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Daytripping 2021: Farms and Gardens to Visit This Summer

Welcome to the 2021 Daytripping list, an annual feature in The MOF&G. At this year’s farm and garden tours, learn about seed saving, granite splitting, organic vegetable gardening, chicken breeding, growing fruit trees organically, sourdough bread baking and much more. For more farms to visit this summer, please check the event calendar on MOFGA’s website,

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Book Review: “Floret Farm‘s Discovering Dahlias”

“Floret Farm‘s Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms” By Erin Benzakein  Chronicle Books, 2021 223 pages, hardcover, $24.95 Erin Benzakein is a well-known flower grower, floral designer and award-winning author from Mt. Vernon, Washington. For years she has shared her vast knowledge of flowers through her workshops, books, very accessible and

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Book Review: “Herbal Revolution”

“Herbal Revolution: 65+ Recipes for Teas, Elixirs, Tinctures, Syrups, Foods, and Body Products That Heal” By Kathi Langelier Page Street Publishing Co., 2020 192 pages, paperback, $21.99 Everyone needs more than one book on herbal medicine. Some books focus on how to grow each plant and the healing properties they offer or how to make

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Book Review: “A Small Farm Future”

“A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Earth” By Chris Smaje Chelsea Green Publishing, 2020 312 pages, paperback, $22.50 For anyone who has taken more than a cursory look at the industrialized system that feeds much of the world, there is plenty

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Book Review: “Chickenology”

“Chickenology: The Ultimate Encyclopedia” By Barbara Sandri, Camilla Pintonato and Francesco Giubbilini Princeton Architectural Press, 2021 80 pages, hardcover, $19.95 Ah, chickens: the gateway drug to many a barnyard menagerie. Simple to tend with generous returns, their appeal extends beyond rural farmyards, reaching up to urban rooftops and across suburban backyards. These days more people know about

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Book Review: “The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume V”

“The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume V” By Greenhorns Greenhorns, 2021 400 pages, paperback, $25 “What kind of nourishment prepares us for bravery?” Severine von Tscharner Fleming asks in her introduction to “The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume V.” As we emerge into summer after a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, social justice uprisings, wildfires and floods, we

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Film Review: “Voices from the Barrens”

“Voices from the Barrens: Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty” Directed by Nancy Ghertner; produced by The Sodus Film Group 59 minutes Long before wild blueberries came into popular discourse as a nutrient-dense “superfood,” Indigenous people of the Northeast were benefiting from their taste, nutrition and cultural significance. “The blueberry represents a very important source

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Book Review: “The Monsanto Papers”

“The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice” By Carey Gillam Island Press, 2021 352 pages, hardcover, $30 “The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice” by investigative journalist Carey Gillam covers the 2018 jury trial of Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company. The plaintiff, known

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