Speed Dating for Local Food: Slow Food Huron Valley hosts CSA Fair this Sunday

Slow Food Huron Valley is hosting the perfect event for the indecisive local eater this weekend: CSA speed dating.

Delicious bounty ready for you weekly

Many of you may be familiar with… speed dating, but CSAs?   CSAs or Community Supported Agriculture is a way to connect growers to eaters.  Physically, it [...]

Mark Your Calendars: Project Grow/Ann Arbor 350 Seed Swap on February 16th

Calling all current and soon-to-be seed enthusiasts!

Did you save more seeds than you could ever use? Did you perhaps go a bit mad at the end-of-year seed sales?

Then the Seed Swap is for you!

Come see what you can exchange your extras for with other gardeners! [...]

Our $3.50: The dirt on compost bins

We don’t sell compost bins over here at the Ecology Center, but we get a fair number of questions about them. I’m a huge fan of composting. I’d buy one of these if it weren’t so wasteful:

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I love that [...]

Getting dirty at the UM campus garden

My Fellow SNREds and I posing for a photo in between tasks (Note: the tomato carnage)

So many of the principles and themes I have explored thus far in my coursework in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and “work-work” at the Ecology Center has been about place.  When you know the landscape [...]

Honey, reggae, and a high chance of tomatoes

I don’t know about you, but a lot of us (probably all of us) at Ann Arbor 350 headed over to the Farmer’s Market last Saturday, Sept. 8, for the fifth annual HomeGrown Festival. Featuring food tastings, face-painting, local bands, beverages, a silent auction, and learning booths, there were activities for students and the whole [...]

A PSA for CSAs

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture. Here’s a definition from the US-duh (a Joel Salatin term, not mine):

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a direct-to-consumer marketing arrangement that permits household consumers to purchase advance shares of a farm’s production in return for regular (usually weekly) deliveries during the growing season. CSA operations have experienced [...]

It’s time to get beds in for next year!

Here’s an important blurb for you to consider about gardening:

Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. The name “lasagna gardening” has [...]

Mel’s Diner – Funkify Your Food – Vol. 4 (Part 1)

Few things put as many ants in your pants as that heavy, New Orleans funk. So it was the other day that I had The Meters’ Soul Island in my head, inspiring me to throw together some Tofu Creole. Cajun and Creole cuisines are notoriously heavy with flesh and it can be extraordinarily difficult [...]

Mel’s Diner – Covering the spread on football Saturday – Vol. 3

Football means friends and food.  I love to put out a ‘grazing’ spread of hearty, no-plate-required snacks so people can grab a quick bite throughout the game yet still feel that they’ve had a solid square.

So forget the wings, nachos, and ribs.  Leave the heartburn behind and embrace a menu that celebrates the spices [...]

Mel’s Diner – Volume Deux

Not too many things are as sublime as a hearty pasta dish that is light enough to serve during the summertime.  Paired with a salad that gives me an excuse to fry up some goat cheese and get some bubbly on the plate, and it’s a reason in itself to celebrate.

Most of the ingredients [...]