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How to Make Emergency Candles with Tallow

 
  Monday, April 28, 2014  
 
  Tallow candles are easy to make, extremely quaint, and a great thing to have during that next power outage.

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Crochet an Infinity Scarf

 
  Monday, April 28, 2014  
 
  Attractive and unconventional, infinity scarves are challenging projects but make terrific gifts. Here are some pointers for ambitious knitters.

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Getting Started with Spinning

 
  Sunday, April 27, 2014  
 
  While you could just buy a sweater at the mall, spinning and knitting your own would be much more satisfying,and also gives you exquisite clothing. This illustrated, step-by-step tutorial demystifies the process.

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The Daily Glean: Calling all Modern-Day Pioneers

 
  Sunday, April 27, 2014  
 
  If you've ever wanted to make your own beer or bread, harvest your own honey, sew a quilt, raise chickens, or put up some of the food you buy or grow, then Charlotte Denholtz's The Modern-Day Pioneer will put you well on the road to proud self-sufficiency. The Daily Glean surveys some of her tips and techniques. 

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Quilting: Recycling Made Beautiful

 
  Saturday, April 26, 2014  
 
  Although recycling may seem like a comparatively recent trend, our ancestors did it out of necessity. Of all the traditional art forms, it is quilting that perhaps best exemplifies this "something old is something new" ethic.

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The Daily Glean: Earth Day call to action: 10 ways to go green and save money

 
  Tuesday, April 22, 2014  
 
  In honor of Earth Day 2014, we present this guest blog by Diane MacEachern, author of  Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World

Want to go green but think it’s too expensive? Think again. You can actually SAVE over $100 every month by choosing products and services that protect the planet. Here's how...

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A Tiny Timber-Framed House

 
  Monday, April 21, 2014  
 
  Finally, a mobile home that would get Henry David Thoreau's seal of approval! Check out this photo essay by a young couple who embraced simple living and the DIY ethic.

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California Seeing Brown Where Green Used to Be

 
  Monday, April 21, 2014  
 
  California's ongoing drought isn't just an inconvenience, it's an ecological disaster in the region that supplies half of the U.S.'s produce. Perhaps surprisingly, help may not be on the way.

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Kansas Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics

 
  Sunday, April 20, 2014  
 
  After a Kansas town was leveled by a tornado in 2007, resident Bob Dixson ran for mayor. Halfway through his second term, the maverick Republican is working to make the rebuilt Greensville a green place indeed.

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The Daily Glean: Eliot Porter & Henry David Thoreau: "portraying ecology"

 
  Sunday, April 20, 2014  
 
  Geologist Robert Thorson was inspired to write Beyond Walden by what he saw as "the disconnect between life as it is—the alienation of factory, office, and freeway—and life as it should be—a community of nature-loving people enjoying themselves amid crystalline lakes and scented forests.”  The book's subtitle is "The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lakes and Ponds," and the Boston Globe calls it a mix of "hands-on geology, boyhood reminiscence, and a good dash of Thoreau." The New England writer is also central to Eliot Porter's 1962 classic In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World, which juxtaposes passages by Thoreau with large, luminous photographs of the region's woods and streams, taken in all seasons over ten years.

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White House Creates "Climate Hubs" To Help Rural Towns, Farmers

 
  Saturday, April 19, 2014  
 
  The White House unveiled a "climate hub" initiative to help farmers adapt to climate change, but some fear that a proposed oil pipeline will undermine its benefits.

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Protect Your Land for Future Generations

 
  Saturday, April 19, 2014  
 
  If you want to preserve your land for future generations, your best bet is to take care of the legalities now. Here are some tips for getting started.

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The Seeds of a New Generation

 
  Friday, April 18, 2014  
 
  For corn farmers willing to diversify, selling fruits and vegetables locally is more profitable—and a great way to connect with their communities.

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Celebrating Fresh from the Farm with a Green Island Farm Egg Sandwich Recipe

 
  Monday, April 14, 2014  
 
  This delicious egg recipe is from Susie Middleton's new book Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

For another delicious recipe from Susie (Swiss Chard and Fresh Peas with Ham and Maple-Balsamic Sauce) go here.

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Do You Have to Eat 100% Local, Sustainable, and Organic?

 
  Monday, April 14, 2014  
 
   If switching to an organic diet feels too complicated, time-consuming, or expensive, take a look at this user-friendly overview. Making the switch may be easier—and more important—than you think.

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The Daily Glean: Susie Middleton: a newly minted farm girl's inspired recipes

 
  Sunday, April 13, 2014  
 
  Farmer and chef Susie Middleton's third book, Fresh From the Farm, is filled with glorious recipes for all seasons of the year. All of them seem to have a special "twist" that makes them extra delicious, as well as beautiful to behold. Come sample some of her creations with The Daily Glean.

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How to Clean Farm Fresh Eggs

 
  Saturday, April 12, 2014  
 
  Farm fresh eggs really do taste better, you just have to clean them up a bit. This humorous photo-essay shows you how.

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The Year of the Ferment

 
  Saturday, April 12, 2014  
 
  Fermentation is an idea whose time has come! Wine and cheese aren't the only things that get better with age.

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Farm Tour

 
  Monday, April 07, 2014  
 
  Take a photographic tour of the four seasons on a farm, courtesy of one of Barbara Kingsolver's websites.

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The Daily Glean: Inside the brain (and stomach) of Michael Pollan

 
  Sunday, April 06, 2014  
 
  "Shop the periphery of the supermarket and stay out of the middle."

" If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re probably not hungry."
Those two precepts come from best-selling, multiple-award-winning food writer Michael Pollan's Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010). In it he lays out 64 straightforward, witty, and encouraging guidelines for  shopping, cooking, and eating sensibly—and well. Join The Daily Glean for a look at Food Rules, as well as 2001's The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World and 2009's The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat.  (Illustration by Maira Kalman)

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Nurturing Neighbourhoods: It’s as Simple as Sharing

 
  Sunday, April 06, 2014  
 
  Most of us aren't as well acquainted with our neighbors as we used to be, and maybe we even feel guilty about it. Could sharing our produce—and gardening together—be the answer?

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Hydroponic’s Organic Label Is All Wet

 
  Sunday, April 06, 2014  
 
  If it's hydroponic, is it also organic? Not necessarily—but that won't stop farmers and manufacturers from battling over the right to be called "organic," which is the more commercially viable of the two.

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Urban Farmer Willow Rosenthal Plants Seeds in Berkeley

 
  Saturday, April 05, 2014  
 
  When activist Willow Rosenthal moved into a disadvantaged West Oakland neighborhood, she immediately saw what it needed: communal farms, a local produce market, and a spirit of community. Fourteen years later, City Slicker Farms is still going strong. 

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Deconstructing Dinner

 
  Saturday, April 05, 2014  
 
  Here's a profile of Michael Pollan—author of The Omnivore's Dilemma—who went from being a "voice crying in the wilderness" to a bestselling scourge of the American food industry.

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Democracy needs gardeners!

 
  Friday, April 04, 2014  
 
  As Thomas Jefferson noted, raising your own food is a revolutionary activity. It's also tiring, frustrating, and of course, deeply satisfying.

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A Better Rainwater-Harvesting System

 
  Thursday, April 03, 2014  
 
  Into each day a little rain must fall, so you might as well make the most of it. Gardeners can collect and store a surprising amount of rainwater for their plants, using this innovative yet straightforward system.

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Modern Homesteading, Rural Living, and Self-Reliance: Where to Start

 
  Monday, March 31, 2014  
 
  Self-reliance is an American tradition, one that has finally started to make a comeback. Victoria Gazeley discusses not only the practical and economic aspects of homesteading, but also the necessary change in attitude that one may have to make in order to succeed at living off the land.

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The Daily Glean - Backyard Homesteading: the ultimate DIY?

 
  Monday, March 31, 2014  
 
  "Give me not a lot of, just a plot of land; And thou swell, thou witty, thou grand." The first half of this lyric by Lorenz Hart from his song "Thou Swell" is supplied ably by Carleen Madigan in The Backyard Homestead (subtitled "Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre" ); the part about finding romance is up to you! For millennia, our ancestors have tilled the soil and husbanded animals to provide for themselves. Here she offers the staggering scope of what you too can accomplish on your little bit of heaven. 

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Raising Chickens in Suburbia

 
  Sunday, March 30, 2014  
 
  Raising your own chickens is surprisingly feasible, even if you live in the suburbs and don't consider yourself the "farmer type." An upstate New York chicken farmer gives you the inside track on these useful but rather quirky fowls.

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Shelter from the Storm: Why Farm Structures Matter

 
  Saturday, March 29, 2014  
 
  If you have land, water, and know-how, you can be a farmer. Sooner or later, though, you might find that you need outbuildings: sheds, coops, or even a hoop house. Here's an in-depth look at the wisdom of adding structure(s) to your farm.

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The Daily Glean: The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la!

 
  Friday, March 28, 2014  
 
  You can tell from this author photo that Caldecott medalist Lois Ehlert loves color. Each book in her "Growing Garden" boxed set is awash in enough gloriously saturated hues to make your heart leap and your endorphins kick into high gear!

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Michael Pollan Offers 64 Ways to Eat Food

 
  Tuesday, March 25, 2014  
 
  We know more about nutrition than our grandparents ever did, and yet we don't eat nearly as well. Appealing directly to our common sense, Michael Pollan serves up some advice on how to eat responsibly. 

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The Daily Glean - Homegrown Harvest: sustainable kitchen gardens for all!

 
  Thursday, March 20, 2014  
 
  Whether you're a food-growing newbie or an old hand with the secateurs, Homegrown Harvest has abundant lore to offer. Subtitled "A Season-by-Season Guide to a Sustainable Kitchen Garden," it comes with the imprimatur of the American Horticultural Society and is packed with tips, techniques, guidelines, and abundant illustrations. Stop by The Daily Glean for some ideas on how you too can join the green-thumb club!

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New to Gardening – Start Here – Tips for Beginning Gardeners

 
  Thursday, March 20, 2014  
 
  Sure, it's easier to drive to the grocery store and buy whatever produce you want. But this starter's guide to growing your own food reveals the practicality and the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

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Alice Waters: 40 Years of Sustainable Food

 
  Wednesday, March 19, 2014  
 
  More than 40 years after founding her acclaimed Chez Panisse restaurant, chef and activist Alice Waters looks back on the "eat locally" revolution that she helped to initiate.

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21st Century Homesteading: Why Grow Your Own Food?

 
  Wednesday, March 19, 2014  
 
  If you want your food to be done right, you'll have to do it yourself. Growing and preparing your own food is cheaper, safer, and more satisfying, suggests Harvey Ussery.

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Barbara Pleasant: Growing Garden Cabbage

 
  Tuesday, March 18, 2014  
 
  An underrated vegetable if ever there was one, cabbage receives its due in this article by gardener Barbara Pleasant.

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Michael Pollan: Our Food Is Dishonestly Priced

 
  Monday, March 17, 2014  
 
  Food manufacturers would rather sell cheaply made food to the working poor than raise wages and make quality food available to all, suggests bestselling author Michael Pollan. Here Pollan speaks about the economic, political, and healthcare-related aspects of the problem.

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The Best Low-Maintenance Edibles: Food Growing for the Time Crunched

 
  Monday, March 17, 2014  
 
  Most of us probably don't have a lot of free time for gardening or anything else. Nonetheless, here are some extremely low-maintenance fruits and vegetables that even amateurs can hope to grow, with rewarding results.

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Retailers Look To Sell Sustainability of Food

 
  Monday, March 17, 2014  
 
  It has become abundantly clear that consumers are willing to pay more for produce that is advertised as "sustainable" or "organic." But who defines the terms, and who verifies their accuracy? 

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Real Food is Not Hip

 
  Sunday, March 16, 2014  
 
  The sustainable food movement may be called revolutionary, impractical, inspiring, or elitist, but given that it wants to stick around, please don't label it "hip."

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The Soul of Slow Food

 
  Saturday, March 15, 2014  
 
  Can farming change the world? As locally grown "Slow Food" challenges a culture weaned on Fast Food, it appears that the answer is an unqualified "Yes".

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Dr. D.G. Hessayon: So, how does the expert’s garden grow?

 
  Friday, March 14, 2014  
 
  Dave Hessayon offers some helpful hints and sage advice, culled from his 50 years as the world's best-selling gardener.

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