Weekend Reading – A Homemade Life and More

A Good Read:

A Homemade Life
Stories from My Kitchen Table
by Molly Wizenberg


Weekend Reading – Eating Between the Lines and More

A Good Read:

Eating Between the Lines
The Supermarket Shopper’s Guide to the Truth Behind Food Labels
by Kimberly Lord Stewart


Community Supported Agriculture as a Change Agent

Think Community Supported Agriculture is just about getting healthy organic food on your dinner table? Think again. As this wonderfully informative post from GoodGreekStuff indicates, food is political. What we eat is reflective of our social, health and environmental choices. In the Gine Agrotis platform, CSAs are seen as one method of creating stability under austere conditions.

Good Greek Stuff

As Greeks struggle to adapt to a protracted period of harsh austerity, new initiatives have emerged that break with existing economic and social practices and offer new models of organizing the way we provide for and take care of our selves. One of the most interesting of these initiatives comes from the tradition of community-shared agriculture (CSA), in which individuals pre-book a share of the weekly harvest of small farmers. Although CSA’s have existed in Japan, North America and Western Europe for decades, Gine Agrotis (Become a Farmer!), which began operating in Greece in March 2012,  is something  new for Greece.

The idea behind Gine Agrotis is relatively simple. Register with the platform and book a field on one of the certified organic farms that belong to the service’s network. You decide how much land to reserve; there are two-, three- and four-person packages available, at a cost ranging from…

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Weekend Reading – Deeply Rooted and More

A Good Read:

Deeply Rooted
Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness
by Lisa Hamilton


Monsoon Madness

Photo editing by Calvin Hamilton

Like an astral collision, it yanks me from the deepest of dreams. Heart pounding, I wait. Then it comes again, a percussion onslaught. Electric webs force fed from the sky to ground and then, softly but growing steadily, like the paw steps from an army of schnauzers. Rain. I smile and return to sleep.


Local Food Focus: Mesquite

I have a favorite pair of shoes, a favorite pillow, a favorite coffee mug and a favorite ethnobotanist. And he says that mesquite was the most wildly consumed food amongst native desert people prior to WWII. Since then however, consumerism and commercialization have radically altered diets creating some of the most diabetic populations in the world.


Squeeze the Day!

One thing I learned when we first moved to the desert was how to use citrus once the season hits. It’s troubling to see so many oranges and grapefruits find their fate on the ground below the trees. At our current home we have a couple of orange trees, a grapefruit and one mandarin type variety. We recently added a lemon tree and two small kumquats to the mix.

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Local Food Focus: Tepary Beans

I posted a photo of a beet on my facebook page the other day. A friend asked, “what is that and what does it taste like?” My reply was, “it’s a beet and it tastes like a beet.” I love simplicity. Many believe that the name tepary comes from the Tohono O’odham phrase t’pawi  meaning”it’s a bean”.

Tepary Beans


Food Fight!

Listen to differing viewpoints. Discern. Seek to understand all sides of the issue. Don’t criticize until you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins. Listen some more. Ask questions. Be open-minded. Explore areas of mutual agreement. Listen again. Decide for yourself.

Seed Rage



The likes of this would NEVER grace my reading list. So, when my colleague suggested it, I smiled and accepted a copy but hey, despite being a fun and dedicated co-worker, this is the guy who vacationed in Siberia. Perhaps our interests diverge.

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