Sustainability

Fall Planting for Beauty and Pollination

Fall Planting for Beauty and Pollination

Autumn is the best time for planting and enjoying flowering perennials. Choose fall-flowering shrubs or smaller perennials and plant them with an ample amount of well-composted soil in October* to ensure that your plants thrive. The coming rains and cooler weather will help their root systems develop fully and enable your garden to become the spectacular showcase that you, and the birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other local beneficial insects in your neighborhood, have been dreaming of. (*Consult your local planting zone guide)

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2015 Heirloom Exposition - Pure Food for the World

2015 Heirloom Exposition - Pure Food for the World

The sights and sounds of the 5th annual National Heirloom Exposition are just around the corner. The expo's mission: to reconnect us to the pure, healthful food of our heritage. The world is being taken over by national and multinational corporations, whose reach has not just extended into the food industry but appears to have taken it over. The goal of these corporations is to make the most money for their shareholders, not to provide nutritious food for our health.

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Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice (And So Much Water!)

Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice (And So Much Water!)

Recently my wife, Nancy, and I had the good fortune to spend two weeks in Iceland, the incredible "Land of Fire and Ice". In stark contrast to the drought stricken western United States, where we live, Iceland almost appears to have more water than they can handle. We should all have such problems!

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Live Power Community Farm - CSA

Live Power Community Farm - CSA

Gloria and Stephen Decater moved to the sparsely inhabited but beautiful and fertile valley of Covelo, California in 1973. Years later they formed Live Power Community Farm, an association of involved consumers and dedicated farmers. This farm today is a 50 acre, solar electric and horse-powered, diversified, certified biodynamic CSA farm.

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Heirloom Seeds: Part Two - The History

Heirloom Seeds: Part Two - The History

Humans have been farming and ranching in a way that fits their local regions for thousands of years, selecting plants that grow best and collecting seeds or cuttings from these well adapted plants. The result for present day humans has been a plethora of beautiful and nutritious choices. About fifty years ago the food industry began to develop food crops for ease of shipping, long shelf life on the supermarket shelf, and standardization—not taste or nutrition. The good news is that diversity of the food supply is actually increasing, at least for those who know where to find the seed to grow it. In this series of blogs, Dripworks hopes to make it easier for our readers to learn about the tradition of growing with heirloom seed and understand why today it is more important than ever.

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Heirloom Seeds: Part One - Their Importance Today

Heirloom Seeds: Part One - Their Importance Today

This is the first in a series of blogs we will be producing throughout 2015 to explain how growing organic produce from heirloom seeds will not only produce a healthier food crop, but also help protect the beleaguered pollinators (birds, bees, and butterflies) that allow fruiting trees, berry vines, and vegetables to bear crops in the first place.

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