Good Weeds # 2

Lamb’s Quaters or Goosefoot (Chenopodium Berlandieri): This little known “weed” (to me at least) is of the same genus (closely related to) as Quinoa. It is part of the Eastern Agricultural Complex, a group of plants the Eastern Woodland Native Americans were foraging for as far back as 6,000 BCE. By 1,800 BCE they were…

Good Weeds # 1

So I’ve realised that there is way to much info to put on just one post. Here is the first instalment of Good Weeds…. On February 27, I went to an awesome Urban Forage Event ran by Nance Khelm. It took me a long time to post this because of issues I had that day,…

Urban Forage Event

What a great weird day… Last night I went to a friend’s new home. He, with his wife and newborn, just moved much closer to me. It was a “we got the key” party, so Erin and I went. We had a couple of drinks and a whole lot of laughs. Today I woke up…

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Delicious Harvest!

  After not going to my back yard garden for about two weeks, I was greeted by a small jungle. I’ve been having lower back pain, so have not been taking care of our supplemental food supply. Luckily, it’s been raining and my soil retains moisture well. So after beating back the intruding grasses I…

Organic or Conventional?

The Environmental Working Group‘s Food News page has a list we should all follow. The list contains 49 fruits and vegetables arranged to show the quantity of pesticides in them. When Organic is not available this list can help you make a decision.

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Raised Field Agriculture in the Lake Titicaca Basin

While reading my new¬†Permaculture Magazine I was struck by an article that spoke of an ancient Incan way of agriculture called Raised Field Agriculture. They would dig up canals near lakes and pile the soil on the sides to create raised beds. These canals help the plants by providing water most, if not all, of…