Vertical Micro-Farming

I was at Cal Poly Pomona the other day and saw this interesting display. The school has several small farm plots that demonstrate innovative or new practices, from hydroponic lettuce to intensive mini-orchards and now this strange setup. They sell the produce at the adjacent farm store. From looking at it I can tell that this setup is meant to utilize vertical space and grow vegetables in a small footprint. Water drips down from the top, irrigat...

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Campfire Cooking: Fish in Clay (& Vegetarian Options!)

...same: insulation. We’ll talk the grass/veggie technique at the end of this post. For cooking a fish in clay, the first step is to find clay either in the wild or, in the case of this workshop, from the local art supply store. If you’re buying the clay, it doesn’t matter what kind–so go for the least expensive type. If you are harvesting your own clay, just make sure the ground in that spot you’re digging in isn̵...

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Breadbaking (Level 1) Class at the Ecology Center

...read at home, you’re in charge of what goes into every loaf and can choose to incorporate local and organic ingredients. Other benefits of baking at home include using less energy (used in harvesting, processing, and shipping store-bought bread), using less plastic packaging, and spending less money. Become a baker and join us during this heart-healthy workshop to learn how. Instructor: Erik Knutzen Cost is $20 for Ecology center members and $30...

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What laundry detergent should I use for greywater applications?

...ess, super concentrated liquid detergent, specifically formulated for greywater use.  It works very well, but doesn’t have the bells and whistles of “whiteners” and “brighteners” found in grocery store brands. To me, this is a plus.  It is not found on supermarket shelves. I have seen it in some health food stores, but we order it online. This is not too bad of a deal because it is concentrated, so a gallon bottle la...

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Have We Reached Peak Kale? Franchi’s Cavolo Laciniato “Galega De Folhas Lisas”

...ke, well, collards.  It does need space and did not seem to like root competition—1 1/2 to 2 feet apart is my guess for spacing. This variety caught my eye when I overheard a farmer talking about it in the Heirloom Seed Store’s booth. He liked it a lot but complained that his customers would not buy it because of its unusual appearance. I do think there’s an opportunity for an enterprising young farmer to raid the Franchi catalo...

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Fabulous Postcards from HenCam

...front and the back has the classic postcard layout. If you’re looking for easy presents for the holidays, or a set of nice postcards, so you can treat your friends to an actual handwritten note, go check them out at her store. They cost twenty bucks for a book of thirty cards–that’s about 66 cents per card. A couple of more pics after the break: From Vintage Farm Animal Photographs From Vintage Dog Photographs...

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Gourmet Foraging and Advanced Acorn Processing

...m for recipes which call for hazelnuts. The pudding Mia served us, for instance, was a tapioca pudding in which the the cream was first infused with acorns, and acorn meats were folded into the pudding. You can also choose to store the meats at this point, unleached. You can dry the meats out in a dehydrator or low oven, then put them in a container until you need them. At that point you will want to soak them to soften them up for grinding. Cold...

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Beans 101 (Return of Bean Friday!)

...fridge, like pesto or sun dried tomatoes in oil or olive paste. Stuff beans into pita pockets along with some salad stuff for lunch. Okay, you get the idea. Oh, and you might ask why you can’t use canned beans from the store for all of the above. The reason is that they’re terrible. To make them taste decent, you have to flavor them and cook them, so you may as well start from scratch. Now on to the how-to. How to Make Yourself a Big...

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