Book Reflection: Tales of the Horse

Rural towns everywhere have an older generation that shares stories about how they grew up farming, mining, and other professions that are either phasing out or converted to rely on technology to the point the job doesn't resemble the version predating World War II. Often the elderly converse with good humor despite how ludicrously harsh …

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Book Reflection: “American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree”

The American chestnut tree, Castanea dentata, was one of the first biological icons to be virtually vacated from an integral position in both the environment and American society. We knew little about accidental imports of exotic species, and the introduction of the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica spurred the discussion and action. I was fascinated with the topic when …

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Getting the Facts Straight on Tea: from a non-tea drinker

Supposedly in the United States people consume some 80 billion servings of tea. Depending on the age demographic, an estimated 80-87% of the population regularly have it. On a given day half of those people will have a cup. The country is the world's third largest tea importer and the only Western nation to continually …

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Introduction to Soil Science: the Best Way to Put It

Sometimes I read articles and books or watch documentaries and I always wonder what is the best way to translate what I'm learning. I find most of anything in nature and natural sciences (if you care to split those--I don't, but I understand that they sometimes elicit two different concepts) fascinating beyond measure, like a …

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Beauty of Composting and the Soil Nutrient Cycle

You watch your favorite TV show. The characters discuss a conflict over the dinner table and by the time the argument resolves or exasperates the characters retire to the kitchen. They shovel the left overs of the meal into the trash bin. Perfectly good food. It had the potential to be tomorrow's lunch. Even the …

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Review: “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” by Joel Salatin (Part II)

From Part I: Growing, processing and marketing the food items all in a single region mitigate many of those secondary issues, organic or not. It’s also worth mentioning that labels require hefty fees for each individual product to the government for licensing—fees that your small-scale organic farmer cannot pay for. Part II Do you want to …

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Review: “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” by Joel Salatin (Part I)

Part I Caution: "Folks, This Ain't Normal" is a thought-provoker. If you are not intellectually qualified to discern fact from ideology and integrate that information into your brain without barfing it out because it challenges conceptions made from incomplete knowledge or pre-existing ideological leanings, you will likely flounder in this book. This is a playful …

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