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

Can anyone say ‘Grass Clippings’?

I was bringing my daughter home from a birthday part for one of the children she babysits for… We passed a man on a riding mower going over what looked to be a good two acres of smooth green grass… it was beautiful. As we got closer, I realized he was BAGGING it. And of course, my composting mind went to, “I wonder what he DOES with all that grass?” And I started slowing down…

Green Run aMUCK.

Okay, so last year I was begging for rain. They said Oklahoma was the driest it had been since the dust bowl. But THIS year, oh my… like they say, be careful what you wish for… The two raised beds are entirely tooo small to grow all this ‘big stuff’ zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, all my … Read more

Integrated Pest Management Benefits Farm and Consumer

Today’s consumer is educated and more and more people want to know about how their food is treated and where it comes from. Words such as “organic” and “sustainable” that were once reserved for a small population of foodies or environmentalists are now making their way into everyday vocabulary. As a result, farmers are reacting … Read more