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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.


The Etymology of Stock and Broth

Question: When you make soup, do you start with stock or broth? Answer: It depends. Rachael Mamane answers that question and others in Mastering Stocks and Broths, the definitive and most comprehensive guide on stocks, broths, and how to prepare and use them. As a special treat to celebrate the book launch, we’ve got an excerpt […] Read More

How well do you know your charcuterie?

Prosciutto. Andouille. Country ham. The extraordinary rise in popularity of cured meats in recent years often overlooks the fact that the ancient practice of meat preservation through the use of salt, time, and smoke began as a survival technique. All over the world, various cultures developed ways to extend the viability of the hunt—and later […] Read More

4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More

Is My Broth (or Stock) Bad?

Are you planning to start the GAPS diet or any other diet aimed at boosting gut health this year? If so, chances are that stocks and broths are critical components. Even if you’re not changing the way you eat, but you often have pots of aromatic goodness bubbling on your stove, you may have wondered, […] Read More

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until Spring. Author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors can help you grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s book, Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening, is […] Read More
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