Here We Bee.

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Farmer's Blog | 3 comments

Here We Bee.

It has been been quite some time.  Happy Spring.  Last time I was here I was talking about growing food in a drought.  Two years later, we finally experienced a normal season of rain.  Bless.  During this time I have been living the fastest, slowest and definitely the longest period of my young life.  And yet, it has only been a little over 2 years since my injury.  For those of you who don’t know, especially some of my past clients.  I had a freak accident while hiking in the Shasta highcountry back in...

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Growing Food without Water

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Farmer's Blog | 0 comments

Growing Food without Water

For the past year we’ve been experiencing the greatest drought of our time, one for the record books indeed.  The last few months my recent backyard gardening has involved being even more aware of my water usage not only in the yard but in my home as well.  I think that we should always hold a place of mindfulness revolving around precious water, not just in a drought.  I’m fascinated with the practice of dry-farming, which has been around for thousands of years.  The practice was common on the...

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Winter is in the Horizon

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Farmer's Blog | 0 comments

Winter is in the Horizon

What to Grow Cool cole crops.  Kale (really delicious after it’s exposed to frost) is a dependable crop anywhere.  Many varieties are reliably hardy down to zero, in the bay area we don’t worry about that.  Collards are equally hardy. In milder areas, broccoli lasts through winter with the added bonus of no cabbageworms. It comes back to life as soon as the days start getting longer.  Perhaps, try one of the sprouting broccolis, which are bred to be started in the fall for early spring production....

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October Healing

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Farmer's Blog | 1 comment

October Healing

Let’s start off with some quick October gardening tips From The Ground Up:  What a pleasant time to be outside cleaning up summer veggie beds.  While doing so, be sure to shovel in some yummy manure, compost & a lovely dose of mulch.  Don’t forget to harvest winter squash and pumpkins.  Store these colorful squash in a cool, dark place.  Pull up dead annuals.  Plant garlic, shallots, chard, and maybe some rhubarb.  Dig and divide perennials. Rake leaves, shred and add to the already existing mulch...

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Mental Health Lessons from the Garden

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Farmer's Blog | 1 comment

Mental Health Lessons from the Garden

  According to Craig Chalquist, PhD and department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, says there is a growing body of research on horticultural therapy.  Gardening has the ability to lift depression.  It can release stress and anxiety, stimulate the senses, improve sleep, reduce pain, diminish mental fatigue, strengthen the immune system, counter isolation, lessen eating disorder symptoms, and enhance mental and physical recuperation from surgery, post-traumatic stress,...

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Soil: The Staff of Life

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Farmer's Blog | 3 comments

Soil:  The Staff of Life

It all begins with the soil.  No matter how healthy & organic your choice crops may be, without rich, loamy soil, these plants will have a challenging time coming into fruition. There is so much information and scattered data on the links between humus-grown plants and the health of animals and humans feeding upon them.  You essentially are what you eat.  When there is a wholesome balance of soil within your growing space, plants will work with one another symbiotically practically free from disease, yielding...

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