The Animals are Allies at Inspiration Farm (294)

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"My worms are my hardest working critters…along with all my other critters." Brian Kerkvliet shows the mobile chicken house area where chickens scratch, eat bugs and plant seeds, spread the compost pile, and fertilize the soil. As they clear one region, they're moved to … [Read more...]

Growing Veterans — From Battlefields to Organic Farm Fields (293)

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Chris Brown founded Growing Veterans to help returning veterans like himself break their isolation, gain job skills and support each another in their transition back into society. Their 3-acre farm produces organic vegetables for their partner Growing Washington's CSA … [Read more...]

Grow Your Food in a Nook and Cranny Garden, part 2 (290)

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"We're here to help form things. We have a food forest mimicking what the natural forest does." Ann and Gord Baird's edible gardens make use of less-than-ideal growing spaces on their rocky knoll. Nook and cranny gardens optimize micro-climates — water catchment for … [Read more...]

Grow Your Food in a Nook and Cranny Garden, part 1 (289)

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"Chickens are naturally forest birds." A tour of Gord and Ann Baird's edible landscape starts at the off-grid chicken house and yard, containing fruit trees that provide a protective canopy against flying predators. Roof rainwater becomes drinking water for the chickens, … [Read more...]

Farmer George — Growing Animals Like Grandpa Did, part 2 (287)

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"We were stunned…We have this little store. People started coming. The kids were autistic. They had Crohn's disease. He had prostate cancer, she had breast cancer. They sat at the tables and told us their problems — allergies, chemical resistant problems. They said, 'We came … [Read more...]

Farmer George — Growing Animals Like Grandpa Did, part 1 (286)

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"Our animals live in the pasture - birds, pigs and cows. Everybody gets to roam free in fresh air and sunlight…not only are they getting the food at its best, but they're also leaving behind the waste products that rejuvenate that grass and keep the system going." Farmer … [Read more...]

Seattle Community Farm — Growing Veggies for the Neighborhood (283)

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"The veggies all go to people who have a hard time affording fresh vegetables. Last week we harvested 400 pounds of vegetables [for the Rainier Valley Food bank]…. It will last them about two hours. That's the demand." Farm coordinator Scott Behmer gives us a tour of a … [Read more...]

Join the “Eat-All Greens” Garden Revolution (282)

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"I spent five minutes spreading the compost on the driveway, two minutes sprinkling the seed, and maybe five minutes to harvest the whole patch. And I had maybe twenty pounds of nutritious leafy greens." From this spur-of-the-moment idea, plant breeder Carol Deppe spent … [Read more...]

Beyond Cabbage — The Fermentistas Show Us How (278)

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Let's cultivate fermented food not only because it's healthy, but for the wonderfully rich diversity of flavors! That's what Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey encourage. These food entrepreneurs show us how easy it is to make sauerkraut: slice and salt cabbage, … [Read more...]

Beekeeping Takes Flight at Sea-Tac Airport (273)

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"We're hoping to breed our honeybees with native bee populations who've been here awhile, to develop our own stock of Airport bees." Beekeeper John Woodworth, "Flight Path" project founder Bob Redmond and another beekeeper have placed 18 bee hives in a buffer zone around … [Read more...]