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Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe
This ginger broccoli stir-fry recipe is the perfect way to incorporate fresh vegetables and herbs from your garden into a healthy, satisfying meal.

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ILDI

Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe

This ginger broccoli stir-fry recipe is the perfect way to incorporate fresh vegetables and herbs from your garden into a healthy, satisfying meal.

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ILDI


Finishing the ‘Barndominium’: Final Stages of a 3-Year Project

By Jim Christie

When we started with our grand plan to build a barndominium on property we owned in Texas (while still living in Australia), our focus was on things we could do in finite “chunks” while we were in the U.S. We also focused on doing things that family could supervise if they were discrete projects like coordinating with the power company on the location of the transformer. [Keep reading….]

When we started with our grand plan to build a barndominium on property we owned in Texas (while still living in Australia), our focus was on things we could do in finite “chunks” while we were in the U.S. We also focused on doing things that family could supervise if they were discrete projects like coordinating with the power company on the location of the transformer. [Keep reading….]


Canning Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

By Tammy Kimbler
Tomato season is finally upon us.  You have no idea how giddy this makes me.  Yesterday I pulled off two Sungold cherries, two Jaune Flamme saladettes and who knows what the other red variety was.  I’ve lost track.  And my peppers are not far behind.  It’s time to start thinking about salsa!   [Get the recipe!]

Surprise Lambing in July

By Rachel Conlin
Being a farmer and an entrepreneur is never dull. There is always a vast array of things to do and that need to be done. Throughout the day I literally ‘change my hat’ many times. This suits me fine. I may be tired at the end of the day, but always content and never bored. The summer months are particularly very busy; the vegetables are ripening and calling to be picked and preserved, maturing lambs are ready to go to market, and goat milking is at its prime, bags of wool require spinning. With all these jobs other chores tend to appear, like fencing, egg collecting….I could go on, but you get the idea. Add to this the fact that we live in a rural area that is quickly becoming a prime tourist destination. Running my farm market alone keeps me hopping. [Keep reading…]

Delicious, Nutritious, Ice-Cold Watermelon Cooler

Stephanie Tourles

Summer greetings, everyone! The heat is definitely on, and after a long afternoon spent mowing the lawn and weeding the garden, I’m ready for something cool and refreshing to drink. Because I’m quite health-conscious, soda and sugary drinks just don’t strike my fancy. So, what does this gal reach for instead? My favorite cold watermelon drink, which I whip up in my blender in less than 2 minutes. It’s lip-smacking good, gorgeously pink, super nutritious and amazingly filling (even though it’s extremely low in calories). [Get the recipe!]

Summer greetings, everyone! The heat is definitely on, and after a long afternoon spent mowing the lawn and weeding the garden, I’m ready for something cool and refreshing to drink. Because I’m quite health-conscious, soda and sugary drinks just don’t strike my fancy. So, what does this gal reach for instead? My favorite cold watermelon drink, which I whip up in my blender in less than 2 minutes. It’s lip-smacking good, gorgeously pink, super nutritious and amazingly filling (even though it’s extremely low in calories). [Get the recipe!]

Nominations Sought for 2015 Moses Organic Farmer of the Year Award
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is seeking nominations for the “2015 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year” award, which will be presented at the 26th annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wis., Feb. 26 to 28, 2015.
The award recognizes an organic farmer or farm family with a history of outstanding land management, resource conservation, and farming innovation. These exemplary farmers also are committed to spreading the organic message in their communities. This is the 13th year for the award program, which comes with a prize package that includes full admission to the 2015 MOSES Conference.
North Dakota seed and grain farmers, David, Ginger, Dan and Theresa Podoll of Prairie Road Organic Farm and Seed in Fullerton, ND, received the 2014 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year award. Their farm story and other recipients’ stories are online at the MOSES website under the “Projects” tab.
Anyone can nominate a farmer for this award. Nomination forms are available on the MOSES website, or by calling the MOSES office at 715-778-5775. Nominations are due by Sept. 15, 2014.
This prestigious award comes with a number of prizes including a cash award, lodging, a bookstore gift certificate and full admission to the Organic Farming Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of organic farmers. 

Nominations Sought for 2015 Moses Organic Farmer of the Year Award

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is seeking nominations for the “2015 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year” award, which will be presented at the 26th annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wis., Feb. 26 to 28, 2015.

The award recognizes an organic farmer or farm family with a history of outstanding land management, resource conservation, and farming innovation. These exemplary farmers also are committed to spreading the organic message in their communities. This is the 13th year for the award program, which comes with a prize package that includes full admission to the 2015 MOSES Conference.

North Dakota seed and grain farmers, David, Ginger, Dan and Theresa Podoll of Prairie Road Organic Farm and Seed in Fullerton, ND, received the 2014 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year award. Their farm story and other recipients’ stories are online at the MOSES website under the “Projects” tab.

Anyone can nominate a farmer for this award. Nomination forms are available on the MOSES website, or by calling the MOSES office at 715-778-5775. Nominations are due by Sept. 15, 2014.

This prestigious award comes with a number of prizes including a cash award, lodging, a bookstore gift certificate and full admission to the Organic Farming Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of organic farmers. 


Exploring a Pioneering Blueberry Site Preserved in New Jersey

By Meredith Sayles Hughes

Many, but not enough, food heritage sites are included in the US National Registry of Historic sites. One we came across recently entirely by chance, enticed along the way by farm stands overflowing with blueberries, is Whitesbog Village in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. The coastal plain Pine Barrens of South Jersey comprise over one million sandy acres, peppered with bog lands. 

Many, but not enough, food heritage sites are included in the US National Registry of Historic sites. One we came across recently entirely by chance, enticed along the way by farm stands overflowing with blueberries, is Whitesbog Village in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. The coastal plain Pine Barrens of South Jersey comprise over one million sandy acres, peppered with bog lands. 

Make a Biogas Generator to Produce Your Own Natural Gas
For food waste, chop material into 1-inch or smaller bits. The author set up a chopping station in his garden using an old sink and garbage disposal attached to an extension cord. Other options include using a blender or chipper-shredder.
Illustration by James Provost, Courtesy Storey Publishing

Make a Biogas Generator to Produce Your Own Natural Gas

For food waste, chop material into 1-inch or smaller bits. The author set up a chopping station in his garden using an old sink and garbage disposal attached to an extension cord. Other options include using a blender or chipper-shredder.

Illustration by James Provost, Courtesy Storey Publishing

Best Ever Pickled Asparagus Recipe

By Mary Jane Phifer
The recipe is modified from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving by Kingry and Devine.
We love pickles and that does not just mean cucumbers.  Pickled okra, green beans, baby onions, beets- and  our new true love; pickled asparagus. We pick the asparagus every day and keep it in 2’” water until we have a few quarts.  Longer spears can be snapped in half and with ends placed in water and stored in the refrigerator. [Get the recipe!]

The recipe is modified from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving by Kingry and Devine.

We love pickles and that does not just mean cucumbers.  Pickled okra, green beans, baby onions, beets- and  our new true love; pickled asparagus. We pick the asparagus every day and keep it in 2’” water until we have a few quarts.  Longer spears can be snapped in half and with ends placed in water and stored in the refrigerator. [Get the recipe!]

The Many Uses for 5-Gallon Buckets
You can often procure free frosting buckets from your local grocery store’s bakery department and use them for a wide variety of things.

By Sarah Langlois
Photo by Fotolia/Elenathewise

The Many Uses for 5-Gallon Buckets

You can often procure free frosting buckets from your local grocery store’s bakery department and use them for a wide variety of things.

By Sarah Langlois

Photo by Fotolia/Elenathewise