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Queens County Farm New York City

queen's county farm urban farming

You may already know that parts of New York City (Brooklyn) are fast becoming leaders in the Urban Farming trend. Yay for Brooklyn, but the most awesome place to explore your agrarian nature in the N-Y-C is in Queens. The Queens County Farm has occupied New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland since 1670-ish. This farm in the city practices traditional methods of sustainable farming and is open to the public year round. Basically, they do it the way they've always done it. Dig it.

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Crafted Spoon is an Indiana based site featuring people, businesses, and community programs that are contributing to Indiana’s slow food movement. This video features Big City Farms, a group that converts vacant urban lots to vegetable and fruit producing gardens and operates a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) from May thru October.

Find out more about Sustainable Gardens and Farming:

What is a sustainable garden?

What are beneficial insects?

Find beneficial insects

Different types of farms

Start your own farm

Meet a Farmer


Esque Glassworks Made in USA

Esquer glassworks made in the usa


Handmade in Portland, Oregon, the Esque Studio blows, packs, and ships all of their glasswork items direct to you. Each colorful carafe is paired with its own drinking glass--so civilized, don't you think? One set is about $220. A wonderful way to elevate the everyday.

Interior Design Tip: Although you use the bedside table all of the time, and you probably don't give much thought to what type of glass you have to quench your late night thirst. Adding a little luxury--like these carafes---to the everyday is like sprinkling your home with little moments of joy.

For the Designers: Esque will work directly with you on custom orders at a 20% discount off retail.

How To Paint With NO VOC Paint


no voc paint

I've just completed two long standing DIY painting projects, one of which is this chest of drawers. It's not a very expensive piece of furniture, but it is versatile. Ever since my parents let me take it from my bedroom at their house, this little guy has followed me from one move to the next.

Along the way, it has gotten a little beaten up and was in need of a make-over. But how was I ever going to prep and paint with two little kids in the apartment? Without a yard, or a garage, there's a big risk of a big mess. I decided the only way to complete the projects would be to include them in the experience. Here's how I did it:

1. Use only No VOC paint to avoid the smell and the toxic impact. I always try to use eco-friendly paint, even though it is more expensive, it's totally worth it.

2. Set up a small corner to work in that's out of the way--you'll need to leave the project unfinished for drying time between coats.

3. Clear the deck of tempting items, like the paint covered lid.

4. Make a clear path to the bathroom so everyone can get clean before wandering around the house.

5. Wear socks--otherwise there will be paint on your rugs and floor. The socks come off whenever you need to go somewhere else in the house.

6. Put their paint in small container.

7. Give your child a small (really, really small) paintbrush to use.

8. Teach them how to remove excess paint from the brush.

9. Give them something else to paint--like a shoe box, or even one of their own toys. My daughter painted her Melissa and Doug Horse Barn.

10. Remember that relationships are built on moments like these. I'll never forget how my Dad would let me help him paint and fix things around the house. He taught me so much, and he definitely gave me the DIY bug. Happy Father's Day, Daddy.


Drawer Pulls:    Top 20 Hardware Resources from DesignSponge

Painting Furniture: Great Turtorial From Centsational Girl

No VOC Paint:    Best No and Low VOC Paint sources on Apartment Therapy


We Put Baby In The Corner


Giving birth to my third child in April presented me with a major design challenge--where to put her. Our apartment is about 1,000 sq ft with two decent size bedrooms.

My other two children share a room (I really must show you how their room is decorated--soon, I promise). I decided to convert this corner in our bedroom into "Sophie's Nursery." This is a rental, so please ignore the wall color--I obviously do.



It's not complete, but like everything in my life, I am sure it will evolve over time.

Using mostly things I already owned, I tried to create a functional and pretty space. The three purchases I did make are all from Pottery Barn--the changing pad cover, tiered bath organizer, and the personalized blanket with Sophie embroidered upon it. Because almost all of her things are hand-me-downs, I thought one special blanket would be only fitting for the youngest member of our family. What do you think?