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HOMEGROWN Holiday Gift Guide 2010 – Home life, home made, and all from the heart

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

This year’s collection of gift-worthy items is designed to help you find a way to express your love while keeping you out of the shopping malls. For further inspiration, check out these past posts and and the ongoing discussions about DIY Holiday Gifts. Let us know what you think and feel free to add your ideas, too.


We have asked about your favorite preserving and gardening books. Here are a few that are mentioned often:

Holiday books

1) Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. 2) Putting Food By. 3) Stocking Up III. 4) You Grow Girl. 5) Rodale’s All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. 6) Encyclopedia of Country Living.

And three more books – for the compost-obsessed, the busy parents, and the headbangers in your life.

holy shit book the family dinnermosh potatoes

The Kitchen


Make these Goat Cheese Chocolate Truffles for someone special.

Crisp in a jar

Of course, mini pies were a big hit with your peeps last year, but this year, go crustless with these Crisps in Jars.


Gift the gourmet indulgence of a membership to the Tell Tale Society: A monthly goodie bag of delectables like this Smoked Almond Brittle. Or, start your own goodies society.


A sharp knife is your best friend in the kitchen, and a whetstone is a must-have tool. Shop online or at a local kitchen supply store for the right one. There are tons of videos online that show how to use the stone – though there is evidently some controversy over whether to wet the whetstone, soak it, oil it, or leave it dry. We chose to include this video for its brevity and cheesy smiles. Tell your loved one to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.



HOMEGROWNer Lizz makes organic, sustainable, hand made, deliciously scented soaps, lotions and balms. These felted soaps are pretty and functional.


Make a big batch of this Lavender Honey Salt Scrub and keep half for yourself!


Everyone looks better by candlelight. Make these cute and essential-oil-of-your-choice-scented votives in your crock pot!



Get your fingers busy making a Subversive Cross Stitch for the saltier characters on your list.

Mitten critter

An adorable use for those orphan mittens. Or use an old pair and make siblings!

Join the conversation and tell us what you’ll be making / gifting this season. Links to gift ideas are welcome, too!

HOMEGROWN How-to Cards: How To Save Tomato Seeds

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Continued from yesterday’s post introducing our How-to Cards series: How To Save Tomato Seeds.

Promote biodiversity and heirloom breeds by saving and sharing seeds! Steal these cards. Download them. Print them. Send them. Share them. Click each image to get to the download page.

Also linked on the card is this super awesome seed packet template:

Again, we’re so in love with these designs and want everyone to make these cards their own. Enjoy! More tomorrow.

Other How-to cards:

Kale Pesto Recipe
HG card - SIP front 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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