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The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm

The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm

Just in time for peach season, farmer-memoirist David Mas Masumoto and family come out with The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm, with a recipe for chilled Peach Gazpacho.

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Urban Farmers Offer 6 Tips for Turning Brown Thumbs Green

Urban Farmers Offer 6 Tips for Turning Brown Thumbs Green

| July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Author Lori Eanes and two Bay Area urban farmers share tips on how to get you growing crops in your backyard.

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Ingredient Trend Alert: Pickled Green Strawberries

Ingredient Trend Alert: Pickled Green Strawberries

Green strawberries are trending. Stephanie Rosenbaum shares two recipes using this ingredient of the moment: Quick Pickled Green Strawberries and Green Strawberry and Mango Salsa.

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Vertical ‘Pinkhouses:’ The Future Of Urban Farming?

Vertical ‘Pinkhouses:’ The Future Of Urban Farming?

| May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Architects have come up with spectacular concepts for vertical farms that would grow crops in city skyscrapers. But many horticulturists think the future of vertical farming isn’t in skyscrapers, but rather in large, indoor warehouses lit up magenta by superefficient LEDs.

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First Impression: Healdsburg SHED

First Impression: Healdsburg SHED

What would a wine country locavore’s paradise look like? Stephanie Rosenbaum talks to Cindy Daniel, owner of Healdsburg’s new SHED, a 21st-century grange, store, and sustainable-living center.

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Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

| May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Treated human waste has been used on farmland for decades, but the ick factor has not entirely faded. Some environmentalists think the treatment process may not get rid of all the harmful contaminants that could be in the waste.

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In The Land Of Wild Ramps, It’s Festival Time

In The Land Of Wild Ramps, It’s Festival Time

| May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Springtime in Appalachia means ramp festival season. But as ramp festivals and urban ramp vendors attract record numbers of people, scientists warn that the wild populations of the seasonal greens are being forced into decline.

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Berkeley School Cooking and Gardening Programs in Jeopardy

Berkeley School Cooking and Gardening Programs in Jeopardy

| May 7, 2013 | 6 Comments

Berkeley public schools are in danger of losing their gardening and cooking classes due to federal funding cuts. Sarah Henry reports on how that community is trying to save their edible education program.

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Want To Forage In Your City? There’s A Map For That

Want To Forage In Your City? There’s A Map For That

| April 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

Apples, oranges and … squirrel? A new interactive map pinpoints more than a half-million locations around the world open to foraging for typical and not-so-typical free foods.

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Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden for Earth Day

Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden for Earth Day

How are you getting dirty this Earth Day? Stephanie Rosenbaum offers tips for starting an edible spring garden this weekend.

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Bay Area Home Brewers Opt for Homegrown Hops

Bay Area Home Brewers Opt for Homegrown Hops

| April 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Home brewers take their craft to another level by growing their own hops, which ensures a steady supply and allows them to experiment with making wet hops beers.

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Heard the Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping?

Heard the Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping?

| April 17, 2013 | 5 Comments

Do you dream of harvesting your own super-local honey to drizzle on your breakfast bread? Wonder how hard it is to keep bees and how to start? Bay Area Bites interviewed some East Bay beekeepers and collected a swarm of resources.

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Are Agriculture’s Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

Are Agriculture’s Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Neonicotinoids are pesticides widely used to coat the seeds of agricultural plants, especially corn. But some evidence suggests these chemicals may also be poisoning bees. A tell-tale clue: reports of massive bee die-offs that all took place during corn-planting season.

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Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella

Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella

| March 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

Backyard chickens have become a hot trend, loved as a source of healthy local food and fluffy wonderfulness. But backyard birds have also sparked outbreaks of salmonella, the CDC warns.

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