Archive for the ‘ Sustainable Local Food Systems ’ Category

 

The Magic of Lupines

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<A HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fediblyardw-20%2F8005%2F526587c8-58f5-4652-add8-ca3dbb630106&Operation=NoScript” mce_HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fediblyardw-20%2F8005%2F526587c8-58f5-4652-add8-ca3dbb630106&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</A> I have taken a recent renewed interest in lupines because I discovered that they are nitrogen fixers, but I have loved them ever since I read Miss Rumphius as a child. (For those that haven’t read this children’s classic, Miss Rumphius spreads beauty around the world by planting lupines).  After reading […]

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Soup Kitchen High

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There is nothing like walking into a soup kitchen to put life into perspective.  Entering “Petaluma Kitchen” this morning, I was met with big smiles and thank you’s by a cook named Jeronimo and a kind woman named Shannon.  What a way to start the day!  I handed Jeronimo a bunch of greens from the […]

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Permaculture Paradise in a Snake Sighting

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<A HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fediblyardw-20%2F8005%2F526587c8-58f5-4652-add8-ca3dbb630106&Operation=NoScript” mce_HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fediblyardw-20%2F8005%2F526587c8-58f5-4652-add8-ca3dbb630106&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</A> My friend, Trathen often says that if in your garden you have a snail problem, you actually don’t have a snail problem – you have a “duck deficiency.” Well, in my demo garden at the Bounty Farm, I was having a gopher problem, but mysteriously, no food had yet disappeared down […]

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350 Garden Challenge: Halt Climate Change with Gardens

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As the edible gardening craze continues, local nonprofits are taking advantage of the momentum to try to install 350 gardens in Sonoma County, California in one weekend (May 15-16). There are now 430 gardens signed up!  iGROW Sonoma is leading the effort with partnering organizations that include: Daily Acts, GoLocal, Living Mandala, School Garden Network, […]

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Backyard Bounty Farm project

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In order to be able to offer more hands-on experience in classes, I have adopted a small farm plot at the Bounty Farm in Petaluma for a demonstration garden. The plot will also feature raised beds, which will offer the Backyard Bounty program a model to show people stopping by the farm. The farm manager, […]

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