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Surprise Hurdle in FSA Loan Process

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surprise hurdle

When we left off, I’d been waiting for the appraisal to come back on the Swinging Bridge Farm before the FSA would proceed to the final stage of their loan process for Direct Farm Ownership. Everything hinged on that figure, so it was a fairly monumental milestone. I’d expected to hear from Nathan over at the FSA regarding the report,… Read more »

Repurposed Containers for Growing Shoots

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One of the great things about growing shoots is that it’s so versatile! You don’t need expensive equipment to get started, and most of the required components you probably already have on hand. Sure, there are commercially made germination trays you can purchase, but if you’re not ready to fully commit money to supplies for shoot-production or if you’re short… Read more »

#WinterGrowingChallenge Update #2

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premature pea shoots

Moving into January and the second month of our #WinterGrowingChallenge I’ve decided to step up my seed-sowing activities. Initially I had imagined I would be eating delicious leafy green salads every night when I undertook to grow my own greens, yet I’ve eaten a mere 3 salads since the start of this project. Sure that’s more fresh greens than I… Read more »

First Shoots Harvest of the #WinterGrowingChallenge

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On Saturday I harvested─and ate─the first shoots of my #WinterGrowingChallenge. Yay me! I started that first round of seeds 2 weeks ago on Saturday, December 9th. It took 14 days to harvest the first salad. I was initially concerned with the cooler temperatures in our home slowing down the growth of the shoots, but according to the Johnny’s website the projected… Read more »

Shortest Day; Longest Night

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winter solstice 2017

The Earth’s orbit around the sun has brought us once more to this─the shortest day and the longest night─the Winter Solstice. For all of Earth’s creatures, nothing is so fundamental as the length of daylight. It drives warmth, weather, and life itself on our planet. Today we know that the solstice is an astronomical occurrence, caused by the Earth’s tilt… Read more »

#WinterGrowingChallenge Update

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radish sprouts

11 days after sowing my first seeds for shoots as part of my #WinterGrowingChallenge, I am still patiently waiting for those leafy-greens. I’m fairly lusting after a pea-shoot salad with my favorite homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing─maybe with a little crumbled feta. The idea makes my mouth water even now. There was one thing I overlooked however, amid my own enthusiasm… Read more »

How to Grow Shoots for a Supply of Leafy Green Vegetables This Winter

pea shoots

Supply your household with a source of fresh, leafy green vegetables this winter by learning how to grow your own shoots indoors. If you’ve never tried it, I’m offering you the perfect opportunity to try it now and see how easy it really is. Join me in my #WinterGrowingChallenge and grow shoots through the winter this season. I’ve assembled this… Read more »

13 Reasons to Grow Your Own Shoots This Winter

pea shoots

I am so pumped about this whole Winter Growing Challenge that I want every household to do this with me and I’m going to give you 13 reasons to grow your own shoots. By doing this together we can encourage the people around us to eat healthier too; we can inspire our friends and family to make a conscious choice… Read more »

FSA Farm Loan Update: Complete Application!

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It’s been 54 days today since I dropped off the bulk of my FSA farm loan application with the Somerset County branch of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Surprisingly enough, things continue to progress in the direction of ownership of the Swinging Bridge Farm for Runamuk. The Story So Far: Making an Offer Negotiations Hesitation Over the Swinging Bridge Farm… Read more »

Winter Growing Challenge!

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pea shoot salad_winter growing cahllenge

Announcing Runamuk’s Winter Growing Challenge 2017! The further I travel along this road toward an increasingly sustainable lifestyle, the more I learn about food and good health. I want to provide my family with healthy fare so they can reach their full potential─that was the reason I started gardening in the first place. I’ve learned to feed my children from… Read more »