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The No-Waste Food Preservation Plan

40% of all food produced worldwide, and nearly half of all food produced in the US goes to waste. ¬†When you break down the realities of food waste, you see that in the developing world, much of the waste is due to lack of ability to preserve food – no refrigeration means that sheep you…

I get a lot of books for review, and for the most part, they are wonderful surprises. Because I receive and read so many books, I rarely sit around saying “Hey, where’s my review copy of…X?” Generally I’ve got a giant pile of books that I need to get to anyway, so I’m much more…

Are you gearing up for the new garden season and thinking ahead about what to do to make your garden work all year long for you? Concerned about the rising price of food and looking for ways to feed your family through tougher times? Want to get in on the fun and wonderful flavors of…

Salvaging My Garden

Yesterday afternoon we put our work aside and drove down into the Schoharie Valley, at least as far as we could go. We wanted to check on friends in the area, and we had called down to Schoharie Valley Farms to see how they were doing and also ask about the status of the flowers…

The Fruit Olympiad

Some parents are soccer parents. Some parents are baseball or gymnastics parents. Some drive constantly to swim, cheer, play volleyball or cricket. My kids do swim, play basketball in winter and pick-up baseball anytime, but our primary family sport is fruit picking. Historically speaking, berrying is children’s work – one sent the kids out into…

This year will be interesting – we anticipate adding two or three more people to our household (and maybe more – we’re gently looking for a housemate or two once things settle down with the foster kids). In past years I’ve mostly been able to keep up with the “every year the kids get bigger…

Food Storage Baby Steps

My food storage and preservation class starts today, and I thought it was worth reproducing this essay – the very basics of getting started on storing food. Why would you want to do this? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First of all, I don’t think anyone who has tracked events over the last…

While I’m Gone…

I’ve got to leave you with something fun to read. I’ll be in Virginia for several days – if you are anywhere near Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival this Saturday you should come by – it is going to be fabulous.. I’m going to be talking about how Jefferson’s idea of “A Nation of Farmers” can…

It is manifestly the case that I have never fully mastered keeping things from getting overwhelming, but I get better at it every year (mostly). And there is a lot you can do to make sure that the canning and preserving don’t make you crazy! Despite the fact that you’ve got a life, a job,…

“…and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” – Guy Clark Guy Clark’s song is true – and over here we’ve got homegrown tomatoes and true love coming out our ears. The true love can be put up for winter until it is chilly and huddling together for warmth looks good, but the tomatoes, well, they…