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On the left is our biologically homegrown broccoli and on the right is store-bought usda organic. All that chlorophyll on the left floret is a symptom of the biologically diverse and abundant soil in which it was grown. Chlorophyll-rich foods are so deeply nourishing. Idk what the heck this anemic broccoli is the usda calls organic. πŸ€”

Broccoli has been a tricky crop for us to learn to grow, but oh my if it was not so worth it.


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Other nebulae are stellar nurseries, causing stars to be formed. M42 here is one such nebula. In the bright area near the centre are newly formed stars. Close inspection by large telescope have found many proto-stellar objects in the nebula.

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A beautiful weekend for learning about biochar. We have much to explore now. I am excited to make a vermicompost, biochar combo for starter plants in the spring - among other things. From running a generator, to amplifying the capacity of holding nutrients in soil - we learned so much about the art of carbon.

@winduptoy and I harvested 44 pounds of sweet peppers today, the last of the season. In the process we discovered a praying mantis nest tucked into one of the plants. ✨

Also - we are now accepting pepper recipe suggestions πŸ˜„

@gardening @insects

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Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn't seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.

- Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, section 15, Stephen Mitchell translation).

We found these wild things today. Jack O'Lantern mushrooms, so called because of their bioluminescent properties. πŸŽƒπŸ„

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In the village of Nashtifan, Iran, some of the oldest windmills in the world, with what may be the earliest windmill design in the world, still spin.
Made of natural clay, straw, and wood, they have been milling grain for flour for an estimated 1,000 years

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'Rooted in the cultivation of Indigenous food sovereignty and elevating and preserving Indigenous Narratives, I-Collective is developing a Cookbook and Community Journal with supplemental Webinar Series to assist in strengthening the connection of our people to their food. Indigenous food sovereignty is critical because many health issues are tied to colonialism and the exploitation of resources, land, and people.'

*Costs $7 bucks.

Join me for a free online presentation about vermicomposting for small spaces. We'll explore the amazing benefits of worm castings, general worm husbandry, and how to get started.

No signup required, just mark your calendar. A presentation link will be available at when the date gets closer.


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Planting garlic today - I raked off the grass clippings we used as temporary mulch, broadforked to add air to the soil, then dug small holes for each clove, finding 4-5 earthworms per hole.

Basically the presence of earthworms equates to a large amount of microbiological diversity. It is the lifecycle of the microbiology that provides plants with the nutrients they need to keep photosynthesizing and feeding the biology right back.


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Finally getting around to processing the pumpkins and making seed snacks. I'm going to try different spice combinations with each batch.

Batch 01/04 - After a salt water boil, I tossed these with a bit of olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast, then roasted until toasty. πŸ‘ Perfectly crunchy and flavorful.


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How many people are actually willing to build something new, to take a risk and place their soul in a promise? Things can go wrong, but what if they go right? It's much easier to focus on the negative, but the use of that habit is limited at the best of times. A cynic sees the price of everything but the value of nothing.

The world can be such a cold and dark place, be different and bear the flame of Hopeβ€”never conceal it, even if it's only a smoking ember. Practice patience, empathy, joy. Have faith in the future and other people, and turn that faith into action. I promise you this approach yields more fruit than any other.

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"[Vermicompost] would be such a huge step forward for our environment as a whole to manage our waste system."

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I used to think that the various twigs I see on redwood forest floors came from different species of trees. Then I learned that S. sempervirens will just grow different types of needles when they get big enough to have to deal with multiple climates at once. The needles start off flat and long near the ground and get shorter, thicker, and scalier as it gets warmer and drier higher up.

So these are all from coast redwoods, just from different heights in the trees.

#plants #trees

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