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LISTEN: R. J. Ruppenthal on Raising Your Own Food in Lean Times

The February 3 edition of Your Own Health and Fitness on California’s KPFA radio station (on the web at KPFA.org) featured author R. J. Ruppenthal. He spoke to Layna Berman about raising a portion of your own food during this economic downturn, even if you live in a cramped urban apartment, by using creative methods to get the most out of your small space. Ruppenthal’s book is Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting.

A recent article in the news warned consumers that the lack of rain in California will lead to increased food prices. Where does it end? A financial crisis that threatens to erase the middle class, global warming, and now a drought? Bad news.

But all this bad news is giving rise to a movement by people taking control of their consumption habits and finding creative ways to get by. One way is by growing food. Everywhere. Community gardens are sprouting up in urban landscapes, backyards, and even on tiny balconies.

Today’s guest has experience from years of hard work, success, and failure. The result: a book he wishes he had when he had started. Join us today to learn how to raise “Fresh Food from Small Spaces.”

Listen now.


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..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..

5 Creative Summer Drinks to Help You Cool Off

Now that we’re in the “dog days” of summer, the heat can feel a little unrelenting. There’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing, cold beverage – especially when that beverage is made with local, organic ingredients and can give you an added health boost! While our experienced foragers and nutrition experts […] Read More..

Beat the Heat and Be Good to Your Gut: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

Recent research has shown that the trillions of microbes living in our gut, also known as our microbiome, can affect both our brain function and our mood and can be linked to a number of disorders ranging from allergies and asthma to autism, ADD, depression, and more. What we ingest can either help or hurt […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..