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5 Reasons to have Backyard Chickens

Have you ever thought about starting your own backyard chicken flock? Can’t quite justify making the purchase? Well backyard chickens are awesome. I grew up on a farm where my first job was selling eggs. My dad wanted me to know the basics of running a business so we purchased 300 chickens and sold the […]

No Hassel Canning: Tomato Sauce Recipe

My mom always canned, every year. She would make spaghetti sauce, salsa, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes and more. As a kid, I hated canning time. It was time consuming and I didn’t see the benefit when you could just buy the same stuff at the store for under $2/can. I remember her telling […]

How to Brew Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea that has been around for centuries. It is a great alternative to soda especially when sweetened with fruit during the second ferment. Kombucha is full of good bacteria and rich in probiotics to help your gut. In almost every grocery store, you can find bottled Kombucha but with the […]

5 Reasons Your Business Should Install a Public Food Forest

Public food forests are popping up around the nation. And even though they’ve been around for thousands of years in one way or another, they’re a now a hot trend in America. What’s a public food forest? A public food forest is a garden comprised of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, and self-seeding annuals designed to […]

Meet David, Our Board Member-at-Large

Hello all! My name is David Heinold. I graduated from Ball State University in December 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Urban Planning and Development, spent the first part of 2013 in Washington, D.C. working with Representative Bob Gibbs (OH – 7) and volunteering for many different causes around the D.C. metropolitan region, and landed a […]

Meet Jackie, Co-Founder and Vice-Chair

Overwhelmed. That’s how I felt when I finished my Permaculture Design Certificate course in 2012 (If you’re wondering what permaculture is check here and here for some good definitions). My teachers were great but I was a complete newbie at this stuff. The course packs in a lot of information in two short weeks and it seemed that everyone […]

Meet Brittany, Our Treasurer.

Hi all! I’m Brittany, the treasurer of Project Food Forest. I’m also a wife, mother, gardener, backyard chicken farmer and avid cupcake lover. Born and raised in South Dakota, I would consider myself a country farm girl. I grew up on a largish farm near Brookings, South Dakota. We were the typical farm family – […]

The First Inspiration for Project Food Forest

Project Food Forest is still in it’s infancy, and we have a lot of first-time goals to meet yet, but I want to start out this post by stating that the organization would not be where it is today without the help of many, many people. We have a wonderful board of directors who have contributed a […]

Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium album)

Lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), otherwise known as lambsquarters, goosefoot, fat hen, and dozens of others, is a tasty and highly nutritious relative of spinach. Sold at markets as Bathua in India, it is used to make saag dishes. Young lamb’s quarters. Notice the white powder in the center. Image credit: http://www.uvm.edu Lamb’s quarters is pretty […]

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) grows like a weed in Sioux Falls, as it should as a native species (or natural hybrid of native and naturalized introduced species). We’ll talk briefly about yarrow’s edible qualities, but its real magic is in its medicinal properties. Yarrow has teeny, tiny composite flowers with a delicate spicy fragrance. Yarrow flowers can […]