I rarely get to a count of 10 anymore. My head hits the pillow and all of a sudden it's morning. It's not that I'm exhausted. It's that after a full day at my office desk, I come home to "chores", watering the ducks and moving our small herd of beef cattle from one grassy pasture to the next. Sound romantic? Well, yes and no.
Yes, I'm blessed to look out at 20 head of cattle (including four really cute calves) munching thick, rain-soaked grass and hear the crow of a pheasant hidden along the shrubby fence-line. But, it was after 9 p.m....more
For every little girl that dreams of a life in rural America being a cowgirl, there are many others whose dreams take them to beaches, cities, and a diversity of other places. What each little girl holds close to her heart is unique and personal—changing over time to meet her maturing perspective....more
People believe a lot of things that we have little to no evidence for, like that vikings wore horned helmets or that you can see the Great Wall of China from space. Christie Wilcox, a blogger at Scientific American, loves to bust these myths. In this piece, she takes on conventionally believed untruths about organic food.
Fast food may be a defining characteristic of our contemporary culture, but competition is brewing. The Slow Food Movement is hoping to change the trend towards the globalization of agricultural products with an emphasis on traditional and regional cuisine as well as the empowerment of small, independent farmers. Cecila Estreich is one member of a growing generation of young people looking for ways to empower the slow food industry and local farming practices....more
OrganicNation.tv is an exploration of the American sustainable food landscape, focusing on the people, places and products that are shaping a new green economy and lifestyle. From farmers to urban gardeners, and from teachers to restaurant owners, the power duo composed of Dorothée Royal-Hedinger and Mark Andrew Boyer travel the country to document how sustainable food systems are being created....more
It's official--I'm a farmer! In a shameless bit of self promotion, I thought I'd share an article about my heirloom plant company, Garden Delights, that's appearing in the most recent issue of Urban Farm magazine. Urban Farm is a great source of information for those of us with soil in our blood--but who have limited acreage....more
You're gonna say I'm not politicaly correct but I was at the market in Berkeley yesterday and I wanted some bananas. Well the pesticide bananas were 99 cents a pound and the organic bananas were 1.19 a pound and the organic fair trade bananas were 1.29 a pound. ...more
As previously mentioned, I have declared this "the best of" week. So, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week, you will find posts from previous weeks that have been voted the best of Motherly Law. Thanks to all the loyal readers who participated in the survey last week. I really appreciate you taking the time to take the survey. I also value the feedback you all provided through your answers, and am glad that you are enjoying the posts and getting something out of the Motherly Law....more