erda gardens: basil, bees, and bagged bounty

Last week I returned from six amazing days in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This particular visit was spent mostly indoors, however, because I was there to attend the annual Language of Spirit Conference, where we engaged in "dialogue exploring reality from Indigenous and Western science perspectives." On my...

Let’s speak on behalf of the cows, shall we?

Tell me, do boycotts still work today in America? For dairy cows everywhere, I hope so. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is co-leading the fight to boycott the two largest "organic" dairies in the country -- Horizon Organic and Aurora Organic Dairy -- until they stop using factory-farm treatment of...

Digest: USDA swindles again, Monsanto’s still greedy

Washington Post*: A federal court concluded last week that the USDA repeatedly broke the law by allowing genetically-engineered crops to be planted on hundreds of acres in Hawai'i without first studying their impact. New York Times*: Monsanto will control even more of our seeds. The deal to buy Delta and...

Tomatoes galore

Last Saturday I began harvesting tomatoes from my garden in earnest. All of a sudden — at least it seemed to me — they were ready to be picked, plucked. A few days earlier, I had spied a couple ripe tomatoes lying on the ground beside the momma plant. Then I noticed some Sun Gold cherry tomatoes starting to...

Calling all Californians to raise their voice

If you care, like I do, that local control of our seed and plant heritage is maintained and not given away to support corporate self interest, please consider contacting your local state Senator and House Assembly members and request that they oppose the California Preemption Bill (SB 1056). Contact them on...

Digest: Toxin-free tilapia, sexy food fashion statements, plus irradiated pineapple for the people

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: A Seattle-based firm is marketing what it calls toxin-free tilapia grown in fresh water ponds in China. The upside of their approach is that they place fewer fish in the ponds, so the fish are healthier and don't require antibiotics. (Stress from crowding weakens animal immune...

Nurturing community: one bite at a time

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. -- Virginia Woolf Recently, our home became a bed-and-breakfast of sorts. First, three weeks ago, our friend Susana, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, arrived to stay with us. Then, more than a week ago, Mary Alice, from Michigan, and then...

Iowa: land of cheese and wine

I'm back from my week-long trip to Iowa, to visit family, friends, and the family farm -- and to get myself away from my computer and all of the drudgery (sometimes) of too much freelance work. All work and no play make Jane a very dull girl, after all. Most of my reflections need to simmer a bit longer, so...

Garden developments

I thought it was about time to give an update on how my organic garden is progressing this summer. My yellow squash is currently my pride and joy, growing out and up in all four directions. I had no idea it would grow to be so large. The leaves themselves are so beautiful and luscious. They do wilt in the...

Celebrating Farmer Joe’s arrival

Last Saturday was like a national holiday for my up-and-coming Oakland neighborhood, the Dimond district -- or, as the SF Chronicle noted this week, our "decidedly unglamorous" 'hood. Well, all of us unglamorous folk turned out in large numbers to celebrate the long-awaited opening of Farmer Joe's...

Blended love

I've fallen in love! I have fallen in love again ... with smoothies. Organic, homemade ones, to boot. It wasn't love at first sight. No, it actually took a lot of time. Days. Months. OK, maybe years ... to get me to see that making a commitment wasn't really all that hard, in the end. Let me start at the...

Chick flicks

About a month ago, I checked in with my friend's blog and was delighted by these two mini-videos of her Silkie hen's newly hatched -- and hatching -- chicks, or -- as I like to call them -- "chicklets." Take a look first at the one from that morning and then the afternoon's... And discover why there's an...

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