An “Organic Relationship Plan” Starts With Ourselves. I am preparing an all day workshop for Land Stewardship Project called Quality of Life Workshop: Systems and Communication Tools for a Healthy Farm Partnership. This workshop was inspired by common themes that have challenged many of my clients as well as my own experiences running Gardens of…

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History: Squash appears to have originated in Mexico around 8,000 B.C. From there it spread through North and South America. Originally squash had bitter flesh and its food value/use was the seeds. Over time squash was bred with sweeter flesh and became a staple part of many tribes diets. Squash was introduced to the Old…

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Freezing Tomatoes Tomatoes are easily frozen in many forms. They must be used in cooked food after freezing. Simply core and quarter, throw into a freezing bag and freeze.Use as is in soups and stews. Tomato sauce can be frozen as is. Dried Tomatoes Ideally use a food dryer, as tomatoes are so moist, sun…

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History: Originally wild in Central America, Maize has flourished in the hands and souls of indigenous Americans for the last 8,000 years. From birth through death, the economic, social, and religious activities of many Native Americans were bound to the growing of maize. Maize was brought to Europe by Columbus, readily accepted, and from there…

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History: The potato as we know it today, is the result of thousands of years of selection and cross breeding of wild potato species. It appears to have first been cultivated 4,000 to 7,000 years ago in the Andes mountains between Bolivia and Peru. From there it spread through South America and became a wide…

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I recently received an email from writer Deborah Madison asking, “What do you think makes for good flavor in vegetables? Why is it the organic carrots I buy from my dearly-loved co-op are nearly tasteless, and the gnarly old things I pull out of my garden is delicious?” A book could be (and is needed)…

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