Forest Permaculture

Forest Permaculture is an integrated three dimensional design of permanent agricultural layers combining tall trees, small trees and shrubs, vines, perennial and self-seeding ground covers, and livestock to sustainability and permanently provide nutrients. Okay, that sounds so serious and professional.  Permaculture is a method of farming management where the environment provides food for your livestock.  …

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Seed Saving 101: How to Save Seeds

Seed Saving 101: How to Save Seeds Preserve your harvest from year to year with these easy seed-saving basics. [repost: By Tabitha Alterman September/October 2011 Growing an organic garden from seeds you saved yourself is the ultimate in gardening self-reliance. But that’s only one reason to take up this hobby. In addition to the …

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Understanding Pain & 4 Natural Pain Relief Options

Understanding Pain Pain motivates us to seek treatment more than any other symptom. It can be debilitating and cause us to react to various circumstances in a way we normally would not. Our brains register pain by stimulation of particular nerves. Essentially, a nerve is an electro-chemical channel or an electro-chemical pumping vessel in which …

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7 Steps to Stop the Bird Flu in Its Tracks!

[reposted from my Capper Farmer blog: ] The bird flu is an infection which jumps.  The avian flu virus can pass from wild birds such as ducks to say chickens laying eggs on a farm to people like you.  As this virus makes its jump, it strengthens, becomes nastier, even deadly.  It is very …

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Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano is the best herb in my herbal arsenal. It works very well. I use it for my livestock by planting it in our pasture so that the animals can self-medicate and oregano essential oil in their water when fall rain and winter snow falls as an alternative to medicating them with antibiotics and the …

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What You Should Know About Colloidal Silver

What Is Colloidal Silver? Colloidal Silver is a suspension of very tiny silver particles in liquid, typically purified water. Silver is a mineral. It is not yet known, scientifically speaking, what the function of silver is in the human body. Silver is a naturally occurring mineral in foods and water. January, 1915, The Journal of …

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4 Rare Herbs to Add to Your Garden

4 Rare Herbs to Add to Your Garden By Ashley Houk Before hospitals, clinics or doctors were available to everyone, herbs were an important part of peoples’ lives. As time progressed, many medicinal herbs were used for their culinary properties to add flavor. Although you can find plenty of herbs, fresh and dried, in most …

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Eat Your Weeds!

Eat Your Weeds! The Best Edible Weeds Easy-growing weeds are surprisingly tasty and packed with nutrients [repost - thanks Mother Earth Living: By Amy Mayfield May/June 2011 With high levels of iron, potassium and beta-carotene, dandelion stimulates digestion and aids the liver. Long used as cleansing tonics, easy-to-find spring weeds are rich in vitamins …

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Coq au Vin

How to Make: Coq au Vin

5-7 lb Stewing Chicken 4 oz Salt Pork or Slab Bacon, cubed or lardons 1/2 cup Flour 1 tbsp Butter 2 stalks Celery, cubed 3 Carrots, cubed 1 medium Onion, cubed 3 cloves Garlic, crushed 7 oz Mushrooms 24 Pearl Onion 1 cup Peas 1 bottle Red Wine 4 cups Chicken Stock 1 tbsp Sea Salt 2 tsp Black …

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Seed Saving Primer : Part One : Seed Biology 101

For those of us who pour over seed catalogs come January, this is for you! In full disclosure, I need to confess something... I am a HEIRLOOM SEED FREAK!!!  Seriously... no lie, it is sort of an obsession.  I love their names: Di Cicco Broccoli, Minnesota Midget Melon, Tom Thumb Popcorn, French Breakfast Radish (Have …

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