Sourdough is a simple wild ferment made from nothing but flour and water. You can start a batch today, use it in a few days, and keep it alive and bubbling … well … forever. If you have the patience, enjoy the flavor of sourdough, and can commit to feeding your quiet new “pet” frequently, […]Read More..
“It was life—profligate, teeming life in all its weirdness—that held the magic for her, not this featherless biped with its confused aspirations. Lynn intuited and doggedly gathered evidence to show that most anything we two-leggeds take special pride in—our capacities for cogitation, conviviality, and culture—had been invented, eons before, by the microbial entities that compose […]Read More..
Only a little more than a year has passed since Tropical Storm Irene slammed into the Eastern Seaboard. Authorities in New York City mobilized to prepare, and people laughed when she passed over the Big Apple without event. But people in the Hudson Valley and Vermont were not laughing, and given the storm’s original trajectory […]Read More..
One thing we all know is that where our food comes from and how it is grown matters. It matters to our sense of place and community, to our sense of taste and biodiversity, and, most importantly, to our relationship with the environment. We believe that having control over your food supply—whether you’re an educational […]Read More..
Gourmet Adventure Month is here, and we’ve got a great selection of “safari guides” to help you survive your voyage into the flavorful wild. Don’t fear, as you leave the well-worn path behind. Turn away from white rice, bland bread, and sorry salads. A whole world of exciting, nurturing foods await—from the idyllic isles of […]Read More..
Our relationship to animals is complex. We love them, admire their beauty, their companionship, and what they can teach us about ourselves and nature. But we also use them for our own purposes. We eat them, milk them, collect their eggs, use their fur, wool, and feathers for clothing, and sometimes put them to work […]Read More..
A Presidential election year always tests the patience of calm, thoughtful Americans who are often looking for serious solutions to the ills that face our communities. Instead, we’re forced to listen to representatives from the two dominant corporate political parties do rhetorical cartwheels in the attempt to differentiate themselves — when really we know that […]Read More..
The 8th Annual Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference presented by the Marion Institute is an annual three-day, solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities. This internationally acclaimed event summons environmental, industry and social justice innovators to bring focus on food […]Read More..
You’ve heard of Slow Food, Slow Money, even Slow Gardening. It’s amazing how fast the concept of slow has caught on. Now the principles that guide the rest of the Slow movements — a focus on local and ethical instead of cheap and fast — are (finally!) being applied to politics with the new book […]Read More..
Is your happy hour missing something? You’re sitting there, enjoying a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a snifter of scotch — depending upon your tastes. The cares of the week are melting away as you slip under the spell of alcohol, one of the human race’s most ancient and most reliable methods […]Read More..