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Foraging and building tomato cages in Oakland

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn I’ve always found store-bought tomato cages to be utterly unsatisfactory. First of all, there’s the aspect of price. How a garden store can reasonably charge $6.99 for a piece of cheaply soldered metal that barely holds together is beyond me. (And of course one needs six to ten of...

Digest – News: Antibiotics in byproducts fed to cows, Sebelius lobbied to veto milk labeling bill

It was a very busy week for the Ethicurean bees, and we had to skip the weekend Digest. So some of these links may be a tad moldy, but hey — expiration dates are for sissies. Send your tasty news links to dig...@ethicurean.com. Distilling madness: We've written before about antibiotic-resistant superbugs...

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,...

Digest – Features & Blogs: Convention frenzy, local meat gets scrapped, and Michelle’s big announcement

O-yeah: Michelle Obama tells Oprah that she's planning a veggie garden on the lawn of the White House in order to "use it as a point of education, to talk about health and how delicious it is to eat fresh food, and how you can take that food and make it part of a healthy diet." The President won't be able...

A recent California transplant builds a garden with help from fellow zero-wasters & frugalistas

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn As the general economic malaise coincides with impending spring fever, recession gardening has come into vogue. Stories of record-high seed sales pepper the news, along with musings about modern-day Victory Gardens saving people money on produce sales. I’ve been gardening — most...

Winter, Shminter: Not Everything Sleeps when the Ground Freezes

I usually take a giant chill pill the months of January and February (ok, and maybe March too). I have never lived in a place without blizzards and tear-inducing wind chills. While that might be sad to folks who prefer equatorial breezes, I’ve generally enjoyed the cold times of the year as a season of rest...

Digest – News: Seeds grow, even in prison; allergy nuts; and the return of the pear

Growing hope: U.S. prisons are notoriously bad at rehabilitating inmates and preparing them to return to public life, but San Quentin is trying to change that. How? By providing an organic garden that residents can care for. "It reminds me of being with my grandmother," says one inmate. "It saved my life."...

Saving for college, one potato at a time

Countless parents are deeply anxious — and rightfully so — about how their children will be able to afford college, even if they diligently contribute to education savings funds for them. To help, many teenagers find jobs as soon as they are legally old enough, which usually takes time away from their...

Well worth the wheat: Gene Logsdon’s “Small-Scale Grain Raising”

As the price of flour and other grain-based foods has risen, creative-minded people have begun to consider growing their own wheat, corn, rye, and other grains. Groovy Green noted last year that one bakery — the Hungry Ghost Bread company in Northhampton, Massachusetts — even offered grain seeds to their...

Digest – Opinion & features: Fred Kirschenmann questions, Pat Roberts explained, Wes Jackson expands

Opinion: Peak soiler: Sustainable-ag visionary Fred Kirschenmann urges Secretary Vilsack to ponder a future in which oil will be $300 a barrel, fresh water resources are half what they are as today, and weather is twice as bad. What kind of agriculture should we be designing? And what could we do to launch...

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,...

Ask the Ethicurean: What will vog do to my veggies?

We're reviving the Ask the Ethicurean column by plucking a recent question from the comments section. Send your burning questions about SOLE food to t...@ethicurean.com and we'll use our collective brain, contact list, and PhD in Googling to guess at the answer for you. Aloha, I too have an organic garden...

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