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I find the ways we define ourselves by what we eat fascinating.  We do this project of self-definition both through what we DO eat and what we refuse to eat.  In Martin Jones’ fascinating book _Feast: Why Humans Share Food_, he observes that our taboos about food can be so powerful that they are actively…

Food Preservation and Storage Class

It is hard to believe that summer is coming so rapidly to a close, and that the opportunity to put up for winter will pass so fast.  So if you’d like help and guidance in doing so, I’ll be running my food storage and preservation class starting Thursday, August  and running for six weeks into…

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…

Here’s the syllabus – I still have a couple of regular spots and one scholarship spot available, so please email me at jewishfarmer@gmail.com if you’d like one. The class runs six weeks starting tomorrow and is asynchronous and online. Cost of the class is $100. Hope some of you can join us! Week 1, –…

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…

Solar Dehydrating in a Humid Spot

In a previous post several of my commenters observed that they lived in places too humid for solar dehydrating, and had been using electric food dryers. We have similar issues here – the summers are very humid, and there is a tendency for things not to dry rapidly enough, while reabsorbing moisture overnight and molding.…

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…

It seemed up here in the north that spring would never come – and now we’re headed rapidly into that time of year when everything is ripe and abundant in our gardens and at local farms, and learning to put food up can make it possible for you to enjoy summer in winter, and continue…