Kitchen Garden’s In

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson When we moved in 1985 from the Massachusetts coast 100 miles west to our home in Tiny Town, it was an article of faith that you didn’t put in any seeds or frost-sensitive plants before Memorial Day Weekend, and you could expect a killing frost by September 15th. In the past [...]

Twenty-four Gold Stars

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH09), the longest-serving woman in Congress, has filed a bill meant to increase the supply of fresh produce in America’s cities. H.R. 4971, the Greening Food Deserts Act, was filed March 25 with 23 co-sponsors. It’s now on the docket of both the Education and Labor and Agriculture [...]

Introducing The Farmer’s Garden

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Over on the Fooducate blog, you can read a guest post by the aptly-named Maureen Farmer, who has been gardening for only five years, but has completed the Connecticut Master Gardener Association’s master gardener program. Recently, and to us more importantly, she developed The Farmer’s Garden, a web site you’ll want [...]

From Mathematics to Mulch

By Daphne Bishop I was lucky enough to catch up with the indefatigable Pat Biggerstaff on a recent Saturday afternoon, which is no mean feat. The 74-year old self-described “crusader” for organic gardening and healthy eating is more likely to be lecturing, teaching college courses, working on her next book (she’s published four), doing her [...]

Eat Your Vegetables!

By Daphne Bishop Did you ever think that mom’s admonition to “Eat your vegetables!” would not only shape national policy, but forge culinary partnerships between children, farmers and chefs to revolutionize the way we eat? Sam Kass is the chef who cooks for the Obama family with an eye towards uniting healthier menus and the [...]

The Summer of My Discontent

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I beg forgiveness of William Shakespeare’s spirit for my blatant misuse of his immortal phrase “the winter of our discontent.” I’m not unique in this misconstruction.  Here’s the whole quote.  Bear with me here.  This won’t take long. Shakespeare’s “Richard The Third” begins with Richard, who will himself become king one [...]