Today we prepped the field for spring planting with an awesome mulch job; cardboard, rabbit manure and bedding, dry leaves, compost, and mulch. More beds to prep, and soon more brassica to harvest.
The harvest of the month for January is citrus! At this weeks tasting, the parents had the chance to sample a variety of fresh citrus fruits; grapefruits, lemons, naval and cara cara oranges, and kumquats!
Kellee produced the first World Herbs Seminar, at the LA Arboretum.
The World Herbs Series celebrates our diverse international heritage by bringing together expert speakers on specially selected topics for a day of educational workshops. Join us in learning about the cultivation, preparation, use, folklore, and cultural traditions for culinary and medicinal herbs from around the world. Sessions will include practical methods and information for growing herbs in Southern California.
Attendees were treated to an array of culinary and medicinal delights, they got to sample aromatic hiyayako, Ayurvedic preparations from the Growing Home, and more. Thanks to our wonderful speakers Julie James, Jim Adams, Kathleen Sanchez, Naoko Moore, Rishi Kumar, Darren Butler, and everyone who attended.
“Harvesting Justice”, by Other Worlds, is just off the press. Some of Kellee’s documentary work is featured in this book. Other Worlds’ Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agricultural Systems in the Americas is a 140 page book with the purpose of sharing stories, research, and interviews about exciting initiatives in the realm of food and agriculture that are being created by communities and movements in the Americas. The eight chapters focus on: food sovereignty; challenging corporate control of food; changing government policies; creating and reviving local food systems; food justice; farm and foodworker justice; land reform; and indigenous territory and sovereignty. Each chapter gives some background on the problems at hand and then dives into examples of what inspiring initiatives communities are crafting. There are also many interviews with farmers and organizers from Ben Burkett of the Federation for Southern Cooperatives in Mississippi, to Dena Hoff from Via Campesina, to Gerardo Reyes from CIW, to Saul Atanasio Roque Morales from the Xoxocotla Drinking Water Association in Mexico, and many, many more.