Turn Your Backyard Garden into an Urban Farm

Backyard Farm: Got Yard? Farm it! When it comes to farming, most people think of acres of land and row upon row of single crops. Even when it comes to gardening, many people think they need at least an acre...

Creative Financing and Living the Homesteading Dream

Many people today have a dream of starting a homestead farm. Some feel it is too distant a reality to even imagine. Others are close and making plans. A few have actually taken that leap of faith by diving into...

Small Farm Organic Gardening for Profit on Just 1/8 Acre

From gardening for health to the "accidental" farmer. In early 2013 after too many years of battling with high blood pressure, David decided to make a real change in the kind of food he was putting in his body. This is his inspiring...
Organic farm from space

Organic Farm is an Island of Green as Seen from Google Earth

The soul of the soil and an island of green. "Here's our organic farm from space! 500 acres surrounded by conventional farmland. Feels like I'm living on an island. Seeing is believing. I tell people and they don't get it." Bryan...

Farm to Table Locavore

Think Globally... Plant Locally... Eat Locally... Save Energy A 2013 study assessing the amount of energy it takes to bring food to our tables here in the US indicates we burn at least 15 calories of energy for every single...

Growing Bath Loofah Sponge Plant from Seed

Luffa or Loofah? Luffa, lufa, loofa or loofah? You choose. It's spelled all kinds of ways but it's most commonly 'loofah' in the US and 'luffa' in the rest of the world. So whichever way you prefer to spell it,...

Growing Lavender and How to Make Lavender Oil

Lavender is one of the most commonly known and widely used herbs and essential oils in the world. The name lavender comes from the Latin word, lavare, which means "to wash", after the naturally fresh scent and therapeutic properties of...

Pumpkin on a Stick Ornamental Eggplant (Yes… Eggplant!)

Is it a pumpkin? Is it a tomato...? No! It's actually an eggplant! Seeds arrived in the mail from GardensAll Facebook community member, Kathlyn Pykosz Cairns, so we had to grow some! Gardeners with seeds in hand... #planted! It's been fun...

Cover Crops for the Home Garden

By Jared Gulliford, Earth First Farm Recently, I have found myself experimenting with various cover crops and decomposition techniques in my ½ acre market garden. Cover crops, also called green manure crops, protect the soil over the harsh winter, as well...

The Market Gardener and a Successful Micro Farm

Backyard farming can be productive and profitable. Not all farmers are poor. We've all heard the stories of small farmers barely scraping by... of how hard it is to make a living farming... and the heartbreaking stories of how so many...