Changing Food Culture in Japan

Tea House

Japanese cuisine… what images do those words bring up? Typically when I speak to people about traditional Japanese food, sushi is the first thing they bring up, then teriyaki and, occasionally, instant ramen. People also seem to have a sense that the Japanese naturally have better eating habits and are healthier than we are here in the West. What is the truth? In a nutshell?
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Campanula: Edible Bellflowers

Campanula persicifolia

Gardeners have long cherished many species as ornamentals, for their lovely bell-shaped flowers. Nearly all species bear blue or white flowers; extremely few have yellow flowers. A few species have been grown as vegetables, and many others are eaten from the wild.
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How I Became a Plant Breeder

(Copyright by and reproduced with permission from Frank Morton, Wild Garden Seed.)

Lost in the Misato Rose (Watermelon Radish) forest

In 1983, my third spring as a market gardener, I was looking over a flat of lettuce grown from my first saved seed. The year before, I had allowed my peas, beans,
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The Forgotten Ham

Every year at Easter, ham takes the spotlight. A traditional slow roasted smoked ham with brown sugar glaze was my family’s favorite. Yet what about the “forgotten ham” – the uncured, fresh ham? Pick out a fresh picnic ham (shoulder roast) and you’ve got a delicious alternative for the holidays.
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Living the Good Life!

One year ago I was working three jobs. I pulled espresso at a coffee shop and shelved armloads of romance novels at a bookstore. At my favorite job, I’d whip up elaborate breakfasts for sleepy-eyed travelers at a local B&B. We ate well and life was good.
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Grow Your Own - Food, That Is

Across the country, spring can’t come soon enough and the call to garden is getting louder and louder. We had the opportunity to speak to Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City, and get a little advice for new and beginning gardeners. It’s never too early – or too late – to tuck a few seeds in some soil and get growing!
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Voices From the Farm: A Heroic Rescue Trip and the Storm Queen Arrives

PoohBah in Transit

Following the loss of Red Rover, Lisa had been encouraging me to start looking for a new guard animal. However, I was still depressed at the death of the little alpaca, who had entered our lives for a charmed period that ended badly. I was reluctant to pursue the search for a replacement. Then one day Lisa emailed that I should look at “Pet-Finders.com,” as there was a dog there that I should see.
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Ask Ina: What Foods Should I Avoid to Keep GMOs Off Our Plates?

The question Ina answers this week: “We are concerned about GMOs in our diet. Can you tell me which foods I should avoid to keep GMOs out of our pantry and off our plates?”
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Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm, Honored as EcoFarm's 2014 Steward of Sustainable Agriculture

Anne Schwartz of Blue Heron Farm near Rockport was honored with the 2014 Steward of Sustainable Agriculture Award at this year’s EcoFarm Conference. The lifetime achievement award was presented to Anne in recognition of her commitment to sustainable agriculture and family farmers.
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Loaves and Fishes

Taylor Shellfish Farms, Bow WA

Even in a short time – just the last few years – the shellfish industry in Washington State has deteriorated because of bad management and pollution. We can’t afford to let this gross negligence continue.
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