If You Like Food, You Must Read This Book

Over the last few months, there have been a number of books have been extremely influential in how the Kuos think, eat, and live. If you want to get a little deeper into the why and how of some the different things that Marcia and I post, here’s a relatively short read (just finished it yesterday . . . → Read More: If You Like Food, You Must Read This Book

Amber Waves of Grain in…San Francisco?

The growing season is fully upon us in the city by the Bay, and it’s been, dare I say, hot here with temperatures in the 70s! Our spring planting is complete, our summer crops are going in, and we’re having a lot of fun now that the hard, wake up at 5:45am work is done. One . . . → Read More: Amber Waves of Grain in…San Francisco?

Ethanol – A Mythical Green Energy Source?

This excerpt from an article posted on Wharton’s Law and Public Policy section, “An Earful on Ethanol: Rising Food Prices, Inefficient Production and Other Problems”, captures a lot of my thoughts on the problems with ethanol (boldface added):

Food crops such as grains “are terrible sources of raw material for biofuels,” says Karl Ulrich, a Wharton professor . . . → Read More: Ethanol – A Mythical Green Energy Source?

Dirt and Spirituality

Transplanting wheat seedlings at dawn

Our family has really dived in to our backyard urban mini-farm – we’ve been spending many hours prepping the land, hunched over Excel spreadsheets, and getting up many days in a row at dawn to plant seedlings before the kids get up. One of the key parts of sustainable agriculture is . . . → Read More: Dirt and Spirituality

I Spent Three Days in Mendocino Learning About Dirt

Walking down to the Ecology Action research garden

Back in the beginning of March, I spent three days in the tiny town of Willits, CA, in Mendocino County learning about dirt. More specifically, I was attending a 3-day Grow Biointensive Workshop hosted by Ecology Action to delve deeper into our journey into sustainable mini-farming. We talked . . . → Read More: I Spent Three Days in Mendocino Learning About Dirt