Stories by Ivory Harlow

Another harsh winter? Modern forecasting, winter folklore and farmers almanacs shed light on this season’s weather

Friday, November 21, 2014

In southern Ohio we saw the first snow of the season and felt much colder temperatures. Everyone wonders, is the early winter weather ushering in another harsh winter?

Who wants to be a beekeeper? Plan spring hives now

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall the best time to procure supplies, learn skills and build connections for thriving spring hives.

Fermentation, the other preservation

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fermentation is a growing trend for producing safe, easy and healthy foods and beverages.

Ripen green tomatoes indoors

Friday, October 31, 2014

The almanac warns frost is overdue. Vegetable growers are harvesting those last few warm weather crops before it’s too late.

Two superfoods to grow indoors during cool weather

Friday, October 24, 2014

Microgreens and sprouts are two superfoods that are easier to grow indoors and produce a crop much quicker, in as little as 5 days.

You don’t need a root cellar to store food

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall is the time to store the food that’s taken all year to produce. Indoor, in-place and buried container food storage systems are practical and affordable alternatives to the traditional root cellar.

“You don’t need a root cellar to store food” describes the three alternative food storage systems in detail, and offers tips for successful produce storage.

Plant fruit this fall

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall may actually be a better time to establish strong roots, beat the heat and create a balanced moisture environment for new fruit plants.

Heating with wood: Three mistakes to avoid

Friday, October 3, 2014

With the price of fossil fuels on the rise and consumers seeking green energy alternatives, heating with wood makes sense.

Prolong the life of decorative pumpkins, gourds and squash in five simple steps

Friday, September 26, 2014

Whether you grow your own or purchase pumpkins, gourds and squash at market, these five preservation steps make autumn ornamentals last longer.

How to harvest, process and store black walnuts

Friday, September 19, 2014

Black walnuts are the most prolific native nut tree in Farm and Dairy’s circulation area. Unfortunately, most of their delicious free nutmeat drops to waste because people don’t know how to harvest, process and store black walnuts.

Predator problems: Protect your flock and livestock this fall

Friday, September 12, 2014

Coyote are active in fall, when grown pups break away from the family unit to hunt and stake out their own territory.

What can I plant now?

Friday, September 5, 2014

The most common misconception about fall vegetable production is that you need a hoop or green house to do it.

Cover crops for farm and garden

Friday, August 29, 2014

As a bountiful harvest empties our fields and gardens, and fills our wheelbarrows and pickup beds with fresh fruits and veggies, growers wonder what to do with the newly vacant space.

This season’s seed, next season’s harvest: A seed saving primer

Friday, August 22, 2014

In August everyone enjoys eating summer’s garden harvest, especially water and muskmelons. But they are likely spitting those valuable seeds into the trash. Saving seed is a wise economic and environmental choice and it’s easier than you think

Starting a farm: Looking for land

Friday, February 28, 2014

The high price of farmland is the most common complaint of new farmers, and with good reason; both crop and pasture land is selling at an all-time high.

Starting seeds indoors: What you need to know

Friday, February 21, 2014

If you’re an avid gardener, or hobby farmer, get your seeds started indoors soon. Starting seeds in late February and early March will give your plants the best chance when they’re moved outdoors.

Why farming changed the way I eat, part three

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In this third and final installment of Why farming changed the way I eat, I want to talk about the dairy in my Farm and Dairy.

Why farming changed the way I eat, part two

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In this second installment of Why farming changed the way I eat, Ivory Harlow shares the ways farming tuned her into the natural cycle of seasons, localized her eating, and terminated her food waste.

Why farming changed the way I eat

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was a vegetarian. Then I became a farmer, and it completely changed my food attitude.

City farming for country folks

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Urban farms are filling vacant lots, growing as rooftop gardens, and sprouting in streetside flowerboxes. Creative and resourceful city farming methods put-to-use in the country can increase farm yields, productivity and profit. Urban farming techniques can help country farmers optimize space, micromanage renewable resources, and market products direct.

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About Ivory

Ivory Harlow lives and farms in Southern Ohio with her husband, pet turkey “Big Mama”, and other livestock. Be her farm friend at www.facebook.com/dickiebirdfarm or email farmer@dickiebirdfarm.com .