Behind The Scenes With Growing A Greener World

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Hi friends, I know it’s been a while. I had to do some behind-the-scenes admin stuff on my blog this morning, and realized that if I put up a post today then it wouldn’t be an entire month since I last posted. Talk about sneaking that in. I wish I had the hours in the day [Continue Reading...]

The Ethics of Dinner, Joel Salatin and Genesis 2:23

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As a writer, sometimes I pull my words like teeth, one-by-one, each painful and like enough to leave a scar. Other times, I build up an article or a post mechanically, like furniture. There is craft, yes, but also an established structure on which to hang my words. Like a table has four legs and [Continue Reading...]

Solar Power with Reeves Clippard of A&R Solar

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this week’s episode of the Grow Edible Podcast, I talk with Reeves Clippard, the co-founder of A&R Solar, all about going solar. Several months ago, after years of research and deliberation, my husband and I hired A&R Solar to install a solar array on our roof. Since “going solar” [Continue Reading...]

How To Peel A Lot Of Tomatoes Fast

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If you’re like me, you are in the thick of canning season. Over the past three weeks or so I’ve gotten something like 240 pounds of tomatoes turned into sauce, chopped tomatoes, salsa, various relishes, savory jams, etc. So it’s fair to say I’ve peeled many, many tomatoes. At this point, I think I’ve honed the [Continue Reading...]

Income Resilience (Surviving A 20% Paycut)

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Early last week, late in the afternoon just before I, with my farmer’s hours schedule, was ready to sign off from my day job for Anonymous Giant Corporation, I received an email from my boss. It had all the hallmarks of something sent in haste, in response to someone else’s urgent email, also sent in [Continue Reading...]

Discount Code For Permaculture Playing Cards

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My friend Paul Wheaton, Permies.com founder, proudly obnoxious Permaculture man-giant and surprisingly nice guy (shhhh, don’t tell – he has a reputation to maintain) helped develop these Permaculture Playing Cards last year: As I’ve said before, they’re stunning. These cards are gorgeous, handheld works of art. My sole complaint is that, when you do play [Continue Reading...]

Urban Goats with Rachel Hoff

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this week’s episode of the Grow Edible Podcast, I talk with Rachel Hoff about keeping backyard dairy goats. Rachel and her husband Tom run Dog Island Farm, an urban homestead in the heart of Vallejo, California. In addition to a big garden and the requisite flock of poultry, Rachel [Continue Reading...]

Kitchen Tip: 9 By 9 Inch Pan Perfectly Sized For 1 Gallon Freezer Bag

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I bake almost all my quick breads and cakes in square 9 by 9 pans. I’ll admit that this started out as a happy accident. Six years ago, in an effort to earn a little extra holiday cash, I took a seasonal job as the Holiday Food Demo Girl at my local mall’s Williams-Sonoma store. [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Creating A Suburban Food Forest with Michael Judd

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In today’s episode of the Grow Edible Podcast, I chat with Michael Judd, the author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist about how to create a food forest. Michael has an interesting history; he spent his early adulthood  in rural Latin America, including living with a Mayan community [Continue Reading...]

August Garden Photo Tour

I planted this peach this spring, and it's already ripening a few delicious fruit.

On the one hand, I can’t believe it’s nearly September. Summer can’t be this far along, can it? On the other, I am shocked that we probably still have 4 to 6 weeks of reasonable growing conditions before fall really, truly shoulders aside summer. This has been the best summer I can remember for the [Continue Reading...]

Tomato Canning Quick Reference Guide

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When I was canning up tomatoes this past weekend, and I was sick, so I kept double checking things and kinda getting hazy about what the hell I was doing. Moral of the story: do not attempt to can 100 pounds of tomatoes while sick. But as I was shuffling back and forth to my [Continue Reading...]

On Depression

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I take medication for depression. I’m fine. Don’t worry. But for awhile, some time after my son was born, I wasn’t okay. I dealt with being not okay pretty well, and kept up the facade of okay until one day when the facade cracked and I threw a bowl of blueberries across the kitchen and [Continue Reading...]