What Is “Good” Silvopasture Grazing?

July 3, 2018

If you’re not familiar with silvopasture, you should be. The integrated system, which combines aspects of forestry, animal husbandry, grazing, and ecology, offers both the promise of land regeneration and economic livelihood. In order to succeed, however, you need to understand a key component of the system: the art of grazing. While it may seem…

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Agroforestry Versus Permaculture: Which Approach to Use for a Community Food Forest

July 2, 2018

Ok, so we’ve gone over some basics of community food forests:  Now it’s time to figure out how to plan one. There are two schools of thought on the best approach to building a community food forest: agroforestry or permaculture. The former offers a science-based approach while the latter incorporates elements of social design. Both work…

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Natural Yogurt: Using Kefir as a Yogurt Starter

June 29, 2018

Yogurt-making is having a moment: From thick and creamy Aussie styles to the tart and tangy Greek version there are myriad approaches to the perfecting the art of the craft. Dairy aficionado David Asher takes an unconventional route by using kefir as a starter. The technique is simple and the end result is guaranteed to…

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Healthy Homemade Cheez-Its: It’s Cheese with a Crunch

June 28, 2018

Raise your hand if you enjoy Cheez-Its—the little, addictive orange crackers made of cheese.  Try and have just one. Go ahead, we dare you. If you tried and failed (we know, we have too) then you know how delicious they are. Unfortunately, those delectable bites aren’t the healthiest option. Filled with processed cheese, gluten, preservatives, and…

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What is a Community Food Forest?

June 27, 2018

The recent rise of community food forests and similar projects have come at an imperative time. More than 80 percent of the US population now resides in urban areas. This number is projected to rise in the next few decades. Not only can food forests provide a local source of food they can also serve…

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In Search of Wild Yeast

June 26, 2018

Since the dawn of humanity, people have enjoyed a deep relationship with yeasts. You may not realize it, but yeast spores are present everywhere. They’re in the air we breathe; in plants, flowers, fruits, and soil; and even on our skin. And, perhaps more importantly, yeast is a key ingredient used in making alcoholic drinks. More…

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Focusing on Soil Remediation with Fungi

June 25, 2018

Nature does what needs to be done if we let her. Many people will step up to the task once provided with accurate facts and inspired by possibility. It really comes down to two simple concepts to take forward. One: Promote healthy plant metabolism as the guiding paradigm in growing anything. And two: Think and…

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Recipe: Salmon Cakes with Lemon Pesto

June 22, 2018

This salmon cake recipe makes for a simple and flavorful dinner. Delicious, golden-brown patties made with  salmon are a tasty alternative to crab cakes. Need a side dish? Check out our recipes for Summer Vegetable Tian and Ginger Carrots. The following excerpt is from The Heal Your Gut Cookbook by Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett. It has been adapted for the…

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Our Favorite Summer Reads

June 21, 2018

Wondering what to read this summer? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Grab your towel and claim the best pool chair or relax at your homestead with one of these perfect summer reads. Whether its nature reads, to healing your gut, everything wild, or inspirational books you’ll have your nose in a book all summer long…

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RECIPE: How To Make Blue Cheese

June 20, 2018

Attention moldy cheese lovers, this recipe is for you! It’s true, moldy isn’t usually a quality we look for in our food, but when it comes to blue cheese, the mold cultures contribute largely to its unique texture and bold flavor. Try your hand at making an authentic Rindless Blue Cheese using the ingredients and…

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