Reviews

Home Farm Finds and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

It’s time to check out a few Labor Day sales in luscious yarn, southern grapes, my favorite cheesemaking supplies, and my new favorite pastime. Hint: it has nothing to do with labor: Down on the farm thoughts are turning to knitting, but it’s still too hot for wool here. KnitPicks has 30% off cotton yarns […]

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Home Farm Finds And Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

If you’d like to save a little money on seeds for next spring, now’s the time a lot of seed companies are slashing prices. Many seeds save very well for years, but only if you do it the right way. Here are some good seed-storing tips from Rodale. And here are some of the seed […]

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Home Farm Finds And Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

Do you know what this is? A handmade solid wood tortilla press! I’m imagining home-milled organic corn tortillas, hot off the griddle. These are handcrafted in a workshop in Santa Maria, California, called Central Coast Woodworks. Pur-tee. And this is impossibly cute. The Let’s Jam Recipe Kitchen Towel is almost too cute to use. I […]

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Home Farm Finds and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

I just got these from High Mowing Organic Seeds in the mail. I couldn’t resist ordering a few “new” seeds for this fall/winter season instead of hoping the ones in my aging stash were still good. They probably are, mostly, but I was out of kale seeds and while I was at it, couldn’t resist […]

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Home Farm Finds and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

I was jealous when I heard about the school system in California that decided to feed it’s students only organic, non-GMO lunches. Happy for them, naturally, but sorry it was such a groundbreaking initiative; this should be on the table, literally, of all school systems. So it’s back to the daily grind of figuring out […]

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Home Farm Finds and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

This week’s thoughts turn to early preparation for fall and winter gardening. I know, I know, it seems like we just kissed last winter good-bye and good riddance, and we’ve got a good bit of summer left, but to get a jump on fall gardening it takes some advance action. Later in the post I’ve […]

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Book Review: The Unsettling of America

by Daisy Fencepost

This is a book I’m ashamed to admit I only recently read. The Unsettling of America was published in 1977, which means I could have read it as a child, again as a teenager, a young adult, and many times throughout my adulthood, and it would have probably changed my life. I might have been […]

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Giveaway! Favorite Cookbook, EVER

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

Years ago, I read through all of Rachael Ray’s 365 something-or-other cookbook. I made a standard pantry list. I could cook almost anything in the book on the spur of the moment. My pantry was massive! And Rachael didn’t really help with breakfast or lunch. Also, I found out I was unable to digest grains. […]

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Another Rant Plus A New Grain Mill

by Daisy Fencepost

Remember back in the day when we just ate food? Any food. Didn’t really think about it that much. To me, there were two basic types of food: A) Food I Liked B) Food I Didn’t Like It wasn’t about organic or conventional, raw or cooked, paleo or low carb, gluten-y or gluten-free. Food was […]

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Pre-made Coop, not worth it

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

Remember that coop? 12 months later…. The ramp fell off the first week, but we didn’t worry.  Hens easily leap a foot up.  But now it seems like it was an omen. Thoughts? Seriously!

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Discovery Park Of America

by Daisy Fencepost

On a recent trip we took the kids to the Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee. Basically in the middle of nowhere is a colossal multi-theme park (not amusement park), complete with real trains, log cabins, barns, farm equipment, a 100 year old chapel, recreated small town America . . . It’s impossible […]

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Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

by Daisy Fencepost

After a toxic oil spill in my garden, one of the readers of our blog kindly contacted mycologist Tradd Cotter on my behalf. One of the perks of having a blog with its group of great readers is people like her. First of all, in case you didn’t know, a mycologist is a biologist who […]

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Home Farm Deals and Cool Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

How cute is this? Seed bombs packaged like luxury bon bons.  From Etsy, $16. Unique hostess gift for that gardening friend. Ready for frost, bugs, or too much sun. Agribon floating row cover fabric, 50 feet long, 83 inches wide, on sale for $22.45 from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. This looks irresistible: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: […]

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Home Farm Deals and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

Links to deals and cool stuff I’ve run across the web this week related to home farming and sustainability. Check out this collection of seeds to plant to grow your own chicken feed; corn, sorghum, chard, millet, pumpkin, peas, and more. Made in USA privacy/windscreen attaches to your 6′ chain link fence. $41.98 plus shipping […]

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Home Farm Deals and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

Wherein I link to sales, deals, and neat stuff in the realm of gardening, sustainable living, and the like I’ve found on the web this week. Made in the USA pottery is hard to find. Love Emerson Creek. Their ceramic iced tea pitchers and appetizer plates are on sale through the Fourth of July. Beautiful […]

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Home Farm Deals and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Fencepost

A handful of home farm staples, treats, and neat stuff I’ve run across in my travels across the web this week.I have a giant soft spot for this slouchy, feminine style from the 20’s and 30’s. It makes me think of those cozy English mysteries on PBS I love so much. With 22 patterns to […]

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Home Farm Deals

by Daisy Fencepost

This is a weekly post in which I link to deals, interesting finds, and cool stuff related to home farming and sustainable living. Love the nostalgic vintage vibe of this metal sign from MyPet Chicken. On sale for $9. It’s storm season. “This Eton American Red Cross FRX2 ARCFRX2WXR radio features an analog AM/FM tuner […]

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Home Farm Deals

by Daisy Fencepost

A handful of home farm staples, treats, and neat stuff I’ve run across in my travels across the web this week. Sale Chicken Crewel Kit from Williams-Sonoma, USA made. Adorable. $19.99 was $34.95. At $28 this isn’t cheap, but since I’m tired of cheap trowels that bend backwards I’m salivating over this hand-forged, blacksmith-made trowel […]

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Great Little Backyard Coop

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

We’ve learned the hard way, that a “free range” chicken is pretty much a “dead” chicken.  Out of 15 chickens we’ve owned.  We have 4 left.  Four were predator deaths.  One was old age.  Six were killed by their own stupidity: hanging themselves on fences they couldn’t quite jump, ramming themselves under fences they couldn’t […]

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Home Farm Deals

by Daisy Fencepost

Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl is offering 15% off her t-shirt designs with code MYSHIRT2014 at checkout. My fav is the Microfarmer T. FREE DOWNLOAD for Kindle owners with Amazon Prime: Permaculture: A Step by Step Guide for Home Permaculture, by Wesley Dios. SEEDS FOR SALE from Park. No GMOs. Free shipping to new […]

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Home Farm Deals

by Daisy Fencepost

I love “deals” pages on blogs, and I’ve been looking for some that focus on home farming and sustainability with little success. So I thought why not do one myself? Here are a few tempting deals I’ve seen around the net, specially geared for the person like me whose fingernails are filthy and who smells […]

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Garden Tour: P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

by Daisy Fencepost

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of a tour of the home and gardens at Moss Mountain Farm, P. Allen Smith’s ferme ornée, or ornamented farm, in the Arkansas River Valley near Little Rock, Arkansas. I took an embarrassment of photos and wanted to share some of them with you. At the beginning of the […]

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Book Giveaway: Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

by Daisy Fencepost

Of all the books on growing food, this one deals with what may be the most precious and fragile component of food production: water.  After all,  fine soil, gracious sunlight, the most carefully chosen seeds and plants, without water, is doomed.  How desperate the plight of the farmer or gardener without a way to provide […]

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Book Giveaway: The Resilient Farm and Homestead

by Daisy Fencepost

I began reading this book over a week ago and am still tumbling down its fascinating rabbithole, bouncing from one adventure in permaculture to another. In case you are unfamiliar with permaculture, briefly it’s a way of farming which seeks to mimic and enhance (tweak?) the tendencies of nature, working with rather than contrary to […]

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Book Giveaway: Paradise Lot

by Daisy Fencepost

When I meet someone new and find out he or she loves to garden, it seems as if we immediately hit on an endless vein of common interests. Soon, we are deep in a discussion of soil and pests and cultivars and comparing lists of what we grow.  I seize on their success stories of […]

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Shanleya’s Quest Book Review

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

It’s rare that a book is really for a 90 year age difference, but Shanleya’s Quest certainly worked for the 30-year age spread in my home.  It even worked for my 7-year-old.  But, Shanleya’s Quest isn’t a traditional picture book that can be read in one sitting.  It’s an extrememly efficient course in plant identification. […]

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Giveaway: The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book

by Daisy Fencepost

I love this book. This book has the potential to change a child’s and a family’s life, for the better, forever. Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer have assembled, in checklist form, a sort of bucket list of outdoor activities.  It’s an inspired idea, and the execution is spot on.  They’ve organized the adventures by season, […]

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Book Giveaway: Farms with a Future

by Daisy Fencepost

This is the book you need if you are thinking about farming: small-scale, large-scale, any scale.  It’s inspirational, but it doesn’t glorify anything.  It has the nuts and bolts information you need to know before diving into farm life, like figuring out the right market niche for you, ways to find land, including some ways […]

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Book Giveaway: Four-Season Harvest

by Daisy Fencepost

It’s the holy grail of edible gardening, isn’t it?  Fresh vegetables in the middle of winter? What riches! To me that’s swankier than a luxury sedan in a four-car garage. Eliot Coleman has the formula, and it isn’t a secret.  It’s all in his classic, Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year […]

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Book Giveaway: Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking

by Daisy Fencepost

This is the complete cheesemaking book.  Gianaclis Caldwell has managed to include everything, but in a way that doesn’t seem overwhelming.  From the science to the art, from the basic to the never-even-heard-of-it, this book lays it all out from soup to nuts.  It’s a cheese making book, but it’s a human book as well, […]

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Cookbook Giveaway: Home Baked

by Daisy Fencepost

When I was a kid my grandmother’s next door neighbor was a lovely and thoughtful flight attendant who made regular flights to San Francisco, California.  She often brought back with her a special treat for my grandmother: the famous San Francisco sourdough bread. Back then, I failed to appreciate the true renown of this iconic […]

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Interview with a Novelist

by Daisy Fencepost

My sweet friend Courtney Miller Santo has written a novel, The Roots of the Olive Tree, and I pestered her to let me interview her on the blog. The novel’s setting is one I believe many people with at least one foot in the rural life would appreciate: a working olive grove.  The cast of […]

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Top-Bar Beekeeping Book Giveaway

by Daisy Fencepost

I was so excited when I learned Chelsea Green was publishing a Top Bar Beekeeping book!  Finally, a book on beekeeping dedicated specifically to us top bar folks! Well-written, comprehensive, and extremely helpful for the beginner and not-so-beginner alike, Top-Bar Beekeeping by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell is the beekeeping book that hits all the […]

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Book Giveaway: Cheese and Culture

by Daisy Fencepost

If you are a cheese scholar, you will already have this book on your wish list: Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and Its Place in Western Civilization, by Paul S. Kindstedt, professor of food science in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. He is also the codirector […]

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Cheesemaking Giveaway

by Daisy Fencepost

Some months ago, I wanted to try out the cheese press I built. I found a great site for supplies and super-specific, descriptive tutorials/recipes with LOTS of photos, New England Cheesemaking Supply Company. I made their colby cheese, which turned out so good, by the way.  Aside from having lots of pans to wash, it […]

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Giveaway: Sowing Seeds In The Desert

by Daisy Fencepost

Most of what I read is purely practical these days.  Not much deep philosophy.  It’s hard to fit in between all-day canning sessions, compost turning, and refereeing less-than-philosophical debates like “that’s my cheap plastic doohickey-no that’s my cheap plastic doohickey.” That’s why I was surprised to find that Sowing Seeds in the Desert, by Masanobu […]

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Nature Book Giveaway–Destination Nature

by Daisy Fencepost

We wanted to let you know about a lovely book giveaway going on over at Destination Nature. In conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day, seven outdoors/kids-oriented books are up for grabs. Destination Nature is a cool new blog dedicated to helping you and your kiddos get up and out-of-doors, with classic and classic-with-a-twist activity and […]

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Book Giveaway–The Art of Fermentation

by Daisy Fencepost

If I had this book last year, I wouldn’t have thrown out (and buried, yes, buried) a gallon of naturally fermented purple cabbage in my backyard.  I would’ve just scooped off the horrid slimey mold on top, and enjoyed the brilliant kraut underneath. I need this book if I’m ever going to get rid of […]

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Book Giveaway: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

by Daisy Fencepost

I don’t know the exact moment when I began to question, well, not everything, but a lot about what we buy and put in or on our bodies. It may have its earliest beginnings way back, before some of you readers can remember, to the Tylenol debacle. For those of you who are too young […]

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Cooking Close to Home Giveaway

by Daisy Fencepost

These days, when finding a recipe, any recipe, is as easy as typing a few words into a search engine, the cookbook has to bring it. It has to be more than just a collection of nice recipes.  It has to give more, be more, and say something compelling. Cooking Close to Home: A Year […]

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Project Garden

by Daisy Fencepost

My friend Stacy is a genius. Stacy wrote this great book about family garden togetherness activities. And (after reading it for myself, of course) I gave it to my mother for Nana Days. Nana Days are the greatest invention since electricity.  It’s where I take my kiddo over to Nana’s house (that’s grandma’s house) every […]

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The Winter Harvest Handbook

by Daisy Fencepost

Wow. This book is exciting. To a vegetable gardening nerd, like me, it is heady stuff. Listen to this: “. . . it’s a misconception that all vegetable crops need summerlike temperatures for best growth.” Now, I knew that, of course.  I’m not saying I’ve never heard of cool-weather crops, but reading this on page […]

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Book Giveaway–Perennial Vegetables

by Daisy Fencepost

This is the book I’ve been waiting for and didn’t even know it. And the timing is perfect. I’ve been so excited about permaculture, and perennial vegetables are a big reason why.  BUT, after asparagus and rhubarb, I’ve been sort of clueless about where to go from there. This book is the master course in […]

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Wild Flavors Giveaway

by Daisy Fencepost

  I’m ashamed to admit this, but sometimes it takes someone else, someone else who is cool, to say something is cool before I start thinking of it that way. Take mustard greens.  Lowly, southern USA comfort food.  Plain ol’ mustard greens, not the fancy Japanese tender salad green variety, but the kind of no-name […]

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Giveaway–Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

by Daisy Fencepost

I think Gaia’s Garden is an essential book for anyone interested in sustainability, gardening, particularly edible gardening, and also–nice writing.  Check this out: “Watch how nature works in a forest . . . By the time the heat of summer arrives, the canopy is nearly closed, and only a few dancing sunflecks shimmer on the […]

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Gaia’s Garden

by Daisy Fencepost

It is no exaggeration to say that the way I will garden from now on has been revolutionized after reading this book. It’s the sort of book that has me torn between reading the next chapter and rushing outside to make changes based on the chapter I just read. Because of this book, I’ve already: […]

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Coffee 101 with JBrooks

by Daisy Fencepost

I was at a family birthday party when I ran into a coffee roaster.  The human kind.  It was John Pitman, one of the principles of J. Brooks Coffee Roasters of Memphis, Tennessee.  John kindly agreed to humor my need to find out how stuff is done, because, like so many things, coffee is something […]

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Slow Gardening, Felder Rushing Style

by Daisy Fencepost

As I rush to get the last of the fall garden in, I’ve been reading, ironically, Felder Rushing’s new book, Slow Gardening, out of Chelsea Green Publishing, THE go-to sustainable living publishing house. If Felder Rushing is a new name to you, you’re in for a treat.  In short, he’s a hoot.  But, that doesn’t […]

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Nourished Kitchen Class and Giveaway

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

This week’s giveaway is from Nourished Kitchen. Jenny has designed a wonderful multimedia online cooking class that retails for $200, but will be FREE for one lucky Little House in the Suburbs reader. Go HERE to sign up for the giveaway. This giveaway closes at 11:59PM Friday, August 18, 2011. Winner announced Saturday. Learn to […]

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GAPS Meal Plans and Giveaway

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

******Congratulations to our winners, Heather Anne, Annie, and Molly************* This week, our giveaway is from Health, Home, Happiness where Cara designs fabulous meal plans for grain-free, traditional food diets. These plans not only fit people on the SCD and GAPS diet, but work for the Paleo diet or anyone who wants to increase the nutrient […]

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