Hydroponic Adventures

Hydroponic Adventures

Posted by: on Mar 21, 2013 | One Comment

My husband and I are going to grow tomatoes, peppers, and jalapeños this summer. We grew these same vegetables last summer. However, last summer we grew them in soil in containers on our deck. The jalapeños did fabulously. We pickled them all and have been happily eating our own hot peppers all winter. However, the bell pepper and the tomatoes did not fair so well. We aren’t 100% sure why. We planted them a little late, we probably didn’t feed them enough, and they may have gotten too dry. This year we are setting up to grow them on our deck but in a hydroponic system.

Are local and organic foods affordable?

Are local and organic foods affordable?

Posted by: on Mar 16, 2013 | 4 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about affordability of local and organic foods lately. In the United States, 50 million Americans were food insecure in 2011, meaning they did not know where their next meal would come from. That means 1 in 6 Americans are hungry.

Will Mulch for Food

Will Mulch for Food

Posted by: on Mar 7, 2013 | One Comment

Last Thursday night my husband and I went to the Eastern Shore Locavore monthly potluck dinner. The Locavores are a local social group of people interested in growing, consuming, or promoting local foods. Our friends were hosting the dinner. Unfortunately, the end of February isn’t the best time for local food unless you still have stores from last summer. And while the group’s intentions are good, the dinners wind up mostly social. The conversation waffles back and forth on food, the environment, taxes, and even healthcare. However, one of the benefits of the group is that sometimes you find yourself in conversation with a local farmer.