Bee Happenings

This year we added bees to our little backyard homestead, using the awesome services of the Best Bees Company, since I have no idea what I’m doing. Two exciting developments recently with our bees. We got to witness an awesome (in the awe-inspiring sense of the word) swarm, and our bees are so happy and prolific, Best Bees recently added a third box to give them more room. We also reportedly have loads of honey, although not yet ready to harvest. While I still hope to learn beekeeping, this is pretty much the best way to have bees as a total noob – I get all of the joy and pleasure of having bees with none of the actual work. It gives us yet another way to help support local pollinator populations, and we get honey. Win.  Continue reading

Make Your Own Ollas

Anyone ever made these? I thought about it last year, but never got around to it… My hugelkultur beds already cut down on watering quite a bit, but I might throw a few of these in too!

The Suburban Farm

I first read about ollas (pronounced oh-yah) over at Little Homestead in the City. Basically it’s an ancient irrigation method that uses unglazed, porous clay pots buried within the root zones of plants. Water poured into the exposed necks of the pots (or pitchers) naturally seeps into the soil, providing a continuous supply of water to the plants.

I’m intrigued by any method of watering that reduces consumption and is more natural. Ollas seem like the perfect answer, but premade ones can be expensive if you’re using them to irrigate everything.

Then I found a gardener named Matt who posted an excellent how-to for making your own ollas using nothing more than inexpensive terra cotta pots.

I followed Matt’s tutorial, and here’s how it went:

STEP ONE: ACQUIRE INEXPENSIVE POTS

Step 1: acquire pots

This time of year they’re easy to find, and I bought these 15-inch pots for $1 each at Job…

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Top 10 Local Food and Farmers Market Predictions for 2015

This is a really thought-provoking list as we head into the new year. I do hope he’s right on about more people at least starting to *think* about where their food is coming from.

Western Wake Farmers Markets

By Jim Pellegrini

This is the time for reflection on the past year, and contemplation of the future year. It’s fun to speculate about how things will shape up in 2015, and while there are no shortages of predictions for the future, we feel like many of the mainstream prognosticators are pumping out obvious fluffy bullshit. I may actually have something to add to this discussion when it comes to trends in local food and farmers markets. Here’s my view on the Top 10 trends shaping our little segment of the food world in the upcoming year.

Number Ten: Local food thinking begins to go mainstream

Don’t confuse thinking with action, just yet. Those of us immersed in the local food world like to think that we’re already mainstream, but the truth is that in the scheme of people eating three squares a day, we are still a fringe element. Our…

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