Tag: sustainability

prayer and preparation for Earth Day

i thank You God for most this amazing day:for leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes — e.e. cummings, North America As I have been meditating on… Continue Reading “prayer and preparation for Earth Day”

slow food

It would be simple to define “slow food” as “the opposite of fast food” or “food that is cooked slowly.”  I prefer, however, to think of slow food as food that has not only been prepared slowly but also cultivated slowly–food that has taken… Continue Reading “slow food”

2013 produce planning

Wisconsin windmills

My sunset drive across Wisconsin brought me to a small town called Brownsville. As I crested the hill prior to the town’s exit ramp, I saw the most breath taking sight–a town powered by wind–tall graceful structures for as far as I could see.… Continue Reading “Wisconsin windmills”

an Iroquois Thanksgiving prayer

Thanksgiving Prayer We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks… Continue Reading “an Iroquois Thanksgiving prayer”

whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect. ~Chief Seattle One evening, I stepped out on the front porch… Continue Reading “whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves”

dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in

Dear Chicas, I have tried to provide you with the best plant matter money can buy–organic kale seeds, swiss chard, winter rye and clover.  I have even made you your own special salads with delicacies like blueberries and freeze dried meal worms.  I must… Continue Reading “dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in”

thrifty Thursdays: glass bottles

After a recent event, I watched the hosts toss various colored glass bottles into blue recycling bags.  The “collector” in me wanted to cry, “Wait! I can do something with those!”  And, after doing some research, I realized, yes, yes I can. Here are… Continue Reading “thrifty Thursdays: glass bottles”

lessons learned: what thinning plants can teach us about patience

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson   One night last week after studying for tests and recounting the day’s “learning opportunities,” I headed outside while my daughter got ready for bed.  In spite of Evening knocking at the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what thinning plants can teach us about patience”

here a chick, there a chick–chickens and gardens

As the chickens and I spent several hours out on the farm yesterday, I realized that the sisters are really learning their way around the gardens and woods.  When they hear a hawk call out, they run and search for bugs under low growing… Continue Reading “here a chick, there a chick–chickens and gardens”

thrifty thursday: plastic jugs

I will admit, I am a fool for containers–size and shape don’t matter.  For a long time it was just about organization andstorage, but once I started caring for creation, I realized how many plastic items could be reused or upcycled. Plastic jugs come… Continue Reading “thrifty thursday: plastic jugs”

plant the plate

Thanks, Little Sis at mysisterspantry.wordpress.com, for this blog post.

gentle gardeners, people of faith, and environmentalism

This morning, I picked up a book I’ve not read in awhile.  I was hoping for some inspiration for a meditation this morning, and when I’m limited in time, I return to books that touch my spirit This morning, I’d like to share a… Continue Reading “gentle gardeners, people of faith, and environmentalism”

Completed coop and pallet fence

designing, building or purchasing a chicken coop? some thoughts to consider

So, I posted my coop here yesterday and had some feedback from folks.  I am still working on it–building a pallet fence for the hens so they can have a little more play space (will blog on that one when it’s done).  I thought… Continue Reading “designing, building or purchasing a chicken coop? some thoughts to consider”

the coop

farmers’ markets: tips for the trip

So you’ve found your local market, and you’re ready to head out–what’s next? Give yourself plenty of time!  There’s so much to see and explore.  The market is not like the grocery store–it’s not about getting in and out with the necessities.  Take the… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: tips for the trip”

prayer for rain

Give life to the grass by sending us rain. Give life to our earth by sending us rain. Give life to our crops by sending us rain. Give life to our children by sending us rain. ~Dinka Prayer, Sudan I almost didn’t recognize Morning… Continue Reading “prayer for rain”

farmers’ markets

Seeing as it is midsummer and most farmers’ markets are in full swing with fruits, veggies, and flowers, I thought I might do a series of posts on this wonderful local shopping experience.  I am always thrilled to see a new vegetable stand or… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets”

resting in grace

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in… Continue Reading “resting in grace”

oh honey, you’re a homesteader!

Carrie: Samantha?… Samantha tell me the truth. I know people don’t mean it when they say that but I do. Samantha: Oh, honey. You’re a model. Carrie: You’d tell me, right? Samantha: Absolutely, you’re a model. ~Sex in the City, Season 4, Episode 2… Continue Reading “oh honey, you’re a homesteader!”

a prayer and meditation on Earth Day

i thank You God for most this amazing day:for leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes — e.e. cummings, North America As I sit here on this… Continue Reading “a prayer and meditation on Earth Day”

rainy days and rain barrels

Oh yeah!  Finally, the rain is coming down, and the plants are slurping up ever last drop.  Little, dry seeds are sending up a chorus of “Hurrah!” Spring rain blesses each new leaf with a promise of growth, and for anyone with allergies, washes… Continue Reading “rainy days and rain barrels”

root food: now you see ’em, now you don’t

My foray into root veggies started with garlic.  (If you haven’t read that post, let me refer you to “getting ready for the garlic” post.)  I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I figured anything you could put in the ground and… Continue Reading “root food: now you see ’em, now you don’t”

the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out–cultivating healthy compost

Sunday around here is K cup recycling and compost turning day.   All week, I have the folks in my office throw their K cups filled coffee and tea grounds into a bin, then I bring it home on the weekend.  Cleaning the filter and… Continue Reading “the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out–cultivating healthy compost”

thrifty thursday: clean out those Mason jars and put ’em to good use

My favorite!  Mason jars!  Yes, they are my guilty pleasure.  I will admit that the first thing I searched on Pinterest was “Mason jars.”  Ball, Mason, it makes no difference to me–these jars embody summers sitting at the kitchen table watching my mom pickle… Continue Reading “thrifty thursday: clean out those Mason jars and put ’em to good use”

giving thanks for the farmers

Give thanks for the farmers, and for everyone in the long chain from soil to mouth via sun and rain. Give thanks for the plenty in our lives. Let every mouthful remind us of the privilege of being alive and more-than-adequately fed, of being… Continue Reading “giving thanks for the farmers”

so you’ve started your seeds, now what?

After I pressed two posts on starting seeds, I noticed the trend in lots of posts and pinterest pics focusing on seed starting.  Yep, we get excited about planting the seeds, knowing that one day they’ll become vegetables and fruit in our gardens, but… Continue Reading “so you’ve started your seeds, now what?”

rainy day got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown It’s a cool, rainy March day here–the kind of weather that makes me want to lie on the couch and doze on and off, dreaming of warm, sunny days and veggies… Continue Reading “rainy day got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

at the end of the day–spring comes to growing grace farm

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.––Margaret Atwood After a week of being gone from the farm, I came home.  I came home to blooming tulips, green leafed berry vines, and blossoming trees.  As I sit on… Continue Reading “at the end of the day–spring comes to growing grace farm”

Horst Rechelbacher’s sustainable life “to do” list

In an article in Spirituality and Health (September-October 2008), Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, discusses how we can live a sustainable personal life.  He suggests that we should take an inventory to ensure that our energy, emotions, spirituality, consciousness and health/well-being are… Continue Reading “Horst Rechelbacher’s sustainable life “to do” list”

“go local”

“Go Local,” is a phrase most of us hear if we are supportive of local, sustainable practices and local, small businesses.  A lot of us, however, have been “going local” for a long time (or “going locally” if you were my 7th grade grammar… Continue Reading ““go local””

community garden

Recently, I’ve read and listened to stories about several community gardens.  You see,I have been longing to share my gardening skills and work with my church to begin a community garden.   In the past few weeks, I’ve come to realize that people define the… Continue Reading “community garden”

recipe and tips for a good marinara sauce

I know it’s not summer and tomatoes are still small seeds waiting to sprout, but after a comment came in about how to can tomatoes today, I had to get down a jar of homemade marinara and eat  few spoonfuls.  There is nothing like… Continue Reading “recipe and tips for a good marinara sauce”

slow food

It would be simple to define “slow food” as “the opposite of fast food” or “food that is cooked slowly.”  I prefer, however, to think of slow food as food that has not only been prepared slowly but also cultivated slowly–food that has taken… Continue Reading “slow food”

canning

I recently had someone refer to canning as a “lost art.”  I snickered to myself that for us homesteaders, it is not an art, it is a tradition.  It has function and purpose.  Its history goes back generations to women who stood around boiling,… Continue Reading “canning”

surburban farming

Tonight, I was reading a blog post by slowfoodsmama.com entitled “Is Urban Farming Really Farming?”  Great post if you’re interested, and it caused me to reflect on what makes a suburban yard a “farm.” My tween daughter seems to define farm as “an area… Continue Reading “surburban farming”

upcycling

Ok, so now you want to know, “What is upcycling?”  A friend asked if that was an excuse for hoarding, and my tween daughter thinks I’m just trying to be cool using that term instead of “recycling.” (cue the eyeroll. . .) For me… Continue Reading “upcycling”

homesteading

So, I’ve been asked time and time again, “What is homesteading?’  In searching online, I’ve found many definitions, but here’s what it means to me~ carrying on traditions taking an active role in my home, my gardens, my farm connecting with Creation choosing to… Continue Reading “homesteading”

welcome

It’s what you do that makes your soul.  ~Barbara Kingsolver I have started this gardening and farming blog as a way of documenting my own commitment, be it ever so small, to permaculture in my immediate surroundings.  Part of my journey has included writing… Continue Reading “welcome”