Category Archives: Chickens + Gardening

Stories of our backyard chickens and garden

A Story about the Birds and the Bees (and Interv...

A Story about the Birds and the Bees (and Interview with Orren)
[caption id="attachment_3638" align="aligncenter" width="364" caption="Orren and Alice, his favorite chicken"][/caption] After 5 years of teaching high school and 7 years of teaching kids to cook, you could say that I am a big believer in what kids can do.  They can, indeed, make an impact on the world.  When I met Orren via Twitter, I loved that he was passionate enough about his chickens to start a blog about them.  Happy Chickens Lay Healthy Eggs is amazing - and my daughter loves...

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Let’s Eat. Right. Now.

Let’s Eat. Right. Now.
I am an emotional person; a passionate person, and I wear my heart on my sleeve.  Truth, inspiration and authenticity mean the world to me.  Food Inc. spoke to me (and I cried my way through it)... and I am on the edge of my seat, waiting for Food Forward, a new show on PBS, our local public television station. Who do you think is changing the way we eat? If you were the producer, who would you include in this documentary?
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My October Unprocessed Post - Backyard Chickens ...

My October Unprocessed Post – Backyard Chickens Have the Good Life
Today, I'm a featured guest writer for the October: Unprocessed project over at Eating Rules:  Backyard Chickens Have the Good Life Don't miss it...There's video involved!
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Guest Post: Farmer GreenBeet Plants Seeds with K...

Guest Post: Farmer GreenBeet Plants Seeds with Kids
When I met Amber at a Ketchum media training the day before the BlogHer Food Conference in San Francisco, I instantly knew she was a kindred spirit!  She is in touch with the earth and where her food comes from, and loves working with kids to excite them about the benefits of becoming a locavore.  I loved this story of her experience planting seeds with students as Farmer GreenBeet... My pockets are overflowing with carrots and seed packets. As I walk through the school playground, children’s...

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Full Belly Farm – Where Our Food Comes From

Tomorrow is the Hoe's Down Festival at Full Belly Farm, and my 4th year in a row of cooking with kids atop hay bales.  Over the past few days, I have been so excited that I looked back at some of the photos that I took this summer, when our daughter spent a week there for camp.  Just looking at the fruit drying in the sun made me more eager to hop in the car than I thought possible.  We even got some new audio books at the library to entertain us on the way... [caption id="attachment_2744"...

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What is Gleaning and how does it improve School ...

Gotta love buzz words.  "School lunch reform" is all the rage these days. And you may have even heard about something called "gleaning." But really, what the heck is it...and most importantly, how does it help your kids? Check out the efforts of Marin Organic and how gleaning not only benefits our students but our local organic farms, as well. Is there anything like this in your community? If so, we'd love to hear your local success stories.
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Farmer's Market with Kids: Scavenger Hunt

Sometimes it seems as if the most popular areas of the farmer's market at the bouncy house and the puppet show.  But armed with a few ideas, families with children can have an educational adventure as they explore the farmer's market aisles. The most popular day of our cooking camp is always our walking field trip to the farmer's market.  We eat our way through the crowd, juice dripping from our chins, and talk to farmers.  We always learn about sustainability, good farming practices, hard work,...

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Chefs Move to Schools: Celebs with Kids at the W...

I love how this video, from the White House Blog, captures the essence of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative: Look! A new post about the initiative from my friend, Lia at the Nourish Network. Since my return from the White House, just over a week ago, I have been invited to help launch salad bars in 7 elementary schools in our district next fall! Thanks Flotus!
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Say Goodbye to Wasted Food - Hello to Fresh Eggs...

At my most recent cooking birthday party, we had to scrape the leftover noodles from the plates before they were washed.  But have no fear - those noodles would not go to the landfill.  I brought out my trusty zip-top bags, collected the remaining food...and brought it home.  For our chickens.  Yes, I said "chickens." See... [gallery order="DESC"] Perhaps the chickens think I just fed them some giant worms.
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Lunchbox Humor – Eating Local

Recently a mom brought me this cartoon when she stopped by to pick up her son from a play date.  She said it made her think of me.  I'll assume that she meant it in a good way.
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