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Growing Grain On Your Farm to Combat High Grain Prices

Learn about what Organic Dairy farmers in Vermont are doing to combat high grain prices by growing their own grains.

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Using Vinegar in Your Garden

Howard Garrett talks about how to use vinegar in your garden. He uses it heavily diluted in the water he uses to water plants and in concentrated form with orange oil and soap as an organic herbicide for weeds.

How to Make Seaweed Fertilizer

How to make seaweed fertilizer yourself rather than spend on expensive commercial seaweed fertilizer. In this video it’s made both with fresh whole seaweed and with sushi nori sheets, water and a hand blender. Babybabkas also mentions that she can also find dried whole seaweed in Chinatown.

She uses the seaweed mixture right away — but I’ve also seen where people let the mixture ferment.

Controlling Insects with Soaps and Oils

Skip Richter talks about using sprayed on soap and/or oils to minimize insect problems in your garden.

“People can really take care of themselves if they are willing to do the work”

California seniors Myrna and Earl Fincher are organic market gardeners who dug themselves out of financial hardship through farming.

In the video Earl and Myrna show us around their farm operation: Earl’s unique electrical germination set-up, the seed sowing boards he built out of plywood and wine corks, the bird and bathouses he uses and sells (the couple try to attract birds and bats to eat insects, since they don’t use pesticides on their crops). Myrna also shows us her preserve storeroom. She cans and freezes a wide variety of foods. Earl and Myrna also keep chickens.

Myrna says “People can really take care of themselves if they are willing to do the work.”

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