Author Archives: Cathy Johnson

The New CSA in Town

A CSA is a wonderful thing for those interested in the local food movement. If you are reading this, you may already know Community Supported Agriculture organizations are good things for farmers and consumers. The farmer grows for a group … Continue reading

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Lavender Blooms

I have been kicking around the idea of lavender in the food garden for quite sometime, considering and dismissing many possibleplacements. Lavender is renown for attracting bees and other pollinators. It is also pretty well known for attracting beneficial insects. … Continue reading

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Looking Forward to Learning About Herbs

Some of the best fun in life is that there are so many new things to try and so many new ideas to study and so many new things to grow. I have been growing food for many years and … Continue reading

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The Pigweed is Seeding

This has been a busy summer and some things just got neglected. We have a new gardener in the Community garden who neglected a plot, and I neglected the gardener. One never can tell what struggles another might be facing, … Continue reading

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Gifts From Three Sisters

Most school children have heard the story of the three sisters. The corn is planted first and reaches for the sky. The beans and squash are planted when the corn is about six inches high. The beans use the corn … Continue reading

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Delicious Pigweed Chips (Or, if you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em)

I mistakenly thought I ran across my arch garden nemesis in the seed rack at the local home and garden store the other day. “Amaranthus”, aka pigweed, touted as an heirloom seed no less. I had to pull out my … Continue reading

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Intriguing Apple Guilds

A conversation with my niece, Amy, has been reverberating in my head and psyche. We were discussing food sustainability one day and Amy wondered aloud about the keeping ability of apples. Back in pioneer days, people would keep apples all … Continue reading

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