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Author: Michael

On “The Pleasures of Eating”

I am a huge fan of essayist and modern day agrarian Wendell Berry. And in one of my favorite essays of his, “The Pleasures of Eating,” he notes that eating is an agricultural act. His advice to city folk who ask what they can do to act on this truth is to “Eat responsibly.”

Why celebrate the wealth of seed varieties?

a peek into diversity Several years ago I travelled to Decorah, Iowa to visit Seed Savers Exchange‘s Heritage Farm for the first time.  Before I went, I looked at their calendar of events to find that the annual tomato tasting competition would take place the same weekend.  Cool, right?  Hmmm, questionable for a guy who […]

My Gardening Methods

Years ago former intern and I were talking about our love of growing our own food.  We each shared our gardening methods. He chuckled at one point and said that one time he had an unused patch of soil in his plot.  He decided to mix a bunch of diverse seeds in his hands, shake […]

why I love gardening

I love gardening. And I love the real, good food that grows from soil I helped build. I especially love the numerous varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers I can grow because I use a diversity of heirloom and open pollinated seeds. In fact, I’ve been known to have between 40 and 50 varieties of plant-life […]

Dissident Potato

real, good food and what makes it possible