One of the workshops at the Midwest Organic Farming Conference we attended a few weeks ago was called “Creating a Regional Food Economy in Our Backyard.” This is a topic Doug and I care deeply about, and it’s central to the plans we have for our future. We’re lucky. We […]
Saturday January 8 was the first indoor Dane County Farmers’ Market of 2011, and more excitingly, the first Taste of the Market Breakfast of the New Year. As per usual, the serving line threatened to spill out into the 20 degree morning air.
A dishwasher insinuated itself into our lives when we bought a house that came with one in 1986. With a family of four, a job and grad school, I was grateful for every minute of kitchen work saved. Our next house had one too, and it was again a great […]
Lately, as part of my duties as co-editor of the Wisconsin Garden Journal, I have been spending time in the Wisconsin State Historical Society carefully perusing the very fragile pages of almanacs over a century old. Evidently, early Americans struggled with imported and often unreliable seed till a young Englishman, […]
Here is the perfect present for any gardener or would-be gardener on your list, if you live in the Midwest. Gardeners don’t have to wait till the ground thaws to dig into gardening. The Wisconsin Garden Journal will help them get on track for a great garden starting with the […]
The day after Thanksgiving, and I’m still thankful. I’m thankful for the Dane County Farmers Market, which moved indoors a few weeks ago and made our table groan yesterday. We have been able to feast on mostly local goodies for the past few years, since we started to tune into […]
Composting is a rich and fertile topic, and there is always something more to learn. I got my most recent lesson at a presentation on Sheet Mulching by Kate Heiber-Cobb, a Permaculture Designer and founder of the Madison Area Permaculture Guild. The beauty of compost! Heiber-Cobb says that sheet mulching […]