Thursday, June 23, 2016

1st From the Farm Hop!

It's time for another round of From The Farm where we love to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. Last Week's Top 3 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Foraging for Oyster Mushrooms

Mushroom hunting! It's one of my new favorite obsessions! I often discuss the collection of free food on this blog, but mushrooms are one of my all time favorite foraged foods. Not only are they super yummy and good for you, they are SO expensive at the store, so I always feel great about finding them. 

While there are hundreds of delectable and medicinal mushrooms out there for the taking, I am going to be discussing the famous oysters in this post. To be specific I am going to be talking about Pleurotus pulmonarius, or the summer oyster, because this is the species you are most likely to find right now. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Here Are The Roadkill Laws in All 50 States

I could not find a list of roadkill laws anywhere on the internet despite hours of searching so I emailed every state’s Fish and Wildlife and asked them these two questions:

1. What, if any, species are legal to pick up after they have been hit by a vehicle in your state?
2. What protocols must one follow before picking up an animal that has been killed by a vehicle, ie contacting the proper authorities, getting a license, etc?

Most of them answered, but the ones that did not are labeled "No information available". This is what they said:

The "Roadkill Bucket": How We Feed Our Chickens For Free

The "roadkill bucket" method of feeding chickens has been going around the internet for a number of years now, but I finally just got a set up to try it out this spring. I was shocked by how well this really works and thought I would write a post to dispel some the myths about this great system. 

So here's the basic idea: You get a 5 gallon bucket with some sort of lid and drill a bunch of small holes in the sides and bottom. You can see four holes in the picture above, but there are probably about  15 in the bottom of it. Next, you go about on your daily errands, but every time you see some roadkill that isn't too totally mangled, you pick it up and bring it home with you. This method is best if you have a short drive home or a pickup truck. I currently have a Subaru, but I generally keep a garbage bag in it just in case and try not to pick up anything that's super rotten or has been hit a million and one times. This method also works with other meat scraps from your kitchen or your local butcher if you're not into the roadkill thing. But on the other hand, I'm not sure why you're reading this post if you're not into roadkill. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Our Recent Move to West Virginia

I don't generally put personal stories on my blog, but I feel like I need to keep my readers in the know. Some of you may have noticed a recent change in some of our blog posts as well as our location. Well here's why:

After graduating from Sterling College in Vermont in May, Zak and I recently moved to our good friends Scott and Jordan's farm, Rabbit Ridge Farm. Now we live in West Virginia, imagine that! (I had never even been here before we moved). Zak, Scott, and Jordan became inseparable friends after hiking the Appalachian Trail together on a whim in the summer of 2013. I was a late comer to the group after meeting Zak in the fall of that year.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pickled Burdock Root

I've been getting really into fermented and pickled foods lately so when I learned that you can pickle burdock root and it actually tastes good, I was stoked to try it! Between my jun, kombucha, sourdough starter, ginger bug, fermented sodas, and sprouted wheat, I'm starting to feel a little like this Portlandia clip:

I don't know how excited my family was about having another mystery jar taking up counter space, but I think they changed their opinions once they tasted this unique food. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Super Immune Boosting Mushroom Bone Broth


 Many of us have grown to know and love our bone broth for both its multitude of health benefits and its lovely flavor, but now it's time to take it to the next level. If you don't already make bone broth, you're in luck, you're starting a step ahead of the rest! Bone broth is extremely nourishing in its own right, but there is a whole world of highly medicinal foods out there that you can add to supercharge your broth and make a heartier soup! I'm not going into the health benefits of bone broth in this post as I've already written several about it, plus there are entire books on the topic! Including Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon, which is one of my all time favorite cookbooks EVER, as many of you probably know by now. 


I will, on the other hand, discuss some of the benefits of the added ingredients I have included in the recipe below. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Vegan Sourdough Calzones

This recipe has recently become a big favorite in our household because it is easy and VERY inexpensive to make, plus it's filling and convenient to eat.  I did just a quick estimate of ingredient costs and came up with $3.88 for 10 calzones with extra dipping sauce (enough to feed the 4 active adults in our household heartily). It might be more or less expensive for you depending on where you buy your groceries and what toppings you use. 

12 Ways to Feed Chickens for Free!

Ah chickens, one of the universe's greatest gifts. Whether you eat meat, or just eggs, or simply like to watch the "chicken tv", chickens are lovely to have around, easy to maintain, and provide a great many services including food, entertainment, and fertilizer. I believe that every household should have at least a chicken or two but many cite the prohibitive cost of feed (especially organic) as an argument against it.

If you're one of those people I have good news for you! Decent chicken food doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, in fact, if you have a little bit of time and creativity, it can be 100% free. Here's how: