Shades of Deadly Night
Sep14

Shades of Deadly Night

I once went to an acupuncturist who had an absolute mania about plants in the family called Solanaceae. That would include lots of familiar culinary plants like eggplant, potatoes, some peppers and tomatoes, but also poisonous plants like tobacco, Deadly Nightshade and Jimson weed. She was convinced that if you ate or used more than two of these together or any one of them in abundance, you’d be poisoning yourself. I tell myself...

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Going to Seed
Sep13

Going to Seed

One great thing about trying to learn all this farming stuff in Sonoma…well, it’s pretty much Ground Zero for all things sustainable, heritage and back to the land. So, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds were a given as the site of the first ever Heirloom Exposition, billed as the World’s Pure Food Fair. Today was opening day and I was there banging on the door just as they were opening up at 11AM. There are always...

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I Don’t Know Dirt!
Feb12

I Don’t Know Dirt!

I just saw a life-changing documentary the other day. I don’t say that lightly. I’m a huge fan of documentaries — especially ones about the environment. But this one, while offering the same urgent warnings that any good environmental documentary must these days, was so filled with hope for what even one person or a small group can do to save the planet that it’s a film you should have in your personal DVD...

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