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TAG : Urban Farming

Preserve Your Pepper Harvest

Our garden grows peppers like nobody’s business. Jim and I would have to eat about a pepper a day each all year long to keep up with our production. Last year we harvested bushels of bell peppers and froze 26 quart packages. Come July this year we still had 8 packages in the freezer as we ...

Chocolate Beet Cake

We had a very successful beet harvest this year. Maybe too successful, if you are like me and aren’t such a fan of beets. I’ve been casting about trying to figure out good ways to use some of them up when I came across a beet cake recipe. I’d printed it out a few years back but never ...

Urban Foraging for Chicken of the Woods

We ate a tree fungus for dinner a few nights ago. It may sound strange, but it was delicious! A friend brought over a large bag full of Laetiporus sulphureus the other night. It’s a mushroom that is commonly known as Chicken of the Woods or the chicken mushroom.Apparently the growing ...

Can Your Own Pizza Sauce

We eat homemade pizza nearly once a week in the winter. I make my own crust and can pizza sauce with tomatoes from the garden. Canning pizza sauce is fairly easy, and if you are swamped with tomatoes and looking for something new to do with them, this might be for you. I find commercial pizza ...

Time to Put the Peas In

Do you have your peas in yet? If not, time to hit your garden plot. Growing peas is easy and rewarding – they are the perfect early crop. Peas like cool temperatures, and, luckily, snow is no problem for them. Peas stop producing once the temperatures get up around 70 F, so the earlier you ...

Gardeners Start Your Engines

We start our vegetable garden 100 percent from seeds. If you’re in the habit of hitting Home Depot for plants come May or June, I encourage you to give seed starting a try. It’s not that hard and very rewarding!This year our seeds came from many sources. My mom gave me Scarlet Runner Bean ...

Expand Your Garden Space With a Community Garden Plot

We just renewed our community garden plot for 2014, through Capital District Community Gardens (CDCG). Community gardens are available land (may be privately or publicly owned) that has been divided into individual garden plots. CDCG has more than 850 individual plots in 50 gardens in our ...

Found Fruit – Wild Apple Picking in the City

One of my favorite memories of going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house is eating Grandma’s currant jelly. I remember the beautiful color and the so-sweet but so-tart taste like it was yesterday. Much as I would like to have my own currant bushes, Jim and I haven’t put in any fruit trees. We ...

Preserve Your Beet Harvest with Beet Relish

We had a fantastic beet harvest this year from our home garden.We wanted to try something new with them so I spent some time hunting through Grandma’s cookbook to find a way to use some up. With a little searching I found my grandmother’s handwritten beet relish recipe that she had tucked ...

Pumpkin Pizza

Growing large amounts of pumpkin and winter squash is one strategy we use to keep our garden harvest going long into winter. We can and freeze most of our garden vegetables. But at some point the chest freezer and the freezer in the house are stuffed. The beauty of winter squash is that it ...

Onion Stringing

One of my favorite books is The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour. I love this book not only for its information, but for its inspiration. Reading it makes me feel that, eventually, we just might be able to have an actual homestead (beyond our 1/8 acre in the middle of ...

Why Would Anyone Become an Urban Farmer?

I grew up in a small city in the high desert; my partner grew up on the outskirts of a big city in the Midwest. Neither of us grew up with our hands in the soil with the intention of growing our own food or chasing chickens and collecting eggs or participating in seemingly endless canning ...

We Are All Pieces of an Intricate and Beautiful Puzzle

I have vivid memories of playing in nature as a little girl. I still hold visions of my three-year-old self watering my mom’s plants on the front porch of our tiny little adobe house on Polaco Street … the warm sun on my little body … my long hair pulled back in a ponytail … the ...

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