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The Ethicurean lives! An update, in which I come out of my corporate closet

Tap, tap. Is this thing on? Does it still work? Wait, let me clear away the cobwebs from the microphone. Is that better? Can you hear me now? All five of you? (Hi mom! Hi Jack!) What readers remain may have wondered when someone was going to put this blog out of its misery. I certainly have. Unfortunately,...

Notes from a new farmer: Q&A with Michael Gallagher, Square Roots Farm

In every school, there is a legendary former student -- the one whose academic prowess knew no bounds. "Brilliant," people marvel about this student, even decades later. "That kid was brilliant." (Or, here in New England, you might hear: "Wicked smaaaaaht.") At my daughter's school, that individual is...

Want to grow food on City of Oakland land? Here’s how

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn We’ve all seen it: the vacant lot down the street that gets full sun, or the underused city park choked over with weeds. And many of us have thought: I bet that would be a great community garden space, if some enterprising growers could take it over. For most of us, the thought...

Green acreage: A farm by any other name

Editor's note: In a new series called Green Acreage, Steph Larsen chronicles the sprouting of a small but sustainable Nebraska property. --------------------------------- Last December, I bought the farm. Clearly I mean this in the literal, not euphemistic, sense. (Although I've spent some time pondering...

Unlocking Genetic Diversity with the Backyard Seed Vault Project

By Mat Rogers The 1979 children’s book Ox-Cart Man describes a colonial family who spends all year raising a crop and an ox, building the ox’s cart, and making mittens, brooms, and candles. Then the ox-cart man sets off to market to sell the crop and the mittens, brooms, and candles, then the ox, then the...

Open season: Local Roots Markets opens in Wooster, Ohio

Nine months doesn't really seem like a very long time: over the span of a lifetime, just a mere hiccup on a long journey. But when you're in the midst of those nine months (ask any expectant mother), you find yourself amazed at how much goes on in that time frame — and how it can seem to pass so slowly, and...

Slow but steady growth: Building the Local Roots market in Ohio

This summer has been a cool one so far here in northeastern Ohio. The sweltering heat and humidity has so far failed to materialize, and while I personally am not complaining about being less uncomfortable, I do sometimes worry about the gardens. The mild days and cool nights are keeping tomatoes from...

An Ikea trip + $350 + 4 weekends = 1 stylin’ chicken coop

Mod birds: Taking apart an Ikea Mydal bunk bed and pairing it with a few other items from everyone's favorite eco-friendly Swedish big-box store, urban chicken enthusiasts Aaron Bell and wife Corinne have designed one very cute chicken coop. Poultry not included. (Ikea Hacker; via Urban...

Local Roots update: Market plans proceeding in Wooster, OH

Farmers market season is just weeks away here in northeastern Ohio, and local growers have worked long days to get their crops planted after a slow start to spring. Behind the scenes at Local Roots, the we've put in long hours, too, planting our own seeds for a year-round farmers market in Wooster. We've...

The Compost Follies: Playing with garbage entails a steep learning curve

During dinner a couple weeks ago, a few of my fellow Yestermorrow interns and I started discussing emotions that stimulated learning. One person offered that he thinks frustration is useful for learning. I emphatically disagreed, saying that excitement was much more motivating than frustration. Either way,...

On your market, get set…: Building Local Roots in Ohio

There must be something in the Ethicurean (tap) waters.  As much as we love to eat and write about SOLE food, more and more of us are finding ways to put not just our money, but our time and energy, where our mouths are. From our die-hard community gardeners Peter and Elanor to our CSA-pork-packin' mama...

In pursuit of a dream: Starting work at Yestermorrow

In 2008, as my husband and I traveled around the country and talked with friends about our dreams for the future, a couple people mentioned to us that we should really check out this school called Yestermorrow in Warren, Vermont. We stopped by and learned more about the internship programs in late August,...

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