In October 2004, Steve Dickman and his roommate began making kombucha in their apartment and giving it away to friends and family. Soon, requests for the fermented tea became so overwhelming, they decided to quit their jobs and dedicate themselves to producing it full-time, and High Country Kombucha was born. Continue reading Organic Pick of the Week: High Country Kombucha
It’s been open for a few weeks already, but Dorothee and I, along with her brother Hans, finally made it down to Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood to check out Nana, a new family-owned breakfast and lunch spot that serves all organic and sustainable fare. Continue reading Organic Breakfast & Lunch at Chicago’s Nana
On the surface, the question of whether to buy organic or conventionally-produced meat seems pretty simple. To be certified organic, animals must be fed 100-percent organic feed, have access to the outdoors, and they can’t be fed animal byproducts or be treated with antibiotics. Continue reading One Farmer’s Take on Organic Vs. Conventional
I knew that American Public Media’s Marketplace was sponsored by Monsanto, but after listening to aWeekend Edition segment about Food, Inc. I’m starting to think that NPR is under the thumb of big agribusiness too. Under the pretense of “balanced” coverage, the segment, “Debate Over Food Movie Misses Most Farmers,” contends that most farmers disagree with the thesis forwarded in Food, Inc. and actually favor the use of GMO crops, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Continue reading NPR’s One-Sided Take on Food, Inc.
During our travels across America, I’ve been lucky to visit many beautiful farms and gardens. But none have captivated my imagination quite like Frog Hill Farm in Port Townsend, Washington. The farm’s diverse acres include woodlands, an herb and flower garden, wetlands, pastures for goats, ducks and chickens as well as neat rows of vegetables. Sebastian Aguilar, who runs the farm with his family, has taken his organic certification to the next level by employing biodynamic farming practices. Continue reading New Video: What Is Biodynamic Farming?
In the Chicago neighborhood where I live, I’m lucky to have a small Green Grocer that specializes in local organic food and drinks. When Mark and I recently tried some tilapia fillets from Aquaranch, we were blown away by the freshness and flavor of the fish. We asked Green Grocer’s Cassie Green about the product and she referred us to Aquaranch owner Myles Harston, an innovator in aquaponics who grows fish and organic vegetables just a few hours south of Chicago, in Flanagan, Illinois. Continue reading New Video: What Is Aquaponics?
Last week we got a chance to visit Uncommon Ground, a restaurant in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood that focuses on seasonal, regional and organic food and boasts the nation’s first certified organic rooftop farm! Continue reading New Video: Organic Rooftop Farming in Chicago
Mission Pie is an organic bakery and neighborhood café in the Mission District of San Francisco. They make savory and sweet pies all year round using fresh, seasonal ingredients. By forming strategic partnerships with local farms like Pie Ranch, they can source large quantities of produce and even organic wheat! Continue reading New Video: Mission Pie, San Francisco