The use of a type of pesticide called neonicotinoids is on the increase, much to the dismay of beekeepers, who view ‘neonics’ as contributing to a decline in bee numbers. A worldwide reduction in bee populations poses a serious risk to the global food supply. ‘Bees are required in the pollination and reproductive process of food crops to make them viable. If we didn’t have … Continue reading Priest Prays For Pesticide Ban
Life would have been simpler before HBO started making such great television dramas. I get distracted in these times. But pickling, like gardening, is a way to slow down and check out what is really going on. You can’t rush a daikon. Pickle Club is a grassroots group with roughly 20 members that meets four times a year. Ah there is nothing better than taking … Continue reading Pickle Club Is My True North
I recently joined The Northern Preservation Society. Co-founder Jo Lawson posted an invite “…been chatting about starting a chutney club (working title The Northern Preservation Society) for bloody ages and this year I want to make it happen because it would be awesome…You are the people I know whom I suspect might have made jam at some stage in your adult lives…I think the only … Continue reading Do. Or Do Not. There Is No Try- Home Pickling
Last night well respected permaculturist educator Adam Grubb gave me some homemade tempeh. Tempeh is fermented soybeans prepared using a fungus. You get your hands on a tempeh starter (Rhizopus oligosporus) and combine it with soybeans and put it somewhere warm. In about 24 hours you have tempeh. Lots of people prefer tempeh to tofu because it proffers the benefits of fermented food such as … Continue reading SELF APPOINTED PROTECTOR OF THE SPORE
Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated somewhere near the Black Sea. Marco Polo drank it moments before stealing spaghetti from the Chinese. It is prepared by inoculating milk with kefir grains. If you don’t have a goat hide bag and the intestinal flora of a sheep handy you can make your own using a jar. The other day I came home from Lucy’s … Continue reading So You’re Going To Be A Parent.