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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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The holidays are always a good time to revisit the amount of waste we generate in this country because probably at no other time during the year is more waste produced than during the holidays. Its a good reminder too that no longer is recycle the operative word but REDUCE! If we consume less, there’s…

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By Now, most everyone has heard that Hostess Brands –  producers of synthetic, sickly-sweet, gastro-hideous, eco-terrorist, snack foods – has filed bankruptcy and is going out of business after 82 years. Many things contributed to the company’s demise but Hostess claims, an employee strike was the straw that broke the camel’s back hobbling an already…

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