Putting a Value on That

Recently I tagged along with my mom to the grocery store. She was in town visiting and she’s a fantastic cook and was planning on making an amazing meal for her best friend who she was staying with. It wasn’t just any grocery store, though. We were entering the yuppie-hippie grocery store. A full third…

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Where Have I Been?

I have to admit, I’ve been missing in action lately and for that I apologize. But I do have some good reasons, I promise! I may have mentioned before that I was doing a permaculture study course through Homegrown.org. It’s going slowly and there is a lot of reading involved, which is taking up most…

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Domestic Animals, Dirt and Disease

I recently had learned some interesting things about the Native Americans (my favorite college course was Native American History but somehow it missed a lot of the stuff we now know about what happened around the time European settlers came). The first thing I learned was that there was a great plague that wiped out…

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Plans for 2013

A new year and a new set of projects. But first I’d like to see where we were last year at this time and see if we got anything done that we wanted to. More productive in the garden? This year wasn’t nearly as productive in produce. We produced about 300lbs less produce than 2011,…

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Knowing Your Food

There is something fishy going on. I love sushi. I mean LOVE sushi. It’s not cheap so I don’t eat it very often so it’s a real treat for me. Imagine my surprise when I read an article earlier this year about how more than half (55%) of the fish sold in Los Angeles was…

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I Love My Life…No Really

Sometimes as I’m trudging down to the goat barn in the dark, wet from rain and mud, to do my twice daily milking chore I have to wonder why the hell am I doing this? Why the hell am I working full time during the week and spending all of my free time doing chores?…

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An Education in the Garden

Our Just Food event went really well. The speakers were fantastic, the food was wonderful and the movie was great. My good friend, Esperanza, was one of the speakers. Her talk was about her life and the struggles she faced growing up and then her discovery that she could connect with her ancestors through producing…

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In Search of a Purple Peach

This past weekend we attended an event at the Acta Non Verba Urban Farm. Kelly Carlisle, who runs it asked us if we could bring some of our chickens and we happily obliged. There was a woman that taught a cooking demonstration about how to make Sweet Potato Butter that was so very delicious Tom couldn’t…

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