Planting organic seeds is a requirement for organic farmers certified under the National Organic Program (the United States’ organic program). However it might come as a surprise to learn that if certain organic crop seeds are not available for a farmer to buy, they are allowed to plant non-organic seed. It’s important to note that … More Organic Seed Production
What is it? Regenerative agriculture is a new proposed agriculture standard from the Rodale Institute. Essentially it takes the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) and expands on it. This new standard includes areas that are unfortunately not a part of the NOP, such as “social fairness” (i.e. farmworker rights). A farmer that meets all program … More Regenerative Agriculture – a new farming standard?
Looking for a warm hearty soup? Well you’ve come to the right place. Once you’ve got your white beans and quinoa cooked, the recipe comes together very quickly. If pressed for time, you can use canned beans. I cooked up a big batch of beans, so I could have extra for making hummus. 🙂 White … More Hearty & Satisfying White Bean & Kale Soup
Nutritional Content: The nutritional value of fruits and vegetables has been decreasing over time. Generally speaking the vegetables of today, are not as healthy as those from a decade ago. Sugar content in plants is rising, and protein content is falling due to increased carbon dioxide levels, according to Dr. Irakli Loladze in Politico’s article … More Is organic food more nutritious?
If you’re eating a diet consisting of mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (beans & lentils), you’re off to a good start. That being said, depending on where your food comes from, you may be missing out on crucial nutrients. The health of your food (and ultimately you), begins in the soil in which … More Healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy you
Setting up a clotheslines in your backyard is a simple way to save some energy and money. Every time you do a load of laundry, you have an opportunity to let the power of the wind and sun dry your clothes. Take advantage of the last few weeks of nice weather this fall and get … More Save energy and money: clotheslines
Ingredients: 1 tbl avocado oil 8oz mushrooms (I used button mushrooms), sliced 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in water to rehydrate (about 10 minutes)* 3 cups cooked white beans 1/2 cup artichoke hearts (canned in water), quartered 2 cups red pepper sauce 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 black pepper 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp … More White Beans & Mushrooms with Red Pepper Sauce
The fall is almost here and that means tomato and pepper season will soon be coming to an end. Sigh. But this delicious sauce recipe will allow you to savor summer flavors well into the winter. You can freeze or can the sauce to preserve it. Heirloom Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Ingredients: 3 … More Heirloom Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
What is Rainwater Harvesting? Rainwater harvesting is the collection of rainwater by “capturing, storing and directing rainwater runoff and putting it to use”, says the Colorado State Extension. Generally rainwater is collected from a residential roof and stored in a container (barrel or plastic tank) of some kind. Water can also be collected from concrete … More Harvesting water to harvest more plants
My office had a “bad poetry contest” last week, and I thought I’d share the poem I wrote. An Ode to Fava Beans In my garden there are many plants, and on those plants there are many ants. By the hundreds they crawl, up and up – so tall. “What are they doing up there?”, … More An Ode to Fava Beans