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Gardening Book Recommendations

The holidays are a time that many people use for reading and planning what they’re going to read in the new year. So I thought I would share some of the books with you that are favorites on my bookshelf and some recommended by guests on our Food Leaders Webinar Series.

The Pilgrims in 1621: Agriculture

Pilgrims with Samoset

As the American holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated we often will hear some bit of the story of the Pilgrims and their “First Thanksgiving.” Regrettably, their story is often boiled down to the basics and we lose some of its fullness. Here I want to flesh out a small part of the story concerning the Pilgrims’ work in agriculture.

What's So Healthy About Squash?

Recently, our friends blessed us with a ton of extra squash from their abundant garden. I sautéed a lot of it for dinner, froze some for future meals, and steamed some. As I was working on a picture of it for my recipe blog, I wondered, “What’s so healthy about squash?” I mean, we pick it from our gardens, so it must be pretty healthy. So, what are the health benefits of squash?

Five Steps to Eating Local, from Land and Table

Intentionally focusing on eating local is all about understanding the source of our food in an effort to make choices that are more healthy for our bodies, the land, and our local economy.

Why We Farm! Or a guide to relational farming…

Where does your food come from?

Why farm? Why choose a profession and lifestyle that runs against a cultural tide of sharply dressed, well groomed talking heads, who preach the advantages offered by fancier, cleaner, and more lucrative careers? American culture may claim to romanticize agrarian life, but the romance is less than legitimate. The answer lies with the changing ideas of American food philosophy, what I would call a purpose-driven understanding of the role of food and American food suppliers in culture.

5 Important Steps for Creating your Vegetable Garden Plan

Whether you’re planning a small kitchen garden or a large garden to produce most of the food for your family, proper planning will provide a tremendous benefit to the success of your garden and reduce the amount of work and difficulty you face in managing it.

Joel Salatin talk to farmers and local food activists

The folks from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply recently hosted a luncheon that featured Joel Salatin talking to farmers and local food activists. His talk covers a wide range of issues, and in typical Joel Salatin style, he weaves a beautiful tapestry of agrarian and food related topics.

History and Food

When we consider food we should not isolate and examine it apart from life. We live in a world that is interconnected, that is not necessarily put in neat isolated boxes. What we do with food is very connected with the rest of life. One example is the connection between history and food.

Don’t Work Like a Greedy Farmer

One of the areas that I struggle in as I try to be a good stewardly farmer is the amount of work that I try to get done each day. My tendency is to look at all that I want to get done, write up an optimistic to do list for the day, and then run around frantically trying to get it all done, and end the day disappointed because I didn’t. However, I don’t think this is what God desires for his farmers.

Don't Work Like a Greedy Farmer

One of the areas that I struggle in as I try to be a good stewardly farmer is the amount of work that I try to get done each day. My tendency is to look at all that I want to get done, write up an optimistic to do list for the day, and then run around frantically trying to get it all done, and end the day disappointed because I didn’t. However, I don’t think this is what God desires for his farmers.