Some Cool Chicks

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It’s been hot around here (David Bowie is panting). So this is how we keep our girls cool. A kiddie pool filled with muddy water. The trick is the mud. They refused to stand in it when it was just water. All of them loiter around the pool during the hottest part of the day taking turns dipping their toes in the cooling mud.

What I’ve Learned 2013 Edition Volume 1

Summer is officially here and it's time for me to finally get around to writing down some of the things I need to remember. Hopefully this list can help you too in your quest for gardening perfection (pssst....it doesn't exist). Replace your … [Continue reading]

The Hugelkultur Bed Experiment Update

Last fall we decided to convert part of a garden bed into a low  hugelkultur bed to see how it would work for us. To compare we prepared the bed right next to it using a rototiller. In both beds we used the same mix of soil amendments and we planted … [Continue reading]

New! We are offering workshops!

Starting on June 2nd Omni Egg Share and Dog Island Farm are collaborating and bringing you urban farming and homesteading workshops! We've both been teaching so many classes for other places that we finally decided to bring it home and teach them … [Continue reading]

Canning Season is Almost Here – Stay Safe Out There

We just planted our tomatoes, eggplants and tomatillos this weekend. In a couple of more weeks we'll be planting peppers, squash, cucumbers, melons, beans and corn. In just a few months we'll be busy harvesting and preserving our bounty through … [Continue reading]

Buying Before it’s Time

This morning I saw tomato and pepper plants for sale. This morning I also saw frost on the ground at my house, which has a much milder climate than where I saw these plants for sale. What do peppers and tomatoes hate? You guessed it. Frost. So why … [Continue reading]

The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self Reliance in Uncertain Times

You know what they say about judging a book by it's cover? This one has a fantastic cover so go ahead and judge it. To be honest, the title kind of threw me because it almost seemed like it was aimed at the prepper community. I'm glad I dug into it … [Continue reading]

Michael Pollan for $12

For the last several years I've been wanting to see Michael Pollan speak, but usually it's at a swanky center for way too much money. We did get a chance to sit in on one of his classes at UC Berkeley for free, which was awesome, but that was not a … [Continue reading]

The New Normal

A great TEDx presentation on using livestock to reverse desertification and climate change. Except for 4 years while I was away at college, I've lived pretty much my entire life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Even when I was in college I still was … [Continue reading]

Putting a Value on That

Recently I tagged along with my mom to the grocery store. She was in town visiting and she's a fantastic cook and was planning on making an amazing meal for her best friend who she was staying with. It wasn't just any grocery store, though. We were … [Continue reading]