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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...

Dispatch from Germany No. 2: Visiting three small but innovative farm-to-table enterprises

By Renee Ciulla As I wrote in my first post for Ethicurean, I’m a graduate student learning about Sustainable Agriculture in Europe who recently spent a semester at the University of Kassel in Germany. Its international organic agriculture program is located in the quaint village of Witzenhausen, surrounded...

CSA to deliver education along with produce

God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be picking up my first CSA delivery of the year in late April. When I do, it will be the 16th consecutive spring that the Rolling Prairie farmers have unloaded their goods and distributed them to subscribers in Lawrence, Kansas. Those facts — the 16th year and the...

Happy Thanksgiving from the Ethicureans

I hope all of you are getting ready to enjoy a locally inspired feast, or one with at least a couple Ethicureanish dishes on the menu. I'm a bit sad I won't be cooking at home this year. I'm unfortunately stalled in the airport en route to Scottsdale, AZ, where if the rain lets up I shall be hanging out...

As the dirt turns (a pair of agricultural hope operas)

I grew up surrounded by farms. Though my family lived in a neighborhood on the very outskirts of our northern Ohio city, my school bus drove out into the country to pick up some of my farm-raised classmates. And in the summer, I spent the county fair week not only taking pride in my townie 4-H projects but...

Announcing the Bay Area’s newest meat CSA: the Clark Summit Farm Meat Club!

In September 2006 I complained to then-San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carol Ness that there were plenty of veggie Community Supported Agriculture programs in the Bay Area, but none that would give you a selection of chicken, beef, pork, and eggs every month. She quoted me as saying I thought someone...

Help for Michelle Obama

The March 10 issue of the New Yorker includes a profile of Michelle Obama, the refreshingly candid (and awesomely tall) potential next First Lady. Back in April, someone who was caucusing for Barack Obama in Iowa told me that the Mister had read Michael Pollan's April 22 op-ed piece for the New York Times...

More Montreal winter

I wish I had a tomato. Instead, I get snow. That is what we woke up to on New Year's day. I would easily trade all this snow for a fresh tomato that I can slice as thick as I want, because I have so many tomatoes. My garden has given me so many tomatoes, and my CSA box is overflowing with them, I can hardly...

I bought a quarter of a pig

My search for a supply of sustainable meat is now ended, successfully. Pictured below is a quarter of a pig that is now in my freezer. I had been calling around town and emailing people, trying to find someone who raises pigs in a sustainable manner. I found a few expensive shops that I could't possibly...

Autumn in Montreal

When the leaves begin to fall from the trees around these parts and the Canadian geese fill the skies, some folks smile with delight at the vibrant colours of the fall foliage. Other folks, a group which I belong to, see it in a different light. For me, autumn signals the death of the leaves and the...

Is the success of farmers markets hurting farmers?

[Updated on 9/22 to include positive sentiments from farmers about farmers markets] Just as I was thinking that the Bay Area is enjoying a golden age of farmers markets, with a multitude of farmers markets bringing fresh, local food directly from the farm to the consumer, reality drops in: farmers markets...

Digest – Features: We (heart) NYT Food, Globalization of Food 101, bad Target

We can't remember a New York Times Food & Dining section that had so many stories flavored by food politics. The Gray Lady sure is greening up her act — in stark contrast to that other esteemed publication from the Big Apple (more on the New Yorker's food issue later) — and we love her for...

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