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Grow 7 Healing Herbs At Home | Green Prophet

The old song says, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Let’s add echinacea, garlic and basil. Most are culinary herbs with poetic histories. All are green medicines that you can harvest at will.

The herbs don’t take up much space, if not much space is what you have. I myself grow about 15 kinds of herbs on my little apartment balcony, in containers. A culinary/medicinal herb I love to have there is chickweed, a wild herb that’s easy to grow at home.

You can get creative and recycle an old sink or worn-out buckets as containers, but herbs thrive in ordinary plant pots. Weeding and adding organic plant food to the water every 2-3 weeks guarantee thriving, healthy plants. Seed packets provide information on how deeply to sow, the right months of the year for sowing, and the best sun/shade conditions. If buying little starters, consult the plant nursery. Or start your herb garden with upcycled supermarket herbs. You’ll love picking fresh, green medicine that you grew yourself.

via Grow 7 Healing Herbs At Home | Green Prophet.

Serendipity: Life is a Garden

I would like to highlight some great gardening websites and blogs today. If you know of great gardening blogs please share them in the comments below. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!

Cultivator’s Corner: One Girl. One Big Garden.
1-acre garden in Chicago? Yessiree! Gardening how-tos, videos, photos, and articles.

Soil Can Reduce Anxiety
I found this great post on how gardening and organisms in the soil can reduce anxiety. There are so many beneficial organisms in that soil, and they can benefit the people who work that soil in amazingly positive ways.

Living the Frugal Life
Homesteading in a residential neighborhood on less than an acre of land. /

Growing Potatoes in Buckets caught my eye as well as the post on pasturing rabbits.

Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen
Maria’s amazing website full of great information on organic gardening and then how to cook those yummy vegetables up into amazing…

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The following Guest Blog first appeared on Food Safety News (February 2, 2013), and is reproduced here with the kind permission of its author, Bill Marler.

Salmonella’s Not an Adulterant?

– by William D. Marler

Personally, as I said to the Los Angeles Times several months ago, “I think that anything that can poison or kill a person should be listed as an adulterant [in food].”

Ignoring Salmonella in meat makes little, if any, sense. Even after the Court’s twisted opinion in Supreme Beef v. USDA, where it found Salmonella “not an adulterant per se, meaning its presence does not require the USDA to refuse to stamp such meat ‘inspected and passed,” our government’s failure to confront the reality of Salmonella, especially antibiotic-resistant Salmonella, is inexcusable. The Wisconsin Supreme Court in Kriefall v Excel called it as it saw it:

The E. coli strain that killed Brianna…

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Undefeated

Woman …

A mother who gives birth to a child lives to

protect the child, no matter what happens to her.

A daughter, forced to marry,

lives the life she never wanted only to uphold her

father’s words and promises.

A sister, she is treated as a slave by her brother

but she still obeys his command.

Woman …

Seen by people as a toy to play with and

later to be thrown away.

Tolerated for the glory of the family

and the respect of the father.

Beaten to death if she starts to dream

Beaten, raped, killed.

Exchanged to pay off a debt

Or sold to earn a profit for the father.

Woman …

A word that has lost its value

in our society. She’s a human,

with a heart, a soul, wishes, and dreams.

Full of power and passion to fight

for her rights and freedom.

Beaten, yet undefeated,

she stands with great power

once again to fight.

Woman …

Me and you

By Marzia N.

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Undefeated.

About this Website – Linking small farmers to markets

Agriculture remains the best opportunity for the estimated 1.5 to 2 billion people worldwide living on small farms to work and trade their way out of poverty. Linking smallholders with well-functioning markets plays a critical part in long-term strategies to reduce poverty and hunger.  At the same time, including smallholders in supply chains offers companies a chance to diversify and increase resilience in their supply base, while also appealing to ethically-motivated consumers.


This website is a resource for practitioners and researchers who are taking on these challenges.  It facilitates the sharing of experiences and “new business models” through research papers, case studies, tools, impact studies, and descriptions of active “action-learning” projects – thereby helping companies and NGOs become more effective at realizing both development and commercial benefits.

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