Tips for Harvesting Figs

Tips for Harvesting Figs

Ah…figs…the fruit of the Gods. I look forward to every late August with gusto and dream of ripe, juicy figs the rest of the year! We have 7 Brown Turkey Fig trees, 2 Black Mission Trees, and 2 Kadotas with the white/pink flesh. There is an art to picking figs that must be adhered to if you are to fully enjoy their magic. The trick is picking them when they are totally ripe but just before they ferment. I watch our trees and their...

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Reveling in the September Garden Harvest

Reveling in the September Garden Harvest

Glorious September! This time of year our garden is so fecund that we can eat most meals directly out of our garden with only limited trips to the store. We planted 15 tomatoes, all heirloom varieties and mostly my favorite Cherokee Purple. We planted about 8 cantaloupes and a few honeydew melons. I discovered this year the cantaloupes just fall off the stem when they’re done – no need to figure out elaborate systems to know when...

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Carbon Farming Offers Real Solutions to Climate Change

Carbon Farming Offers Real Solutions to Climate Change

This is a summary of great article from our friends at The Bohemian. The full article on carbon farming can be found here. There is a new way to fight climate change taking root in Northern California called carbon farming. Supported by California’s Healthy Soils Initiative with grants and training assistance, carbon farming is the practice of preserving local topsoils and maximizing the carbon sequestered in them. Due largely to...

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8 Foods That Magically Regrow

8 Foods That Magically Regrow

By Stephanie Lynch When you think about how vegetables or fruits grow, you probably think about a seed, right? While you’re technically right, did you know there’s another way to regrow some fruits and vegetables from the scraps when you’re done eating it? As long as the scraps are fresh and you’re giving it the right environment, you won’t have to go the grocery store or buy seeds again! Check out these 8 fruits...

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A Guide to Campfire Cooking

A Guide to Campfire Cooking

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s eReplacementParts.com post on cooking over a campfire. Alison submitted this version for Real Goods. Who doesn’t love a warm and abundant fire while out in the wilderness? Not only does a campfire provide warmth and ambiance, but it’s a great way to enjoy a delicious meal. The unique flavors that come from a campfire meal are worth the wait. But first you’ll need to build the...

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