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Susan Berry

Live, Love, Farm By Susan Berry, Horticulturist/Homesteader I live and work on Itzy Bitzy Farm, which was born out of a dream and perseverance. I am a fourth generation Massachusetts resident. My husband, Don, and I owned and operated a 4-acre farm in North Carolina for eight years, where ...

Old Fashioned Pollination

One of the concerns for today's farmers and gardeners is the decrease of beneficial insects and pollination for vegetable crops. Many farmers and even home-gardening enthusiasts have resorted to establishing their own honeybee hives to guarantee pollination of their gardens. This is a ...

A New Firepit on the Homestead

In every home we have lived in, we have built an outdoor fire pit. And our homestead now is no different. We hope to remove some trees and landscape the yard surrounding the house next year. There was an overgrown unsightly clump of trees in the front yard that I hoped to take out and seed for ...

Taste of Summer Coconut Cream Pie

With Summer right around the corner what better desert to serve than a cool creamy pie? My favorite is Coconut Cream. I love anything made with coconut, and I love custards and pastry cream type deserts. So this combination is a winner any day for me. It is easy, takes a little time but, to ...

Safe Free Ranging Using Chunnels

After losing three hens to poisonous edibles in the woods behind the coop, I had to come up with a safe free-range solution for my girls. After doing a little research, I discovered these “Chunnels” on the internet and made a modified version that I felt would suit our needs. They give Mom ...

Spring Means Peas

One of my favorite early spring veggies to grow is peas. Easy to grow and abundant producers, this wonderful legume will provide lots of peas for fresh spring eating and many more for freezing to enjoy all year. Pea VarietiesPeas, like lettuce, are a cooler season crop. To grow peas, the ...

Old Fashioned Corned Beef

I went on a search last year for a "gray" corned beef like my mother use to get. I never really knew why she preferred gray corned beef but all I knew was I couldn't find one. All I could find were red brisket in cryovac packs with a packet of spices in it. I tried one of those and, well, ...

Old Fashioned Gardener

With all the discussion of GMO's and increased pesticide and chemical fertilizer use in commercial crop production homegardeners and even small farmers selling their produce are returning to old fashioned gardening methods. After growing crops on 2 acres in ground/row crop method and plowing ...

Dreams

Do you have a dream?My dream is to have 2-5 acres to homestead again and raise pork, turkeys, more chickens, a dairy cow and of course grow vegetables. After eight years of farming on 3 acres in NC, we had to move up North and are on 1/4 acre. I have downsized considerably. It is very ...

Homemade Mincefruit Stirs Childhood Christmas Memories

When I was a child more than the lights and sounds at Christmas time, the aromas were the most wonderful. The delicious scents coming from our kitchen meant it was Christmas time and those scents seem to be the frame that held all the other wonderful traditions in our home together.One of ...

Vintage Crafts: Bringing Back the Old Favorites

Recently I visited a craft store to get inspired. While I was browsing I noticed beads, jewelry making aisles, scrapbooking aisles, but where were the needlework crafts? My grandmother crocheted intricate lacy doilies and bureau scarfs. She made arm rest covers and lacy tablecloths.My aunt ...

Soup – Winter’s Perfect Comfort Food

Having lived through many New England winters, I fancy myself an expert on comfort food. Being of Italian descent, I must admit I do lean toward pastas when the initial thought of comfort food crosses my mind. But, for me on a cold, snowy winter's eve, it has to be soup. There is nothing like ...

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