Saving Traditions

The majority of people around the world are familiar with growing food from seeds; of course, the number is less in developing countries, and less still in urban areas, but overall most people have witnessed the transition from seed to harvested vegetable (or fruit). Fewer people have then saved seeds from that plant they grew…

Growing food among bus exhaust and asphalt

In a neighborhood on the east side of San Salvador, one man, a retired agricultural engineer, is growing food on the median strips between the paved roads that crisscross his city. Mr. Argueta cultivates onions, carrots, zucchini, peppers, and other vegetables on parcels of otherwise idle land around the his neighborhood. On the largest median…

The Backyard: as local as it gets

No matter how little space you have, you always have room to grow something edible. Even a tiny pot near a window growing herbs. But most people have considerable more space than that; so it comes down to time and confidence. You do have to spend time in your garden, not too much each day,…

Play Dirt

Taking advantage of the first sunny day we’ve had in at least two weeks, and probably the fourth sunny day since I returned to El Salvador in early August, I spent the morning playing in the dirt of my garden. I had several tomato seedlings that were desperately waiting to be planted out as well…

We begin at home

New Hampshire is my home; it is where I grew up, where I learned to love gardening, cooking, farmers, and everything outdoors. And so it seems perfectly fitting that I begin this blog where I have my roots. After all, all of our food begins with a tiny seed pushing its roots into the soil…