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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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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Radial Flow Solids Filter – Aquaponics Poop Solution

ermahgerd poop meme

If you have absolutely no idea what aquaponics is, or why we’re talking about poop here; check out our Aquaponics System In Costa Rica.  It’s a system that combines fish farming and growing plants without soil. Poop is the lifeblood of any aquaponics system.  The fish eat.  The fish poop.  Then,…

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6 Reasons to Grow Malabar Spinach

Red malabar vine spinach

1. It’s a Nutritious, Easy To Grow, Dual Purpose Veggie Malabar Spinach (Basella Alba) is high in Vitamin A and C as well as Iron and Calcium. It is low in calories but has a good protein/calories ratio, and plenty of soluble fiber.  It grows without much attention or care.…

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Water Hyacinth – Water Weed or Livestock Feed?

Eichhornia Crassipes (Water Hyacinth) According to the University of Florida, it’s labeled the “Worst Floating Weed“. If you’re not familiar, water hyacinth is a rapidly multiplying floating water plant.  It’s considered invasive in many countries and illegal in many US states.   In favorable conditions it can double in population every 12 days…

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