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Getting Intimate With My Weeds

I plant weeds sometimes. I just feel I should admit this upfront, and come out with it and accept your outrage. You see, my property isn’t exactly untouched – it was a sod farm at one point (although most of the actual sod harvesting was done across the road on a field that is not…

Note: 1 1/2 feet of snow so far and still falling – we may get more than three by the end (the words “in the higher elevations” are generally the ones you want to listen to when forecasts are made for my area). Power so far, but not expecting it to last. Smaller dog must…

She Farms

Many of us in the Global North probably have a mental image attached to the word “farmer.” Here’s a pretty good approximation of most of our impressions of what constitutes “the average farmer.” Most of us probably don’t realize that the “average farmer” on a world scale looks rather different. Here’s an approximate of what…

In many ways the enormous outpouring of support for Haiti after the earthquake was very moving. In other ways, not so much – consider the International community’s total lack of interest in whether Haitians will be able to feed themselves in the upcoming year – “We’re very happy to send our surgeons, engineers and food…

At first glance, swept yards, derived from Africa, at one time traditional in the south and now mostly the province of a few, aging African-American southerners; and Cottage Gardens, invented in Britain under the feudal system and now evolved into a trendy ” flower garden style” meaning mostly a mix of abundant plants and mulched…

Note: This is the beginning of a multi-part series on agricultural education, the farming demographic crisis and the question of who will grow our food – what the problems are, how we will find new farmers, how they will be trained. To me, this is one of the most urgent questions of our time. A…

Over at ye olde blogge, on one of my Independence Days updates, a reader commented on something that I’d posted. I’d mentioned that we are having trouble with goat parasites – most specifically, meningeal worm. Meningeal worm is a parasite is hosted by snails and transmitted by the feces of white tailed deer. It is…

The seed is starting to take shape as the site and symbol of freedom in the age of manipulation and monopoly of life. The seed is not big and powerful, but can become alive as a sign of resistance and creativity in th smallest of huts or gardens and the poorest of families. In smallness…

The son seems to have taken a prior (and extremely common) teenage interest in “agriculture” and turned it into an actual interest in agriculture. I suppose you could see it as sinister, but I don’t – I think anyone who wants to grow things, even pot, bad enough to move out to the desert and…

The subject of food waste is not sexy. Anyone faced with the statistic that we waste 40% of our food in America is almost certainly appalled – for a second or two. But they also probably stop thinking about it just a tiny second later, probably after a moment of thinking “not us, though.” And…