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TAG : Lois Hoffman

Support Bees with These Flowering Plants, Shelter and Water

Farmers, gardeners and conservationists all sometimes clash on various issues such as pesticide use, wild animal control and other topics. However, one thing that we are all in agreement on is that we need to protect and preserve our bee population. Although bees are not our only ...

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Bonfire Time: Variations for Fun Fireside Evenings

Who doesn’t love sitting around a bonfire, sharing time with family and friends, eating some good food and sharing some laughs? If you are one of us diehard bonfire folks, you know what I am talking about and, if you haven’t been a fan, you may want to reconsider. For many of us in the ...

Hard Cheeses at Home, Plus 2 Soft Cheese Recipes

Photo by Flickr/markdbaynham Cheese. It makes our mac and cheese, pizza, and so many other dishes downright delectable. Who doesn’t like its creamy, soothing taste and texture? Well, there are a few folks that don’t, but I don’t quite understand them as I consider cheese one of the major ...

Cultivate a Do-it-Yourself Mentality

Photos by Lois Hoffman Call me self sufficient and frugal or just call me stubborn — either way is probably right. I am talking about doing and making things that I need for myself. I have always had a passion for DIY projects but this past year has probably brought this even more to light. ...

Dry Canning: 3 Methods Dry Goods Food Preservation

Photo by Ellen Olsson Miss Google is a wonderful asset to gain knowledge on just about anything. However, she can lead you astray, as I found out the other day. When completing any food-preservation project, it is essential to check multiple websites and ensure that each is a reputable source ...

The 17-Year Cicada is About to Emerge

Photo by LadyDragonflyCC It’s going to get loud. They are coming by the billions and they should be here in the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic by May. It’s called Brood X, or the Great Eastern Brood, the arrival of the species of cicadas that surfaces every 17 years and fills the air with ...

Walking for Exercise, Spirtuality and Connection to Nature

Photo by Frank Shepherd I have always been a walker. When I was young, I would go for long walks down by our creek on the farm. Later, I got a job with the U. S. Postal Service as a city letter carrier and ended up walking up to eight miles each day. Walking is by far the best all-around ...

Adjust Your Baking for Whole Wheat Flour Like a True Flourist

Yep, you read the headline right. There is such a thing as a flourist. It is someone who concentrates mainly on the experimentation of baking with fresh flour and who has the affinity for the discovery of heritage grains and the craft of baking. Most of our grandmothers and ancestors used ...

Viddles for a Year: Considerations for Canning, Drying, and Fermenting

Photos by Lois Hoffman The other day, a friend asked a question that I haven’t really thought about before: “With all your gardening and preserving foods, would you have enough to last a year if you had to?” With the uncertainty in today’s world and the fragility of the food chain, ...

Farmer’s Advice for Surviving Seasonal Affective Disorder

It happens every year for me and a lot of other people, too. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, occurs in the deep winter months and is more due to lack of sunshine than the colder weather. Those who suffer from this disorder during the shorter days of winter usually feel lethargic, ...

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