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Archives for January, 2011

Seed Dreaming

Sorry for the extended radio silence. A combination of Apprentice Weekend, followed by Fellowship Application due, followed by ice storm related power outage, followed by internet outage of indeterminate cause, followed by visitor, followed by a series of family administrative things put off because of all the previous means that I’m just now online, and…

I’ll be offline until Tuesday of next week, running my winter apprentice weekend (or Goat Camp as one attendee called it ;-)). The next one will be offered in May, and will be a family-friendly long weekend (tentatively Memorial Day weekend – I’ll confirm that in the next week). You can bring the kids, stay…

And It Is Back…

The Food Crisis, of course. In fact it really never left – since 2007 we’ve had more hungry people on the planet than ever before in human history, and while we’ve seen brief declines in the numbers of the hungry worldwide, those declines were of such short duration that they were essentially meaningless – earlier…

As I mentioned in a previous post about Carol Deppe’s wonderful _The Resilient Gardener_, all garden books are fundamentally local. That localness is why I so love _Gardens of Use and Delight_ by Jigs and Jo Ann Gardner. I discovered this book last year at my local library, and have taken it out half a…

Poultry Addicts of the World, Unite!

“It is soooo hard to wait, Mom!” Isaiah is seven years old and when you are seven, uncertainty is torture. He asks me when the mail will get here 20 times a day, and can he go out and wait for the mail truck? I point out that it is 4 degrees F out there,…

Pha Lo has a wonderful piece at Salon on the ways that his family’s history of locavorism was a source of shame and conflict for them, because it fit so badly into the American diet. He echoes a story I hear over and over again, both from immigrants and from Americans from traditional agricultural communities…

PANRC: Prelude, Part I

Just an update – all the copies of Prelude in circulation are presently going ’round, but if past experience is any guide, the books should have at least one more cycle before the end of the month. So watch here for the next announcement. In some ways I’m not the optimal audience for Kurt Cobb’s…

PANRC: The Witch of Hebron Part II

Just a reminder to everyone that we’ll be starting Kurt Cobb’s _Prelude_ on Monday. I have several people who have copies available for circulation, so if you’d like to read along with the group, please drop me an email at jewishfarmer@gmail.com and you’ll get a copy in the mail, with only the requirement that you…

Outrunning the Boom

As you can probably imagine, Eric sometimes has more than a bit to put up with being married to me. One of the things that bothers him the most is that I’m absolutely no fun at movies. If you remember the show MST3K, I’m them – all the time. And just because the movie is…

Invasivores Unite!

My Science Blogs Colleage at Dean’s Corner suggests that in the New Year all of us should think about eating more invasive species. I’m delighted to see this idea being promulgated by both my colleagues and the New York Times, because it highlights one of the best ways of controlling species that get out of…