Think small, harvest big: Make the most of wee spaces for your gardening efforts

For five long summers, I gazed at my postage stamp-sized backyard in South Minneapolis and imagined what I could do with a grander, sweeping space. If I only had a farm, I mused, I could grow my own food and become that person who leaves zucchini and tomatoes on doorsteps around the community. But with … [ Read more]

Seed Swap: Promoting variety and restoring tradition one harvest at a time

I have this friend who has a half-baked dream of quitting her job to live on a farm and make her living working with her hands instead of shooting off e-mails from a standing desk. She’d keep chickens, plant squash and a blueberry bush, make jams and pies and other handmade things. I never joined … [ Read more]

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What can the average person do about food waste?

Human beings eat only half of all the food we grow. The United States alone wastes over 100 billion pounds of edible food each year; that’s around $161 billion worth. We cast off crooked carrots, we’ve banished the idea of seasonality, and we buy things only to forget them until they rot. This squandered surplus … [ Read more]

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