How To Make Herbal Vinegars

How To Make Herbal Vinegars

by Sarah Chappell April 30, 2018

Herbal vinegars are a delightful way to preserve the beautiful edible plants of spring. Many of our favorite first greens of the season are well-extracted by vinegar, and make lovely additions to salad dressings and marinades.

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Grubs Your Chickens Will Love!

Grubs Your Chickens Will Love!

by Kate Hanford April 23, 2018 1 Comment

We have a new product at the shop: dried grubs, also called black soldier fly larvae.

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A Villagers Guide to Asheville

A Villagers Guide to Asheville

by Natalie Pollard April 16, 2018 1 Comment

A guide to Asheville, NC for the adventurous traveler looking to get their hands dirty, cook their own meal with farm fresh produce, learn something new, and perhaps leave Asheville better than you found it.

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Tips for Shopping Your Local Farmers Market

Tips for Shopping Your Local Farmers Market

by Quinn Asteak April 09, 2018

Farmers markets are such a special way to connect with your local community and each of the four seasons as they pass. Read our tips for taking full advantage of your farmers market's seasonal bounty.

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Composting: The Gateway Drug

Composting: The Gateway Drug

by Sarah Chappell April 02, 2018 1 Comment

Are you afraid to compost? Something about composting scares me. As a city girl, I could never wrap my head around the process that led rotting food to become nutrient-rich compost that would help grow more food. It turns out that the list of what is compostable is pretty simple.

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Slugs, Aphids, and Flea Beetles, oh my!

Slugs, Aphids, and Flea Beetles, oh my!

by Kate Hanford March 26, 2018

With spring here, it's time to start planting your vegetable garden. The key to a successful growing season is to plan ahead and prepare for common pests that, if allowed, can do significant damage to your crops. Pest infestations may come as a surprise, but if you know what to look out for and when to look, you just might be able to greet these unexpected guests at the door with an action plan in place. Or, even better, take preventative measures to keep pest populations to a minimum altogether! To get you started, learn these three common spring garden pests and natural strategies to manage them.

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How To Create A Raised Bed Garden

How To Create A Raised Bed Garden

by Kate Hanford March 19, 2018 1 Comment

Creating a vegetable garden from scratch can be an overwhelming task for a first-time gardener, but a raised garden bed can simplify the process. These are the six steps you need to know to build a raised bed.

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How to Make Nut Milk

How to Make Nut Milk

by Quinn Asteak March 12, 2018

Nut milks are great for anyone who has a hard time digesting dairy but enjoys cream in their tea, coffee, or cereal. A homemade nut milk has very few ingredients, saves you money, and is quite simple to make once you get in the right rhythm.

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Seed Starting in Small Spaces

Seed Starting in Small Spaces

by Sarah Chappell March 05, 2018

Seed starting in small spaces can help your garden by growing seeds indoors while it's still too cold for them to survive outside. It's a great idea, but can be daunting to the urban homesteader or tiny house dweller. How can we possible grow food and flowers without a greenhouse or at least a large table that can be dedicated to this project?

With some compromises and ingenuity, it's rather simple.  

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Lifetime Wood Treatment

Lifetime Wood Treatment

by Natalie Pollard February 19, 2018

The ease and virtues of a non-toxic wood treatment. This product can be used in direct contact with garden soil, making it ideal for building raised garden beds, fence posts, compost bins, chicken coops, beehives and more. It solves a huge concern over using toxic chemicals in the construction of places where we grow our food.

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Home Brew: Hard Cider

Home Brew: Hard Cider

by Quinn Asteak February 16, 2018

For an easy entry to fermentation or fun winter project try making your own hard cider, which requires very little equipment and time. Our resident brewing enthusiast wrote a simple guide over on the blog to get you inspired and started. 

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How To Learn Tarot

How To Learn Tarot

by Sarah Chappell February 06, 2018

Our selection at Villagers has expanded in the past few months to include a topic that might seem a little odd for an urban homesteading store: tarot. But tarot and homesteading have more in common than you might think.

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