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Life with Backyard Chickens

By Fredrica Syren: It’s been almost a year since our chickens moved into our backyard. We bought four hens from a neighbor — along with a chicken coop he had built. “The girls,” as my husband calls them, are an endless joy for our kids and ourselves. The kids named …

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Programs for Donated Fresh Veggies

By Larraine Roulston: Many farmers and backyard gardeners who enjoy their freshly picked organic harvest can seize the opportunity to share their excess bounty with those less fortunate. As they see it, they are delighted that soup kitchens, food banks and pantries are able to distribute much more than just processed foods. In Canada, …

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Life on an Urban Homestead

By Fredrica Syren: My family (my husband and our three children) and I live on an “urban homestead.” This term refers to a household that grows, through gardening and livestock, most of the food it consumes. The difference between an urban homestead and a farm is that an urban homestead …

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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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