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Grow Edible Lawns

By Chef Centehua Edible lawns, as the name clearly states, are lawns you can eat. In fact, before we had lawns, we had gardens. Our ancestors grew food, were resourceful and self-reliant. Edible lawns are beautiful and attract all kinds of pollinators — butterflies, bees, hummingbirds. They also spark conversations with neighbors …

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Backyard Chickens-Something To Cluck About

 By Chef Centehua The sun is  just beginning its ascent when the hens let it be known they are ready to begin their morning activities. Chickens are creatures of the sun and they waste no time inside. We decided to get chickens three years ago and our flock grew quite quickly from …

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How To Teach Kids Sustainability

By Chef Centehua Living a more natural and sustainable life is really about making the best choices with the information and tools you have. Our journey began by reducing paper and plastic products, and now we are composting, growing our food, raising chickens, collecting rainwater and using a grey water system. …

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Fall Gardening Tips

 By Kim Robson Many of us carefully cultivate our gardens during the spring and summer, only to ignore them come fall and winter. In fact, fall is the best time to tackle many important projects. There are also plenty of crops like beets, bok choy, bush beans, carrots, kale, lettuce, …

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Homemade Tomato Ketchup

If you have tons of tomatoes and don’t know what to do with them, consider making your own  ketchup. It’s very easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought; plus, you know what is in it and, therefore, what you are feeding your kids. Today I made …

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Falconry for Green Pest Control

 By Kim Robson The hunting of wild game in its natural habitat using a trained bird of prey is called falconry. The art of falconry is thought to have begun in Mesopotamia, Mongolia, and China approximately 4,000 years ago. It probably came to Europe around 400 A.D., when the Huns and …

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Brush Clearing With Goats

 By Kim Robson Many of us live in areas where we are required to practice brush clearing around our homes to guard against wildfires. In California, homeowners must have a 100-foot clearance around all structures. That can mean clearing an acre or more of land, a daunting prospect. What little time we …

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Vanilla Bean Sugar

I like to use real vanilla bean in my cooking and baking but it does get expensive in the long run. But one trick I do is to save the empty vanilla beans after I scraped out the seeds and when I have a couple I make a vanilla bean …

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Homemade herb salt

I get a lot of questions about what kind of herb salt I use in my cooking. I’m using one kind I bought in Sweden. However, I’ve been running out, so I made my own and it taste as good, if not better than the store bought. Probably because all …

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Homemade Nut Cheese

I finally gave it a try to make my own hard vegan cheese and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised how well it turned out and how easy it was. The cheese is hard so it can be sliced or grated and melts in the oven. Next time I’m …

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