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How To Plant Cassava (Yuca) From Cuttings

Girl propgating cassava, yuca

We started growing cassava, known as “yuca” in Costa Rica, when we first moved onto our property.  We buried cuttings in horrible hard clay soil and they were totally neglected.  To our surprise, they still popped up and made tasty yuca roots under the soil.  We learned through trials, that…

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The Internet of Plants and The Truth Behind Avatar

Plants and trees on Avatar communicate through electrochemical means

Did you know that beneath your feet is an information superhighway built of networked fungi that allow plants to communicate? Recent studies have revealed some amazing information about how plants communicate.  They use a sort of networked fungus called “mycorrhizae”.  The term mycorrhizae means “fungus root”.   These thin strings of fungus attach to…

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How to Build a Pallet Garden – Upcycle Project

Pallet garden design with plants and soil

Pallet gardens are a fun and efficient way to expand your garden.  If you’ve always wanted to do a raised bed but were constrained by space or cost, build a pallet garden!  They’re incredibly simple and a great way to repurpose industrial trash. Do you have a tiny or nonexistent budget, but want…

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Dervaes Family – Urban Homesteading

Devaes Urban Homesteading

Since the mid 80’s the Dervaes family has transformed their small city lot into the sustainable and self-sufficient Urban Homestead project.  On just 1/10 of an acre they supply enough vegetables for themselves as well as a local produce business.  They’ve really set the standard on what possible in an urban…

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How Labels On Chicken Meat Are Intentionally Deceptive

Take a look at the chicken labels next time you go shopping. As someone who raises their own, this new trend is getting pretty annoying. Top 4 Myths About Mass Produced Chicken Debunked 1. There are NO HORMONES OR STEROIDS approved by the USDA for use in any meat poultry.…

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Sweet Potato Greens – You can Eat Those?

Fit woman cutting camote tops for salad greens

Heck yeah you can eat them!  After growing and trying the sweet potato tops your first time, you’ll be wondering why camotes (sweet potatoes) and their nutritious greens are not in the market. Camotes are in the Convolvulaceae family with flowering morning glory vines. Unlike potatoes, you can also eat the leaves of…

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Aquaponic Food Production Manual – DIY

Interested in getting started with Aquaponics? This is the official aquaponic food production manual released by the United Nations FAO.  It’s an amazing resource to save or print out.  All of the concerns with starting and maintaining an aquaponics system are covered in this manual.  It’s filled with relevant scientific…

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Pesticide Residue – Organic Vs Conventional Produce

Guy walking spaying pesticides

Be sure to save this post or print out the chart on the bottom if you’re interested in monitoring your exposure to pesticides in produce. Given the growing body of scientific evidence pointing to harm in pesticide use, consumers are becoming more concerned about the sources of their veggies and fruits. The…

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