The woes of composting your food waste are many. From the odor to messiness, trying to compost at home can be extremely challenging, especially if you don't have composting service or a backyard to finish your compost. That's why we had Jeremy Lang, the founder of Pela and Lomi, on the Positively Green Podcast. In this episode we learn all about Lomi - the countertop composter that turns your food waste into compost in a matter of hours. No mess and no smell - just finished compost at the push of a button!
It's that time of year again! Back to school shopping is upon parents and kids as we gear up to get back into the school routine. With the long list of school supplies you get every year, consider shopping a bit more eco-friendly this time. There are so many amazing options to shop eco-friendly when sourcing your back-to-school supplies and we share a bunch of ideas and options with you in this episode of the Positively Green Podcast.
In this episode of the Positively Green Podcast, Suzette and I are sharing six spring wellness tips to slow your mind, strengthen your body, and tend to your spirit. Spring is such a wonderful time to recenter yourself. Tune in and get a mental and spiritual reset!
In our latest episode of the Positively Green Podcast, we have on Nate Dewart. Nate Dewart, is a Senior Project Manager at an energy consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area and launched a non-profit called Songs for Good to amplify civic engagement through music. We chat about energy efficient building standards, how we can create policy that helps BIPOC instead of hurts them, and why climate action is possible.
Are you curious about the journey behind our DIY A-Frame chicken coop tractors? In this post I am going to share with you why we decided to design and build our own unique A-frame chicken tractor for our backyard hens. Lastly, I'll share with you how you can get your hands on our A-frame chicken coop tractor build plans so you can build one for your backyard or homestead!
My very first flock of backyard chickens clocked in at seven beautiful hens. After researching and reading as much as I could on how best to raise laying hens, I decided to let them free-range because pastured chickens are the happiest and healthiest.
Why? Being able to forage for bugs and grubs allows them a diverse diet, lots of sunshine, and never ending entertainment. Keeping hens on grass also provides us the healthiest eggs possible thanks to their higher beta-carotene, choline, and omega-3 levels. It was win-win in my book.
So after a few weeks of free-ranging my very first flock, imagine my dismay when I came out to check on my girls and found feathers and blood everywhere. My heart sank as I did a headcount and found two of my girls missing. A hawk had been through my flock and thus began the conundrum that most backyard chicken owners face. Do you let your hens free-range and take the risk of a predator attack or do you keep them cooped up and safe and limit their diet and their happiness?
There’s nothing quite like having the infrastructure you need to farm, especially for those of us who farm in colder climates. When we first purchased our farm, the barn was in desperate need of renovation. The previous owners used it to store old farm equipment, junk, and well, more junk. The mice also turned it into their personal cabin getaway. It was hard to imagine it would ever look clean again...
In this video, I share with you the before and after of our barn renovation, go over our budget, the scope of work, and give you a barn tour!
In the early 1920s, almost 1 million Black farmers owned 14% of American farmland, but that story is vastly different today. According to the Baltimore Sun, Black farmers lost an astonishing 90% of their land over the years, and today fewer than 50,000 African American farmers, out of a total 3.4 million farmers, remain in business. Farming as a strong source of livelihood for people of African descent is now a distant memory.
What a wonderful feeling to finally have spring upon us at Green Willow Homestead! We had a few “Fool’s Springs” in Shell Lake, WI - but I’ve gotten better at containing my verdant excitement and not jumping the gun. In this first video blog, I share with you what’s happening at Green Willow Homestead for the 2021 season - what we’re planting on the farm, where and how we’re selling our produce, and a few long term goals for the future.
The health benefits of supplementing with holy basil to help treat adrenal fatigue naturally are numerous. After I dealt with months of adrenal fatigue symptoms, it felt like nothing was moving the needle. Once I started supplementing with holy basil, my energy levels began to return back to normal, my brain fog was clearing, and my reaction to stress felt more manageable.
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you my adrenal fatigue journey, the symptoms I experienced, and how supplementing with holy basil can help alleviate those symptoms - let’s dive in!
Vermicomposting can be a fun way to transform your kitchen waste into nutrient-rich food for your garden and plants. It’s also really satisfying to know that you can do your part to process food and decrease greenhouse gases in our environment. In this episode of the Positively Green Podcast, Suzette teaches us all about how to get started with vermicomposting!
Thanks for stopping by Green Willow Homestead! From chicken rearing to composting, we've got our hands full and we love sharing what we've learned along the way. Follow along as we turn the 80 acres we call home into a farm that serves its community and a homestead that nourishes us throughout the seasons.
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