Where Does Our Food Come From?

Where Does Our Food Come From? is an ongoing investigation into the current condition of our food systems. I strongly encourage your input and questions…I have no idea where this process might take us but, hopefully, through forums like this, together we may uncover ways to reclaim our food sovereignty and security. Once Upon a […]

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How To: Process Chicken

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the pictures contained herein are quite graphic. I want to share as much of my experience processing chickens as possible and part of that entails getting close to the blood, organs and other internal body parts. If you are squeamish, this might not be for you. But if you eat chicken, […]

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Top 5 Questions From the Road

1) How are you doing after almost 5 months on the road? We’re doing fine. Thanks for asking! Not as slender and physically fit as we’d hoped to be at the end of this summer, but doing really well! Thankfully, the adjustment to being on the road has been much easier than expected, kind of […]

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Small Farmers vs. Big Ag

OK, I’ll try to catch you up on our expedition in a few short bursts… It has been many weeks and several thousand miles since we left River Run Farm and Pottery in central Kentucky. We’ve milked cows, slaughtered chickens, built a wattle fence, cleaned a barn, built a solar dehydrator, split a couple cords […]

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Mandala Garden World

We just left New York where we spent two weeks at Root ‘n Roost Farm in White Sulphur Springs NY, just 10 miles from the site of the original Woodstock festival. All hail the iconic milieu of aged hippies and  summer camps, vacationing Hassids and tie-dyed peace sign schwag. It is beautiful country though with great stands […]

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Please Welcome Our New Addition! [PHOTOS]

We’ve finally figured out how to post a photo gallery to the site! Please visit our new addition at: IMAGES. This page holds albums that contain many of the photos from our trip. If you’ve visited our Facebook page, you’ve probably already seen most of these, but take a visit anyway. And make some comments! […]

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Getting Busy on the Eve of 50

12 weeks into our expedition and I am OK…actually, I’m much better than OK. What I mean to say is that I really wasn’t certain how I would take to this nomadic lifestyle…and I’m pretty sure Anastasia was even more worried about my transition than I was. Leaving our home in Altadena for a year-long […]

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Recipe: Lei-Lani’s WIP Chick Pea Salad

Forgive the lengthy preamble, but I must set the stage… Yesterday, the lovely Anne Sutton, mother of our dear friend Emily James, wondered what we missed most after being on the road for 11 weeks. “Our friends” was our first answer. “Cooking” ran a distant second. I don’t want to wax long and sappily about […]

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How To: Potato Towers of Power

Last week, we had the pleasure of working at Lady Liberty Farm in upstate New York. It’s a gorgeous property spanning 120 acres and the main house sits above a picture perfect lake. Much like the retreat center that JC and I envision, the farm is a central part of the Garden at Thunder Hill Retreat Center. […]

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Recipe: Stasia’s Famous Herb Shallot Vinaigrette

This is my goto vinaigrette dressing. It’s super simple and basic, but everyone seems to go crazy over it. Especially the vegetarians. I don’t know why. Perhaps someday I will conduct a study. This dressing is terrific with an additional squeeze of citrus – lemon and grapefruit especially – and loads of fresh ground pepper. […]

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Getting Intimate With Animals

Butchery: The Watershed I think it’s time that JC and I shared a pact that we’ve made concerning our relationship with animals. We’ve agreed that if we can’t stomach the process of killing and “processing” them, then we shouldn’t be eating its meat. For those of you who have been to parties at Pine St, […]

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The Real Dirt on Family Farms

It had not yet begun to rain when we left the dog at the vet and Jonas started into town to return the trailer. Three days on River Run Farm & Pottery in Kentucky and Mattie had had her share of adventures: She had chased down several sheep, nipping at their heels, endlessly “herding” them before […]

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