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$15 for $50 worth!! The power of bulk buying.

$15 for $50 worth!! The power of bulk buying.

Bountiful Baskets website

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op is a group buy using the power of bulk purchasing to get great prices on produce and other goods from wholesalers. This group operates in the southwest states and was recently expanded to include Las Vegas. Produce is delivered twice monthly and the reception was so great, you can expect new locations next time around and the option for an organic basket for $10 more. What a fantastic new food option for us all in southern Nevada!

I attended the very first Bountiful Baskets Event this morning and it was amazing. There were many volunteers, dozens of boxes of fresh, colorful produce and within minutes it was all sorted out into hundreds of beautiful and for only $15, extremely bountiful baskets. There were freebies for the volunteers and lots of friendly faces, even at 8 am on Saturday morning.

This is how it works:
You place your order on the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op website and select your location.
You pay and print out your reciept.
The next Saturday morning the goods are delivered 6 am, volunteers arrive by 7 am and sort the produce into individual baskets before 8 am when the people who ordered arrive to pick up thier baskets.
Simple and a great way to get out chat and meet people in this little-big town of ours.

There were about 50 people at any given time chatting while waiting for fantastic fresh produce.

There were about 50 people at any given time chatting while waiting for fantastic fresh produce.

This was so popular there will definitely be an organic option in the future.

This was so popular there will definitely be an organic option in the future.

Check your local resources and chances are there are co-ops and group buying clubs near you waiting to save you a penny or two.

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Instructions

Instructions

Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up God.
Find god in rhododendrons and rocks,
passers-by, your cat.
Pare your beliefs, your absolutes.
Make it simple; make it clean.
No carry-on luggage allowed.
Examine all you have
with a loving and critical eye, then
throw away some more.
Repeat. Repeat.
Keep this and only this:
what your heart beats loudly for
what feels heavy and full in your gut.

There will only be one or two
things you will keep,
and they will fit lightly
in your pocket.

by Sheri Hostetler

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…itsy bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms.

Over the weekend I recieved a shipment of red wrigglers. I ordered these little guys off ebay for just a few dollars. I want free fertilizer, I want free worm castings (soil) and I want worms to reproduce themselves for yummy chicken treats. So I ordered about a hundred worms and I set to making them a home. There are plenty of awesome pre-made worm compoting bins, but they cost money. Too much money for plastic, in my opinion.

A DIY worm composting bin just need three basic things; a large cavity that will hold the worms, scraps and the soil they make up, a basin to catch the good fertilizer that drips down and a lid to keep in moisture. You can add facy features like stacking bins, for more than one stage of compost, or a spout for removing and using the liquid fertilizer easily.

I started with two rubbermaid bins. Any size is fine, as long as they are the same size:

Two large well used rubbermaid bins.

Next, one bin will need small holes drilled in it. Large enough to allow liquid through, but small enough to keep worms and soil in. Lots of small holes. Like seen in this poor quality photo:

This part will be filled with shredded wet newspaper. Shred as much as you can, wet it and squeeze the excess water out. Fill the holey box with moist newspaper, place the lid on top and set aside.

Wet newspaper in holey box

Next, I made a small device to keep the weight of the holey worm box from caving in on the bottom box. The soil, food scraps and reproducing worms will get quite heavy.

device? well, just four pieces of wood and 4 nails. I used the power saw all by myself.

Once this is in place, put the holey box on top:

Finished DIY worm composting bin.

Fill with purchased worms and feed them your kitchen scraps.

There are so many resources for learning more about worm composting. Learn more and reduce your kitchen waste by turning it into good soil.

http://www.wormcompostingtips.com/

http://www.cityfarmer.org/wormcomp61.html

Or check out this great book on Vermicomposting: Worms Eat My Garbage

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No really! I spent yesterday hauling car-fulls of manure from nearby horse country. 28 cubic feet, to be exact. Yes, I did the math. Including cylindrical volume equation googling.

To haul 28 cubic feet of manure in a mid sized Saturn, one needs large plastic boxes or tarps, or a heavy duty vacuum, I guess. I used rubbermaid bins, the kind with a lid that you store your Christmas stuff in all year. Except mine are caked with dumpster goo and manure, year round. To haul manure: bring wide shovel, fill boxes, struggle to lift and take home, rinse and repeat. Well, the rinse is not so much necessary.

So, what do you do with all that manure? You make compost! And lots of it. I happen to have two large bales of straw that was [oops] ruined in the recent unseasonal desert rains. So to make waste useful again, I layer a nice base of rotting, moldy straw and then layer the dry crispy manure nuggets and the straw and manure and repeat, like a really disgusting lasagne. Spraying with water all the while, of course. You need moisture for rotting.

I will continue to spray and turn this pile with my pitchfork daily, or as much as my back can handle, until it all turns into beautiful black soil. Hopefully it will take no more than
18 Days!!

This is the finished lasagne pile:

Notice how much larger this pile is compared to my kitchen and dumpster waste piles.**

**Close up of the colorful compost pile back there: beautiful dozens of roses and other flowers I collected dumpster diving in the days after Valentines day.

Most of the flowers become compost, but some become money saving post-valentines gifts to mommy from son:

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Local Gardening Resources

I’ve put together some local gardening classes, programs, help and more available to Las Vegas and nearby residents. Please comment with any other Mojave Desert gardening resources I may have missed. Enjoy the links, connect with local resources and let your garden grow….

Local Gardening Education Resources:

http://www.springspreserve.org Phone 702-258-3205

http://www.jmgkids.us/
Juinior Master Gardener Program
Local contact: johnsonk@unce.unr.edu
8050 South Maryland Parkway, Ste. 100 Las Vegas, NV 89123
Local Resources: JMG certification for ages 7-12, volunteer education all ages, outdoor classroom, lab, large test gardens.

http://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/mastergardener/southern/:
University of Nevada Master Gardener Program
Ann Edmunds (702) 257-5501
Master Gardener Hotline 702-257-5555

http://clucktour.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-tour.html
http://www.sweettomatotestgarden.com/
CLUCK and tomato test garden hotlines: 702-490-5217 702-658-7585

LV Permaculture Meetup
LV Edible Organic Meetup

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Let_It_Grow_LV/

Every Saturday morning, 9-10 a.m. The Great Southwest Gardening Show. Don Davis, Horticulturist, solves your gardening problems on KDWN radio, 720 AM. This is a call in radio show packed with useful information for we local gardeners.


Las Vegas Farms:

http://www.gilcreaseorchard.org/

Erbal’s Herbs: 681 Seventh St Boulder City, NV
Emily Beamguard (702)293-7369

http://dodoy.webs.com” target Dodoy’s Quail Farm in Henderson

The Farm: Sharon Linsenbardt 702 982-8000
7222 W. Grand Teton Drive Las Vegas , NV
Open Saturday 8am until eggs are sold out.


Nearby Las Vegas Farms and CSA:

https://madeinpahrump.com/Home_Page_YQRG.html

http://meadowvalleycsa.blogspot.com
Bryce and Lyndy Omer 702-864-2291

http://quailhollowfarmcsa.com/index.html
Overton, NV (702) 397-2021

Cotton BottomCSA: Lynda Hanks (702) 397-2119
525 W. Cottonwood Ave. Overton, NV

http://svfarmlv.com/

CSA and community garden plot: http://www.stahelifamilyfarm.com
Sherrie Reeder (435)229-5239
2020 So. Franklin Drive Washington, UT

http://www.organicpistachios.com/

http://www.chinaranch.com/

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