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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.


Ask the Expert: Andrew Mefferd

Before writing The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture, Andrew Mefferd spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. Andrew has graciously agreed to offer up his expertise to our […] Read More

Top 10 favorite goat facts (with gifs)

New this month from author Gianaclis Caldwell, Holistic Goat Care is the essential resource on caring for your herd. Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter […] Read More

New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More
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