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March, 2009 - Issue #94

 

SPRING KEPT AT BAY BY YET ANOTHER WINTER STORM

 

The bare-branched trees wait for their spring leaves; the disc golf basket waits for sunshine.

   

The garden huddles beneath the cold frames.  They say spring will come another day...

 

FIVE DAYS LATER...

 

The snow has melted and we were hiking on a beautiful day.  It just goes to show you, one should never give up hope.  See more at:  White Pines

 

GROW FOOD

 

We moved here to join the new agricultural movement.  Rob and Link are both involved in growing food and the promotion of the culture of growing food.  Rob coordinates monthly "Crop Mobs," one of which was in our neighborhood and is where Camille got the mud on her face.  About 35 of us crop mobbed Edible Earthscapes on March 15, building a chicken run, roofing a shed, clearing a field and building a land bridge.  

 

ANOTHER FINE MEAL

 

On this evening, we prepared foccacia and a lentil stew with greens from the freezer. 

 

NOW AND LATER

 

The Piedmont Biofarm CSA has started back up with beautiful lettuce, fresh beets, sweet potatoes and greens.  Meanwhile, Bob has started a potato patch to provide us with fresh vegetables later on.

 

INCUBATORS

 

Bob has been busy incubating Tempeh and plant starts.  See more photos about our food growing efforts at Grow Food

 

HOME AND GARDEN

 

We have a wood mouse in the house and as far as we can tell he/she is planting sunflower seeds in the houseplants.  Here's one that came up in an African Violet.  Meanwhile, outside - the weather is getting nice enough to set out the lawn chairs.

 

FACES

 

Camille poses for a picture of the cut on her nose she got while doing yoga. She was getting up from the camel pose and fell forward into the book shelves.  Bob admires one of his many indoor projects, the seed starting shelves above.

 

MAMA MIA!

Doug prepares enough pizza for 50 people as part of his Local Food Friday commitment.  Bob fried six pounds of Tempeh, Camille made two gallons each of grits and marinara sauce, Tim made a boatload of sweet potato and black bean stew, Randy made an enormous bowl of fresh green salad, Kevin brought close to a dozen baguettes of garlic bread and Tami brought platters of tasty cupcakes in different flavors.

 

AND THEN WE ALL SAT DOWN AND ATE

 

Bob put together a CD of Italian songs, including Dean Martin's "That's Amore" to go with the meal.  Click on the photos to see larger files.

 

SHITAKE HARVEST

 

These mushrooms were as big as our house when Bob decided to harvest them.

 

PERFECT!

 

 I don't think I've ever seen a more perfect mushroom!

 

ANOTHER GREAT DAY IN THE KITCHEN

 

 Seedy Bread and Shitakes in butter - yum!

 

SNAKES ALIVE

Spring means the reemergence of the black snakes.  We were happy to see this one begin making its rounds in our yard again.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"A few yesterdays ago we were set in a vulgar gaseous economy of abused excess and biological disconnect, but it was OUR pattern. Want it or not, each of us owned some aspect.

>snip<

We have become dependent on a vast, irresponsible 'supply' system and the presumption of unending growth.

>snip<

A heck of a lot of gas has escaped from our economy. Some are racing around trying to figure out how to put that gas back in. I say good riddance, I say lets take advantage of this time to set our houses in order. Let's see the opportunity and seize it." - Lynn Miller Small Farmer's Journal

 

"Instead of a daily life in the flesh, belly to belly and soul to soul, lived out in the streets, and parks and public places, in love and the workplace, we get 40-inch televisions, YouTube, Cineplexes, and the myths spun out by Hollywood." - Joe Bageant

 

ďA real delicious heirloom tomato is one of the sweetest things that youíll ever eat." - Michelle Obama

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