food preservation

Hands on workshop – Learn to Make Fermented Veggies!

This workshop offers hands-on training. In times of rising costs, it pays to find inexpensive, low-energy ways to put up our harvest, while preserving nutrients. We will explore Carrots, beets, and turnips. Students will receive handouts, as well as a jar each of fermented carrots, and fermented beets with turnips. Vegetables and salt will

Learn to Make Sauerkraut!

This workshop offers hands-on training. In times of rising costs, it pays to find inexpensive, low-energy ways to put up our harvest, while preserving nutrients. We will explore ways to dress it up. Students will receive handouts, as well as a jar of sauerkraut. Cabbage will be provided. Date: February 17th, 2024 Time: 1:00

Reducing Energy in Food Preservation

You can go ahead and call me a nerd, and it would be true. I engage in many nerdly pursuits and thought patterns. When I’m driving my car, with my phone charging, I find myself wondering if charging my phone in the car lowers the car’s performance just a tiny bit, so that the car

Strategies For Growing Food in a Changing World

It’s that time of year! The time when I take stock of my seed supplies and decide what to plant, when to plant, and where to plant. In past years, I’ve usually planted whatever I wanted, just for the joy of tasting new varieties and species, but these days I’m feeling external pressure to anticipate

Coming to Terms With the Dirt

The Dirt. A few weeks ago, after pondering all the chaos in the world, I decided to sow seeds for winter crops like beet greens, hardy lettuces, arugula, and cilantro. The rains hadn’t yet come, so I knew I was in for some hard work. I took my shovel and hori knife and turned

The Magic of Elderflowers

Lace leafed Elderflower This year we’ve had an unusual amount of rain, which is heavenly after the years of intense heat and drought we’ve had recently. The plants are ecstatic, growing rampant, rioting all over the yard. Early in the morning, I stand in the still humid air and breathe deeply, reveling in

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