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It’s Twinsanity: How A Locavore Feeds A Family Of Eight On One Income

Thursday, January 6th, 2011


Heather’s blog, “It’s Twinsanity“, is an account of every day life with two sets of twins + two more kids + a military husband. You may think she has superpowers or a couple of nannies, but she runs the house and feeds her family by keeping things simple – which includes subscribing to CSAs and shopping at farmers markets. In this post, she breaks it all down:

I can’t even count the number of times that I have had someone ask me how we can afford to feed a family of eight on one income. One military income. And what they don’t usually know is that we eat fresh, organic, healthy foods and I rarely use coupons. How do we do that on such a limited budget? Because we are basically locavores.
A majority of what we what our family eats each week arrives on my doorstep on Thursday mornings in a brown cardboard box. It’s always like unwrapping a special gift when we look inside our box and see what foods we’ll enjoy in the next few days. Where does this mystery box come from? From a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it’s a beautiful thing. All across the country, farms of all sizes offer their bounty to local customers who pay for a share of the crops. (Continued here)
Of course, our options for eating local produce vary by geography, but there are more year-round farmers markets than ever, so don’t let that stop you from trying! Have some skeptics in your midst? Pass this along!

HOMEGROWN How-to Cards: Kale Pesto Recipe

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Recently we enlisted the help of Sara Bee Jensen from Lost Bird Found (aka The most creative woman in the world) to create a series of how-to cards with some of the information we have here on HOMEGROWN.

They are more beautiful than we ever imagined and we’re so excited to be able to share them with you. The cards will be handed out at the various events we’ll be at this year, and they will also live in the under the “Show and Tell” tab in the header of  So, if you have an event coming up, a garden party, wedding shower, baby shower, potluck – anything – these are a terrific little token of affection for your friends. Please. Steal them, print them, share them with others.

The final installment (for now) in the HOMEGROWN How-to Cards series is a simple and adaptable recipe for all that yummy green leafy stuff we’ll be getting this summer. CSA shares are full of it, farmers markets are awash with it, our gardens overflow with it – if it’s green and leafy, make pesto with it!

HG card - Kale frontHG card - Kale back

Linked on the card is the HOMEGROWN Cookin’ group. Also check out these super cute and useful labels for canning jars, bottles, boxes – anything you need to label, really!

Jar labels 1Jar labels 2


Other How-to Cards:

How To Save Tomato Seeds

How To Make A Self-watering Planter

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HOMEGROWN Holiday Gift Guide

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

It’s gift-giving time! Naturally, handmade is the best kind of gift – the HOMEGROWN Holiday Swappers are trading their homemade edibles this week. Presents that promote hands-on activities are some of our favorite kind of gift, too. Here are a few ideas for In The Kitchen, In The Garden, On The Couch (OK, these will inspire folks to make, grow and foster change), and In The Automobile. Enjoy and happy gifting!

In The Kitchen

Every home chef needs a quality hardwood cutting board. For those with the tools, there is a DIY cutting board plan and tutorial.

And here is a lovely handcrafted board from reclaimed North Carolina curly rock maple on Etsy:

Community Supported Agriculture

What better way to say “I love you” than a weekly share of fresh local produce? Family farmers are taking on members now. Find participating CSA farms near your loved ones at Local Harvest and The Eat Well Guide.

homesteader apple pressAn apple cider press is a terrific gift for a family, or an enterprising apple grower.

Celebrate with your main squeeze by making your own hard cider.

In The Garden

Start fantasizing about what others may be growing in their plots. A cheerfully wrapped package – complete with seed packets and a garden plan – is sure to delight.

Seed Companies:

High Mowing Seeds (VT)

FEDCO Seeds (ME)

Johnny’s (ME)

Seed Savers Exchange (IA)

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (MO and CA)

Abundant Life Seeds (OR)

Seeds of Change (NM)

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (VA)

Online garden planning tools


Free drag and drop garden planner

More detailed and customizable garden planner

Kitchen garden design planner for a 3′ x 6′ raised bed

Organic mushroom growing kits – intimidating? Sure! Unique? You bet! And the rewards are oh, so yummy!

On The Couch

Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire DVD. Organic Gardening Magazine readers get 20% off by entering the code GARDEN at

The documentary that changes lives: Food Inc. DVD is also available at

In The Automobile

Lemon car freshener

Homemade car freshener using citrus and cloves – easy and pretty!

Turn your friends on to new music with mix CDs like this one from KCRW – so hip and cool!

Check out these past posts and discussions about DIY Holiday Gifts, too. Let us know what you think and feel free to add your ideas, too.

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