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I attended Nevada County’s Sustainable Food & Farm Conference this past weekend in Grass Valley, CA and enjoyed an all-star line-up of keynote speakers…Temra Costa – author of Farmer Jane, Will Allen of Growing Power in Milwaukee, topped of with a little Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, a.k.a. poster boy for sustainable farming practices…otherwise known…

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I’ve been waiting for the one-year anniversary of one of my most favorites posts so I could rerun it. Ironically, just in the last week, it has been getting lots of views. The post, entitled, “Social Security,”  originally ran on January 29, 2012 (I’m early by one week). Soon after it ran, I moved into…

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Recently, I was asked to be a guest blogger for Handpicked Nation, an authentic food & farm site. I wandered around in a field of possible stories and settled on one of my hot new topics…the realization that  CSA doesn’t stand for a “weekly box of veggies” but rather “community supported agriculture.” And what does…

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For every action there is a reaction. But I think we forget this sometimes. Or, is it because something doesn’t get talked about or reported, that we don’t think critically about all the repercussions. As is the case with fracking for natural gas…Fracking: the water-intensive, carcinogen-laden practice of unlocking deep reservoirs of fossil fuels in…

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Christmas Eve harvest @ Truckee Community Farm As we gather together this happy day and celebrate with a cornucopia of holiday foods, we should pause and assess the seasonality of our winter plates. Are there eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, berries, or beans at your table? These are warm-weather, summer crops. To help build a sustainable food…

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Photo courtesy of Jamie Kingham The winter edition of “edible Reno-Tahoe” just hit newsstands and pasted below is the beginning of an article I wrote about some fascinating farmers along the East Side of the Sierra…a portion of the story had to be cut from the print version in order to make word count so…

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Food artisans at the Truckee Tahoe Food Swap I just went to my first food swap on Sunday night and I’m super fired up about this idea. A food swap is where you make food and trade it with other people who made food. Instead of cash, you barter…a jar of salsa for a loaf…

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Me at Swanton Berry Farm – July 2011 The Food Chronicles turns 1-year old next Thursday, May 17th. Hard to believe this adventure started a year ago. I feel like I’ve just begun. I’m constantly rounding new corners, learning different things and getting spun down new paths. But the goal is the same…building a regional…

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Eliot Coleman and his wife Barbara Damrosch on their farm in Harborside, Maine. The only thing holding Tahoe back from being like its food abundant cousins down the hill, are its winters. Tahoe gets the same amount of sun – nearly 300 days of it – but has cold temperatures. We just need to harness…

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Eliot and his wife Barbara on their farm in Harborside, Maine Now that I’ve officially been indoctrinated with the principles of 4-season growing, I wanted to give tribute to my sensei, Eliot Coleman and replay a post from last February when I got to hear him speak for the first time. Give it a read……

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