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Archives for March, 2010

Passover is a holiday deeply concerned with inclusion – at one point during each seder night, we open our doors and leave them open wide, and call out “let all who are hungry come and eat.” One year, teaching Hebrew School to 10 year olds, I asked them what would happen if they called out…

Misplaced Outrage About Food Waste

Half of all food waste in the developed world happens at the consumer end – that is, we throw the food that we’ve purchased or grown away for some reason or another. It spoiled from mishandling, it gets wasted, or for some other reason goes uneaten. We’re rarely conscious of this – just as we…

On Chores

Chores sounds like such a dreary word, and until I moved to a farm, I would never have believed that I’d have anything positive to say about it. As a kid, I did chores around the house, and while I may have groused less about the dishes and cleaning gutters as an adult, I certainly…

Stake Your Acre Challenge

I’m not the challenge queen – that title could go to her Crunchiness , with whom you can freeze your buns, change your menstrual supplies and do a host of other moderately sexualized activities for fun and ecological profit or to Chile, who is currently preoccupied with moving house but regularly gets folks using their…

It is interesting that young and unemployed (two words that are now virtually synonymous) and highly educated folks are using food stamps to buy high quality food – and taking a lot of heat for it. I can understand the visceral reaction that people have, but I also think it is fascinatingly difficult to try…

I’ve had a lot of people ask when I was going to run food preservation and storage again, and ta da! I am. I’m doing it as a six week course, run asynchronously online on from April 15 to the end of May. I’ll put material up on Thursdays, but you can participate at your…

Charles Greene and colleagues confirm what the evidence has added up to – that we’re probably already too late to avoid crossing major tipping points, and that the scientific consensus has been in error – but not like the right wing wants you to believe. Instead, the compelling evidence for climate change is that even…

Sex Education, Family Farm Style

Simon came in the door calling “Moooooooomm….Moooooommmm!!” It didn’t sound like the “someone is bleeding to death” call or the “Isaiah said my hat looked funny and I beaned him one with a rock and he had the temerity to hit me back and it hurt…” cry, each which has a certain urgency too it.…

I came back to my computer to find that many of my fellow Sciblings have recently taken up issues of resource depletion from various interesting perspectives – doing my work for me, I guess ;-). It isn’t exactly news to most of us that we’ve been using just about every resource on the planet far…

Back…Mostly

Hi Folks – It has been a week since I hit the wall and took off from the computer, and I’m back, at least sort of. The combination of a lingering illness, exhaustion from trying to finish the book, stress from a book not doing what I wanted to and just way too much time…