Garden Tips from The Micro Farm Project: Heirloom & Open Pollinated Tomatoes

Open-Pollinated Historical Tomato Varieties in Every Color of the Rainbow! Do you remember Pinky Tuscadero from the hit television show “Happy Days?” As a kid, she was one of my favorite characters, with her bright pink jacket and sassy attitude. So when one of my favorite growers arrived at the […]

Hova Bator Forced Air Incubator Increases Farm Fun and Profits

As I write this review, the sweet sounds of new life greet me from the incubator that is on the floor next to me.  Fresh Slate Palm heritage turkey hatchlings are working their way out of their beautiful shells and into the world.  One of my favorite things about farming […]

Raising Chickens in the City

Chicken Raising Revival With the rise of industrialized food production, the iconic family farm with a red barn and chickens running around the yard may be a fading vision. Modern urbanites have little connection to our food sources and less and less control of how those foods are produced. In […]

Keeping Chickens Healthy and Happy

Understanding Chicken Behaviors and Health Needs Chickens are very simple. That does not mean that they are unintelligent, but simple in the sense that they have uncomplicated motivations and few needs. They learn quickly to do most everything for themselves, including putting themselves to bed at night. They are susceptible […]

Backyard Chickens From “Scratch” | How to Set Up a Brooder Box and Raise Chicks

Keeping Happy Hens in the City Chickens are so easy to keep, and they provide plenty of benefits to their lucky owners, among them the following: Fresh eggs Meat Fertilizer Bug and Weed Control Digging (Soil Aeration) Companionship (They are GREAT Pets.) Entertainment! Think you might want to keep a […]

Incubating and Hatching Chicken Eggs

In the farming life, there are few things more exciting and satisfying than witnessing baby chicks hatching from their eggs. On our farm, The Micro Farm Project, we are continuously hatching new baby chickens and Coturnix quail. The first sign of their arrival is an egg that that begins to […]

Glass Gem Corn: The Crown Jewel of Heirloom Seed Varieties

Can You Believe Your Eyes? When you consider corn, what comes to mind? A common yellow vegetable? A healthy snack? Or a crop grown for livestock feed and fuel? How about a beautiful piece of art? That’s what your impression may be the first time you see glass gem corn, […]

Seed Saving: Starting Plants from Seed

Starting plants from seed is an economical and rewarding way to start a garden.  Whether you have  saved your own seed, or purchased it from a nursery, the basic steps for starting the plants are the same.  Techniques may vary according to the type of plants you are growing.  Do […]

Seed Saving: Collecting and Storing Seeds

Growing and harvesting your own garden seeds is one of the most economical and profitable ways to create a fabulous vegetable garden.  Learn how to grow your own healthy seeds at Seed Saving: Growing Your Own Seeds. When your garden plants are mature, begin to watch the flowers and the […]

Seed Saving: Growing Your Own Seeds

Seeds…these tiny little powerhouses are loaded with energy and all the knowledge required to create a new plant. Though in appearance simplistic and inactive, these amazing marvels of nature actually have highly developed mechanisms that allow them to move, analyze environmental conditions, eliminate inferior specimens, detect light , sense gravity, […]