I'm in the early stage of my graduate thesis project and completely nerded out over the topic of seed saving. More specifically: Seed saving and what it means for local agricultural, cultural and environmental resiliency. Yup, it's an enormous topic but it has become one that is of increasing importance and prominence in my life as a grower and food eater. I'm interested in exploring the seed-to-seed life cycle of farming and the rich networks of plants, breeders and growers involved in the process. Of course, my proposed project is a bit more complex than I'm suggesting, but rather than bore you with the details, here's a piece about Seed Savers Exchange from Iowa Public Television to give you a taste of the subject:
Also, are you a seed saver? Are you a seed saver who lives in Connecticut or (southern) New England? If you can answer one or both of these questions with "yes," comment below and tell me about your experience!
Ah yes - a new year, a new bounty of food and farm news just for you! Time to settle in, drink a hot beverage and peruse the latest headlines:
2012: A review...
In fiscal cliff/farm policy news...
2012: A review...
- "2012: The Year in Food News" - Sarah Gordon, Earth Eats
- "The Top 10 Stories of the Year in Agriculture, Food and Water" - Sara Sciammacco, Environmental Working Group
- "The year in food and farming" - Twilight Greenaway, Grist.org
- "The Year In Food Policy: What Passed, What Didn't - And What It Means for You" - Steve Holt, TakePart: Food
- "A Year of Progress: The 5 Biggest Food-Movement Victories of 2012" - Megan Bedard, TakePart: Food
- "Committee Leaders Agree To One-Year Farm Bill Extension" - Sarah Gordon, Earth Eats
- "Congress extends farm bill, still manages to screw sustainable farmers" - Twilight Greenaway, Grist.org
- "Don't like today's food monopolies? Blame Robert Bork" - Tom Laskawy, Grist.org
- "Chilling effect: How warmer winters could ruin fruit" - Rachel Cemansky, Grist.org
- "Drought Puts The Squeeze On Already Struggling Fish Farms" - Kristofor Husted
- "6 Reasons GMO Labeling Will Pass in Washington State" - Ronnie Cummins, AlterNet.org
- "Are You Ready for GMO Surf-and-Turf?" - Clare Leschin-Hoar, TakePart: Food
- "A New Year's Resolution: Put Animals on an Antibotics Diet" - Laura Rogers, Civil Eats
- "The Problem With All of This 'Overweight People Live Longer' News" - Lindsay Abrams, The Atlantic
- "Sustenance After Hurricane Sandy" - Rebecca Manski, Civil Eats
- "Haiti's Women Farmers: 'We Will Rise Again'" - Elizabeth Stevens, Oxfam
- "Immigrant farmers grow against the odds" - Jennifer Langston, Grist.org
- "Millennials Suit Up as Next-Generation Farmers" - Amy DuFault
And, there's no better way to read up on canning than on a rainy afternoon. Food preserving seemed to have skipped our parents' generations and is now cool again with us youngsters...and a lot of hipsters. There have been countless articles, blogs and books written specifically about the canning revival, but here's some of my favorite resources to help you on your canning quest:
- Put 'Em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton: See my book review from February.
- Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissof: I was a little suspect about this book at first. It was a little too kitschy for me and, on first glance, thought it was trying a little to hard. But, it's now one of my go-to preserving guides. Krissof has organized recipes by season, with beautiful photos, helpful commentary and concise instructions. Even if you're not planning to can, this book provides many alternatives to get the most out of your ingredients and stretch food life, including homemade yogurt.
- Canvolution + Canning Across America**
- Preserved and Pickled
- Food in Jars: Now I can get my daily fix of mason jars. Drool...
|A pretty array of fresh fruit and preserves from Rachel of Hounds in the Kitchen. |
(via Food in Jars)
- My Pantry Shelf: I came across this site when I was trying to find a recipe for caramelized onion relish. So good. (Although, does anyone have another favorite recipe? It only made a few pints...)
- Simple Bites: Read up and watch the site's canning series here.
Next Sunday marks the kick-off to Canning Across America’s third Can-a-Rama, a week of home canning parties and seasonal preserving nationwide. With the growing season underway in most parts of the country, we hope you’ll join us at the canning kettle once again for a simultaneous show of cans around the country from August 14th - 20th.My last attempt to persuade you to can: It's really not difficult or scary! Follow directions on existing recipes, talk to friends about what you want to make, and get preserving. Really ripe, delicious and plentiful right now: Peaches, blueberries, watermelon, onions, early tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini...I could go on. Just can!