Apologies to Van Morrison, but we have the Wild Thing going on, not behind the stadium but within the confines of our garden compound. There isn’t much yet in the way of progeny, but pollination is happening even so, and baby fruits are starting to appear in ones and twos. I’ll try to have a half dozen vegetable “glamor shots” of the new arrivals–this one of course is a baby 3/4 inch cucumber. It’s fruit–a pregnant ovary containing seeds (in botanical terms) is INFERIOR, …

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The garden is making lots of greenery, but so far, aside from the two-inch cucumbers climbing the fences and the two-inch green tomatoes, there isn’t much productivity yet. What you can’t see here is how well the beans (heirloom goose beans, turkey gizzard, Christmas limas, etc) are doing. After the shoots were up about a foot, I stuck “pea brush” in the row–rangy branch tops from a maple I cut last fall and heaped the brush out of the way near the garden. The …

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Today’s food system in the year 2020 has many features that improve our resiliency and security. Key attributes are: Diverse. A complete and balanced diet can be had within the agricultural base of the County. Local. Food produced here is consumed here, and the agricultural landscape is no longer dominated by grapes and cattle for export. Renewable. Energy inputs for agriculture, transportation and processing are based on solar, wind, hydro and other non-fossil sources. Non-toxic. Artificial pesticides and herbicides are no longer available and …

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Image via Wikipedia The potatoes of August are still firm and unsprouted in the 10 x 10 space directly underneath my feet. It is a space that was a very crude dirt-floored cellar not but four feet high when we first saw the place. With a concrete floor and a ceiling a few inches lower than my height, it now serves as our root cellar. We’ve had no mold, no rodents, no rot so far on the potatoes stored down there in a plastic …

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  And is it any wonder: toxic spinach, toxic buttbloating burgers, toxic food ignorance and indifference. Do we need more information or more self-control / less death by diet impulses? Will power and caloric restraint cannot (yet) be legislated, but other information we can and will soon have before us to ignore at our peril (or whim). Consider the following: The Guvernator has just mandated that CA restaurants will in future put caloric contents on menus and indoor billboards (invest in colored chalk!). WaPo …

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