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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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Having an elevator speech for anything you do is a good idea. It could be for a new project, campaign or even your profession. We shouldn’t get stumped by simple questions like, “What do you do?” But it’s easy to get hung up when you are in a career transition like myself. An elevator speech…

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This cover is from April 2009 but I picked it for the trees 🙂 Every now and then I stumble upon a copy of The Sun (no, not the tabloid. This SUN is way more cerebral). My friend Mel usually has a copy sitting on her coffee table or I find the occasional copy when…

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Here is the last in a series of articles that recently ran in the Spring 2012 issue of Edible Reno-Tahoe. When I was first assigned this story, it seemed pretty cut and dry, a discrepancy between Waste Management and one of their commercial customers. But when I would talk to one person, their story wouldn’t…

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