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Just in time for the census: 2 more farmers

Four years ago, I was a single vegetarian pursuing a communications career. Now, I am a married omnivore beginning farmer. Eggs were my gateway food. I began buying them from the farmers market when I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to be closer to my husband-to-be. My favorite dozens came from a two-woman...

Yes, we can… and we relish it!

Last Sunday, I started the day by catching up on email and blogs and stumbled through a link to a recent Slate article panning the art of canning. Deriding it as a "cultish hobby" loaded with "self-congratulation," author Sara Dickerman dismissed home food preservation (chiefly canning of gourmet preserves...

Michigan food processors turn groundwater orange

Orange you glad I didn't say arsenic?: It's common practice among Michigan's fruit and vegetable processors to spray their untreated wastewater, heavy with sugars and salts, onto nearby fields. After years of putting up with the spraying, nearby residents are complaining that large processors like Birds...

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...

Making Thyme combines fast with food — but real food, not foodlike substances

Editor's note: Please welcome our newest addition to the Ethicurean "team," Stephanie Pierce, who's written for us quite a lot as a guest contributor. A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Stephanie will soon be moving from Grand Rapids, MI, to begin a yearlong kitchen/garden internship at the...

Not too cool for gruel: Wyoming, MI schoolkids interested in showers, oatmeal

By Stephanie Pierce I guess I have always known I was weird, but I didn't realize that I fit the profile for a bona-fide social deviant until a few weeks ago, when my good friend and housemate Catye asked my husband and me to come and speak to her high-school sociology classes about our lives as "productive...

Ethicureans, meet the Eggicureans: A visit to Michigan’s Crane Dance Farm

Mary tries to get the calves interested in the trailer It’s a Wednesday morning and instead of firing up my computer, my cool company is letting me spend the day on a farm. Pulling into the driveway of Crane Dance Farm, I wave to Jill and Mary while my husband Tim weaves our minivan around roaming ducks and...