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TAG : Laura Flacks-Narrol

101 Reasons We Can or Preserve Food

“Why do you preserve food, albeit can, dehydrate, ferment or freeze?”This is the question I posed to several of my social media groups. I was blessed with a massive response.  The list below comes from the passionate comments of 100’s of folks that are part of Rebel Canners, Fermenters ...

Harvest the Food Not Bought

The "Food Not Bought" pledge is a commitment to use all the food that you grow from your garden. This means one must eat it, preserve it, or give it away. The pledge doesn’t allow one to let excess harvest rot on the counter. The pledge seems like great fun in the spring when I am planting ...

Ivan Tomato, 2nd Year: From Kitchen Window to Market Booth

The second year of the Ivan Tomato Rescue Project started as our first growing season concluded. We had a small green house in my back yard and some experience under our belts.   I began to plan out how to move forward with our second year in business while I enjoyed tending to my own garden ...

Which Rock Star Plants Should You Grow to Maximize Your Garden Yield?

We all get so exited each winter when the seed catalogs start to arrive. I know not everyone grows from seeds and if you grow from starts you will be limited by what you can find locally. So, the thought of having 1000’s of types of seeds at your fingertips is quite the thrill. We value some ...

Why I Decided to Save the ‘Ivan’ Tomato

Why did I decide to save a tomato, you ask? Well it’s a long story, so I will try to keep it short and to the point.  I have gardened for over 20 years in my suburban backyard.  I have grown plants for several reasons. I’ve grown for food, and I’ve grown for the pure wondrous joy of ...

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