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Spring farm stories

In the late spring we had some new tools from Johnny's Select Seeds and I thought I sensed a yearning from Molly to get out there and use them. She very methodically stretched some string from one end of the row in the other in the tunnel so she would have straight...

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Wood Violet Birch Syrup

By Hans Hansen It's a bit early to tap birch or harvest violets but that time is not far away. I had an idea of combining the hues and flavors of birch and violets in a syrup, that I have not tried but don't see any reason why it wouldn't work. This came to me while I...

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River Birch (Betula nigra)

By Hans Hansen Native bounty Texan's don't hear much about. River Birch is a handsome multifunction all-zone permaculture tree that deserves more attention. Farmers in northern regions tap both Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), and from several species of Birch. Birch...

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Storing Baby Ginger

By Hans Hansen This covers a few details I missed in our discussion (presentation at Blackwood) yesterday about storing and using stored baby ginger. Keep in mind that baby ginger is quite different, more delicate/tender and fruit/vegetable-like, than the ginger most...

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Vegan soil fertility?

By Hans Hansen Not for my Paleo or Weston Price leaning gardener and farmer friends but it's entirely possible. A student of one of our soil workshops held a few weeks ago posed an interesting challenge to consider. The student had been on a macrobiotic diet for...

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A Hands-on Lesson in Soil pH

By Hans Hansen As an organic grower for nearly 3 decades, if I had to point to one topic of knowledge where organics started to work for me in a practical way it’s when I began to fully grasp the nature and power of soil. More specifically, organics began to work for...

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Native Fall Season Bounty – Permaculture Zones 3 – 5

By Hans Hansen Temperatures finally slipped into a cool glide this week, along with a soaking rain that brought a vibrant green to pastures and landscapes, perhaps one last time. Cruising the country roads of Montgomery, Waller, Washington and Austin Counties, I...

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Artist Journey Through is coming to Blackwood in 2015

I do my best to train myself to *live* in the present moment. TODAY, I am so looking forward to the future and specifically, the beginning of 2015. We are so fortunate to know Heath Brodie, who is coming to Blackwood to create a special exhibit for our enjoyment....

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Propagation Thursday at Blackwood!

By Hans Hansen Here's a seed germination chart to help you get the Fall and Winter garden started. Starting seeds in an un-cooled greenhouse or shade house during July and August, in Texas, is one of the most challenging things a gardener can do. Looking at the chart...

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The Farmer Editorial: Mushroom Compost

By Hans Hansen, Blackwood Land's Head Horticulturist Mushroom compost. Yes or no? I've been asked this question at least 5 times in the last year so I figured it was time for a bit of due diligence, to bring myself up to date. The last review I did on mushroom...

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Dahr Jamail | Farming for the Future

Monday, 23 June 2014 09:29 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report As the impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) continue to escalate, drought, wildfires, flooding and other extreme weather events continue to intensify and last longer as a result. In parts of...

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