Can Oregano Save the Planet?
Culinary Herb Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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December 26, 2013

oregano

oregano

Can a simple herb help save the atmosphere and increase farming revenue in the process? The aromatic herb oregano (Origanum vulgare), a staple in most modern kitchens, often meets our taste buds mixed with tomato paste as a topping in pizza. This versatile plant’s virtues, however, extend beyond the kitchen into human and animal medicine. In 400 B.C., the Greek physician Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic and an aid to digestion.

Flash forward to today, where oregano has emerged as a promising digestive aid for cattle. If you think this is not a major issue, consider the numbers.
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The Apple: Old Friend with New Promise
Genetic Diversity Opens Paths to Sustainable Agriculture

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September 8, 2013

Red Alkmene apple

A Red Alkmene apple

Few pleasures in life are as sweet as biting into a crisp, fresh autumn apple. We love to eat this delicious fruit, yet not many of us know about the apple’s remarkable evolution or can guess its important future role in local agriculture.
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Deer Defenses
Low-Cost Ways to Deer Proof Your Garden

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July 23, 2013

doe and fawns

A mother deer and fawns check out a suburban backyard.

Watching deer in the wild can be beautiful, but once these hooved herbivores decide to make a meal of your garden, it’s time to plan your defenses.
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Kale Chips

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March 28, 2013

RECIPE
These easy-to-prepare chips are a fun way to munch on nutrition-packed kale.
kale chips
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Leek and Potato Soup

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January 28, 2013

RECIPE
The flavor of leeks and onion make this a tasty, warming soup for a cold day.
Leek and Potato Soup
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Extend the Growing Season
Low Cost Techniques for Vegetable Gardens

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November 19, 2012

winter vegetables inside a poly tunnelThe tough economy has spurred not only front and back yard vegetable plots, but gardening ingenuity. Hungering for fresh homegrown produce, and determined to have it earlier (or later) in the season than ever, resourceful gardeners have come up with low-cost and no-cost ways to extend the growing season.
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Pumpkin Apple Bread

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October 28, 2012

RECIPE

This recipe brings together two autumn favorites—pumpkin and apples—in a deliciously spiced bread.

Moist and flavorful, this sweet bread can be made with canned pumpkin and almost any kind of apple. To capture the flavors of the season even more, try using a fresh pie pumpkin (sugar pumpkin). Just bake, scrape out the pumpkin’s flesh, and puree it in a food processor.

pumpkin apple bread
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Art on the Farm
Fine Artists Draw Inspiration from Patterns in Nature

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September 22, 2012

Don Anderson metal sculpture

Metal sculptures by Don Anderson and concrete garden art by Suzanne Averre at Applewood Farm Studios near Everson, Washington

When most people think about farms, they picture vegetable stands, rows of crops, fresh produce and grazing animals. These days, they might add something new to that picture: fine art. A surprising number of artists are living and creating their art in rural places. Whether life in the country draws them to create their art, or their creativity draws them to find quiet, natural spaces, the rhythms and patterns of the country life around them almost invariably influence their work.

The Beauty of Lightning

For Don Anderson, whose dramatic metal sculptures grace the lawn at Applewood Farm Studios in the Cascade foothills, nature is a dynamic catalyst. Anderson derives his abstract images by observing fractals and recurring energy themes like wind, heat and waves.
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How to Screen and Winnow Seeds
After the Harvest, Low-Tech Tools Simplify Seed Saving

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August 20, 2012

Seed Cleaning Screens

A set of screens simplify the task of cleaning barley seeds.

Gardeners who save seed, or grow and harvest grains, know that separating seeds from their pods or husks can be a time-consuming job. While large industrial growers use machines to thresh and winnow seed crops, home seed savers can look to a number of simpler tools to accomplish the task. Once cleaned, seeds stored in moisture-proof containers can last for several years.

Here are a few devices for separating seeds from debris and chaff:
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Pita Pizza with Bison Landjaeger

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July 9, 2012

RECIPE

Bison landjaeger, sweet Walla Walla onions and bell peppers give this easy-to-prepare pizza a smoky, spicy flavor.

Pita pizza with bison landjaeger
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