Willowsford’s ‘in house’ farm may be perceived as just another amenity to provide “farm to table attributes,” to sell to prospective residents of the mega house development. However, I wonder how would our world be changed if all new developments included a farm? What if it were required of the developer, like water, sewer, runoff mitigation and stoplights?
Martina and I recently got together to celebrate spring and the one year anniversary of this blog, A Growing Season. For both of us, it was a time to look back and see how far our lives have come: what our blog has produced, how it has expanded our knowledge and understanding of local food and food systems, and most of all, where our life’s journey has taken us. Continue reading
I recently visited the P. A. Bowen Farmstead in Brandywine, Maryland in southern Prince George’s County, a pasture-based mixed animal soy free farm operation owned by Sally Fallon Morell, author of the Nourishing Traditions cookbook. With pastured dairy cows, egg and meat chickens and pigs, each part of the farm is organized with sustainability and humane animal treatment principles in mind. Continue reading
Despite the rain, the DC Eat Local festival event was a great ending to the week’s events. Every type of organization or business involved in the local foods movement was represented: restaurants, local farms, food hubs, businesses, food producers, wineries, and more. Here’s a gallery of photos:
Now’s your chance to get together with other DC area locavores and local food activists and celebrate all that is fresh, delicious and sustainable about the local foods movement! Eat Local First is a local food campaign that begins with a week-long celebration of local food in the Washington DC area. Continue reading
The Environmental Working Group has produced lists of the ‘dirty dozen’ and ‘clean 15’ produce items for most and least contamination by pesticides. Find out what to buy organic – and why – with EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. They rank 53 popular fruits and vegetables based on their total pesticide loads. … Continue reading
Growing up, I always was interested in animals and growing things. As I matured, I harbored an inner interest in being a farmer. But this was put away on a shelf, as all my perceptions of what a farmer was, how one did farming and how you could possibly get there. Continue reading