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Tomatoes are a standby, go-to plant to have in a garden.  I will share insights from pros like Joe Lamp’l of Growing A Greener World and others as tips for growing and preparing tomatoes.

David Proctor


From Seed To Fork, Egg To Plate.

    We may not live on a farm, but we can grow where we live.






by David Proctor

 June 13, 2019

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly

In almost any garden that you pass by, you will find tomato plants. It seems as though they have always been one of the first things you want to get in the garden. 
When I was young we had tomato plants in our family garden.  We would place tomato stakes by them and tie them up with old leg hosiery that had been discarded due to runs.  This was a strong fabric that would hold the plants and also flex as the plants grew.
Joe Lamp’l has come up with a much stronger solution that will hold up even the most challenging plants which he calls the “Ultimate Tomato Support”.


Joe Lamp'l

Joe Lamp’l

You can get the needed supplies at your local farm supply store. To read more please click this Link

The next is a recipe by Nathan Lyon, a Chef featured on Growing A Greener World.  This recipe is called Rosemary Garlic Tomato Confit.

Chef Nathan Lyon

Chef Nathan Lyon


1 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
3 large cloves garlic, crushed, skins discarded
1 sprig of rosemary, 3-inches, bruised
2 bay leaves
2 pints cherry or teardrop tomatoes, halved
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
½ pound dried pasta

To follow the recipe please click Link

To find out about different tomato plants, an organization called Seed Savers can help with finding the heirloom tomatoes you may be looking for.  This is one of the organizations that work towards saving and swapping seeds with fellow gardeners.

Seed Swap Tent At Monticello

Seed Swap Tent At Monticello

These seeds have been passed down from one generation to the next.  Some of the vegetables and fruits may not look like what you would find in the store but they offer a unique taste.  The tomato seeds they have are a good start to growing a unique and flavorful tomato that you can’t buy.

It is a little late to start your tomato plants from seeds.  It would be best to purchase your tomato plants and get them in the ground.  Water your plants generously the first few days and continue with consistency throughout the growing season. 
It helps to mulch around the plants to help retain the moisture and keep the weeds from growing around them.
Try to leave the tomatoes on the vine as long as you can.  If you pick early and place on a windowsill, they can rot before they ripen.  Try not to refrigerate fresh tomatoes.  Doing so can change the flavor and texture. 
If you want to freeze fresh tomatoes, core and place them in whole, in freezer bags.  The skins will slip off when they defrost.
So, get out and get the plants in the ground.  Just think about that BLT that is just around the corner.

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Better Tomato Growth Through Effective Pruning 8:20
Jeff Bernhard
Published on May 21, 2016

Quick Tip





Says, Joe Lamp’l. “The Ultimate Tomato Cage in 5 Simple Steps.” Growing A Greener World®. N.p., 14 May 2016. Web. 13 June 2019.

Lyon, Nathan. “Rosemary Garlic Tomato Confit.” Growing A Greener World®. N.p., 26 Aug. 2013. Web. 13 June 2019.

Almanac, Old Farmer’s. “Old Farmer’s Almanac.” Old Farmer’s Almanac. Yankee Publishing Inc, n.d. Web. 13 June 2019.


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Superfood – Kale

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  Healthy Regenerative Lifestyle 


Kale has been touted as one of the healthiest foods we can eat. When we think of our health we need to be careful of semantics. What is healthy and what is nutritious can be a whole different matter. This is a look at kale and its benefits to our diet.

David Proctor


From Seed To Fork, Egg To Plate.

    We may not live on a farm, but we can grow where we live.





Superfood – Kale

by David Proctor

 June 6, 2019

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly

I never ate Kale when I was growing up, at least that I can remember. We use to eat a lot of different vegetables but I never really had heard of kale until a few years ago.

 I decided to see what kale is all about and determine if it should be added to my families diet on a regular basis.

First to define what kale is. According to Wikipedia: Kale or leaf cabbage is a group of vegetable cultivars within the plant species Brassica oleracea. They have green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head.

Research shows that kale can help lower cholesterol and has other medicinal benefits as outlined in the article Kale by George Mateljan. 
To read more click this link to his article


Kale Chart


I came across another article while investigating the benefits of kale that was written in the Washington Post. 

According to the article: No food is healthy. Not even kale. By Michael Ruhlman, we should really watch our words that are used to describe what is healthy and what is nutritious for our bodies. 

I have talked about how the food industry labels their products and how sometimes a misunderstanding can come about if we are not careful about what we think we have read on the label. 




To read more about what Michael has written in his article No food is healthy.  Not even kale.  Click the link:

There are a lot of foods that we can consume for the nutritional qualities and health benefits that our body needs, but kale ranks high on the list as a “superfood”.

Give it a try as part of your diet, combine kale with your salads or as a dish on its own. Your body will love you for it.

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10 Proven Benefits of Kale (No. 1 is Very Impressive)
By Kris Gunnars, BSc

1. Kale is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet
2. Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol
3. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C
4. Kale can help lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease
5. Kale is one of the world’s best sources of Vitamin K
6. There are numerous cancer-fighting substances in kale
7. Kale is very high in beta-carotene
8. Kale is a good source of minerals that most people don’t get enough of
9. Kale is high in lutein and zeaxanthin, powerful nutrients that protect the eyes
10. Kale should be able to help you lose weight

Quick Tip


Tips for Preparing and Cooking Kale:

Rinse kale leaves under cold running water. Chop leaf portion into 1/2″ slices and the stems into 1/4″ lengths for quick and even cooking.

To get the most health benefits from kale, let sit for a minimum of 5 minutes before cooking. Sprinkling with lemon juice before letting them sit can further enhance its beneficial phytonutrient concentration.

The Healthiest Way of Cooking Kale:

We recommend steaming kale for maximum nutrition and flavor.
Fill the bottom of a steamer pot with 2 inches of water. While waiting for the water to come to a rapid boil chop greens. Steam for 5 minutes and toss.

How to Enjoy:

A Few Quick Serving Ideas…

Braise chopped kale and apples. Before serving, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and chopped walnuts.
Combine chopped kale, pine nuts, and feta cheese with whole grain pasta drizzled with olive oil.

The George Mateljan Foundation


“Kale.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Mon. 03 June 2019.

“Kale.” Kale. The George Mateljan Foundation, n.d. Mon. 03 June 2019.

Ruhlman, Michael. “No Food Is Healthy. Not Even Kale.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2016. Mon. 03 June 2019.

Gunnars, Kris. “10 Proven Benefits of Kale (No. 1 Is Very Impressive).” RSS 20. N.p., 28 Oct. 2014. Mon. 03 June 2019.


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VSBA Spring Meeting

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The Rappahannock Beekeepers Association (RBA) is hosting the Virginia State Beekeepers Association (VSBA) spring meeting in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

David Proctor


From Seed To Fork, Egg To Plate.

    We may not live on a farm, but we can grow where we live.





Virginia State Beekeepers Spring Meeting

by David Proctor

 May 30, 2019

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly


RBA is the local chapter of beekeepers for Fredericksburg Virginia.




Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States – May 5, 2019 – RBA is hosting the VSBA 2019 Spring Meeting!




The location is at:

Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center

2801 Plank Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: (540) 786-8321


The event will be from 12:00-8:45 Friday, May 31st to 8:00-5:00 Saturday, June 1st 2019.

The following speakers and presentations are scheduled:

Kim Flottum has been in charge of Bee Culture magazine for over 30 years and has kept bees even longer.


After receiving a degree in horticulture from UW Madison, Kim Flottum worked four years in the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab, studying pollination ecology.


He has authored and edited many books on bees, honey, and beekeeping.  His latest book is titled “In Business with Bees”.


Kim’s presentations will include: “Make Your Bees Pay Their Way”; “Being in the Beekeeping Business”; and “150 Years of Craftsmanship”(Celebrating 150 years of A. I. Root, America’s first family of beekeeping)

Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, University of Tennessee, was the apiculture specialist at Clemson University, a postdoc at Purdue University, and a graduate student at UC Davis.


Jennifer is past President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists, past Vice-Chair of the HAS, and past Chair of the Entomological Society of Americas Student Transition and Early Professionals Committee.


Dr. Tsurudas presentations will include: “Creating a Pollinator Paradise”; “Breeding Bees for Behavioral Resistance to Mites” and “Insect Photography”.

Peter Borst has worked in the beekeeping industry since his first job working as beekeeper’s helper in Wolcott NY, in 1974.


Peter has published over 40 articles on topics as diverse as beekeeping techniques, the composition and value of pollen for bees, and the history of bee breeding.

Peter’s two presentations, “Keeping the Hive Alive: Sustainable Beekeeping” and “A Perfect Swarm” address common beekeeper concerns Peter gleaned from his years of running a beekeeping supply store in the San Diego area where he interacted with beekeepers with all levels of expertise.

Jody Conway started her business in 2016 as a small farmers market gift shop with hopes of one day expanding.


She began by making soaps and other products using the products from the hive: honey, wax, propolis, and pollen.


Today her business features beekeeping equipment, seminars, workshops, and an educational apiary in addition to her soaps, lotion bars, balms, salves, household cleaners, and candles. Jody will present, “Products from the Hive – Hand Crafting Salves”.

Registration through the VSBA site is available to current VSBA members and expired/non-members.


Payment is by credit card.

Prices are the same as for mail-in-registrations, with a discount for current members.


Online registration is open through May 11, 2019.

On Friday, May 31, Walk-In Registration via cash, check or charge will open at noon with the meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Walk-In Registration will re-open on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will resume at 8:45 a.m.


Presentations and vendors are scheduled until 8:45 PM on Friday and 4:45 PM on Saturday.


The VSBA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership in the VSBA is open to beekeepers and non-beekeepers, alike. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per individual/family or $10.00 through local associations. In addition to other benefits, members receive a quarterly newsletter.

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Bee T-Shirt

Bee T-Shirt
If you would like one, click on picture!

Quick Tip


For more information, please visit:

Virginia State Beekeepers Association:


Meeting Agenda:


Register Online:


Registration Form:

Rappahannock Beekeepers Association:


Vendor Information  & Policy Form:


Vendor Registration Form:

Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center

(540) 208-4746

Bibliography: N/A


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Using Permaculture Design

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  Healthy Regenerative Lifestyle 

Permaculture Design

Permaculture is an agriculture that is focused on utilizing the natural design of ecosystems instead of focusing on individual elements. The emphasis is to work with nature not against it. The goal is to achieve not just a sustainable platform, but also a regenerative ecosystem, and when in balance, uses fewer resources and energy.

David Proctor


From Seed To Fork, Egg To Plate.

    We may not live on a farm, but we can grow where we live.




Permaculture Design

by David Proctor

 May 23, 2019

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.


Permaculture Zones 0-5

Permaculture Zones 0-5
Illustration: Felix Mulle( License: CC-BYOSA 40

Permaculture 101 by Rodale’s Organic Life
“How to put natural landscaping practices to use in your own backyard.”
“Combining the best of natural landscaping and edible gardening, permaculture systems sustain both themselves and their caregivers.

The ultimate purpose of permaculture—a word coined in the mid-1970s by two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren—is to develop a site until it meets all the needs of its inhabitants, from food and shelter to fuel and entertainment.

While it’s the rare home gardener who can follow permaculture principles to the ultimate degree, most can borrow ideas from the permaculture ethos with landscaping techniques based on production and usefulness.”


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“Permaculture emphasizes the use of native plants or those that are well adapted to your locale.

The goal here is to plant things you like while making sure they have a purpose and benefit the landscape in some way. Plants such as fruit trees provide food as well as shade; a patch of bamboo could provide stakes for supporting pole beans and other vining plants.

Permaculture gardeners grow many types of perennial food plants—such as arrowhead, sorrel, chicory, and asparagus—in addition to standard garden vegetables.”
“Like all gardeners, permaculture enthusiasts love plants for their beauty and fragrance, but they seek out plants that offer practical benefits along with aesthetic satisfaction. Instead of a border of flowering shrubs, for instance, a permaculture site would make use of a raspberry or blackberry border.”

Permaculture Guidelines
There is no set formula for developing this type of design, but there are best practices.
1. Copy nature’s blueprint and enhance it with useful plants and animals. Think of the structure of a forest and try to mimic it with your plantings.

A canopy of tall trees will give way to smaller ones, flanked by large and small shrubs and, finally, by the smallest plants.

Edge habitats, where trees border open areas, are perfect for fruiting shrubs, such as currants, and for a variety of useful native plants, such as beargrass (xerophyllum tenax), which is used for weaving baskets. Mimicking these natural patterns provides for the greatest diversity of plants.

2. Stack plants into guilds. A guild includes plants with compatible roots and canopies that might be layered to form an edge.

As you learn more about your site, you’ll discover groups of plants that work well together. For example, pines, dogwoods, and wild blueberries form a guild for acid soil.
3. Make use of native plants and others adapted to the site.
4. Divide your yard into zones based on use. Place heavily used features, such as an herb garden, in the most accessible zones.
5. Identify microclimates in your yard and use them appropriately. Cold, shady corners; windswept spots in full sun; and other microclimates present unique opportunities. For instance, try sun-loving herbs like creeping thyme on rocky outcroppings; plant elderberries in poorly drained areas.”

I am new to the concept of permaculture so I let others tell the story.  What I get out of this is to let nature take the lead and realize that by observation nature is self-sustaining and regenerative. I decided to start this regenerative approach in my own one-third acre urban farm. You may have noticed that I changed the tag line on the newsletter to Healthy Regenerative Lifestyle. I hope to not just sustain but to increase.

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One Chicken Can...

One Chicken Can…

Quick Tip

David Holmgren explains how you can change the world with permaculture 5:43


“Permaculture.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 17 May 2016.

“Permaculture 101.” Rodale’s Organic Life. N.p., 2 June 2015. Web. 17 May 2016.

“Permaculture Principles – Thinking Tools for an Era of Change.”Permaculture Principles. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2016.


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Have you ever had a dream in your life that you wanted more than anything?  A dream that you really, really wanted? That is the topic today, Dreams!

David Proctor


From Seed To Fork, Egg To Plate.

    We may not live on a farm, but we can grow where we live.





Your Dreams & Goals

by David Proctor

 May 16, 2019

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly

I have written in this magazine before about my dream. My dream is to have my own farm/ranch.

This dream goes back to when I was very young and would spend time on the Proctor Farm. Some of my best memories as a child and teenager was at that farm.

I tried to look at it with a very practical mind.  Everyone was getting out of farming by selling off, or by being auctioned off.  The only ones making money were the ones selling to, and loaning money to, the farmers.

The farmer/rancher was dealing with a new idea created after WWII and that was the industrialization of farming.

It started to take effect back in the late ’50s to early ’60s when crop production needed to be increased and the way to do that was with chemical fertilizers.

Milk production needed to be increased and that was done with more grain, preemptive vaccinations, and selective breeding.

Beef, hog, and chicken operations were steered in the same direction. In came the idea of taking the animals off pasture and confining them in closer quarters.  This made feeding and observation of the animals much easier.

Animal feedlots grew bigger and bigger. This was the economy of scale. A basic principle in industrial economics. The more widgets you can produce, the cheaper you can get materials and supplies for the production since you are buying in bulk.

This model also has the next phase that is used in the economy of scale and that is to grow, be bought out, or go out of business.  Farms started being auctioned off at alarming rates. 

Farmers had to take on off-farm jobs to make payments. More inputs were needed to keep up with the economy of scale; bigger tractors, more land, more fuel, more grain bins, makes for bigger loans.

If all worked out, you might see a profit, depending on the commodities market, weather, banking capital versus land value and of course your health.  If all these stayed aligned, then the potential for profit existed.

The slogan of we are “Feeding The World” came to be a mantra.

I had a dream of how to make it in this world of new agriculture economics. Buy cheap land, use artificial insemination for livestock improvements, use confined feedlots, use the waste to put in methane digesters to produce methane gas for fuel, through the anaerobic breakdown of manure.  The manure would then be used as a fertilizer.

The farm/ranch would have diverse species so not all eggs would be in one basket, sorry for the pun.
I never did want to row crop, that was not in my plan, but a big garden was.
This plan, I have no doubt will work.

I use to dream about it all the time. In high school, I even wore bib overalls when no one else did. I wanted it bad. I was even going to farm with a friend down in Alabama since the Proctor Farm had long since been sold off.
I went to college as a biology major so I could learn more about animals.  I almost dropped out more than once when I heard the song “Sweet Home Alabama”.
I even transferred to MU into pre-veterinary so I could learn more and also be in the Ag department.
Then life hit. My grades had gone down and I ran out of money.  That left me with having to find work.

I did, on a Missouri river bottom farm, a section of land (640 acres), that row cropped corn and beans with winter wheat sowed out of growing season. That is when I first used roundup by the way.
I got a first-hand view of farming and was starving, literally, doing it.

That is when I got into telecommunications. I swore I would never make a carrier out of it.  I hooked up with a drinking buddy that was a contractor that installed telephones.  I rode with him for two months with no pay just to try and learn the trade.

I didn’t know if I could make it or not until one of the other contractors said, “he’ll never make a telephone man”.  You can’t tell me what I can and can’t do, so I studied every night after work reading technical manuals and spec books, to learn how to do work in the trade.

It worked, I started contracting in Jefferson City for United Telephone Company, later known as Sprint, then CenturyLink.

I still wanted to have land and raise my animals, but contracting paid well. Until I fell off a pole and was laid up for a few months.  I didn’t quit, I went back and started climbing poles again, and continued to work as a contractor until Molly and I got married.

I went company for United Telephone in Lebanon Missouri. That worked ok until Judge Green. He made the ruling in favor of MCI to compete with what had been a monopoly up till then, and deregulate the telephone industry.

Still didn’t have enough money to go into farming.  Everyone I knew that had a farm/ranch worked somewhere else to keep it and pay the bills. As they said, “there ain’t no money in farming”.

And there still ain’t if you do like everyone says you should. Everyone being the bankers, equipment dealers, farm supply stores, seed stores, packers, insurance companies, land-grant colleges, fertilizer dealers, herbicide and pesticide dealers, truckers, grain bin dealers and everyone else that makes their living off the backs of farmers.

I use to study even on vacations, about how to visualize and conceptualize how to make my farm/ranch work. I tried to improve on my ideas. I had times after Molly and I came to the East coast, that my work would dry up and I would think about going into farming, but how, without a lot of money.

Like my dad would say, “if you have the money to go into farming, why would you, you are rich already”.  He looked at it taking millions to start from scratch and have a go of it.

Now I have seen most of my life go by, I still have the dream.  I have reinvented myself about every 10 years to keep up with the changes in technology.

After over 40 years of doing what I said I would never make a career out of, I am reinventing myself again.
I am taking a dream and making it materialize. I will have my farm/ranch.  It will not be an industrial place but one that is Eco-agriculture friendly.
A sustainable, healthy food producing, enjoyable, open to anyone that wants to view my operation. I will have two sections of land to do this on.


Syria Virginia


Again, one could say, why in the world would you do that? You should look at taking social security and retiring like everyone else you know!

I am not here to tiptoe through life to only then step or fall into the grave.  I have a purpose, a reason, a goal like few have ever thought of.

I also plan on making my company one of the top companies in the nation for helping people and businesses get unstuck and realize their goals.

I am doing all this as a consultant.

When I was contracting, I use to have a goal of what I made in a month I wanted to make in a week. Every time I reinvented myself, I met that goal.

This time I plan on making in a week what I use to make in a year!

You have the type of goals you know you can do. You have the type of goals that if everything goes according to your plan you think it will work. That is not a goal, neither one of them.

A goal is taking a dream, you don’t know how you’re going to do it, but you know you can.  You believe in your dream; you tell your subconscious that your dream is real. You are now on a different level from everyone else.

This goal or dream will cause a new awareness in yourself and your life.

The Wright brothers flew when all others made fun of them and told them to quit.

Thomas Edison had to try thousands of times before he achieved his goal.

I have one of the best mentors in the industry for making goals a reality, plus with over 50 years’ experience and with results, Bob Proctor!

If anyone has a dream, a dream they truly want, a goal, I can show you how to achieve it.
Take a journey with me to see how to discover and obtain your goals.  I guarantee you will be glad you did.

I am building a quiz that will help guide people to their goals and have results. The link below will ask a question, then you will get an email from me. 

If you have ever had a dream, something you really wanted but did not think you could do it, get it, or have it. I guarantee I can change that.


Click Link Below>>

Go to this link:


Phone: (540) 220-8525

PS This is not hype, sales or anything like that, I really just want to help you grow and get results.



The bibs I wore in High School and the hat I was wearing when I met Molly!

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“God’s gift to us is more talent

and ability than we’ll ever hope

to use in our lifetime.

Our gift to God is to develop

as much of that  talent and ability

as we can in this lifetime.”

– Steve Bow

Quick Tip


What Is Your Goal?
•Are my current goals making me excited and energized?
•Do my goals belong to me or do they belong to somebody else?
•What do I really, really want?


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