Monthly Archives: March 2010

Cheap Heirloom Seeds at $.20 cents a package!!!

March 24, 2010
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Cheap Heirloom Seeds at $.20 cents a package!!!

I wanted to let you all know about the cheap $.20 cent seeds I found.   Inexpensive garden seeds are available at the Dollar Store and Walmart.  I found a large variety of garden seeds and herb seeds for $.20 cents a package.  If anyone else knows where to buy cheap seeds, please let me know!  I found…

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Planting Peas and Spreading Compost

March 24, 2010
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Planting Peas and Spreading Compost

We are trying our hand at growing peas this year.  We planted Little Marvel peas from the cheap .20 cent seed packages I bought.  We’ll see how they do! The Little Marvel pea is supposed to be a shorter vine. It is considered an old time favorite! It yields large dark green 3-inch pods with 6-9 large, sweet…

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Lettuce Growing in the Garden on the First Day of Spring!

March 20, 2010
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Lettuce Growing in the Garden on the First Day of Spring!

Our little 4 year old announced yesterday, “Our whole entire family forgot what warm weather feels like!” as we enjoyed spending some time outside in the early spring like weather.  We do feel like we’ve been cooped up in the house for a long, cold winter.  We are still having lots of cool weather and…

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More Katahdin Sheep Twins Born

March 19, 2010
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More Katahdin Sheep Twins Born

We love having sheep on the farm.  Our 12 year old raises them, but we all love them.  It has been lambing season here on Vaughnshire farm.  We love having babies around here! We’ve had mostly pleasant experiences this year, except for the one stillborn lamb the boys had to pull. That momma ewe is doing…

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Agrarian Life: Wayward Sheep Hear the Shepherd’s Voice

March 19, 2010
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Agrarian Life: Wayward Sheep Hear the Shepherd’s Voice

Here are a few of the sheep last summer.  The herd has grown quite a bit since last year.   This year we’ve already had 3 sets of twins since February. It is truly amazing how much this agrarian life has transformed our thinking and deepened our understanding about life.   I was in the…

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The HVP Recall Ramifications Continue – 750 Tons of Meat Recalled

March 10, 2010
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The HVP Recall Ramifications Continue – 750 Tons of Meat Recalled

Windsor Foods, with operations in Lampasas, Texas, and Oakland, Miss., is recalling approximately 1.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The packages of beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products contain as an ingredient the specific Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), which was previously recalled, USDA’s…

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Organic Gardening with the Ruth Stout Hay Mulch Method

March 9, 2010
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Organic Gardening with the Ruth Stout Hay Mulch Method

I ran across Ruth Stout last year when a friend of mine (Thanks, Sherry) apologizing gave me a video about Ruth Stout. I say apologizing because Ruth Stout was a bit quirky and odd in some of her thinking and practices. Despite that fact, there is a wealth of gardening knowledge that one can gain…

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More HVP Food Recall: Kroger Recalls, Trader Joes Recalls and more

March 6, 2010
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More HVP Food Recall:  Kroger Recalls, Trader Joes Recalls and more

Many of you have been following the HVP food recall or Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein recall that has been coming out in the news this week.   Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) paste and powder distributed by Basic Food Flavors, Inc was contaminated with Salmonella and has caused a nation wide recall on a variety of snack food items,…

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HVP Recall: Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Recall and Food Safety Concerns

March 5, 2010
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HVP Recall:  Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Recall and Food Safety Concerns

If you google Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, you will be overwhelmed with the amount of articles that show up about the recent recall of a additive, not a food!  This recall is reported to be heading in the direction of the largest food recall in U.S. history.  It’s not the spinach and it’s not the peanuts.…

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Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Food Recall

March 5, 2010
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Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Food Recall

I ran across this news article today. It’s another food recall except this time it’s a bit more complicated!  How about Salmonella found in a widespread common food additive! WASHINGTON (Reuters) March 5, 2010– U.S. food regulators announced a voluntary recall on Thursday of food made with a common flavoring that could be contaminated with…

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Seeing Spring Around the Corner

March 4, 2010
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Seeing Spring Around the Corner

We are starting to see spring around the corner.  Sure, it’s 30 degrees outside now….but the sun was out today and it warmed up enough to send the kids outside in a coat to run around.  We’ve had a long, cold winter and we are very ready to thaw out a bit. I’ve been aching…

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Tennessee Organic Growers Association Conference, Nashville, March 5-6

March 4, 2010
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Tennessee Organic Growers Association Conference, Nashville, March 5-6

I just found out about this great conference going on in our backyard this weekend, March 5 -6 by TOGA (Tennessee Organic Growers Association).  (Thanks Donna for letting me know!!!!) It sounds like a wonderful conference if you are in the area.   Saturday has a full line up of great speakers.  Joel Salatin is…

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Albino Deer Photographed

March 3, 2010
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Albino Deer Photographed

Odocoileus virginianus – Albino Whitetail Deer How often do you get to see an albino deer in the wild? Depending on where you find the statistics on the web, you have somewhere between 1 and a million to 1 and 100,000 chance that you will see one. But the real question is how often will…

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