“The sense of stewardship and unique ecology of a small-scale farm… It’s something that sticks with you the rest of your life, even if you only spend a few months weeding and hoeing and picking and pruning and herding and mucking.”Read More
A humble cauliflower prompts a reconsideration of math, and a realization: “We are not separate…”Read More
The Greek philosopher Socrates said that wisdom is knowing that you know nothing. This paradox was the seed for western philosophy, including the open, skeptical attitude that characterizes the best science. But sometimes our scientific and technological prowess causes an adolescent arrogance.
For example, consider sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is an antioxidant molecule in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc) that has recently attracted a lot of attention because of its profound health benefits: it seems to kill tumor cells, prevent body fat from forming, and stimulate neuron growth. Basically, it will save your life!
So what did the scientific, medical establishment do?Read More
This is a countdown of three of our favorite plants here at Spoon Full Farm, in the garden and beyond. You should love them, too!
When you work directly with nature through the seasons, observing, feeling, and helping biodiversity flourish, a sense of gratitude grows…Read More
On the eve of Farmers Market Season beginning in earnest, we’ve been marinating and ruminating and conversating on the aspects of market we love the most.
Through this intensive research, we’ve discovered five questions that you should ask yourself, if you ever wonder whether you should shop at a farmers market. We’ll count down from Question #5 to Question #1, and share with you the single most important way you can know whether you’ll love farmers markets.Read More
"I came to farming during one of the most difficult times in my life.
The hit happened on a summer afternoon when I was 22, and I was suddenly unable to do the two things that I loved doing the most, the two things that got me up out of bed in the morning..."Read More
Finishing is rare, and usually an illusion. Usually when we think a thing is finished, we’re just being short-sighted. You can cook a steak to perfect medium rare with pink in the middle, and let it stand for 10 minutes, smelling that mouth-watering scent, and then eat it all and thoroughly enjoy it. Then it’s done, right?
Not quite...Read More
Imagine a wide, flat field stretching off to the horizon in every direction. Bare dirt, light brown, dusty, with a slight ammonia reek. There’s an enormous tractor strafing back and forth over the land, coughing diesel fumes, spraying a chemical called copper sulfate, designed to kill unwanted fungi...Read More
How do we change the system? Nobody knows the full answer to that question, but one thing is clear: It is easier to convince meat-eaters to eat clean, healthy, humanely-raised meat than to convince them to stop eating meat altogether...Read More
While shreds of the grass that the cows have eaten are still visible inside their manure, they have undergone a profound transformation, inside of the cows. Wolf Storl, author of Culture and Horticulture, describes the wonder of a cow’s digestion...Read More
When I was younger, I was told two stories. One story was that cattle were dumb. Dad compared them unfavorably to horses, with whom humans can form deep relationships. My stepfather echoed Ed Abbey and called them four-hoofed locusts...Read More
In order to grow the most nutritious food and help heal the earth, we farm a little differently. We call our practices "Whole Earth Farming," and we want to share them with the whole earth!Read More
In our first chapter of the Spoon Full Journal, we're talking about weather. But as we've learned, it's not whether you talk about weather, it's how you talk about weather. So get yourself a glass of ice water. Come take a seat on the porch. Let's talk about wind.Read More
In this Spoon Full Journal update, the natural history and generosity of oak trees and the accompanying savannah habitats prompts meditation about a mysterious compulsion...Read More
There’s another legendary character, far older than Smokey Bear, who has the last word on wildfires. His name is Thor, and he doesn’t negotiate. I’ll bet humanity will be able to control lightning right around the time when...Read More