Archive for the "News" Category

  • Thankful for How it Got Here

    As we sit down to our bountiful Thanksgiving Day meal, it is our tradition to explicitly and vocally express our thanks. Family, friends, good fortune and health are always on the list. At the top of list, to no surprise, is the food which has been tempting us all day with its amazing buttery smells. It is this day we loosely practice the tradition set forth by our forefathers who were giving thanks for surviving another year in the wilderness of America and to be lucky enough

  • As Local as Your Backyard

    Eating locally sourced food is a great movement. It supports our local farmers. However, even these farmers will tell you the best local sourcing is your backyard. Matter of fact, many of them grow and sell plants for you to do just that. Whether you have a backyard spanning an acre plus or just a balcony off of your apartment, you have the ability to grow your own vegetables. Tomatoes are amongst the easiest and most popular to grow. With the invention of the upside down

  • Growing Garlic

    The Yard Project is proud to help those who want to become less reliant on other entities (e.g. corporations, government, etc) by becoming more self-reliant. In the spirit of this goal we will be providing blogs on basic self-reliant practical applications. Today’s topic is about planting for the future. This blog was originally posted in October. We added some updated pics below to give you the full cycle of growth. Nothing is a better example of action now for a better tomorrow, than growing garlic. It is a simple procedure that needs some forethought in

  • The Cost of Community

    [caption id="attachment_33911" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Volunteers Ruth, Beth and Mark"][/caption] We all love to go to farmers markets, concerts on the commons or events like Articulture. It is fun to commune with our fellow neighbors at an event which requires nothing more than for us to sit back and enjoy. Everyone wishes their towns had more community events. As I co-opt my father’s phrase about money, “Community doesn’t just grow on trees, you know?” It involves time and money (which true to my father’s word, does not grow on trees).

  • A Local Difference

    It is not a secret our economy has created even greater budgetary strain on our already strapped world of art.  It is as though we are moving thru a gallery of somber shades of grey to even darker blues.  Museums are going underfunded, schools are cutting art programs and struggling artists are struggling just a bit more.  The lack of funding is echoed in our agricultural programs as well. Resources supporting our local farmers are being scaled back while regulations are increased. Even on a canvas depicting the darkest of

  • Articulture: Where Locavore Meets Art Locale

    Locavore is becoming more and more a household term. It is basically about obtaining your food directly from local sources. Local sources really means items which are grown or created locally. Instead of buying tomatoes at your local supermarket shipped in from Chile, you would purchase them directly from a local farm or greenhouse. The movement supports a number of benefits. First, you have more quality control of what goes on your table. Second, you are supporting agricultural businesses close to home. Art Locale

  • What is a Gardener Supposed to Do?

    The grasses are brown. The frozen earth is unyielding to any new or continued growth. Leaves and buds have disappeared. It is far too early to start any soil or plant prep work. Whether you work a kitchen garden or what may seem to be a plantation, the list of “to dos” are endless. One gets used to being busy and productive. What is a gardener supposed to do with all of this time on their hands? The answer typically shows up in

  • A Prayer for Wintering Bees

    As I prepare the hive for their 4 month wintering, a childhood prayer kept coming into my head. With each adjustment of the hive, I changed the prayer to fit the bees. Now I lay the hive down to sleep, I pray the Lord my bees to keep. If the queen should die before spring wakes, I pray the Lord another queen make. Zone 4 New Hampshire winter is tough on even the hardiest of bees. The hive has been wrapped in 3/4 inch Styrofoam with each seam sealed by duct tape. The idea is to provide as much warmth without totally sealing

  • Occupy Your Kitchen

    In our series of supporting a more self-reliant stance, we thought there was no better place than the kitchen. When we are provided with cheap sources for our most basic needs, it is too easy to go for the end product so you can focus on other not so basic needs. However, this trend has allowed most of us to forget how to perform these simple tasks. It also has allowed others to dictate the ingredients, flavor and purpose. I think about items such as the ready-made

  • Organic Quince Paste

    Quince, a forgotten fruit today, was brought over from Europe during the colonization of America. It was considered proper to plant a quince tree in a well stocked apple orchard. It is a cold weather tree needing temperatures below 7C to flower properly. They hardy up to a zone 3/4 winter climate. Although it is hard to eat raw, they are perfect for cooking. They contain high amounts of pectin which make them a cinch to make jams or marmalades. In fact the word marmalade came from the Portuguese word for Quince; marmelo. I owe this