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Aunt Dororthy in front of her house in Salem, Ohio When I was younger, my siblings and I would each get to spend solo weekends with my Aunt Dorothy. We cherished the one-on-one time. It was an experience of our very own away from the chaos of home. Those are special times in a kid’s…

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Food Day was Monday October 24th. Schools, farms, communities and kitchens everywhere celebrated in a feastly fashion to recognize the need for more thoughtful consideration of the nation’s food system. One of the founding fathers of the special day, Michael Pollan, was found in Cleveland. He was the special guest of Cuyahoga County Public Library’s…

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If you haven’t heard, Monday, October 24th is FOOD DAY! Let’s get out there and show food how much we appreciate it. It’s not a stretch-your-stomach pre-Thanksgivng. It’s more of a Stomachs Across America which dovetails perfectly with the Occupy Wall Street campaign…Justice in our food system! Justice in our economic sector! National organizers want…

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“Whoa Becky! That’s a lot of milk you got there!” (her name really is Becky) My Sundays are starting to become synonymous with farm tours. But today’s tour was of a slightly different variety…a non-organic dairy. To understand the food movement, we have to look at all sides. Within organic practices there are many disparities…

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View of the Rodale Institute and farm from the orchard Last Thursday afternoon, I headed to Kutztown, PA and a 3-day soil class at “the” Rodale Institute. For years, I’ve revered Rodale for their contributions to the advancement of ecological growing techniques. My trip felt more like a pilgrimage to a world heritage site. While the farm’s…

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If you want to get a party going in your soil, make a compost tea and serve it up. It’s a process by which you steep compost and spread the solution on your garden, crops or grass. Nothing like a libation of compost juice to fuel the foodweb living in and around your soil.Cheffing a…

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Agrarian life runs in my blood…My mom’s whole side of the family are farmers. As a child, I can remember the hour drive to visit my grandmother and relatives in Salem, Ohio and thinking it must be in another state or something; it seemed so far away. It did transport me in a way though….

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The subject of soil is where I like to geek-out! Once you start learning about it, it can really blow your mind; like how in one teaspoon of soil there is over 700 million organisms. 700 million!  I’m taking a class right now on Soil Conservation & Management. Last night we talked about all the…

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Carol and Gene Logsdon In 1974, a book of poems came across Gene Logsdon’s desk  while working for the Farm Journal in Philadelphia. He read four poems and closed the book. He got up from his desk and marched straight into his editor’s office and said, “I’m going on a trip.” “Where?” replied his editor.“…

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