bunches of garlic hanging and drying

Gleanings from July

Gleanings is my monthly “link love” post where I share some of the interesting articles I’ve come across the past month.

Grow your own onion sets.

Because mine are looking really, really good and I might not be able to justify seedlings again, but hate to spring for sets.

So true. And since I shared our rainfall totals for May and June, you now know the state of my housekeeping.

I know, I know. I said “no new skills” for me this year, but this goat’s milk soap looks temptingly simple.

Good thing we don’t have goats.

An intriguing Herbal Bentonite Clay Toothpaste.

Preserve the healing properties of plantain with this salve recipe.

When I saw this chart, I immediately thought of how very handy it would be if  you were trying to formulate your own chicken feed recipe.

Another great protein source for chickens is mealworms. Here you can learn how to breed your own. I would love to tempt my son into experimenting with breeding mealworms this winter to help with feed costs during the cold season.

While we’re talking about feeding chickens… how about some herbs too.

I’m excited to try this udder balm on Maybelle when she freshens later this month.

Strawberry Balsamic Bacon Pizza.

It was amazing! I’m already looking forward to next June for this reason alone.

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The following articles seem to be all food-centric. Perhaps I’m preparing my mind for the wealth of material that will be coming out of the Reformation of Food and Family Conference next week. (No, I’m not going. Yes, I wish I was.)

Test for Healthy Ingredients

Calories–remember this–are never your enemy. Processed foods are your enemy–the enemy of your health and weight and well-being.

Thoughts on Plant-Based Diets

Beef conventionally raised on high-fructose corn and fed hormones and antibiotics, is the issue–and a big issue. Of course if you compare conventional meat to fresh vegetables, vegetables will come out ahead. But if you compare grass-fed meat rich in vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, to conventional wheat sandwich bread, the meat will come out ahead. People (and producers) don’t define their terms but make it sound like eating vegetarian is the end-all answer.

A Man To Till The Ground: The Christian & Agriculture 

Yes, being part of the ‘consumer society’ seems to be working pretty well for us. As Christians, we might even remember to bless God for such abundance on occasion. But when we ceased to be producers, what exactly did we give up? Why did our ancestors who worked the land have an innate sense of Godly purpose and satisfaction that many of their descendants seem to lack? Could there be spiritual connotations in the natural growing cycle that serve a deeper purpose than to provide us with the means of maintaining these perishable bodies of clay?

Why Food? A Christian Agrarian Perspective

God created food, our need for food, and our continual need for food so that we would be continually honoring and glorifying Him by acknowledging His goodness, and His greatness and his blessings in our lives…. We live in a day and age when the industrial system has directed people off the land, into cities and suburbs, and assumed the role of Provider-God in our modern society. In so doing, the industrial system has usurped God’s glory. Praise be to the industrial system, is the modern attitude.

Have you seen anything new or interesting around the web lately?

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