Coffee in the Garden...

It’s one of our bribes. On Community Work Days, our volunteers are greeted with hot coffee from our Work Day sponsor, Metropolis Coffee. But coffee has other applications in the garden. At many local roasters and coffee shops, you can pick up spent grounds to add to your compost pile or...

About Peppers

This week’s lesson: Peppers! These vibrant veggies are related to tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, and tomatillo, and come in a multitude of varieties, but there are two basic types: sweet, and hot. Sweet peppers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Most start out green and then turn...

The Three Sisters

Corn is possibly the most domesticated organism on the planet (aside from us!). Archeologists have identified domesticated corn as old as the oldest identified human settlement in the Americas, but only recently identified its wild parent, teosinte, through genetic testing. On first planting...

Cooking From the Gar...

It’s about to start: more produce than you know what to do with. Cooking from the garden, sometimes called grocery gardening, is its own skill. The best place to start is at the garden. Go on the way home from work and ask yourself—how many people am I feeding, what is in my larder at home...

Cooking With My Daug...

By Alexandra Samios Nelson Every family has its myths and stories; they constitute the family’s collective memory. It’s important to families to have stories that connect you to the ancestors and to each other. Immigrant families treat storytelling in different ways– either mythical “old...