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A walk around the farm on an autumn morning

October 8, 2012

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If it wasn’t fall before, it sure is fall now. Temperatures in eastern Massachusetts made their expected drop and the cool rain has returned, at least for tonight. I’m actually starting to believe that, with the exception of a few, scattered days of warmth, summer has ended. But even my relatively limited experience in vegetable […]

Fermented Dill Cucumber Pickles

August 2, 2012

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Seeing apples being sold at your local farmers market sure can make you feel like you’re falling behind on your summer preservation projects. Yeah, yeah, Ginger Gold is an early variety. But still. The canner has only seen my stove a handful of times in the past several weeks, and much of my “can plan” […]

Updates from the Learning Garden

July 21, 2012

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I think it’s safe to say that we have reached the midpoint in our growing season here in Greater Boston. The fields and beds are filled and crop by crop, we are beginning to harvest what was started months ago. But the journey hasn’t been easy-breezy, and the fight for a victorious harvest is not […]

Foraging with Russ Cohen, Part I: Stinging Nettles

April 7, 2012

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Shortly before receiving the delightful news of my garden plot assignment last Sunday, I was out scouring the forest floor of a nearby reservation site for stinging nettles. Let me backtrack. I met Russ about a year and a half ago at a Waltham Fields’ potluck. Without knowing who he was, we struck up a […]

I will be GROWing after all :D

April 3, 2012

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UPDATED: 4/5/2012 This post SO deserves to have an emoticon in the title. “Why?” you ask? BEE-cause I received word this past Sunday that I will be allotted a GROW plot this year! *booty ‘n finger-shaking happy dance* The “acquisition” of this plot pretty much means I can continue growing there until I move outta […]

Time to get growing

March 21, 2012

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It’s as if the universe, in all of her majesty, somehow knows that a) it is my birthday (week), b) it is my Spring Break, and c) I’m itching to get down and dirty in the Learning Garden. The weather has been absolutely glorious up here in the Northeast, and I’m trying to take advantage […]

Is Spaceship Earth* trying to tell us something?

March 14, 2012

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*I’ve been using this phrase ever since I watched Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox on Netflix several months ago. I recommend it. You’ll definitely laugh, and a part of you will probably cry. It’s fun. And the sound of the phrase brings a Ziggy Stardust David Bowie to mind, which always brightens my day. Love Bowie. […]