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Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Hot Peppers

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Hot Peppers

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  It’s an unspoken law in Texas that if you […]

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August 29, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Sweet Corn

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Sweet Corn

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn and […]

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August 22, 2014 at 7:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Herbs

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Herbs

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  My herb garden has waxed and waned this […]

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August 15, 2014 at 8:35 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Green Tomatoes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Green Tomatoes

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  It’s hard to imagine that a few weeks […]

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August 8, 2014 at 9:42 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Tomatoes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Tomatoes

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  After months of anemic tomatoes that taste like cardboard […]

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August 1, 2014 at 10:16 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

A Cafe for the Common Good

A Cafe for the Common Good

The Common Good Soup Kitchen Community started as a small-scale project on Mount Desert Island, Maine. The recently unemployed, world-class chef Bill Morrison started making soup in his kitchen from scratch using healthy grains and vegetables. In the winter, the community on the island can become very isolated. It was a particularly brutal one in 2008 and Bill knew there were many people who were housebound. So, he started delivering his soup to senior residences […]

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April 3, 2014 at 10:33 amCulture

The Incredible Edible Egg

The Incredible Edible Egg

I met Linda Thompson on a crisp morning at her house just outside of the tiny town of Florence, Texas. She recently moved to this location and says that it wasn’t easy finding a landlord that was open to her raising hens, even though she is several miles outside of the city. Many places, like nearby Austin, have passed laws limiting how many hens you can have within city limits. I approached her and noticed […]

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January 3, 2014 at 8:30 amFeatures

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Rooftop Ready Seeds

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Rooftop Ready Seeds

In addition to acting as farm manager for Riverpark Farm, Zach Pickens is the founder of a seed company that specifically saves seeds adapted for the rooftops of New York City. Following is my interview with Rooftop Ready Seeds founder, Zach Pickens. Monica Johnson: Tell me a little bit about Rooftop Ready Seeds. It started in 2010, so it’s a fairly new company. What motivated you to start the company? Zach Pickens: “I started seed […]

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November 6, 2013 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Riverpark Farm

Riverpark restaurant exterior 
[Monica Johnson]

In 2011, a large urban farm was created to service the highly acclaimed Riverpark restaurant. Utilizing a stalled construction site, the farm was designed with mobility in mind using lined milk crates. This makes it easy to move and create the size and shape of the farm. At the beginning of this year, construction resumed and the milk crates were relocated. Now, the farm now exists a few feet away from its original location. Following […]

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October 30, 2013 at 9:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: OKO Farms

Plants growing in an aquaponics system at Oko Farms
[Monica Johnson]

OKO Farms is an aquaponic farm located in Brooklyn founded by three collaborating parties: Moore Street Market, the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), and OKO Farms. Aquaponics is becoming a popular way to farm as it simulates a symbiotic and naturally occurring system between plants and fish and provides both for consumption. Following is my interview with Yemi Amu and Jonathan Boe, co-founders of OKO farms. MJ: You are an aquaponic farm located at the […]

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October 23, 2013 at 9:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles