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Aquaponics system: water tank for fish with trellis above for plants Monday the 5th is three days before the full moon and according to the biodynamics calendar, it is a good day to plant above-ground, leafy green vegetables. It will be our first official planting in the grow dome. And what better veggies to start…

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See photos below for making dirt into soil The grow dome is really starting to take off. We are harvesting greens at least once a week: chard, spinach, lettuce, and mustard greens. Keep in mind, this is Tahoe in April. On average, the dome heats up b/w 75-95°F everyday. And at night, the dome is…

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Truckee Community Farm is green with harvest – April 16, 2012 The grow dome and the Truckee Community Farm received its first news article! Read the entire story in our local paper at the Sierra Sun, click here. The story wasn’t so much about the grow dome’s unique structure but rather how its design enabled…

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The Kompost Kraft table at Tahoe Truckee Earth Day celebration. Last Saturday the 21st marked the 42nd Earth Day! Hopefully, you all got out to hug Mother Earth and honor her magnificence! The Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day Foundation has been hosting a ragingly, successful celebration for the past eight years in the village at Squaw Valley,…

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Revenge of the Superweed A few months ago, I wrote a blog post which outlined a pretty far-fetched, but thoughtful, plan to reform US agriculture. The premise placed the ball in the hands of conventional farmers. Ultimately, it is the farmers who control our food. They grow it. If they were given a strong enough…

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I don’t know the exact birthplace of the strawberry but I did learn a fun fact today about where it gets its name…Strawberries are a hot crop where plastic tarps cover their raised beds to generate heat and cut down on weeds. It acts as a mulch. Back in the day, they didn’t have plastic…

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The Slow Food snail I pulled out my wooden, travel utensils; opened my reusable container; and began eating my seasonal, organic broccoli and asparagus tossed in pasta and olive oil. Admittedly, I sat smugly enjoying  my pack lunch and the cacophony of crunching that filled my head. When I looked up, my green balloon quickly…

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When creating a sustainable food system, what we are really proposing is an alternative food system. Applying a sustainability model to the current conventional model is like shoving a square peg into a round hole. Moving food through a national supermarket structure is contradictory to sustainability. It marginalizes seasonality and nutrition and doesn’t make local…

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What was a Friday lunch with the Director of City Fresh, Nick Swetye, rolled over into a Farm Bill roundtable with Ohio Senator, Sherrod Brown.That’s pretty much how it happened…Nick had a 2pm engagement and asked if i would be interested in attending. It took me all of a split second to respond, “Yes!” Senator…

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Building blocks to a Sustainable Food Community I’ve often referred to my independent study on sustainable food systems as my un-accredited PhD program. Over the past seven months, I’ve handcrafted an education program that brought together learning experience and opportunities that would be the most meaningful to me…interning on organic farms, taking short courses and…

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