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New Genetic Engineering Tool Needs no USDA Approval

New Genetic Engineering Tool Needs no USDA Approval

There is a new genetic engineering technology called CRISPR that will create foods that do not need to be approved by the USDA.  Here is a sciency article about the technology.  The CRISPR technique deletes or edits gene sequences and since there is no foreign DNA introduced, the […]

Get to Know Micro-greens

Get to Know Micro-greens

What are micro-greens?  You aren’t alone if you are asking that question.  Micro-greens are really small versions of plants you already know and love (well even if you don’t love some of their grown up counterparts, you may still love micros).  They are somewhere between a […]

Organic Food-Cheap, Just Ask!

Organic Food-Cheap, Just Ask!

I got 4 dozen of these extra large, organic, brown eggs for .25 a dozen this week!  One of our local grocery stores is very proactive about discounting eggs and dairy that are about to expire.  Expiration dates are really more like suggestions than hard and fast […]

Cinder Block Herb Tower-Six blocks

Cinder Block Herb Tower-Six blocks

I’m always looking for more space.  I planted a small herb garden a few years ago and now it’s full.  We have small side yard between our deck and fence that I’ve been using for container gardening.  I can’t dig there because of buried utility lines.  […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?- update

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?- update

It’s that time of year when people are thinking about getting healthy and saving money and asking if those two desires are mutually exclusive.  Two years ago I wrote a series of posts about the affordability of organic food.  Do you feel like food prices have increased […]

Bone Broth-How to Make Beef Broth

Bone Broth-How to Make Beef Broth

If you haven’t heard about bone broth yet, you probably will soon.  It is one of those very old nutritional ideas that is enjoying fresh attention. The terms broth and stock are often used interchangeably and you can find different definitions depending on where you […]

Farmland-Film Review

Farmland-Film Review

I recently had a chance to attend a screening of the film, Farmland, directed by James Moll.  This documentary film follows six next generation farmers and ranchers to showcase their work, their lives and the challenges they face to produce food.  Two of the six […]

Food Donation Dilemma-What I Decided

Food Donation Dilemma-What I Decided

Last post I explored my personal dilemma over donating food that I considered unhealthy to a church food drive, probably at greater length than you cared to read.  In any case I am back with what I have decided. 1.  We did donate cash to the […]

Should I Donate Unhealthy Food to a Food Drive?

Should I Donate Unhealthy Food to a Food Drive?

I stopped at a rack of large empty paper sacks with lists of food items stapled to them in the church lobby.  I reached for one, I hesitated.  “Do you want to donate to the food drive?” my husband asked.  “I do, but I feel […]

Winter Citrus Sunshine

Winter Citrus Sunshine

  I always wondered why the local home center/garden center sold tropical plants like oranges and lemons in the middle of the midwest.  It must be possible to grow them here and just bring them indoors during the winter.  The summer before last I purchased […]