Hort Student Cliques

Community, Gardening By February 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments
A pile of my textbooks for my horticulture program.

A pile of my textbooks for my horticulture program.

If all goes right, I’ll graduate from my horticulture program at the end of next semester! I’m super excited! Only 11 years, multiple major changes, and an ungodly amount of student loans later, I’m actually going to have a college degree. An associates degree, but hey, it’s something. Well, I’ll also have a few certificates too, so that justifies it, right? Ha ha.

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Our food system probably needs animal inputs

Environmentalism, Food Producing Animals By February 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments
15 things I've learned raising coturnix quail for eggs

Quail provide nitrogen to our gardens here at the Rocking Homestead.

In general, there’s an AllOrNothism idea out there that if conventional animal production produces greenhouse gasses, then all animal husbandry should cease immediately. I respectfully disagree. I understand and respect the choice to eliminate some or all animal products from your diet on moral grounds about the rights of animals or the ethics of killing, although I don’t share the same moral concerns myself. But I am skeptical that we can make any kind of food system that’s intended to feed any kind of industrialized society work without any animal inputs at all.

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Poverty fetish: Pros and cons of trendy simplicity

Community, Environmentalism, Social Justice By February 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I recently read this article about poverty appropriation, and it brought up a lot of feelings in me about the rise of trendy simplicity. I grew up fairly poor. Not super poor, probably on the richer end of poor, always hovering just around the poverty line. We also lived in fairly wealthy neighborhoods. My mom worked her ass off (often in multiple jobs) to keep us living in those parts of town, even though we could have likely afforded much more in other parts of town, because the schools were better in the wealthier ends of town, and probably because of some sort of internalized classism my mom felt. Because of this, I always felt I was in some uncomfortable middle area between the middle and lower classes. I was definitely dramatically poor at home, and did not fit in with peers, but in other parts of my city, I felt like the bougiest poser on earth. To this day, I have weird class issues, many of which have only been exacerbated by having married into a more middle class family.

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How To Be Alive: RTH Book Club Selection January 2016

Activism, Book Club, Community, Environmentalism, Parenting, Social Justice By January 30, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A quote from How To Be Alive, by Colin Beavan.

A quote from How To Be Alive, by Colin Beavan.

Our first ever book club! Woo! How did we do? The selection for this month was Colin Beavan’s latest book, How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness that Helps the World. I chose this book for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that I was a huge fan of Beavan’s last project and book, No Impact Man. I discovered his No Impact Man blog when I was pregnant with Elijah, and it launched me down a new road in environmentalism. I was especially drawn to his ideas about what really brings happiness in life, so when I heard he was writing an entire book devoted to that subject, I was pretty stoked.
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Start a revolt against AllOrNothingism

Activism, Environmentalism By January 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

AllOrNothingism is a plague on social progress and should be revolted against.

There is a problem in our culture. I have noticed it more times than I can count over the course of my adult life, and I despise it. It’s something I’ve come to refer to as AllOrNothingism. Its the idea that if an action you are taking won’t do much, it is never worth doing. If you can’t do something all the way, then you shouldn’t bother doing it at all. I want to call bullshit on this idea right away.

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Sourdough Rye Bread

Recipes By January 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I’ve been working on figuring out how to make a sourdough rye bread. I like rye bread, and I love sourdough bread, so I figured a sourdough rye would be pretty awesome. I have some experience making bread, both sourdough and traditional, but I wouldn’t consider myself to be an expert. I knew that making this sourdough would probably take some experimentation and involve several failures.

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Lets talk about David Bowie

Current Events, Feminism, Pop Culture By January 18, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments
David Bowie was a great artist, but also a complex and imperfect human.

David Bowie was a great artist, but also a complex and imperfect human.

I, like so many others, was shocked and saddened to hear about David Bowie’s death last week. I have been a big David Bowie fan since high school, maybe earlier, and Star Man was one of Elijah’s favorite songs as a toddler, so I had a lot of feelings from a life of memories that came up when he died. Like so many others, I shared my sadness over his passing and gratitude for having had his music as a part of my life on social media. It was nice to see how many other people were as moved by his art as I was.

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Broccoli cheddar soup with quinoa

Recipes By January 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments
A delicious broccoli cheddar soup with tons of protein and fiber to make it extra hearty!

A delicious broccoli cheddar soup with tons of protein and fiber to make it extra hearty!

A while back I saw a recipe for broccoli cheddar soup that made my mouth water. This was surprising, because I’m not generally a fan of broccoli cheddar soup. It always feels like just eating cheese sauce with s few tiny broccoli sprigs, very disappointing. But for whatever reason, the thought of a cheesy, broccoli packed soup was really appealing to me, so I set to work thinking about how I would make some that wouldn’t leave me bummed out.

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Seed starting implements: A January homestead update

Gardening By January 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

About this time of year, I start gathering things I need for seed starting. You can buy things, of course, and I’ve done that in the past when I haven’t wanted the hassle of storing a bunch of saved containers, but this year I’m really thinking about not buying new stuff as much as possible after reading our January book club selection, How To Be Alive, by Colin Beavan, and we’re trying to save every penny for our trip to Paris later this year, so I’m doing the frugal thing and collecting seed starting stuff. I’m storing everything under the far end of my dining room table, on the bench Jeremy made me for a wedding gift, next to my winter, table top garden.

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Homestead Fashion – Rocking Galoshes

Homestead Fashion By January 7, 2016 No Comments

I think people have a certain image in their heads when they think of an urban homesteader or gardener. ┬áPlaid, button down shirts, wide brimmed hats, aprons, and maybe even overalls tend to be the image that first comes to mind when most people picture homestead fashion, and don’t get me wrong, these wardrobe staples can be pretty awesome. ┬áStill, it’s a limited representation of what’s out there as far as homestead fashion goes.

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