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Dreaming of Apple Orchards

A Crisp Organic Apple Fresh From Our Tree

The first time I set my foot in an apple orchard, I fell in love. I loved the fragrant, fruity scent that wafted through the air. I loved walking among the trees with their gentle canopies full of plump and beautiful fruit. And, I loved the feeling of being among them, the energy that instantly …

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The "No Dig, No Dirt, No Problem" Garden Bed

Having a large wooded acreage results some serious biomass. When the snow finally melted on our property, we were amazed by the number of branches, leaves and even full-size trees that had come down during the winter. Additionally, large areas of the property had been cleared and planted with grass …

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13 Reasons to Start Drinking Cherry Juice Today

There are numerous benefits of eating cherries and drinking real cherry juiceWe just added a couple of young cherry trees to our property and are already dreaming of the day we harvest our very own cherries. The amazing taste and health benefits make the picking worth every minute. There are so many health benefits to eating cherries or drinking real cherry juice that you’ll…

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21 "Need To Know" Facts About Water

Here are some important facts about water that you need to knowWe had an unusually wet spring this year but we also know that our area had a serious drought through the summer last year. The weather seems to be increasingly unpredictable around the world and water often factors into that uncertainty. At the same time, industry is consuming more fresh water than…

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A Celebration of Celery and Celery Seeds

Celery is one of the most overlooked superfoodsCelery is probably one of the most overlooked superfoods. While some people add chopped celery to their soup or chili, or eat them as raw snacks, their healing powers are tremendously overlooked. I want to change that by showcasing celery’s true healing powers. Here are some of the best health and h…

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Eat Your Greens! Here Are 10 Reasons Why

There are many great reasons for eating more leafy greensIn our house we love leafy greens so much that we grow microgreens year-round in our kitchen, as well as many types of leafy greens in our outdoor gardens in the summer. They are delicious additions to sandwiches, salads noodle bowls and all kinds of meals. We all know we should eat more greens but …

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Strawberry Fields Forever: 10 Great Reasons to Eat This Early Season Berry

There are so many great reasons to eat strawberriesEvery June when strawberries burst into gardens and markets near my home, I am reminded of my strawberry-picking expeditions as a child with my dad and sister.  My mom agreed to make dozens of pies or fresh jam if we’d pick the strawberries needed.  Well, that was all the incentive I needed to spend…

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Window Sill Greenhouse: Six Week Update

Window sill greenhouse with mature potatoes and peasAt the end of March, we wrote about re-purposing an old storage bin and using it for a windowsill greenhouse inside our home. As we begin planting outside, it is amazing to see how our plants fared in the window over the last six weeks.

We ended up with seven strong and healthy potato plants out …

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6 Delicious Weeds that You Can Eat

Delicious edible weeds can be found in your yardThe availability of nutritionally-dense food that is free from the clutches of corporate agriculture companies like Bayer AG and Monsanto is a growing concern to many people. And, while food security is indeed something to take seriously, few people are aware of their own already-available food grow…

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How Far Does Your Food Travel to Reach You?

Fruits and vegetables lose nutrition when they are shippedWhen we consider ways of contributing to the health of planet Earth, we usually consider things like recycling, reducing the amount we drive, eating more organic foods, or using less plastic. While all of these ideas are certainly worthy of our effort, few people consider the massive footprint of ea…

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7 Ways to Make Your Garden More Earth-Friendly

There are many ways to make your garden earth-friendlySpring has sprung and across the land, people are pulling out their rakes and spades, filling wheelbarrows with soil and preparing for another season of gardening. In some parts of the country, gardens are well underway but I can’t wait to get my hands dirty planting a wide variety of vegetables, he…

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Great Foods For Spring Detox

Living in a northern climate often means a long chilly break from fresh produce. By December, produce in the grocery store is looking questionable. By February, fruits and vegetables are low on flavor and even lower in nutrients.

That’s why I love the spring season.  Fresh produce is making its r…

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7 Medicinal Weeds Growing In Your Yard

We need to become more self-reliant in our use of natural medicines. That’s why I’ve started FoodHouseProject.com. Be sure to check out more of the content on the site. To help get you started, here are some of my favorite wild medicines growing in most peoples’ yards or gardens:

Chickweed:

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Happy Earth Day! Take the Food House Project Challenge

Grow your own food to celebrate Earth Day!

We're thrilled to officially launch FoodHouseProject.com on Earth Day! It seems fitting given what our site is all about: empowering everyone to start growing at least some of their own food to help reduce the burden on planet Earth. This is why my husband, Curtis, and I launched FoodHouseProje…

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The Surprising Food that Reduces Heart Disease Risk

Let’s face it:  most of us had a parent who would command us to eat our vegetables.  I recall my mom telling me “eat your spinach, it’s good for you” fairly frequently.  And, I’m sure my childhood wasn’t that different from most peoples’ at least when it comes to the regular parental vegetable int…

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7 Ways to Eat an Earth-Friendly Diet

Since 1970, people around the globe have been celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd.  Considering the state of our planet and the political, corporate and industrial forces that seem intent on destroying it, everyday should be Earth Day. Our world needs more care and healing and, in the absence of tru…

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Window Sill Greenhouse: Two Week Update

Those of you following our adventures remember that we took two storage bins without lids and made a window sill greenhouse for some organic potato cuttings. That was thirteen days ago and we have some good news: the potatoes are growing!

The first three plants have broken the surface and are…

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Urban Cultivator Makes Microgreen Growing Easy

The 130 year-old house Michelle and I bought does not have a proper kitchen. Previously transformed into an office and subsequently neglected by the former owner, the house has a small kitchenette with about a foot of counter space in what we are now using as a new laundry room (the house didn’t hav…

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Root Causes: The Link Between Degenerative Agriculture, Public Health and Climate Change

In case you missed it in January, I encourage you to check out the study released by the Lancet Commission on Obesity earlier this year.  It clearly and concisely documents the link between global crises that many people, particularly policy makers, don’t understand or don’t wish to acknowledge.…

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From Storage Bin To Window Sill Greenhouse

When you move, you often end up with assorted boxes and containers.  As survivors of numerous long distance moves, we have our share of plastic bins and over time, we misplace or break lids.  So, what do we do with the lidless bins?  Make a miniature windowsill greenhouse for potatoes!

We took…

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