Author: Callie

Are you a cilantro hater or lover? What your taste buds are telling you

How could anyone hate cilantro? Mexican food isn’t complete without it, nor are certain dishes from other parts of the world. To me, fresh cilantro tastes somewhat citrusy… kind of like parsley dressed with lemon-lime. But if I want to share fresh salsa from the garden with my dad, I have to take a portion out of the bowl before adding the cilantro. He thinks it tastes like dish soap; I think he’s missing out on the best salsa ever. To each his own, right? But it turns out that some people hate cilantro, with good reason. It may all...

Read More

Heirloom Seeds In All Their Glory

Maybe you’re a sustainable gardener who likes to preserve your seeds year after year. Or maybe you’re just trying to distance yourself from the world of GMOs. You could also be looking to diversify your gardens. Luckily, heirloom seeds can help you do all three. For those looking to achieve the goals mentioned above, whether the heirloom seeds produce vegetables, fruits, or flowers matters very little. What they love is the history and uniqueness, and the chance to protect the cultivar from extinction. Making sure you can grow the same plant in the next season is easy; just make...

Read More

9 New Garden Plants to Try

Like many a gardener, I’m always on the lookout for new garden plants to grow. That’s part of the fun of a vegetable garden, discovering new flavors.  Some of these you may have already heard of, or even grown, but probably not all. You might even have them growing in the yard without knowing that it’s edible. Free food is always good, right? 1. Ahipa     Pachyrhizus ahipa These garden plants produce a food similar to jicama, but far less fussy to grow. The low-growing plant bears gorgeous blue flowers and bean pods, but you only eat the...

Read More

Meet SmartTerra: Smart Terrarium

This natural ecosystem is not only connected but it has features you can’t find anywhere else. The new smart terrarium is a grow room for indoor plants that you can landscape. You can even add reptiles and amphibians. For some species, you will need to add a UV light, as it doesn’t come equipped with one. The smart terrarium comes with mood mending sounds from Nature. Transport yourself to the ocean with waves or beach soundtrack. Put the room in a tropical rain forest or absorb some tranquility or connect your own choice of music. While the sound quality...

Read More

Sustainable Agriculture Reverses College Enrollment

From liberal arts colleges to land-grant universities, sustainable agriculture is making its mark upon higher education. Not so much for growing organic food on campus, as it’s making an education in agriculture a desirable career pursuit again. Hearing that enrollment in traditional agriculture studies stagnated back in 2008 doesn’t surprise me at all. Kids entering college that year had probably been exposed to the problems with GMOs throughout high school, if not longer. Consumer revolt against Roundup Ready food crops and mad science plant ‘breeding’ was already underway and picking up steam. The actual grocery store exodus from poor,...

Read More