Monthly Archives: February 2014

2/14 dirt lust

I've always been fascinated by the juxtaposition of blood and plants. Hemoglobin, the molecule responsible for transporting oxygen in our blood and chlorophyll, the pigment in plants that absorbs photons for their conversion to chemical energy are nearly identical in structure with the exception that chlorophyll has magnesium in its center and hemoglobin has iron [...]

By |2014-02-14T10:28:02+00:00February 14th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on 2/14 dirt lust

Seed Saving: Variegated Miners Lettuce

Every year in the fall, the dormant seed bank of miners lettuce in the fields is activated due to the moisture of the soil, shorter days, and cooler temperatures, which triggers the eruption of a green carpet of these edible native salad greens. Aptly named, legend has it that gold miners sought out these greens [...]

By |2014-02-13T11:59:13+00:00February 13th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings, Veggie Usings|Comments Off on Seed Saving: Variegated Miners Lettuce

Super Bowl Fourty-Ain’t-Worth-Watching and a Multi-Course Meteorological Feast

The epic failing of consumerism and media entertainment which kicked off with the grammys and culminated in super bowl fourty-aint-worth-watching created so much atmospheric chaos that the jet stream finally shifted and brought us 10 days of desperately needed rain. Over the past few days, we have benefited greatly from a massive rain serpent stretching [...]

By |2014-02-11T14:27:41+00:00February 11th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Super Bowl Fourty-Ain’t-Worth-Watching and a Multi-Course Meteorological Feast

Lady Bugs to the Rescue

There has been a huge increase in the aphid population at the farm. Aphids are soft-bodied insects that tap into plant tissues and harvest their sugars like humans harvesting maple syrup. I think their increase could be due to the drought conditions reducing their natural food sources and the unseasonably warm weather triggering their exponential [...]

By |2014-02-05T15:23:06+00:00February 5th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Lady Bugs to the Rescue