Evos

Evos

Apr 03

We stopped by Evos today in St. Petersburg, excited about a fast-food-style restaurant with humanely raised meat. I’ve learned enough by now to know that I can’t trust marketing language on a restaurant’s website, so I asked to speak to the manager before I ordered. He told me they order their beef from Coleman. I checked into that company when we got home, only to find that...

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Mar 27

Looking at my empty Chipotle burrito bowl last Wednesday after I devoured its contents, I wondered if I could do something more constructive with it than add to the local landfill. Ever since I went to an Edible Landscaping class at the Orange County Extension Center and the speaker told me of his success growing lettuce in his office, I’ve wanted to try duplicating his efforts. With this...

Strawberry Flats Forever

Strawberry Flats Forever

Mar 26

We visited the Winter Park Farmer’s Market this morning and scored a half-flat of Plant City strawberries for only $6. You can get yours next Saturday morning, if you’re so inclined. We plan on making strawberry jam and starting a strawberry red ale.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour

Mar 26

It’s Earth Hour again! Turn off your lights for one hour tonight and join people around the world in saving energy. Of course, the real goal is to get everyone to use less energy on a regular basis, but this symbolic show of support is still great. Why not have a candlelit dinner tonight? Look at the stars? Tell stories around your fire pit? Or just go to bed...

The Life of a Dirt Farmer

The Life of a Dirt Farmer

Mar 21

We went to our first Organic Growers’ Meeting last Wednesday, the monthly meeting hosted by the Simple Living Institute. Every month, they bring in a guest speaker and hold a plant raffle. We walked away with six plants, including lettuce, zucchini and swiss chard. We also brought a camera to record this month’s guest speaker, Tom Carey, owner of Sundew Gardens in Oviedo, Florida. The...

Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting

Mar 20

We posted back in October when we started our very own worm composting bin. Here it is 5 months later and for your viewing pleasure we made a whole video on how to get started and use your very own worm bin! Woot woot! Our first video post! Things I don’t think I covered very well were what exactly can go into your worm bin. So here is the good list: fruit and vegetable peels, pulverized...

Building a Community Around Food

Building a Community Around Food

Mar 18

Happy food is about more than happy animals; it’s about happy ecosystems and, more importantly, happy people. Eating is something we all have in common, but not everyone is privileged enough to have a choice about how they enjoy it. Laura and I both grew up in families that took advantage of that choice. We ate dinner with our families and learned to love good food, good ingredients, and...

Finding an Urban Farm

Finding an Urban Farm

Mar 09

WANTED: One house in or near Colonialtown or Audubon Park, two or three bedrooms, preferably two bathrooms, large kitchen, and a backyard in full sun, with plenty of room for animals and plants alike. Must have an open floor plan and the ability to adapt to changes in size and decor. Fixer-uppers OK. Like-minded neighbors a plus. Cookie-cutters need not apply. ...

Social Farming

Social Farming

Mar 09

I had this great idea recently, based on what I know of the Central Florida Sustainable Food Project which is trying to produce a printed Local Food Resource Guide with local growers and restaurants that cook with local ingredients. Since I’m currently reading The World Is Flat by Michael Friedman, I immediately started thinking about crowdsourcing, and about how great it would be if we had...

The joys of gardening…

The joys of gardening…

Mar 04

Yesterday was my birthday, and this photo is what I saw as I left our house for work. The flower has been in the works for a couple weeks but it chose my birthday to open up. It’s like it bloomed just for...

Gardens

Gardens

Feb 27

John and I, after much discussion, have decided we will be in Orlando for the next few years and that we are ready to buy a house. We are looking in a great little area of town, close to my job, our favorite coffeeshop, downtown with easy access to both of our families and the best areas of of the city. Near where we are looking there is a 17 acre site that used to be a Naval base and now is city...

Building the Local Food Community

Building the Local Food Community

Feb 21

Though we still actively avoid factory farmed meat and continue purchasing those products we’ve found to be safe and happy, we are also turning our sights more on happy produce and our local food cycle. Ultimately, the thrust of our efforts with meat and dairy was not to make animals happier for themselves, but to make them happier because that will make US — the consumers — happier....

Farm to Table Dinner: Success!

Farm to Table Dinner: Success!

Nov 21

Yesterday marked the start of what I hope is an annual tradition: The Winter Park Harvest Festival, followed by a five-course "Farm to Table Dinner," an event with limited seating, exclusive live music, a host of hors d'oeuvres, and free-flowing wine. Roughly twenty hors d'oeuvres were set out before dinner and each table was beautifully set with two loaves of bread and breadsticks made locally by Olde Hearth Bread Company. Drinks included red and white wine, soda, cucumber mojitos made with locally distilled vodka, and a pomelo-aged pale ale brewed ONLY for this dinner. Of the two local folk / bluegrass bands who played during our meal, one (Jubal's Kin) is among thirty-five folk bands being considered for a Grammy Award this year, and all three members happen to be under twenty-five. Tickets for the dinner were initially intimidating, at $95 per person, but now that all is said and done, it was entirely worth the cost: Amazing local food, live music, and alcohol.

Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

Nov 20

One week ago today, Laura and I bought our first rain barrel. We brought it home and set it up, but unfortunately it has so far done nothing more than intrigue the cats and blend into our exterior walls with chameleon-like stealth. I have no doubt that it will perform beautifully when it finally sees some rain; I'm only sad to know that it likely will not reduce our water/sewer bill every month, because that seems to be averaged anyway. We are making strides toward being somewhat independent of "the grid," but we still have a long way to go...

I’ve got WORMS!

I’ve got WORMS!

Oct 15

In doing our research for this blog, many of the resources talk not only about making better choices when it comes to sustainable food but making better choices that impact the environment in general. This helped prompt me to start a bigger better garden, to recycle and reuse a bit more and generally be a bit greener. Which makes sense, if I am going to make choices to positively impact the...