A Longtime Farmer Shares His Wisdom, part 1 (244)

Nash Huber is famous for his delicious carrots — crunchy, sweet and alive. He started farming in Washington state's northeast Olympic Peninsula by cultivating backyard gardens and many relationships. His team grows over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and … [Read more...]

Meet Farmer George and His Pastured Animals

Skagit River Ranch nestles beside a sweeping bend in the Skagit River in northwest Washington. Salmon stir the waters while on land verdant pastures are dotted with grazing cattle, pigs, sheep, turkeys and chickens. These pastured animals are lovingly cared for, roaming out … [Read more...]

Farm Camp — Connecting Kids to Their Food (227)

Join the kids at Farm Camp! You'll watch them care for turkeys and rabbits, listen to a harvest season story, and cook up applesauce. Campers have fun growing and preparing food and, best of all, eating the results. They raise veggies from seed to harvest and take field … [Read more...]

Inspiration Farm – Cultivating Nourishing Food and Creativity (226)

"Changing times calls for changing lifestyles." says Brian Kerkvliet. "So [we've] put more energy into the land… The more you get your fingers in the soil, the more endorphins rush through your head. You get excited by all of that." Using permaculture and biodynamic … [Read more...]

Portland’s Backyard Fruit — From Waste to Feast (217)

"We look forward to a time when we're really able to harvest all of the fruit trees in the city that aren't being fully utilized," envisions Katy Kolker, founder and executive director of Portland Fruit Tree Project. Volunteer groups harvest trees whose fruit would otherwise … [Read more...]

Introduction to Permaculture (weekend workshop)

This weekend workshop by Cathé Fish packs comprehensive, practical information into two days of fully-illustrated slideshows. It's well-spiced with her overflowing enthusiasm and experience. The 6-dvd set covers principles, land, water harvesting, soil, zones, gardens, … [Read more...]

The Straight Poop on Sustainable Farming (211)

Innovative farmer Joel Salatin says sustainable agriculture requires both perennials (like native grasses) and herbivores (like cattle) to build soil. Mimicking patterns from nature, this maverick Virginia farmer rotates cattle followed by chickens into short-term pasture … [Read more...]

Suburban Backyard Gardens: Cultivating Abundance

How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House? Judy Alexander An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability, Scott McGuire Suburban Permaculture, Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg Cultivating a Suburban Foodshed, Owen Dell Four conversations, about 28 minutes … [Read more...]

Sail Power Reborn – Transporting Local Goods by Boat (208)

"We are revitalizing an ancient form of transportation … using just the power of the wind and the tides … to move goods and people," says skipper Fulvio Casali. In their CSA (community supported agriculture), the Salish Sea Trading Cooperative uses nearly no petroleum to … [Read more...]

Port Townsend Shapes a Locally Reliant Community

Local Investing Made Easy, James Frazier, Kees Kolff, Matthew Day How Many Community Gardens? Judy Alexander, Celia & Ray Carnighan Menu for the Future – Bringing Farmers to the Table, Dick Bergeron, Judy Alexander, Peter Bates Partners in Preparedness – Neighborhoods … [Read more...]