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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 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.

A Thanksgiving Hit: Apple Pie with Cider Jelly

The Thanksgiving season means a barrage of holiday recipes that overflow your inbox and social media feeds. Some of these are new and innovative, meant to impress guests and sure to fade away from the culinary canon. However, there’s a reason that certain other recipes stand the test of time: they just work. We’ve had […] Read More..

Release Your Inner Viking With New Book on Mead

Unlock the mead brewing secrets of the ancient Norse with homesteader and fermentation enthusiast Jereme Zimmerman’s new book Make Mead Like a Viking. Whether you’re new to homebrewing or looking to expand your current brewing and fermentation practices, Zimmerman’s welcoming style and spirit will usher you into an exciting new territory of wildcrafted experimentations, including more than 20 recipes to try.The fermentation […] Read More..

For a Very Viking Thanksgiving, Try Homemade Mead

The people who lived the Viking lifestyle a thousand years ago enjoyed myriad foods and beverages and throwing feasts that lasted several days to show off what they had stockpiled throughout the harvest season. Bring the Viking spirit of celebration to your Thanksgiving table this year with a traditional batch of spiced orange mead. Brew up the following recipe […] Read More..

Brew Outside the Box: Making Mushroom-Infused Beer

When thinking about drinking a nice cold beer, the flavor of mushrooms doesn’t exactly spring to mind. But for the adventurous brewer – and drinker – infusing mushrooms into brews is a great way to combine the medicinal benefits of fungi with one of the world’s most consumed beverages.The best part? You can grow mushrooms […] Read More..

Recipe: How To Make Your Own Chèvre Using Natural Ingredients

Making cheese at home may seem like a time and labor-intensive process, but what if you could make a delicious, high-quality cheese that practically “sits and takes care of itself”? According to David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, you can.Asher is an organic farmer and goatherd, so his recipe for chèvre, or goat […] Read More..
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