Author: Jodi

This has been an ongoing project since I was twelve when my mother let me dig up a ten by twenty foot section of the backyard to put in what was to be my first gardening failure er, learning experience. Mom knew more about composting than I did and I had no idea I was going to have to 'save' all that icky stuff in the kitchen for that nasty 'pile' in the backyard!

40 maps that explain food in America

The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly…

Rain Chain from Beach Rocks

rock rain chain

Just thought this was very cool. 🙂 I have some very cool rocks, and I’m simply going to have to spend some time during the winter months making one of these, in addition to shelling pecans, of course! Source: elderberrystreet.blogspot.com…

The Benefits of Organic Food

Mix of Garden Veggies

A Growing Body of Scientific Evidence Many people purchase organic food because they believe it is healthier than conventionally grown food. The organic industry is constantly told that there is no evidence to support these claims. This article looks at…

Climbing the Green Ladder

Climbing the green ladder

One of the great benefits of our day and age is that we have so many more ways to one-up the next guy. For example, depending on your perspective and priorities, you can feel better about either sending your child to a public school in need of kids from stable homes or a private school in need of poor kids to help level out the demographics. We do both, which puts our family on a real high horse.

Local Extension Offices

There is a page at GardenSimply to help you find your local extension office. It has been a good resource for years, but due to a comment on an article posted in Death of the Honey Bee our poster shared…

Light Your Own Fire

During last year’s site redesign, I found this article written by someone that silently mentored me during the beginning website design years I spend online before 2000’s bust. He is inspirational and his ideas are timeless and don’t require a…