Sunchoke on this

Jerusalem artichokes. Worst vegetable ever. Except maybe kohlrabi.

All the problems in our food supply – agricultural, nutritional, political – can be traced back to one unfortunate truth about the human condition. Literally. Every problem. One truth. And I’m going to tell you what it is. Ready? Here it is: Jerusalem artichokes are not delicious. I know, I know. You don’t believe me […]

Carnage

Why we like free-ranging chickens. Sort of.

“If you’ve got livestock, you’ve got deadstock,” is how my friend Jen, at Milkweed & Teasel, puts it. Losing animals is a part of keeping animals. You care for them and protect them the best you can, but disease, accidents, and predators will sometimes win. I know this. I’ve told myself this every time we’ve […]

Picture this

Now that it’s spring, we all know what a young man’s fancy turns to – the inadequacy of his photography skills. Oh, wait … that what my fancy turns to. There’s just no answering for young men. I just got back from a ten-day trip (I was in Kenya, but that’s another story), and I […]

Peace on Earth: Henhouse Edition

See her there, in the back?

First, let me wish you all a happy new year. I hope 2015 is a year of good health and good food. It is also traditional, at this time, to give a shout-out to peace on earth, the universal perennial hope for a newly minted year. You’ll be happy to know that we here at […]

2014: The calorie retrospective

My little button buck: 9800 calories.

Back in 2012, Kevin and I set a goal of getting 20.12% — OK, call it 20% — of our calories from what we grew, hunted, fished, and gathered. I kept a monthly tally and added it up at the end of the year. It was an interesting exercise. We did it because, the previous […]