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Winter Radishes Lighten and Brighten the Holidays

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While winter holidays and parties are wonderful times to share food and drink with family and friends, they are also often a challenge to the better angels of our diet.  But just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't sit down to a simple, satisfying salad. And the perfect winter salad is made with crunchy, sweet winter radishes. 

Harvesting Beauty

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October is the month of final abundance. Not only is there a sudden profusion of fall cooking greens—bok choi, tahtsai, mei qing choi, gai-lan, broccoli raab, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, and collards —there are the amazing salad greens—lettuces with their leaves growing thicker and tastier with the cool weather, fancy mustard greens (pizzo, ruby streaks, golden frill, and the incredible fall arugula.

Transcending Self

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Last Saturday, on yet another frigid and snow-swept day, some 20 people gathered to talk about the future fate of their farmland. As introductions were made, it became clear that  every person’s family farmland situation was different, and many were complex. 

Just Food?

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“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech  

Injecting Common Sense Into the Antibiotics Debate

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My first 4-H animal, Frosty, was a pretty heifer with a robust constitution and a feisty disposition.  She had calves each year and never once came down with mastitis or any other infection that required antibiotic treatment.

I was not quite so feisty or robust as Frosty. More than once, antibiotics rescued me from childhood bouts with serious cases of strep throat.  

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