• Articulture: Where Locavore Meets Art Locale

    Locavore is becoming more and more a household term. It is basically about obtaining your food directly from local sources. Local sources really means items which are grown or created locally. Instead of buying tomatoes at your local supermarket shipped in from Chile, you would purchase them directly from a local farm or greenhouse. The movement supports a number of benefits. First, you have more quality control of what goes on your table. Second, you are supporting agricultural businesses close to home. Art Locale

  • What is a Gardener Supposed to Do?

    The grasses are brown. The frozen earth is unyielding to any new or continued growth. Leaves and buds have disappeared. It is far too early to start any soil or plant prep work. Whether you work a kitchen garden or what may seem to be a plantation, the list of “to dos” are endless. One gets used to being busy and productive. What is a gardener supposed to do with all of this time on their hands? The answer typically shows up in

  • A Prayer for Wintering Bees

    As I prepare the hive for their 4 month wintering, a childhood prayer kept coming into my head. With each adjustment of the hive, I changed the prayer to fit the bees. Now I lay the hive down to sleep, I pray the Lord my bees to keep. If the queen should die before spring wakes, I pray the Lord another queen make. Zone 4 New Hampshire winter is tough on even the hardiest of bees. The hive has been wrapped in 3/4 inch Styrofoam with each seam sealed by duct tape. The idea is to provide as much warmth without totally sealing

  • Occupy Your Kitchen

    In our series of supporting a more self-reliant stance, we thought there was no better place than the kitchen. When we are provided with cheap sources for our most basic needs, it is too easy to go for the end product so you can focus on other not so basic needs. However, this trend has allowed most of us to forget how to perform these simple tasks. It also has allowed others to dictate the ingredients, flavor and purpose. I think about items such as the ready-made

  • Organic Quince Paste

    Quince, a forgotten fruit today, was brought over from Europe during the colonization of America. It was considered proper to plant a quince tree in a well stocked apple orchard. It is a cold weather tree needing temperatures below 7C to flower properly. They hardy up to a zone 3/4 winter climate. Although it is hard to eat raw, they are perfect for cooking. They contain high amounts of pectin which make them a cinch to make jams or marmalades. In fact the word marmalade came from the Portuguese word for Quince; marmelo. I owe this