Tag: DIY, foraging, urban homesteading

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Preserving Tomatoes

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Preserving Tomatoes

| October 1, 2009 | 7 Comments

So what do you do with 20 lbs of tomatoes and a can-not attitude? What do you do when you have no desire to stand over a boiling pot of tomatoes in 90 degree heat? You roast and freeze. That’s right. I let my oven do most of the work and then after that, I’m letting my freezer do the rest.

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KQED Forum: Novella Carpenter’s “Farm City”

KQED Forum: Novella Carpenter’s “Farm City”

| August 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Novella Carpenter took over an empty lot next to her apartment in Oakland’s gritty Ghost Town neighborhood, and over the years turned it into a lush garden and farm complete with bees, chickens, rabbits and even pigs. Urban farms are popping up in even the most cramped corners of densely populated cities, fueled by a desire for good food and a closer relationship with what we eat. Carpenter joins Forum to talk about her new book, “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.”

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Patio Potato Farming: The Harvest

Patio Potato Farming: The Harvest

How did we celebrate the 4th of July up in Bernal? We harvested the tater bucket! To be really true red-white-and-blue homesteaders, we could have whisked up some homemade mayonnaise and made all-American potato salad. But the patio potatoes were too few, and too precious, for that.

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Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

No matter what you do, fruit+sugar=sweet fruity goodness. And just like homemade pie, homemade jam is better than anything you can buy, even from a fancy place. Why? Because anywhere this side of Smuckers, you’re using more fruit and less sugar when you make your jam at home.

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