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Back before I started the Tahoe Food Hub, I headed to Kutztown, PA to take a 3-day soil class at “the” Rodale Institute. I’ve always revered Rodale for their contributions to the advancement of ecological growing techniques. This trip felt more like a pilgrimage to a world heritage site. While the farm’s idyllic landscape could…

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What soil biology tells us is…conventional agriculture kills soil. If we need soil to grow plants, then eventually conventional agriculture is going to farm itself out of business and unable to“feed the world.” If we want to feed the world, we need to farm using biology. Soils farmed conventionally cannot store nutrients, retain water or…

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Ever heard of a noble lie? This regal term dates back to Socrates and Plato’s time. By definition, it’s a myth told by the elite to keep social harmony. As an example, Plato was criticized for calling religion a noble lie. In a Huffington Post article I stumbled across recently, organics was called a “noble lie.”…

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In the 80’s, there were these hideous sunglasses called Blu Blockers made famous by an infomericial featuring a catchy, rap jingle. When I heard of soil blockers, that was the first thing that came to mind. Haha! Soil blockers and Blu Blockers, however, do have one thing in common…the sun! Soil blockers are an alternative way of…

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Are you familiar with our classic Tahoe Foodshed Map? The drawing is definitely Richard Scarry inspired. In fact, some of the buildings are actual structures found in the books. Like many, Richard Scarry drawings captured my attention for hours as a kid teaching me about how the world works and interacts. And when looking for the best…

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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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