Helping Everyone Breed Chemical-Free Bees: An Update on Blooming Prairie Foundation–Funded Project

Bees are facing more than one challenge right now in North America. In addition to changing habitats and climates, as well as the increasing reduction of crop diversity in rural areas, bees must deal with increased use of pesticides and other chemicals in their environments. The single biggest problem, however, is the now-endemic parasitic mite, … More Helping Everyone Breed Chemical-Free Bees: An Update on Blooming Prairie Foundation–Funded Project

Tomato-Preserving Recipes: Sauce, Crushed, Marinara, Jam, Salsa, and Sun Dried

It’s the middle of tomato season. We’re bringing in about 7–10 lb of the red buggers each day from our 125 plants. We have a dozen German Johnson, eighteen San Marzano II, and ten Matt’s Wild Cherry tomato plants as well as about ninety volunteers that sprang up in my potting soil: Brandywine, San Marzano, … More Tomato-Preserving Recipes: Sauce, Crushed, Marinara, Jam, Salsa, and Sun Dried

#GivingTuesday: Help a Different Type of Sustainability Nonprofit

The last five years have been the hottest ever recorded. Sea levels are at the highest in human history . . . the point of no return is no longer over the horizon. It is in sight and is hurtling towards us. The United Nations’ Secretary General, António Guterres, stated this at a press conference … More #GivingTuesday: Help a Different Type of Sustainability Nonprofit

Putting Strawberries to Bed for the Winter. Wait “straw”berries?

I was recently in our perennial fruit plot spreading straw over the strawberry beds. I was thinking of the word strawberry as I worked. In German, it is Erdbeere, which means “earth berry.” In Spanish, fresa, which comes from the Latin Fragum and can be compared to French fraise and Italian fragola. Most food words in … More Putting Strawberries to Bed for the Winter. Wait “straw”berries?

A Different Kind of Childhood — Contribution from Brian Kaller

This article on the Restoring Mayberry blog, by regular contributor Brian Kaller. If you ever wanted to see what the world might look like after the Tribulation, you could do worse than visit the Burren land on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Most of my adopted country still looks as lush and green as in … More A Different Kind of Childhood — Contribution from Brian Kaller