I love a good homemade marmalade – not the overly sweet, artificially flavored junk you find in the grocery store. No. I’m talking about an honest-to-goodness homemade marmalade where the citrus flavor pops the minute it hits your tongue.
Just as the flavor of a homegrown tomato cannot compare to the grocery store version, so too is it with homemade marmalade.
Many people think that making marmalade is too hard or even scary. But it really is not difficult – especially if you understand a few of the tricks. Here’s the scoop on how to make great marmalade and I’ve included a simple, yet delicious recipe to get you started.
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Hey Kids, Do You Know the Story of Your Food?
There is a great resource I use for some of my work with educational school gardens here in Los Angeles. It is a website and educational initiative called Nourish and it is really geared toward all ages, not just kids.
I find that their short video clips explaining some of the most important concepts about the food we eat – eating seasonally, flavor, nutrition, farm to fork, food and community, sustainability and more – is great information for all of us.
To get this message out, they use food and sustainability superstars to spread their message! Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver and more. The videos are sort and to the point. [click to continue…]
I am not in a position to give advice on how to farm. But one thing I have learned from from my farmer friends and the inspiring farmers I have interviewed for our PBS TV show (Joel Salatin, Farmer D and others) is that there are some great resources out there that people can tap into.
See…Many of us dream of just owning a little piece of land where we can grow on a much larger scale. And others among us, want to farm…really farm…with acreage, CSAs and whole deal. Fun right?
Well yes, farming can sound very romantic and satisfying. But the reality is that Farming is also hard work. And unless you have at least some knowledge to back up your hard work, you probably won’t make it.
It’s a Journey!
But that does not mean you give up. It means you embrace the idea of gaining knowledge. And really, the process of gaining that knowledge can be a sweet ride for ALL of us. It doesn’t matter how large or small our little plot of land is, gaining knowledge is a journey. And it is a smart journey to start if you are even remotely considering going into farming. [click to continue…]
Oops! I swear I was NOT goofing off. This post didn’t go live yesterday on Day 10 and I am sorry about that. It was a technical error. No…really! The post for day 11 will post later today.
A few days ago, I listed several “Food” movies that might change your life. As promised, I am listed a few more below to continue the conversation. Some of these dive a bit more deeply into the topics of local, sustainable food and agriculture. So if you watch the other movies and want more, these movies should satisfy you.
And be sure to look in the comments of the Part 1 post as some readers shared some other great ideas I am personally going to be checking out. [click to continue…]
“We are the first generation to realize, ours is not a world of infinite resources. And if we are not careful, we will lose what we do have forever. But people now have …a deeper commitment to lessen their impact on the world around them. It is a time of new solutions…and the building blocks for these ideas? WORDS…”
-The Lexicon of Sustainability
Day 9: Using Words as Building Blocks for Change
The people at The Lexicon of Sustainability are teaching about sustainability in a very unique way. They created a video series on the web that is based on a simple premise:
“People can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.”
So the goal of the people doing this series (of artwork, calendars and videos) is to teach the meanings of these words.
Here is their trailer video: [click to continue…]