Agriculture & Farming

Grow The Heartiest Tomatoes With These Organic Tips

Tomatoes are summer’s gift to the gardener. I simply cannot grow enough tomatoes in one season, so I’ve started growing enough for second, and sometimes third crops. The secret to growing an endless crop of tomatoes during the summer is easy! Follow these organic natural tips and enjoy a juicy crop, perfect for summer salads and ...Read More »

Kids On The Front Line

If you’re a parent—even if you don’t live in a rural area—you’ll want to read this report from Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA). According to the report, each year, more than 680 million pounds of pesticides are applied to agricultural fields across the country. This 2007 figure—the most recent government estimates available—climbs to more ...Read More »

Mail Order Chicks: Caring For Chicks After Transport

This week, we had a few additions join our happy little ranch by mail order. This was the first time that I ordered poultry online, and decided to give it a go. Each year, I like to try raising a different small animal breeds to challenge myself in producing my own food. Last year, it was ...Read More »

Under The Influence (VIDEO)

The next time you think about relaxing with a glass of wine, you may want to pay close attention to where that wine came from. Moms Across America teamed up with Microbe Inotech Labs in St. Louis, Mo., to test 10 California wines for glyphosate. All 10, from California’s prime growing regions—Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino ...Read More »

Ron Finley - The "Gangsta Gardener" (VIDEO)

“Food is the problem AND the solution.” Ocean Robbins introduces a speaker at the 2016 Food Revolution Summit, Ron Finley, the Gangsta Gardener from South Central Los Angeles. Watch Ron Finley as he presents his inspirational story during a TED Talk about growing healthy, sustainable food – and also how he’s growing a community.   ...Read More »

Learn Exactly How To Grow 25 Vegetable Garden Favorites For Maximum Harvests

Finally….the week we’ve all been itching for.  At least where I live, it’s planting time! Did you ever wonder exactly how to grow specific vegetables in your garden for the biggest, healthiest harvests? I’ve spent the past few weeks pouring over my gardening books and scouring the internet to learn all that I can about the ...Read More »

Straw Bale Gardening: Everything You Wanted To Know Or The Best Bounty Ever

Two years ago, we moved into a house that had an abandoned garden; and to put it bluntly, the garden was in pretty bad shape. The soil was dry, rocky and compacted and there were weeds growing, but I was able to turn it around by conditioning the soil and experimented using a cardboard box ...Read More »

What Are They Trying To Hide?

Pilgrim’s Pride sent a letter to its contract farmers warning them that they could be fired if they allowed any “non-essential” people into their chicken houses. Two of the company’s contract farmers risked their jobs to let activists from Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) come inside and see the ugly truth and film a story ...Read More »

Glyphosate Found In Organic Wine

Glyphosate usage has gotten so out of control that it’s seemingly taken on a life of its own and is now showing up even in foods that haven’t been directly sprayed, namely the grapes used to make organic wine. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is the most used agricultural chemical in history. ...Read More »

Baby Chicks Need Love Too: 6 Natural Treatments For Common Chick Ailments

So, you took the plunge and bought some chicks. Let’s say you did everything by the book and researched the breeds you wanted, set up all the equipment beforehand, and gave your chicks everything they needed to thrive; but for some reason they aren’t. While there could be a myriad of reasons why this could be, my ...Read More »

Everything You Need To Know About Raising Baby Chicks On A Budget

Baby chicks…they’re adorable, fluffy, and incredibly delicate!  Despite their fragility, they’re actually pretty simple to raise. If you have some outdoor space and live in an area where it’s allowed, fresh eggs and meat (if you’re interested in that) can easily be yours! This week’s self-reliance strategies are all about getting started with baby chicks. ...Read More »

10 Problems Genetically Modified Foods Are Already Causing

Genetically modified foods (GMOs) have been getting a bad rep for years now as studies continue to come out revealing the dangerous nature of GMOs. Whether it be the harm they cause to people eating them, or the environment, many believe GMOs have no place in our world. On the flip side, many state there ...Read More »

The Unsustainable Absurdity Of The Average American Diet

Have you ever thought about how wildly unrealistic and unsustainable our current diets are?  Items that don’t grow within the same season are commonly consumed together. Things that don’t grow on the same continent are combined into all sorts of meals.  We eat blueberries in December and drink pumpkin spice lattes in the summer.  We ...Read More »

Your Brain On Drugs

Fungicides are widely sprayed on fruit, vegetable, nut crops and corn and soybean fields. But as Tom Philpott (Mother Jones) reports, a new study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications, says there’s disturbing evidence fungicides are “doing more than just killing fungi.” Philpott reports that Mark Zylka and his team of University of North ...Read More »

Shocking! This Is The Chicken That You Feed Your Family With… Abuse, Deformity And Disease (VIDEO)

Pilgrim’s Pride, one of America’s top leading poultry providers is under fire after leaked videos and gruesome images of the deplorable conditions from some of their contract farms. Gangrenous dermatitis, enteritis, coccidiosis are only a few of the vile conditions chickens are dying from, but it gets worse. Disease, Deformity and Deplorable Conditions Spell a Recipe For Disaster ...Read More »

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