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With a Little Help From our Friends

By Owen Segerstrom As a thousand cliche quotes–none of which seemed worth inserting here–remind us, food is ultimately about friendship.  While ingredients certainly matter, and nutritional attributes were the nominal focus of the LFX as it began, we have been reminded that the connections between people are the primary ingredients of any recipe.  With this

Cellar Traffic: Up

By Hannah Curcio The flow of traffic and goods at our cellar door has switched directions. The constant shuffle of goods to stock the shelves has been replaced by our family’s new hobby: cellar shopping.  For Christmas, after reviewing the shelves, Cole decided he would like to make breakfast for our family, using canned cherries

Gratitude for Place

By Hannah Curcio “You can’t listen to the Thanksgiving Address without feeling wealthy. And, while expressing gratitude seems innocent enough, it is a revolutionary idea. In a consumer society, contentment is a radical proposition. Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines an economy that thrives by meeting unmet desires. Gratitude cultivates an ethic of fullness, but

pastured pork, bacon, Surprise Valley

The Reality of Local Food

By Leah Larsen The reality of local food year is setting in. We are not eating 100% local food and it is not because of availability. Our cool room is filled with winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, onions, leeks, and apples. We have goat milk from our mama goat Melina and we are regularly making cheese.

RANCHING AND HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT VIDEO SERIES: EPISODE 5

Spencer discusses the benefits of E.O.V. with guests Andrea Malmberg and Dallas Hall Defrees. Today we’re going to be talking about EOV. EOV is the scientifically robust monitoring protocol that captures ecosystem function in an easy to collect and transfer form. EOV looks not just at overall carbon sequestration, but aggregate stability in soil, water holding capacity infiltration rate, and then