We are busy at the farm planning our organic garden for summer. This year there will be a “cancer garden” section in addition to the fairyland look of the four kinds of runner beans growing up and up then cascading down from the top of the high tunnel. This creates a beautiful green vertical garden that delights the soul as well as the palate. The cucurbits and the sweet potatoes also are planted vertically adding to the ambiance and conserving space. We have instituted companion planting throughout the garden incorporating vegetables, herbs and flowers which not only increases the beauty of the garden but helps keep pests at bay while promoting growth and flavor to the edibles. Be sure to check out the notes for information on the companion planting.
Check out Chef Gary's Recipes:
In the era of the microwave, preceded by the era of the crock pot the lonely pressure cooker was abandoned to die in the thrift store. "This ain't your granny's pressure cooker baby." the new electronic pressure cookers are amazing. I had forgotten how awesome steam cooked meat and vegetables can be. And, faster than a microwave! I made several meals this week in 6 to 9 minutes. They are moist, flavorful and not dried out like microwave items. If you are one of the anti-microwave crowd pressure cookers are where it is at. Please do yourself a favor and consider one for your future cooking pleasure. This month I am hitting all the bases with a Dairy Free Cheese recipe and a super fast breakfast option of sweet potato turkey hash, yes made in the pressure cooker. Recipe of the Month
Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) presentation with SARE and Lincoln University by Gary Wenig & Jaime Piñero Ph.D. - Trap Crops & Beneficial Insects.
EDUCATION: Check out the new info for Summer and Fall classes at Excelsior Springs Adult Education Classes.
I'm so thrilled to be publishing my Rocky Creek Valley Farm courses online that I just HAD to share with you. And, what better way to launch ALL THIS HERBAL goodness than to start with BASIL. After-all, most folks are already in love with her. You think you know basil? Think again. She has a secret identity—she’s a HEALER. And, as a thank you to all our faithful students and followers, I'm offering the BASIL course FREE. That’s right. You pay nothing for this herbal knowledge that can set you on the road to better health. This power packed mini-course comes complete with recipes to get you started using basil in new and surprising ways.
We learn marvelous, life affirming, health orientated lessons here at the farm and although we will continue with our regular classes on site and other educational facilities we are eager to share on a broader level. Check out our new online school here and start your FREE herbal course on BASIL: http://rocky-creek-valley-farm.thinkific.com/
Also don’s forget about the Rocky Creek Valley Farm You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yzfmmmpJoY
HOW-TO PROJECTS: We have a variety of HOW-TO PROJECTS on our site and on our blog. How-To Blog Gary also has a number of farm and shop how-to projects at: RCV Farm Projects The latest how-to project is a spot welder made from a scrap microwave oven, check it out: Spot Welder
Check out our 1 min promo on YouTube, Get a feel for life at our farm.
RCV Blog on blogspot.com: I do not BLOG. However, Elizabeth is very good at it, when she has the time to think and write. She will give you an insight to the personal trials and tribulations of keeping the farm going, various "How-To" articles and general all-around farm stuff. We are archiving the articles now on our site on the blog page and on the library page.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Check it out - lots more photos added, see all our critters.
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