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Thursday
Jan262012

Raising Chickens in Southpark

“Mom, I promise I’ll take care of them.” Insisted Gil, this time with even more conviction. Margaret weighed pros and cons of keeping chickens in the suburbs while the three baby chicks peeped up at her from a box in the garage. What began as a school science project - hatching baby chicks safely in the confines of the classroom – was about to turn into something more involved.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Cooking with Mushrooms

Dried Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake (she-tah-key) mushrooms have been cultivated in the East for hundreds of  years, and were once saved for use only by emperors, and fiercely guarded by Samurai.  Like most mushroom varieties, Shiiitake have very few calories, but are much higher in protein and other nutrients like calcium and iron, than other edible mushrooms.  They are often served in soups and as an ingredient in steamed and simmered recipes.  Many recipes call for the removal of the stems simply because they are hardeer and take longer to cook than the caps. Log grown shiitake will stay fresh in the refrigerator if wrapped loosely in a moist paper towel, and placed in an unsealed plastic bag.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

WCNC-36 Anchor Bobby Sisk no stranger to farming

It’s hard to imagine WCNC-36’s polished anchor, Bobby Sisk, working on a farm, but he’s done it. In fact the veteran TV personality actually walked a mule driven plow through his grandfather’s farm as a boy in Arkansas. It was the Microfarm lawn signs, popping up all around town like bright red radishes, that got his attention, and a few minutes in our online photo gallery that inspired the story that aired on December 23, during WCNC-TV’s 6pm newscast. 


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Saturday
Dec312011

Organic Living in Plaza Midwood

“Putting a lot of chemicals in your body through the food you eat just can’t be that healthy,” Diana explains as we walk through her garden. “Seeing the number of chemicals that are used on farms to increase productivity, control weeds, control pests, avoid illness in animals, etc. made us realize how entrenched chemicals are in the commercial food-chain,” she continues, pausing to examine a broccoli floret. “So, we decided to try to limit the number of chemicals that we, and more importantly our children, are exposed to.”

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Wednesday
Dec282011

Growing with a Cold Frame

The basic concept of a cold frame structure has been used in agriculture for centuries.  Whatever the design and specific application, the function is the same : to allow the grower to create a microclimate around plants, and control the temperature, amount of sunlight, moisture, and  wind exposure.

 

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