Skill, joy, and shaving.

I wrote this about five years ago, but had no place to publish it. After the topic of his most recent post veered to razors, John Michael Greer suggested I post it. Joy is a thread that runs through our Small and Delicious Life, but this column is explicitly about joy. And shaving. For much of my [...]

Is our localism too artisanal?

I recently reviewed Jean-Martin Fortier’s book The Market Gardener (summary: Excellent. Buy it) and was reminded of a philosophical and yet very practical farming question I asked him over beer. “Since the economy is contracting, and for many reasons we believe the trend will be a general worsening of quality of life, what is your succession [...]

Review: The Market Gardener. Summary: Excellent.

The first piece of swag to come out of writing this blog hit my mailbox this spring, when I was asked to review Jean-Martin Fortier’s book The Market Gardener. Sadly, they did not also send me a broadfork. Carmen and I were also able to enjoy a one-day workshop with Jean-Martin, put on by the Young [...]

In which I get sweary about pre-grated cheese.

  One of my comfort foods is whole-wheat macaroni with vegetables. Since I am a lazy cook and reluctant dishwasher I have always just grated cheese and sprinkled it on top of the noodles then stirred it into a clumpy and unevenly distributed mess. I have only made a cheese sauce twice before, and both times [...]

In the calmness of bees.

We have honeybees flying in our backyard again, and they have brought our family a noticeable sense of comfort. Our bees died last fall. Likely it was the varroa destructor mite, archvillain of many news stories. Carmen has noticed our bees die before we move, and she thinks this is no coincidence. I hate moving [...]