Here's our annual newsletter from January, 2011.
In November, 2010, we visited San Francisco on our way to the American Art Therapy conference in Sacramento. See an album of photos from the trip!
When I lived in Fairfield and Jessie would come to visit every few weeks, one of her favorite things to do in town was to go to Small Planet Cafe and have a cheddar walnut burger. We both agreed it was delicious and had a great texture. On our last visit to the restaurant I asked for the recipe, only to find that the burgers were a frozen product made in Minnesota! This appears to be it: http://www.walnutburger.com/ We were disappointed, not least because Small Planet claimed to be inspired by the famous cookbook, which rails against mass-produced foods.
Back in the summer of 2008 when I was first ordering plants for our winter garden, I came across an item called "tyfon" or "Holland greens." It was in the section of the Territorial Seed catalog devoted to cover crops, and indeed when the seed packet arrived it said "EDIBLE GREEN MANURE." How appetizing! But in farming lingo, a "green manure" is just a cover crop that improves the soil... multiple sources said that tyfon could be eaten by people as well as animals, so I ordered it, along with several other crops that Territorial promised were winter-hardy.
This is a response to a blog post called "When will White People Stop Making Movies like Avatar?" by Annalee Newitz. The post made me upset when I first read it, but I hadn't seen Avatar yet, and besides, her argument is protected by the good old rhetorical ploy, "If this makes you feel defensive, you must be a racist." Now that I've seen the film, I disagree more strongly on a number of po
In preparation for tomorrow evening's Green Living Emporia meeting, which may or may not actually happen, here's a list of plants we grew in the garden's first year: