07 May 2015

Preparing our Community Garden Plot

Last year we let our community garden plot get a little out of control. Typically we try to go no-till, but this time I needed the help.

05 May 2015

Planting Beans

Jude has grown into an incredible garden helper. 

28 April 2015

A Day with Will Allen

So we got to meet Will Allen. He came to our school to be the keynote speaker for a yearlong program I ran title "Agriculture and the American Identity." The event was surreal.

The program gave me the time and resources to think about food and food production in ways I had not anticipated. Now I know that I've been far too absent from this rag to go off on a rant; so I'll save us all from that. However, there is something I want to share, something that I have felt for a very long time, but could only put into words shortly before this photo was taken:

If we believe in social justice and the empowered individual, then the conversations about what to do should start with food. If real food is a solution, then agriculture must adapt itself to the needs of the people—not the other way around.  

06 April 2014

First Pruning

Two years ago we planted a plum tree out back. We have very little experience pruning, but we figured—What the hell, let's go for it. There is no established cone or goblet shape, I just didn't see how to do it. What we did do was eliminate any crossing branches and tall vertical spikes. Oh, and we made sure not to cut more than a third of the branches. In short, we shot from the hip and we're hoping for the best. I think it looks pretty damn good.

30 March 2014

Mostly Tomatoes

Our seedlings are doing great. I believe the number of tomato starts is somewhere between 100-125. A majority of these are determinate paste tomatoes for the community garden's market garden area. In a third tray we have a slew of greens and some flowers. 2014 is off to a solid start.

22 March 2014

Planting Peas

The 2014 season has begun.

23 November 2013


Today $20.00 in seconds became four gallons of applesauce. What's even cooler is that Jude and I got to spend some time together in the kitchen. His knife skills (for a kid who doesn't turn three for another month) are impressive.

21 November 2013


I'm not sure if this shot is pretty or perverse. Either way, our community garden water storage is ready for the freeze.  

01 November 2013

Making bread and a brief word about simple food

We have some special guests coming for dinner tomorrow. They know more about food than I could ever hope to learn myself. It can be intimidating to cook for intelligent pallets; however it is also quite exciting. I love to cook, but my dishes are very simply. I grew up with over seasoned food. Now, when I look at Van Gogh's The Potato Eaters my stomach begins to rumble and mouth begins to water. It's all about the (good) ingredients.

On the menu tomorrow we will be having a simple beef stew and brown yeast bread. Jude likes to help in the kitchen, so we have to account for that when timing the meal. Rather than complicate things tomorrow, we decided to bake the bread today. I'm amazed at how good he is in the kitchen and he's not quite three.

31 October 2013

The garlic is in

The garlic got in a little late this year. I'm counting on a late start to winter; which has been the norm around here. There are 250-300 cloves planted. We're going with three varieties (all hard neck): Georgia Fire; Music; and German Hardy.

I only planted the left half (southern) of this bed. Our plan is to plant determinate paste tomatoes on the right half. The bed is roughly 4'x30'.