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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


Sometimes, there's just no substitute for an annual.

I have had, until now, a rule that I never apologize for absences. Apologizing for being gone assumes that somebody, somewhere, is waiting breathlessly for your return. I assume no such thing, but at least a couple of you have been good enough to miss me, and so I break my rule and apologize. My […]

Inducing labor

Profoundly irrigating

I have a theory about spring. Spring is a con. Sure, there’s all this wonderful stuff going on as the world comes to life. Renewed perennials are peeking through warming soil. Chickens are scratching up bugs and the year’s first weeds. And, every day, you’re just grateful that it isn’t quite so cold. But it’s […]