"We must connect children with nature..."
The Farm Report by Martin Lemos
The Farm is Thriving Thanks to Irrigation, Volunteers, and the Farm Crew
farming season and another bout of extreme weather to keep it
interesting! With hardly any snow and an early warm spring, by March we
were operating the tractor in the fields and seeding in the greenhouse.
The season took off before we were able to fully grasp the ramifications
of such an early start.... More
Nature on the Farm by Amy Christiansen
Children’s Gardens Improving with Volunteer Work and Donations
new things have appeared in the Children’s Garden over the past few
months, due mostly to the awesome work of volunteers and donors. The
biggest change to the kid’s area has been a new irrigation system
installed by Chuck Henning. There are now spigots in both the east and
the west gardens including a misting hose to keep the kids cool on hot
days. Another very useful addition... More
Commentary by Steve Tiwald
Using this Window into Food Production
One of our goals at the Green Earth Institute is to help people connect
with nature, and a primary avenue is providing a window into food
production at our farm. Our crew at the farm works very hard to grow
nutritious food in a sustainable manner... More
Learning and planting in the Children's Garden this summer
us at 3 PM every Second Sunday from now through October for a potluck
at the farm. Bring a dish to share and your own reusable placesettings.
Details via email and Facebook.
Cassidy Family adopted this bed in the Children's Garden and turned it
into a Prehistoric Garden, complete with ferns and dinosaurs
CSA Shares Still Available; Second Sunday Potlucks; Honoring Volunteers
for locally-grown, certified organic vegetables? There are still some
spaces available in the 2012 Green Earth Institute CSA... More
Healthy Eating with Mrs. O by Adrianne O'Neal
Summer of Greens
after the New Year, I was having dinner with my college friend, Jen.
She declared that it was the year of mustard. Unaware of
this concept, I asked her to elaborate. Every year, Jen chooses a
food she doesn’t enjoy and commits to trying it in as many ways as
Let's Talk Nutrition by Philippa Norman
Greens for Health
time of year, many gardens are abundantly supplying dark leafy greens.
We know greens are good for us, but when its harvest time, what do we do
with all those greens?... More
Book Review by Sandra Lee
The Preservation Kitchen
In the introduction to his first cookbook-canning manual, The Preservation Kitchen - The Craft of Making and Cooking With Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux,
author-celebrity chef-restauranteur Paul Virant summarized his guiding
philosophy for both the book and his life: "I eat what I can; what I
can't, I can!"... More
The Kitchen Garden by Cathy Clarkin
Gardening Together and Summer's Bounty
garden, even more than usual, is a mess of weeds this summer. On
the one hand, the excessive heat and lack of rain has made the task of
watering much more time consuming and the thought of spending hours in
the sun weeding a little too daunting... More
Bountiful tomato plant in the Kitchen Garden
This celery was grown at McDonald Farm, but did you know that new plants can be grown from leftover unused celery?
Energy Notes in the Transition Era by Steve Carrow
Best Fossil Fuel Yet?
again, we may be faced with a major fork in the road, one where we must
choose wisely, as the implications will affect us for centuries.
Earlier this year, there was a bit of news that didn’t make the
mainstream media, but was noted in some of the energy
Check It Out...
"Weed Dating" and More
Weed Dating, tips on mid- and late-summer gardening, food swap
networks, the blog NeverSeconds, and tips on how to grow food from
Living Consciously on the Grid by Jan Wencel
Creative Reuse and More
For this column we received a fabulous idea from CSA-member
Denise Bergmann. Replace papertowels. Create freezer bags. Organize your
desk. Grow fresh vegetables... More
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