gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

I’ve written a lot here about gathering and growing in the past year. Growing food on a small rental backyard. Growing according to principles of permaculture design. Growing seedlings. Growing chickens. Gathering nature-gifted greenery for holiday crafts. Gathering elderflower and nettles and dandelions for nutritious food. Gathering plants for dyeing yarn. Now Dan and I …

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That’s how I’ve come to think of our current garden. Knowing that our stay in this rental house would be temporary, we decided not to get too ambitious with our garden this winter. Two 8×4 raised beds in the back yard and a container herb garden in the front was going to do it. Now …

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Three years ago Dan and I lived in Berkeley, California, in the neighborhood known as the “Gourmet Ghetto.” And for a good reason. The weekly organic farmers’ market was just a stone’s throw from our place; we were only two blocks from Alice Waters’ famous Chez Panisse restaurant, shops selling artisanal ice cream and chocolate …

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The uninitiated would never guess, but the made-from-scratch life is full of moments of anticipation, suspense, and thrill. Moments of waiting and uncertainty until the lid is dramatically lifted, or the oven door opened, or a test run: Will the jam set? Will the bread rise? Will the cold process soap show a “trace”? Or, …

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