Natural Living Des Moines

Clothesline Bans by sarahtar
August 10, 2011, 7:20 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I don’t think any neighborhoods here in Des Moines ban clotheslines, do they? This blog post from EcoCentric discusses the problem, as well as a project to document the scope of clothesline bans.


Where’s all the Recent Content? by sarahtar
August 6, 2011, 8:01 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Where, indeed?

Life’s just gotten busier, and as I’ve been reducing the number of “extra” things I am willing to add to my to-do list, blogging at NLDM never seems to make it up to the “really important” list.

Want to see new content here?

We welcome your content!! Please contact us about becoming a writer for the NLDM blog!

This post is environmentally friendly by sarahtar
June 30, 2009, 7:27 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Is anyone else tired of seeing “eco friendly” labels on products with no explanation as to what makes the item eco friendly? I am!!

Awesome Celeb Mom! by sarahtar
June 17, 2009, 2:09 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Thanks to Jessica for the hot top: Blossom star Mayim Bialik is a total AP mama! Article here.

Farmers Markets in Central Iowa by dianabauman
May 22, 2009, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags:

Don’t have time to make it to the Downtown Farmers Market?  Don’t worry, in Central Iowa you can find a farmers market near you almost every single day of the week.  Grab your market sack and head out for some fresh local goodies!

Urbandale Farmers Market at Living History Farms
June 1 – October 12
4 – 7 p.m.
Front Lawn of LHF, 11121 Hickman Road

Johnston Farmers Market
May 26 – October 6
3- 7 p.m.
Johnston City Hall Parking Lot, Merle Hay Road and NW 62nd Ave. Johnston, IA

Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market
June 3 – September 30
4 – 7 p.m.
First Christian Church parking lot 25th Street and University Avenue

Waukee Farmers Market
June 3 – September 30
4 – 7 p.m.
Triangle Park Sixth Street and Ashworth Drive

Ames Farmers Market
May 2 – October 31
2 – 7 p.m.
Main Street Station, 526 Main Street, Suite 103 & 104, Ames, IA 50010

Highland Park Farmers Market
June 4 – October 1
4 – 7 p.m.
6th Ave. from Euclid to Douglas, west side of street

Pella Farmers Market
May 14 – October 22
3 – 6 p.m.
First Reformed Church parking lot, 603 Broadway St.

Polk City Farmers Market
May 28 – August 27
4 – 7 p.m.
Held in and around the Square in Polk City (Broadway, 3rd, 2nd and VanDorn Streets)

Valley Junction Farmers Market
May 7 – October 1
4 – 8 p.m.
100-300 blocks of 5th Street

Ames Farmers Market
May 2 – October 31
(Closed July 4th)
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Main Street Station, 526 Main Street, Suite 103 & 104, Ames, IA 50010

Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market
May 2 – October 31
7 a.m. – Noon
Des Moines Court Avenue District

Madison County Farmers Market
May 16 – October 3
(Closed July 4th)
7:30 – 11 a.m.
Winterset town square

Uptown Ankeny Farmers Market
May 16 – September 26
(Closed July 11th)
8 a.m. – Noon
Uptown Ankeny – Corner of SW 3rd & SW Maple Streets

West Glen Farmers Market
May 16 – September 19
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Avenue of the Arts, one block North of Mills Civic Parkway

Diana Bauman is a Local Spanish foodie. You can view her personal blog at: A Little Bit of Spain In Iowa.

Des Moines urban chickens by dianabauman
May 19, 2009, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized, Urban Homesteading | Tags:

Urban chickens have been popping up in backyards throughout the metro.  Des Moines active involvement in the local food movement has the most lenient ordinances in the state for backyard chickens according to the Des Moines Register’s article, City-dwellers look to chickens for food, but some laws say no. I’m one of these people that finally bought my first flock of backyard chickens.  My five hens will provide my family 20-25 eggs a week.  Raising my own chickens is a natural procession to self sustainability.

This trend, as people like to call it, is exploding throughout our nation.  People are turning back the clock 50 years when it was the norm to see backyard chickens.  With the sludging economy and consumer awareness of the harsh realization of factory farms, people are becoming more interested in growing and raising their own food supply.  Raising backyard chickens happens to be EASY!  All you’ll need is chicken feed, a coop for shelter, roosting and nesting and a backyard filled with fresh green grass, weeds and bugs.  You’ll have nutritious farm fresh eggs in no time.  Chickens are also great with kids.  Although not the smartest animals, they do have wonderful temperaments.

Some of the benefits of raising free range hens in your backyard,

  1. They TASTE so much better! Rich orange yolk.
  2. Less Cholesterol, up to 1/3 less cholesterol than factory farmed eggs
  3. Less Saturated Fat
  4. More Vitamin A and E
  5. More Omega-3s

If you’re interested in learning more about raising backyard chickens in the metro, please visit and join the facebook group, Iowa Urban Chicken Farmers or
Diana Bauman is a Local Spanish foodie. You can view her personal blog at: A Little Bit of Spain In Iowa.

The Late Great Abby Glann Introduction by theglanns
May 13, 2009, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags:

Okay, maybe not great, but I was apparently supposed to introduce myself and missed that memo. I am a full-time mom and farmer outside Des Moines. I have run a not-certified, but organic nonetheless CSA farm, which seems to be changing into a more diverse mix of some veggies, chickens, eggs and fiber. I have two young children, and grew up around the south east Des Moines area. I love living a simple, natural life and parenting in an attachment style. I also am an advocate for natural birth. I love all things food-with an emphasis on local, whole foods, and enjoy making things for family and friends from scratch. My interested are varied and eclectic, and what I am going to contribute here, I am not sure yet, but was pleased to be invited!