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Woman Who Unplugged From Technology | Homestead Life

Woman Who Unplugged From Technology | Homestead Life

Science tells us that screen time puts our minds, bodies and relationships at risk.Source: www.deseretnews.comScience tells us that screen time puts our minds, bodies and relationships at risk. In the spring of 2009, California-based writer Sharael Kolberg did the math and estimated that she spent four months of her year using some form of entertainment technology […]

Homestead Life | Brian Castellani & Valerie Herrmann explain a little bit about why permaculture gardens are organized in rows that help maximize water usage. http://www.homestead.life

Permaculture Friendly Yards

1. Realize that your yard is not a “yard.”  Your ‘yard’ is an outdoor environment. It is what surrounds you. It is part of and not separate from the larger ecosystem. Realize that it is habitat, not just for other plants and animals- but your own habitat. You can grow what strengthens and benefits you […]

Matt Barlow writes about simple, practical & sustainable permaculture living.

Matt Barlow Houston: Farmers Markets

Houston…More than Nachos and Rodeos When it comes to learning about culinary diversity, Houston was a great classroom.  I am by no means a culinary expert, but in the short time I lived there I had experienced more types of food than any other place before or since.  Most people including myself before living there […]

Matthew Barlow How to Prepare and Grow Potatoes

Matthew Barlow | Preparing and Growing Potatoes #GrowJax

Matthew Barlow explains how to prepare and grow potatoes in the North Florida environment. This video describes basic tips for planting potatoes in Atlantic Beach, Florida (located in the Jacksonville area). Matthew contributes with DigLocal.org, helps run the Beaches Local Food Network, works at Earthworks and actively grows food in his backyard. http://www.Homestead.Life

Matt Barlow is a huge supporter of local organizations and farmers.

Matt Barlow Gardening Series: First Steps

Here’s the journey of my passion. Here within lies the trail to my heart. This is a trek that many others have taken, but each in their own way. If you can read through my tales and identify with my story, you may just smell a faint waft of garlic, onion, and herbs simmering through […]

Organic Farming is a form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests, excluding or strictly limiting the use of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, plant growth regulators, livestock feed additives, and genetically modified organisms.

Defining Agriculture

Homestead Life defines Agriculture as sustainable development of plants that can be considered as agricultural assets.   This includes food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and products or resources. We will highlight the many voices sharing how they are problem solving common issues within Agriculture.

Homestead Life™ | Valerie Hermann explains a little bit about why permaculture gardens are organized in rows that help maximize water usage. http://www.homestead.life.

Valerie Hermann – Permaculture in Jacksonville, Florida

Valerie Hermann explains a little bit about why permaculture gardens are organized in rows that help maximize water usage. Website: www.homestead.life. Source: www.youtube.com

Homestead Life™ | Urban Permaculture Project in Baguio City, Philippines

Urban Permaculture Project in Baguio City, Philippines

Baguio City | Helping People Thrive in the Most Difficult Places on Earth. Baguio City, is a highly urbanized city located in the province of Benguet in northern Luzon island of the Philippines. (more…)

Certified Naturally Grown | Homestead Life™ • Simple, Practical & Sustainable Living.

Certified Naturally Grown

CNG offers certification for the following types of operations: produce, livestock and apiaries. If your farming or beekeeping practices are in keeping with the standards specified for each type, you’re probably ready to take the five steps to certification, detailed below. For a visual representation of the process, check out the Certification Flow Chart.Source: www.naturallygrown.org

37 million honey bees found dead because of GMOs

Certified Naturally Grown CNG

Organic farmers can have their products certified at a cost less than the USDA’s certification program.Source: www.alternet.orgNew Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO FoodOrganic farmers can have their products certified at a cost less than the USDA’s certification program.Eco-conscious shoppers now have an alternative to organic food that has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Certified Naturally Grown (CNG).The […]