Change Your Backyard, Change the World

Zucchini

A real-life example. An entire community in England has rallied around this simple idea and changed their world. Take a moment and watch this.

Goats: Strictly Country or Potentially Citified? A Guest Post by Itty Bitty Farm in the City’s Heidi Kooy

Goat doe and kid

The debate over whether or not goats should be allowed in urban backyards is a heated one, as I discovered after being interviewed for a New York Times article describing the difficulties of goat ownership. Unfortunately, the article failed to acknowledge the benefits of…

Dreams of Spring

Dreams of Spring

There is something which happens to us mid-January. Almost a form of insanity which creeps into our lives, specifically mine. ┬áThe moment the first Seeds of Change catalog comes in the mail. The Winter ritual of perusing seed catalogs and planning of the beds…

Winter Gardening Indoors

Herbs growing indoors

We love having plants indoors, especially vegetables. They make the indoors a refuge in the darker winter months and whet the appetite for outdoor gardening in the spring. A lot of indoor greenery definitely improve our mood in the bleak, frozen winter. Beyond just…

Why you need to compost, even if you have a green bin.

Many municipalities now offer a third (after garbage and recycling) or green bin for composting. And while this is a very good thing it is not a substitute for urban individual compost piles. Your grass, houseplants, vegetable garden, herb garden, and flower garden need…

Natural Comb / Small Cell Transition

I wanted to closely document the transition to small cell to help others with the process, both backyard and commercial-scale beekeepers. If you are not aware bees raised on natural comb have a good track record of surviving without any chemicals in managed hives….

Mite grooming in one of my hives!

First full-frame of natural drawn comb

Today, I opened the hives to monitor and document progress on the changeover to natural cell beekeeping and incidentally noticed a bee doing the waggle dance. This is typically done to communicate to the other bees the location of a new source of nectar…