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...]

Giving Thanks – Past, Present and Future

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Rent a 2-bedroom suite in the Eco-Sense House near Victoria, BC. Natural builders and permaculture practitioners Ann and Gord Baird are looking for homesteading partners who are mostly full time and eager to dive into food production and community education with them. Learn … [Read more...]

A Resilient Gardener Breeds Plants for These Times

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Freelance plant breeder Carol Deppe sifted handfuls of golden, ruby and coppery corn from the huge pile. "Remember the Scrooge McDuck comics, where he goes into the vault and runs his hands through all the metal coins, gloating about how wealthy he is?" she asked. "I … [Read more...]

The Squash is In!

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We popped out into the Corvallis countryside to photograph Oregon plant breeder Carol Deppe and friends as they harvested the last of the season's squash. These butternuts were laid on tarps in the shade alongside the already-harvested big "Sweet Meat - Oregon Homestead" and … [Read more...]

Not Food, No Eat

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We visited Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns at Monroe Sharing Gardens to see the 130-year-old farmhouse they've transformed into a warm and happy house over the past year. While we chopped fresh veggies, Llyn mentioned visiting a household living in noticeable poverty. There … [Read more...]

Fed by Friends

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Support for Peak Moment TV takes many forms. Yesterday I shared in a veggie bounty harvested by Patricia Parcells. I walked a few hundred feet down the road to the huge garden she shares with Christine Robin (their land also hosts the Sunrise Community garden). We cut … [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...]

Handmade Tools Make Simple Work at Inspiration Farm (269)

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Watch Brian Kerkvliet cut thick grasses easily and quickly with his hand-built scythe — a far cry from a noisy weed whacker! He demonstrates three tools whose design he has honed over the years: the scythe, grass rake and U- bar or broadfork. "It took a few years to get the … [Read more...]

A Whirlwind Spring

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Our lives have been a whirlwind since mid-April's newsletter! Get a glimpse in Ventures and Videos in BC and WA (the pictures below are just a few highlights). We've learned something important. While traveling, we need significant downtimes to de-stress as well as … [Read more...]