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The Dirt beneath our Feet

Our kids dig in it.  Our plants grow from it.  And I am forever trying to sweep it off my front porch.  Dirt is that stuff that is smeared into our children’s faces and hands.  Soil, on the other hand, is the dark, soft, crumbly stuff that is rich in organic, living matter.  Our food…

My Pig – Part 2

So, I have to admit something to you.  My friends have been laughing at me.  When I tell them that I met the farmer that raised the pig that is now sitting in little white packages in my freezer, they remind me of a recent TV show that pokes fun at Pacific Northwestherners and Portlandia specifically.…

My Pig

I have two children. As I have said before, my son is my little gardener. And my daughter is my little environmentalist. She has always been one who looks at the big picture. It was a result of her encouragement that you will find me riding my bicycle to accomplish my close in errands. During…

Food and the Land it Comes From

This weekend one of my favorite friends took me to see one of my favorite authors. Michael Pollan was speaking at the University of Portland on food and eating and our health.  I love what he has to say about food, but did you know that his first book was on gardening (Second Nature, A Gardener’s…

Stewardship

The Christmas tree is up. It sparkles with its twinkly lights and a lifetime of special ornaments. Ours is not a tree of complementing colors and shapes, but is, instead, a hodge-podge of treasures collected over the years. The decorations are as likely to be cut paper as they are to be cut glass. Kids…