Save the Seeds!

It sounds so heroic to be a part of the seed saving community, and it is!! Not only are you gathering food from your land, but then you are saving the seeds that food produces to continue the process of sowing and reaping. This cycle is immensely practical and forces us to respect and honor … More Save the Seeds!

Mulch It

  Remember in the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, when the father believed that Windex was the cure-all for everything? Well, for those of us who garden and cultivate the land, mulch is our windex. Let’s make this as simple as possible. 🙂 Why Mulch. Mulch is essentially a topping for the soil. It … More Mulch It

17 Beneficial, Edible, and Beautiful Midwest “Weeds”

Dictionary.com defines weeds as, 1. a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop. 2. any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted. Our society is taught to pull weeds, stomp out weeds, or spray them with chemicals. According to the definition above, a weed is a “valueless plant” that grows where it is “not wanted”. BUT, what if I told you that EVERY plant has value of some sort!! It is … More 17 Beneficial, Edible, and Beautiful Midwest “Weeds”

Why You Should Hire a Permaculture Designer

I recently explained to a very dear family member that my husband has a permaculture design certificate from The Permaculture Institute, taught by Geoff Lawton and we are in the process of building a business around sustainable gardening and permaculture. They stared at me blankly. Often when people ask, “What do you do?” or “What … More Why You Should Hire a Permaculture Designer

Millennial Farmers: A Chat with Gallatin Grown

I grew up on a hobby farm with a variety of animals, including sheep, chickens, goats, horses, dogs and cats. We made our own hay and sometimes we hosted a small garden. Living in Milwaukee county, I was considered a “farm girl”. This label can be thrown around quite easily, these days. Many documentaries and … More Millennial Farmers: A Chat with Gallatin Grown

Starting Microgreens

As the winter months are officially upon us, my husband’s ability to play in the dirt has been greatly inhibited.   I thought our 5 bucket worm-compost, our 3 Rosemary plants, 3 Aloe plants, 2 Snake plants, 1 Ponytail Palm, 1 Ficus Tree, 1 Basil plant, and 1 Dragon Palm might be enough to quench his … More Starting Microgreens