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Denise Thornton

O CHRISTMAS TREE: MAKING OUR EVERGREENS EVEN GREENER

We reach Thanksgiving from a winding road through autumn and exit into winter.  The time available to work outside on our land is truncated more with each passing day.  Sunset comes earlier.  Night lasts longer. And longer. That’s why of all the Christmas/Solstice traditions, I love trees the best. Our […]

A VEGETARIAN GIVES THANKS

As the vegetarian mom in a vegetarian family, thanksgiving is not associated with roasted turkey around here. We all look forward to our traditional feast, which features a big, round, crispy-crusted, golden-brown dome of polenta marbled with savory beans and tangy cheeses. And we ladle rich, flavorful vegetarian gravy over […]

RAW MILK THANKSGIVING

SHOULD I SERVE MY THANKSGIVING GUESTS FOOD MADE WITH RAW MILK? My daughter is the new and proud owner of a cow share.  Last month she came home from LaCrosse with a glass jar of milk from her friendly, neighborhood family farm.  It was filled with the familiar white liquid, […]

OCA: ONE TINY PIECE OF OUR BIG PUZZLE

This week UW-Madison ethnobotanist Eve Emshwiller taught me to care deeply about oca, a funky little tuber that I will probably never see. Botany seems like a conflicted field to me.  Some researchers are working to develop “perfect” varieties of plants that can be grown in vast monocultures, while other […]

STACKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

When we lived in the Netherlands, we often watched village-dwelling  farmers wearing wooden shoes  bike out to their well-tended fields  carrying some long-handled tool over their shoulder (yes, really).  The Netherlands is a food exporting country, demonstrating that monster-sized agribusiness is not the only productive game in town.   Those […]