About Rachel Shulman

Rachel Shulman I'm an ecologist turned journalist turned farmer-in-training. I'm currently working on an organic farm and creamery in Illinois. Follow me on twitter (http://twitter.com/rachelshulman), friend me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=3105709), or follow me on StumbleUpon (http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/RachelShulman/).



Author Archives: Rachel Shulman

What I’ve Learned On the Farm This Season

April 19th, 2011 | by Rachel Shulman

This season I went from being a lowly farm intern to managing a 5-acre organic farm. So yeah, I'm in way over my head. But I'm learning fast, and a lot of what I'm learning might be applicable to the challenges you're facing in your home garden!


Wild Eats: Ramps

April 18th, 2011 | by Rachel Shulman

How to hunt for ramps (aka wild leeks) and some of my favorite recipes for this spring-time delicacy!


Healthy Dog Treat Guide

April 5th, 2011 | by Rachel Shulman

Most brand-name dog treats are horribly unhealthy. Here's a list of treats that are better for your dog and the planet


Deciding What to Grow: Top Choices for First-Time Gardeners

March 28th, 2011 | by Rachel Shulman

Growing your own food can be a daunting task, so I think it's especially important for first-time gardeners to set themselves up for success. One way to maximize your probability of a decent harvest is to plant varieties that are relatively uncomplicated. Here are some of my top picks for beginner gardeners


Grow Your Own Food Challenge: Turning Lawn Into Garden

March 23rd, 2011 | by Rachel Shulman

You might assume that because I work on farms, I know everything I need to know about growing my own food. Unfortunately, that is not the case! As part of our Grow Your Own Food Challenge, I'll be documenting my attempt to turn my lawn into a vegetable garden. But transforming sod into a workable garden bed is not easy! Here are four organic methods I've been considering


Beware of Killer Compost!

March 22nd, 2011 | by Rachel Shulman

The aminopyralid herbicide known as Milestone, plus other related herbicides collectively known as pyralids, have been found in compost throughout the United States. Gardeners that use the contaminated compost inadvertently kill all of their plants



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