"Tell me of what plant birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education."

(A. Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, Prairie Birthday Essay, 1949)

 

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March 30, 2016

We seem to be living through a moment for American food. More supermarkets, restaurants and many consumers are moving toward sustainable, nutritious ingredients, with fewer processed and more fresh foods on offer. At the same time, a large number of Americans feel that...

March 28, 2016

Wild persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is a beautiful, flavorful, nutritious fruit native to central and eastern North America.  The internet is rife with misinformation. While it is true that many persimmons ripen after frost, there are selections which ripen reliably...

March 28, 2016

So many fruits in full bloom: plums, currant, nectarine, and peaches. They are a full month ahead of 2013.  Project budburst (see resources) is a useful tool to help us evaluate the changing climate and its impact on our own plants.  A frost may prevent any fruit from...

March 28, 2016

Cuttings for these plants were given to me by my Uncle Ernie who farmed outside of St. Louis from 1930 to 1960. While I visited one weekend, he gave the vines to me and said “stick these in the ground, they’ll grow”.  I wish he was still with us so I could learn from h...

March 21, 2016

 

Dr. Daniel Chamovitz articulates brilliantly in his 2012 book the amazing behavior of plants in response to their environment.  I did not know the parallels between human and plant senses.  I am so glad to now explore this more and find ways that this information migh...

March 21, 2016

 

These early brilliant greens are often referred to as weeds. Weeds are commonly defined as plants in the wrong place, which is where you have decided you don’t want them. Here at the Farm, many plants scorned by others are celebrated by us. Exquisitely flavored, healt...

March 21, 2016

Biomimicry

..life creates conditions conducive to life. It builds soil; it cleans air; it cleans water; it mixes the cocktail of gases that you and I need to live.

Net fertility farming: We should be growing fertility. And, oh yes — we get food, too. Because we have...

February 15, 2016

I am privileged to be the hostess to 9 honey bee hives.  I am not a “keeper” as I have no idea how to make wax or raise the larvae.  I am a “hostess” in that my greatest duty is to make sure that the bees have what they need to meet their basic needs (food, water, shel...

May 1, 2013

Fire is an integral part of the natural cycle of soil regeneration in prairie reconstruction.  Plants do not a prairie make.  Many species and microorganisms above and below ground evolve with the elements.

 

 

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