gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

We’re moving from Portland tomorrow. Everything we own is packed up and ready to be trucked across the continent. As exhausted as we are, I’m also feeling lighter because of all the shedding and organizing that this move motivated me to do. We’ve eaten the last of the fava beans and the first of the …

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Our time in Portland is coming to an end with a bang!! Our last week here happens to coincide with the Village Building Convergence, Portland’s annual 10-day place-making festival. This year, there are nearly 30 projects going on all over the city, collaboratively imagined and designed by the communities themselves. During the day, neighborhoods come …

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Elderberry (Sambucus) flowers always reminds me of the times when, visiting friends in Austria or staying at Dan’s grandmother’s childhood home in Northern Italy, I have enjoyed glass after glass of elderflower cordial mixed with mineral water. It’s the perfect summer afternoon drink, with a unique flavor. There’s nothing quite like drinking flowers. We do …

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We said goodbye to our chickens today. It was the first step in the process of packing up this city homestead of ours in preparation for our move… and maybe the hardest one (for me). “Real” farmers may laugh at my sentimentality, but there’s no denying it: these birds have been much more than simply …

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