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Gardening With Resilience – Carole Deppe on “The Story”

If you’re a frequent visitor to our site, or buyer of our books, chances are good you’ve got at least a handful of organic (or beyond-organic) vegetables growing somewhere — a lettuce patch in a sunny corner, a tomato vine snaking out of a homemade self-watering planter. But did you know that beyond just salad stuff you can grow your own grain and other staples?

Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener, has bred a variety of corn perfect for grinding into flour — and other varieties for other uses like polenta or parching. Last week she was featured on Dick Gordon’s radio program “The Story,” and the host asked what corn bread made from freshly ground, specially bred corn is like.

“Well it’s delicious. I bred the corn myself. It doesn’t taste anything like ordinary corn. There’s no comparison at all, it tastes like a completely different grain.”

Listen to the interview with Carol here (just drag the slider on the media player to the half way mark and wait for her segment to start).

And if you’ve already heard enough to get your mouth watering, skip on ahead and read Carol’s corn bread recipe here.


Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start. Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

Uncovering the Many Uses for Abundant Kudzu

As Invasive Species Week comes to a close, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds,  share alternative approaches to understanding and managing Kudzu. Take a look through our final profile and check out any you might have missed along the way: Oxeye […] Read More..

Oxeye Daisy: A Plant for the Pollinators

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on Oxeye Daisy and check out tips for working with Garlic […] Read More..

How to Manage Invasive Thistle and Improve Your Soil

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on two variations of Thistle and check out tips for working […] Read More..