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the.wastefree.chef

We love this time of year in our produce garden and popping just outside our door to collect food for the day. We’ll also have some summer berry jam soon for those of you that needed some more gifts or missed out on our Christmas pop-up shop. #summerberries #freshberries #summerberryjam #lunchboxfillers #growyourownfood #permaculture #suburbansustainability

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the.wastefree.chef

Snow pea tendrils have finally found their way to the lowest branches of one of our kiwi vines. I’m constantly humbled by nature’s consistency. I planted the snow peas here presuming that the kiwi vine would make a sturdy and suitable trellis. The kiwi is just starting to sprout its spring leaves which will provide some protection from the sun as our days become warmer #snowpea #pea #kiwivine #growyourownfood #permaculture #suburbansustainability #backyardfarm #urbanvegetablegarden

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scheererfamilyfarm

Anniversary gift. Yesterday was my wedding anniversary. 5 years ago I married my best friend and life companion. A friend recently said that our weirdness completes each other, and its true! He is such a hard worker, and I can roll up my sleeves and work right along side him. Recently though I have had to take a step back and concentrate on the more nurturing side of things. I make sure there is food on the table, a clean house to come home to, and occupy our wild man while he tries to get projects done. He surprised me with a 3lb jar of very local honey. Love someone who gets your weirdness. #anniversary #anniversarypost #findyourweirdness #lovegrows #suburbansustainability #urbansustainability #suburbanfarming #urbanfarming #localhoney #medicine #thankyoubees

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the.wastefree.chef

Last of our citrus pickled in a fennel and cinnamon brine - our cumquats and mandarins. Picked a few kaffir limes and pickled them with chili and fennel. Teachers’ presents done (sorry Jodi if you read this, you’ll know what part of your Chrissy gift will be 😬) Great recipe and easy instructions from @cornersmith #citrus #pickledcitrus #pickledfruit #homestead #canning #wastefreecooking #preservetheharvest #permaculture #suburbansustainability #urbanfarming

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This is what I’m talking about @wormticklers_nursery This is our temple to cooking under our own effort. No corporates needed to fire this baby up. She sits in the centre of our back yard and oversees all that we do like an old friend. She wood-fires the best Italian pizzas, flatbreads and when she has cooled down, a cake gets thrown in at the end, making the most of all that energy. #woodfiredoven #woodfiredpizza #woodfiredfood #makeyourownenergy #permaculturegarden #suburbansustainability

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Busy girls cleaning up our dirty work. Our second brood box has the queen excluder on top and we always have to prise the super off. Honeycomb breaks and honey flows freely, within seconds the girls are busy saving as much as they can to re-store elsewhere in the hive. We have dozens of old Langstroth boxes we will be converting into a Warre hive this spring. If our girls don’t swarm, the bee club I frequent collects swarms so we can utilize their services. #beekeeping #bees #honey #realhoney #honeycomb #permaculture #growyourownfood #backyardfarm #suburbansustainability #suburbanfarming

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rituals_of_resilience

There’s not a lot happening in our winter veggie garden at the moment so it’s a pleasure to pull up these beauties!

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chixnhens

Can anybody tell me what the heck this is on my cabbage plant? @migardener @offgridwithdougandstacy @thefundamentalhome @sslfamilyfarm I also found a cabbage worm 🐛 on a nearby plant. They look like eggs to me but I truly don’t know. I took them off but I still want to know what it was. #Gardening #SuburbanHomesteading #OrganicGardening #GrowAndIfThis #WhyIGarden #GrowYourOwnFood #UrbanSustainability #SuburbanSustainability #HealTheEarth #HealthyLiving #NutritionalFood

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DuPager Jan, (co-Founder of the DuPage Organic Garden Club) donated these lovely asparagus! We lovingly planted them in a new asparagus bed last night! #sustainability #foodresilience #perennialagriculture #regenerativeagriculture #nativefoods #foodismedicine #asparagus #foodsovereignty #suburbanlife #suburbanfarming #suburbansustainability #chicagosustainability

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quailyyc

Nanking cherry blossom, the first flowers that aren't from a greenhouse or a dandelion. We are zone 3 in Southern Alberta, we have a very short growing season. tree #cherrytree #cherries #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #suburbanhomestead #suburbansustainability #suburbanfarm #urbanorchard #suburbanorchard #cherryblossom

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Celebrating the end of a successful brew with someone else’s successful brew @whitelakesbrewing Amber ale for #TheCanadian who had only the best things to say about it (and only $8/pint today!) and Pils for me 🍻 When #TheKidlet’s away..... the grownups will: run straight to the pub! • • • #whitelakesbrewing #vernonarmstavern #farmersdayoff #butwestillhadtobuychickenfeed #themsthebreaks #kidfree #homebrew #homebrewing #bottlingday #baldivis #baldivislife #suburbansustainability #selfsufficientlife #selfsufficient #allyouneedisbeer #savemoneymakemoney

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naturallykosher

No waste is our policy, from the earth it comes and to the earth it shall return. Composted into my home garden . #naturallykosher #compost #gardening #returntonature #suburbansustainability #growyourfood

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rethinkrubbish

Usually I collect the seeds from my garden, but sometimes nature beats me to it. Either way works because one season of planned planting feeds us for several more 🌱🥒🥕🥦🌽🍋🍏🍓 #growyourown #gardenlife #productivegarden #suburbansustainability #frontyardvegetablegarden #seedcollecting #rocket #peas #spinach #growfoodnotlawn

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suburban.sustainability

My buns aren't babies anymore. They're still very small however. I keep thinking they will grow, but it might be safe to say they are done. I feel like they only weight 2-3 pounds though and that seems small, even for dwarf rabbits. They are still sweet as can be and enjoying being outside in their new, bigger home. • • • • • • • #urbanfarm #urbanfarming #rabbits #rabbitsofinstagram #dwarfrabbit #suburbansustainability #suburbanhomestead #suburbanfarm

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quailyyc

Nanking cherry very productive this year, I think Ill make something out of the cherries. #tree #cherrytree #cherries #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #suburbanhomestead #suburbansustainability #suburbanfarm #urbanorchard #suburbanorchard

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Margo in the allotments with her #bespoke jacket - #naturallydyed with #brazilwood and #cochineal 🥕 🥒 photography by @andybrowne.photography and modelled by @emilylucybrowne in Fordingbridge allotments ☀️ #bespokejacket #naturaldye #linen #handembroidery #goldwork #silkthread #vegetablepatch #suburbansustainability #suburbanhouse #sustainability #sustainablefashion #thegoodlife #margo #biglapels #70sfashion #handwoventextiles by amazing indigenous women at @awamakiperu

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Margo in the allotments with her #springonion on her #bespoke jacket - #naturallydyed with #brazilwood and #cochineal 🥕 🥒 photography by @andybrowne.photography and modelled by @emilylucybrowne in Fordingbridge allotments ☀️ #bespokejacket #naturaldye #linen #handembroidery #goldwork #silkthread #vegetablepatch #suburbansustainability #suburbanhouse #sustainability #sustainablefashion #thegoodlife #margo #biglapels #70sfashion #handwoventextiles by amazing indigenous women at @awamakiperu

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Shoutout to my brother and sister-in-law for having a backyard that is truly #goals. Highlights include: two ducks and three chickens who live in a homemade coop, a vegetable garden, several berry bushes and fruit trees, a natural meadow, a compost pile, a fire pit, a clothesline, an outdoor ping pong table, a cute dog, and a bat house. #pennsylvania #phonexville #suburbs #sustainability #suburbansustainability #ducks #chickens #garden #gardening #backyardgarden #naturalliving #imjealous

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denys.olson

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Two days old. Out of the 10 eggs in the incubator, 4 hatched. One didn't make it, and we have three left. These little guys grow so fast! I already feel like they have almost doubled in size since they hatched. • • • • • #babies #quaileggs #urbanfarming #urbanfarm #backyard #backyardpoultry #quail #chicks #backyardchickens #minifarm #suburbansustainability #suburbanhomestead #suburbanfarm #sustainability

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Welcome to the homestead bunny brothers! Today we added two dwarf bunny brothers to our mini-farm in the suburbs. These little guys will help add valuable manure to our compost. They are so small. They will stay inside until they are ambit bigger and I fix up their outside area. Now taking name suggestions! • • • • • • #urbanfarm #urbanfarming #minifarm #rabbit #rabbitsofinstagram #dwarfrabbit #homestead #suburbansustainability #suburbanhomestead #suburbanfarm #animals #bunny #babyrabbit

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When we started out, I knew nothing about gardening. Now I know just slightly more than nothing... there's so much to learn! This was the extent of my radish harvest this year. After trial and error, I have realized that I have one of my beds in too much shade and the soil is too hard. I'm ready to try again in the fall, but for tonight, we will feast on these two lonely babies. • • • • • • #suburbansustainability #thehappygardeninglife #epicgardening #urbanorganicgardener #garden #urbangarden #gardening #ediblegardening #radish #green #growyourownfood #grow #urbangardenersrepublic

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I am slowly trying to make the switch to more sustainable products. I've started small with things that get daily use, or would typically be replaced often. A toothbrush is a seemingly insignificant item, but a single person could use 5 toothbrushes in an average year. These toothbrushes inevitably end up in a landfill where they can take 450-1000 years to break down. Wood materials biodegrade naturally and bamboo is one of the most sustainable wood products. I just love the cardboard packaging too! I will be adding it to my compost 😊. • • • • • #suburbansustainability #sustainableliving #sustainability #sustainable #ecoconscious #ecofriendly #thegreenroot #bamboo #bambootoothbrush #toothbrush #noplastics #plasticfree #biodegrade #biodegradeable #sustainablehome @the_greenroot

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Blackberry blossoms. I have two varieties of blackberries growing. One has a light pink blossom and the other is white. I'm not sure what their varieties are called, but one has thorns and the other does not. We are expecting a pretty good harvest this year, considering we only planted them last year. They are spreading like wildfire! • • • #suburbansustainability #thehappygardeninglife #epicgardening #urbanorganicgardener #grow #green #garden #gardens #gardening #blackberries #berries #growyourownfood #growyourown #flower #urbanfarm #urbangarden #urbanfarming #lobotany

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suburban.sustainability

We have flowers in the tiny strawberry patch! We planted 3 everbearing varieties and one June harvest in one of our little raised beds. • • • • • • #ediblelandscaping #ediblelandscape #urbanfarming #sustainableliving #sustainability #grow #growyourownfood #urbangardenersrepublic #urbanorganicgardener #epicgardening #lobotany #thehappygardeninglife #greenthumb #grow #growyourown #suburbansustainability #strawberries

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suburban.sustainability

I am so excited about my new compost tumbler. I am learning more about composting and reducing waste. It's a great way to turn food scraps into valuable nutrients for your garden, while saving pounds of trash from landfills. I have a large compost pile going for lawn clippings and leaves, but I'm planning on using this for my kitchen scraps. • • • • • • #compost #composting #urbangarden #urbanfarm #urbanfarming #urbangardner #urbanorganicgardener #urbanorganicgarden #lobotany #epicgardening #epicgarden #thehappygardeninglife #suburbanfarm #suburbanhomestead #suburbansustainability #sustainability #sustainableliving

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suburban.sustainability

I got a little bit of planting done on this flood day. Most of Missouri experienced severe flooding this week, including my hometown. Although my house remained dry, many businesses and our high school were under water. Our school district has been out for 4 days. The flood waters are finally receding today and the sun came out to celebrate. 🌞 On another note, I am trying out a new planting method using grow bags. I purchased them from Amazon for $16 for 5 bags. Two of the bags are shown here. I need all the space I can get! • • • • • #urbangarden #suburbansustainability #urbanfarming #urbangardening #urbanorganicgarden #urbanotganicgardener #thehappygardeninglife #lobotany #epicgardening #epicgarden #organicgarden #garden #vegetablegarden #herb #herbgarden

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suburban.sustainability

I'm always looking for natural alternatives to traditionally chemically laden products. I would prefer to make many things myself, both because it's cheaper, and I can control exactly what goes into/on my body. I've been thinking about dying my hair for a while now (I've had grays since I was 17), but did not want to go the chemical route. I also wanted to stick to my natural color as much as possible. I chose this henna dye from Lush in Caca Brun. It was super messy and I don't recommend trying to do it by yourself like I did. I am anxiously awaiting the results and I will post when it's finished! • • • • • #natural #naturaldye #lush #lushhenna #naturalhair #naturalbodycare #suburbansustainability #chemicalfree

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It was a great weekend in Smoky Mountain National Park, teaching students about conservation and nature. It is such a beautiful place. • • • • #suburbansustainability #getoutdoors #getoutside #rei1440project #hike #hikelife #smokymountains #nationalpark #nationalparks #waterfall

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neighborsfeedandseed

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Happy Earth Day everyone! We had a wonderful time at the STL Earth Day Festival. There were so many great vendors and information stations. We got to make a native bee house, picked up some seeds and learned about recycled products. We also got some planting done this afternoon. All in all, a pretty productive Saturday. • • • • • • #earthday #stlearthdayfestival #grow #seeds #monarchhabitat #monarch #growyourown #greenthumb #growyourownfood #green #sustainability #sustainableliving #suburbansustainability #organic #pollinatorgarden #pollinator #pollinators #savethebees

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suburban.sustainability

Blackberry bloom. Our blackberries are taking off this year! We have had to trim them back because they are taking over the front garden. • • • • #suburbansustainability #backyard #urbanfarming #organicgarden #urbangardening #urbanorganicgarden #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #green #greenthumb #grow #growyourownfood #growyourown #homestead #suburbanfarm

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suburban.sustainability

Happy Easter 🐰 🐣🐰 Dyed quail eggs. We tried it the regular way with vinegar and it did not work out.. the vinegar dissolved all the quail markings off the egg. These were just dyed with food coloring and water. I think they turned out beautiful. #backyardchickens #backyardpoultry #japanesequail #urbanfarming #backyard #quail #quaileggs #eastereggs #easter #hardboiledeggs #eggs #homestead #urbanfarm #suburbansustainability #suburbanfarm

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Homemade bath bombs. These make great gifts and are super easy to make! These are lemongrass scented. • • • • • • • • • • #homemade #homemadebathbomb #naturalnodycare #naturalbath #bath #bathbomb #suburbansustainability #suburbanhomestead #diy #diybathbomb #diyhome #diybath

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suburban.sustainability

Future pollinator paradise. We are going to plant pollinator friendly plants and build habitats to attract beneficial insects to our garden. We also want to get rid of as much of the lawn as possible... • • • • • #suburbansustainability #greenthumb #flowergarden #organicgarden #april #garden #gardening #thehappygardeninglife #urbangarden #urbanfarming #urbangardening #urbangardenersrepublic #pollinator #pollinatorgarden #beegarden #beefood #spring

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This weekends garden project. We added a border around this bush and planted a few pollinator friendly plants, including 4 that are native to Missouri. I love the idea of creating a habitat for critters in my yard. We are also aiming to replace as much of the lawn as possible with edible landscaping. Lawns decrease biodiversity in an area and take up valuable water resources. • • • • • • • • • #sustainableliving #suburbanhomestead #suburbansustainability #suburban #garden #gardening #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #beegarden #butterflygardens #greenthumb #green #grow #grownative #growyourown #growing #biodiversity

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Laundry detergent making day! I made a new batch this year with more natural ingredients. No borax. The previous batch I made lasted me a whole year. It cost me about $20 for all the materials and only took 15 minutes to make. 4lb box baking soda 3lb box washing soda 4 lb box epsom salt 1 package oxyclean free 3 bars of grated Castillo soap I combine them all in a 5 gallon bucket to store for the year. #homemade #diy #diylaundry #diylaundrysoap #diylaundrydetergent #diynatural #naturalhome #suburbansustainability #suburbanhomestead #suburban #laundry #detergent #diydetergent #inmyhouse #home

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