• Thankful for How it Got Here

    As we sit down to our bountiful Thanksgiving Day meal, it is our tradition to explicitly and vocally express our thanks. Family, friends, good fortune and health are always on the list. At the top of list, to no surprise, is the food which has been tempting us all day with its amazing buttery smells. It is this day we loosely practice the tradition set forth by our forefathers who were giving thanks for surviving another year in the wilderness of America and to be lucky enough

  • As Local as Your Backyard

    Eating locally sourced food is a great movement. It supports our local farmers. However, even these farmers will tell you the best local sourcing is your backyard. Matter of fact, many of them grow and sell plants for you to do just that. Whether you have a backyard spanning an acre plus or just a balcony off of your apartment, you have the ability to grow your own vegetables. Tomatoes are amongst the easiest and most popular to grow. With the invention of the upside down

  • Growing Garlic

    The Yard Project is proud to help those who want to become less reliant on other entities (e.g. corporations, government, etc) by becoming more self-reliant. In the spirit of this goal we will be providing blogs on basic self-reliant practical applications. Today’s topic is about planting for the future. This blog was originally posted in October. We added some updated pics below to give you the full cycle of growth. Nothing is a better example of action now for a better tomorrow, than growing garlic. It is a simple procedure that needs some forethought in

  • The Cost of Community

    [caption id="attachment_33911" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Volunteers Ruth, Beth and Mark"][/caption] We all love to go to farmers markets, concerts on the commons or events like Articulture. It is fun to commune with our fellow neighbors at an event which requires nothing more than for us to sit back and enjoy. Everyone wishes their towns had more community events. As I co-opt my father’s phrase about money, “Community doesn’t just grow on trees, you know?” It involves time and money (which true to my father’s word, does not grow on trees).

  • A Local Difference

    It is not a secret our economy has created even greater budgetary strain on our already strapped world of art.  It is as though we are moving thru a gallery of somber shades of grey to even darker blues.  Museums are going underfunded, schools are cutting art programs and struggling artists are struggling just a bit more.  The lack of funding is echoed in our agricultural programs as well. Resources supporting our local farmers are being scaled back while regulations are increased. Even on a canvas depicting the darkest of