Today I bring you the following links from around the interwebs.
Here at the weekend homestead, we are all about producing our own food. The next best thing to home production is food that comes from the farmer’s market.
It is a nice feeling to be able to look the seller in the eye when you are purchasing food. You can ask questions about how the food was produced. This enables an informed decision where you don’t have to worry about where the food came from.
This is such a big deal because of things like pink slime. I first heard about pink slime from this episode of the survival podcast. In case you haven’t heard:
Pink slime refers to a paste of cartilage, low-grade trimmings, sinew and other animal bits that was until recently found widely in fast food, TV dinners and other low-end beef products.
That quote is from this recent news article wherein a government official admits (after a FOIA request) that “We are taking a beating from the media lately” To some of us bad press is not enough.
It is time to produce our own food and buy from known sources. Let’s get growing…
Indoor Seed Starting
There are many benefits to starting your seeds indoors.
- Enables you to choose a wider variety from seed catalogs.
- Enables you to grow vegetables that require a long growing season such as bell peppers.
- Gives a sense of personal satisfaction developing a skill that helps produce your own food.
- Saves money on seedlings.
With that in mind, I bring you a link on how to inexpensively start your own seeds indoors using fluorescent lights. Don’t miss the follow up on building your own seed starting rack.
If you prefer learning by listening, here is an entire podcast dedicated to seed saving.
Square Foot Gardening Templates
If you follow the square foot gardening method, you might be interested in these templates that assist is spacing seeds or small seedlings at planting time.
If you reap a bountiful harvest, you may run out of room to store it all in your fridge. That’s where this next link will come in handy.
The author of The Weekend Homesteader is on a roll. She is currently doing research for an ebook all about root storage.
- Anna Hess Interview
- Links January 18, 2013
- Links January 4, 2013
- Links June 18, 2012
- Links May 18, 2012
- Links May 5, 2012
Do you think the government is protecting the food supply by allowing pink slime in ground beef?