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Bulldozing neighborhoods to make way for fruit and veggie farms

March 9th, 2010 by R.J. Ruppenthal

Detroit wants to save itself by shrinking
By David Runk, Associated Press (March 8, 2010)
Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before [...]

Study says herbicide causes frogs' sex change

March 3rd, 2010 by R.J. Ruppenthal

Study says herbicide causes frogs' sex change
From the San Francisco Chronicle (reference info follows article text): A powerful and widely used herbicide called Atrazine changes the sex of many male frogs to females and emasculates three-quarters of others, according to research reported this week by a UC Berkeley professor and molecular toxicologist.
The findings were immediately [...]

Bob's Red Mill boss gives multi-million dollar company to his employees

February 19th, 2010 by R.J. Ruppenthal

This is awesome. Bob's Red Mill, which uses old-fashioned milling methods and now distributes its natural flours, cereals, and baking mixes in stores across America, has grown into a multi-million dollar company over the last few years. On his 81st birthday, Bob decided to give the company to his employees, who he believes are the [...]

Aquaponics: A closed system for gardening

February 19th, 2010 by R.J. Ruppenthal

People have been experimenting with Aquaponics for many years. The lure of aquaponics for sustainability is the possibility of 'closing the loop' by having a fish tank where the fish eat mostly food scraps and produce dirty water that makes a good garden fertilizer. The water is filtered through the soil, or soil-less medium such [...]

Finocchio, your nose is growing

February 12th, 2010 by R.J. Ruppenthal

Fennel grows wild in my area, so I have been picking it and chewing on the leaves and stems since I was a little kid. This member of the carrot family is sweet and juicy with a mild anise or licorice flavor. The kind that has escaped and naturalized in many mild climates is quite [...]

The easy way to beat plant diseases in your veggie garden

January 13th, 2010 by R.J. Ruppenthal

It's time to order your garden seeds for the upcoming season, if you have not already done so. When ordering seed, one of my major considerations is the disease resistance of particular varieties. At a recent book talk, one audience member was surprised when I admitted that I do not buy my seeds from the [...]

Carrot Fireworks

January 1st, 2010 by R.J. Ruppenthal

Happy New Year, everyone! Let's hope 2010 is a great year for all. There were plenty of fireworks on New Year's Eve, which got me thinking about multi-colored carrots (just kidding; I'd been thinking about them already). With all the seed catalogs in our mailboxes this time of year, you must be noticing that not [...]


December 18th, 2009 by R.J. Ruppenthal

TAX THE 1%. With all the problems we are having in this country and the inability of government to pay for needed programs, it's time to get serious about the real source of the problem. It's time to get serious about raising some revenue, and I know just where to start. TAX THE 1%.
In 2001, [...]

Parsley as a vegetable

December 14th, 2009 by R.J. Ruppenthal

Parsley is said to be America's favorite herb, yet it usually appears as a couple of garnish sprigs on the side of a plate. That's it. Aside from fresh garnishes, a lot of people use the dried/dehydrated/hopefully-not-irradiated form of parsley, which is useful sometimes but basically a shadow of its former self. I never thought [...]

Chicken Dance

December 2nd, 2009 by R.J. Ruppenthal

When I wrote the Fresh Food From Small Spaces book, I happily included a chapter on raising chickens on a small scale for fresh eggs. My hope was that we could get a few more people started with this, even as more readers probably had a greater interest in the gardening, sprouting, mushrooming, or perhaps [...]