Fashion designer turned farmer, Christopher Totman, returned to his family farm in Western Massachusetts and then created a farm-to-table program for The Harmony Hotel. It was 2008, and Christopher Totman was asking himself the harder questions. “Where are you the happiest?” And: “Why is it so difficult to do what makes you the happiest?” At [...]
Dark Rye is an online magazine from Whole Foods that focuses in on local, handcrafted, and sustainable food, design, technology, and community. In addition to boasting a wonderfully-designed site bursting with vibrant images, how-to guides, and profiles, they now have a channel on Vimeo, with well-crafted videos to supplement each story. The videos follow individuals [...]
Apropos my last post about surfing in California, T, the New York Times style magazine, released its fall travel issue this weekend, and it features an extended look at California’s central coast. The tips—perfect for surfers passing through the region—are slowly being made available online. I travel for food as much as for anything else, so [...]
We’ve returned to the farm up north where things are in full pre-season swing. Going from first light clean through till near dark. We now have happy piglets, spring chicks and bees!
I recently interviewed artist and cook David Thorne about an event space and occasional restaurant he’s running in Los Angeles: elysian. His background includes farming in Vermont and working with the famed Bread and Puppet Theater, as well as participating in the Whitney Independent Study program and producing very interesting work with his wife Julia Meltzer (among [...]
Lemongrass is one of my favorite herbs, well grasses I should say. It grows prolifically wherever we seem to plant it (on the farm in Garza, Costa Rica). Two great culinary applications are pictured above and you can check out the growing process below.
Creating your own Windowfarm is about to get a whole lot easier. Last week, the cool Brooklyn-based organization that creates vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible indoor window gardens, succeeded in meeting their Kickstarter goal. Now they will be able to manufacture new Windowfarm systems that look great and are easier to use. The new [...]
Farmer Leonzo making his famous “Kaka Cakes” (manure cakes).
Greetings from the farm in Garza, Costa Rica where it is hot and humid. We’ve officially returned to the Nicoya Peninsula for the winter season where we were blown away by these beautiful plants: fresh ginger (gingibra in Spanish) from the huerta (garden) in Garza! That ginger goes into making a vodka infusion (see below) [...]
Ultra (Urban Long Term Research Area) scientists have found an interesting use for vacant urban lots””they study “bird and insect populations, watershed systems, soil nematodes and urban farming” in these abandoned areas. According to the Times, “Ultra-Ex advances a forward-looking mission: to document the ecological benefits that vacant lots might provide and to redefine the [...]