The Animal Farm Accountability Question

If you don’t belong to the ‘grist mill’ perhaps you should at least read this article… Old Big Brother Had a Farm I liked Mary Zanoni, executive director of Farm for Life’s bottom line… “Zanoni sums up the views of many independent farmers: “Real food security comes from raising food yourself or buying from a … Read more

Vermicomposting? What’s THAT? Composting with vermin?

vermicomposting

Vermicomposting? Aaaaaa hahaha… honest to God, that’s the first thing that went through my mind when I first saw the word. I’m SO not kidding. But it’s meaning is this… the use of specially bred earthworms, esp. to aerate soil and convert organic matter into compost; also called vermicuture vermi = worm culture. Sound sort … Read more

How to Build a Worm Bin

earthworm on soil

Why Build a Worm Bin? Reduces waste disposal costs. Raises worms for fishing. Has no foul smell or pests. Provides a convenient method for converting kitchen vegetable wastes into a rich organic fertilizer for house and garden plants. Build a worm composting bin by following these five steps: Build your worm bin Wooden, plastic or … Read more

Community Food Security

This PSA could have been from any town…. the information is notable. Community gardens and community food security is important. Teach a man to fish… Tulsa Food Security Council and Local Economic Development Katie Plohocky was April’s featured guest for First Thursdays! at Elote Cafe on Thursday, April 5 from 12:30-2:00 PM. She presented about … Read more

The High Cost of Animal Agriculture

Thanks to Susan Weiner at Farm Sanctuary for pointing us to that organization’s network of websites — this has to be one of the most comprehensive resources available on factory farming, animal rights, vegetarianism, and many other related topics. Some of the more interesting resources found were the information from FactoryFarming.com on the environmental and … Read more

What Affects the Absorption of Soil Nutrients?

There are many reasons that plants can or cannot absorb nutrients contained in the soil they are growing in. It is as complicated. Consider the vitamin and mineral supplements you choose to take into your own body. How do you choose? Why do you think you need them? One thing goes without saying and yet, … Read more

Lure Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

luring the beneficial lady bug into the garden

Worried that miniature monsters like aphids, hornworms or corn borers will chomp a swath through your carefully planted garden this year? These insect pests can be the organic gardener’s worst enemy. But not all insects are harmful. In fact, so-called beneficial insects can help you fight the nasty ones. So nurture a balanced, biologically diverse … Read more