The best steak and the worst steak.

One of our favorite sources of information is the Stockman Grassfarmer Magazine, who pointed us to the book “Steak” back in 2010. Author Mark Schatzker said that the best steak he had ever eaten was grassfed and that the worst steak he had ever eaten was grassfed. This is one of the grassfed industry’s biggestContinue reading “The best steak and the worst steak.”

Plastic Soup

Plastic Soup is an Atlas of Ocean Pollution distributed by Island Press The book was originally published in 2018 in Holland, and subsequently translated for the English market. It is always tricky to recommend a book that deals with the wicked problems, and ocean plastic is certainly a wicked problem. Innovative ideas such as “PlasticContinue reading “Plastic Soup”

Warm Season Planting Guide – Harvesting Dates for August 1st

Soil temperatures for August 1st are around the 80-100 F range.  I am using my compost thermometer to evaluate the soil temperatures.  I found that soil with a good layer of mulch was showing upto 10 degrees F lower in temperature than soil without mulch, especially in the heat of the afternoon sun.  I haveContinue reading “Warm Season Planting Guide – Harvesting Dates for August 1st”

When to plant and what? A soil temperature based guide.

I have been struggling with date based calendars that tell us what to plant when.  It seems as though climate change has been shifting the goal posts.  Our winters are becoming shorter and our summers (> 100F) are becoming longer.  So, I started looking for an alternative guideline to the date based calendars and thisContinue reading “When to plant and what? A soil temperature based guide.”

Michael Pollan – Leader of the Fermentation Underground or Fermentation God?

Here are a few excerpts from Michael Pollan’s new book “Cooked“.  These excerpts refer to the chapter on fermenting of vegetables but also have a great correlation with bokashi composting.  Take a look at the bottom for his amazing statement about fermentation! “…As one of the primary processes by which nature breaks down living thingsContinue reading “Michael Pollan – Leader of the Fermentation Underground or Fermentation God?”

Annie Leonard and the Story of Change

This woman has had an amazing impact on the communications and teaching of how wrong the patterns of our waste streams are. The bad news.  Things are getting worse quicker and quicker.   The good news is that it is all the. Same chart.  We are throwing away stuff faster than the planet can assimilateContinue reading “Annie Leonard and the Story of Change”