods that you used to have. Right now you may be craving pumpkin pie, stuffing, rolls, mashed potatoes, and, of course; green bean casserole. I made up this version when we were on the [...]

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From Farm to Neighborhood: A Different Kind of Life

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photo credit We sold our farm in February, and moved to an apartment for 2 months. In April, we moved into our home, in a neighborhood, on a 1/4 acre lot. Last weekend someone asked us what the biggest difference was between living on a farm and living in a neighborhood. Can I just share [...]

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Fact: Most Farmers Are Not Rich

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photo credit: Rosewoman If you don’t know my story already, let me share it with you in brief: We bought a farm, worked it hard, tried to do the full-time-farming thing. We poured so much into our farm–time, energy, money, debt. We had good products, great customers, and yet, we didn’t make it. The farm [...]

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Fighting for the Access to Local Food: My Interview with an FTCLDF Attorney

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Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing Pete Kennedy from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Today marks seven years that the FTCLDF has been fighting for the rights of farmers and consumers. I learned a lot from Pete, and I’d like to share what I learned with you: Brenda: So, what are some of the common [...]

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Ruby’s “Good, Homemade Fruit Dessert”

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Ruby is almost 7, and enjoys doing all things “Mommy.” She loves taking care of baby dolls, pretending our dog is a baby, putting away groceries, organizing, and of course, helping out in the kitchen! She made up this “recipe” for a dessert and wanted to make it. I taught her how to properly use [...]

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