Hi friends! Today I want to share my original farm-to-fork recipe. Part of having a farm and growing my own food involves having a lot of fresh veggies to cook with. My favorite dishes to make are when I go out to my veggie beds, pick whatever is ready, head back into the kitchen, and figure out what to do with the ingredients on hand. It becomes an art form, creating different combinations and melding flavors! Personally, the act of regenerative farming is a way for me to heal the soil, and the act of cooking is a way for me to heal my body, and I think combined they have the capacity to heal community and relationships.
I am also passionate about creating farm to fork recipes to share with the wider community. I did not know how to cook for myself until a few years ago, and an astonishing amount of my friends still do not know how to. This is a problem, because no matter how well I grow organic beets and fennel, if my community members
Hi everyone! Today I want to do a spotlight on my favorite plant, comfrey. I first learned about comfrey on the farm that I WWOOFed on in New Zealand. We would add comfrey leaves to big barrel full of horse manure, fill the barrel with water, and in a few weeks we would use that compost tea to fertilize the lime fields. Over the years I've learned more and more about how diverse and abundant comfrey can be in a permaculture farm. A few months ago I ordered 70 root cuttings of comfrey from Coe's Comfrey and CHANGE Farm, put each cutting in a pot of soil, covered each cutting with 2 inches of soil, and watered them every other day. Now, I have 70 beautiful and large comfrey plants. Last week some friends came over for a garden potluck and we planted about 40 of these plants on our hillside. It was a beautiful day and I am so excited that these comfrey babies are in the ground and growing!
I am Tree Jenny... Jennifer Leigh Smith...
About 19 years ago I went on a vacation to Costa Rica because i had just
won a big environmental law case in Louisiana where I was working as a young lawyer. Our team won an environmental racism case and well, it depressed me. Why would winning depress me you might ask? Because I felt like I was on the wrong side of the argument. We were defending the polyethylene (plastics) plant (BASF WYANDOTTE) and I had to find case law and depose witnesses looking for an
out for their employment practices which tended to reveal they hired African Americans to only do janitorial jobs instead of higher up better pay positions. The plastics plant was using the propaganda of
creating jobs in their reasoning for building the plant in a primarily African American neighborhood.
When we won the case, my law firm couldn't help but see my conflicted conscience. Yep, I tend to
Hi friends! I'm currently sitting at a daylong workshop called
Legal Basics of Urban Farming. It is put on by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. When I began my urban permaculture farm, I had no idea how many regulations I would have to follow. Urban farming is difficult because there are often many more regulations and red tape for farming in city limits, especially if you live in a residential zone. However, the presenter that I am listening to right now says to keep in mind that an urban farmer does not necessarily need to follow the letter of the law. In a lot of farming workshops I have heard the phrase
ask forgiveness not permission. That being said, if you follow that route, I highly recommend at least knowing the regulations that you should be following, even if you decide not to.
Part 1 is a post on the presentation that Julia Van Soelen Kim gave in the beginning of the workshop. Julia is the North Bay Food Systems Advisor with the UC Cooperative Extension. Pleas
Do you really want to homestead? It's a lot of hard work, but if you do than you might want to watch the following video as one of the biggest names in permaculture, Paul Wheaton, explains his 21 month program to help you learn everything you need to know and then when you're fully trained you get your own homestead from for only $100 dollars.
I enjoy the yard in spring before the grass is cut! Everything is growing out, I have always loved the overgrown look. I love making a video of the garden on a nice sunny hot day so I can watch it in winter!! :) Gives me something to look forward to! When I first had this yard there were no trees or bushes at all. We planted vegetation all over the yard! We have it for food. We have used some Permaculture techniques to keep it self sustaining and mature the soil. I will mow the lawn and plant in the garden beds after I weed. I just like to take a video of the garden and yard before I start. Later this year I will take another video of progress. We will be growing a few food crops.
Here is the video
Every Thursday we work in a permaculture garden near our school building. Last week I was practicing with my extension tubes and took this picture.
Setting aside half the earth's surface sounds like a good idea at first, but when you think about how that would be implemented it just doesn't make sense. The only way it would be possible would be by force. In other words you would be forcefully removed from said lands if you are caught on them. This would cause undue suffering to millions of people.
Paul Simon, who is donating all his proceeds from his current tour to the half-earth project, says that we are destroying the world and once we do there is no going back. What he fails to mention, or realize is that is his attempt to increase biodiversity, he is actually lowering it by removing humans. But we,
human animals (what E.O. calls us), are actually the best
animals to have on the land when armed with the right knowledge.
We are the only creatures on this planet that can creatively improve our environment. For example using Sepp Holzer Permaculture, someone would put several ponds, lakes, and terraces on the land, and plant a large variety
The global food system has been associated with the epidemic of obesity now seen in developed (and developing) countries (Swinburn et al., 2011). At the same time, in less developed parts of the world, many continue to suffer from under-nutrition and food insecurity. Both over-nutrition and under-nutrition have an impact on individuals and, the health care system at large, leading to higher health care costs and the declining health those suffering from poor nutritional status (Finkelstein, Ruhm & Kosa, 2005; FAO.ORG, n.d.).
Hammond & Dube (2012) contend that components of the global food system, including the agricultural practices employed by it, the environmental impacts it exerts and, the aforementioned challenges to human health resulting from it provide an opportunity for the use of a “systems approach” to aid policymakers in attenuating these negative outcomes. The authors argue that multi-disciplinary, collaborative efforts, and the use of tools like agent-based modeling or systems dynamics (
For my first blog post, I think it fitting that my first post would be the last I post I ever imagined I would make. I am a reformed duck hater. I became a duck hater by my neighbors who where duck people. I am sure they referred to use as the sheep people, as we keep a sheep flock. The duck people had the loudest troop of ducks on earth. These critters made all kinds of noise, day or night. I like my peace and tranquility, so I made a vow to never be a duck person.
Then I stumbled apon an article about muscovy and how they do not quack. I was interested, but not yet on board. More research was done and I found that muscovy are not true ducks, but a different critter altogether. Muscovy are geese like in many ways like being larger, and eating grass. I have heard several times that two geese can eat as much grass as cow. My rational mind says this can not be true. However, my rational mind al