That sinking feeling

Kevin, hog ringing

Kevin’s been spending time in rehab. Not that kind of rehab. Oyster tray rehab. From the time our oysters are a little under two inches long until we sell them, they live in three-by-four foot trays. Each tray is made out of pvc-coated one-inch wire mesh. There are several variables in the trays, and you […]

Putting biodegradability to the test

Break out the zip ties.

Kevin likes to use wood, bamboo, and jute twine to build his garden structures. There’s only one problem with biodegradable materials.

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 […]


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 […]