Author Archives: roger

Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

There are some people who dream about fame and fortune and others who dream about the perfect pizza. I tend to be part of the latter crowd and have often dreamed about having my own wood-fired pizza oven in the backyard. The problem is that you need a fortune (upwards of $2000) if you want…

How to grow the homegrown movement?

Hello gardeners. I’m giving a TEDx talk in Portland, ME in September (!) and would love to include some of your bright ideas about where the homegrown movement needs to go next & how we’ll get there. What public policies & investments are needed? Who’s not on board who needs to be? How do we…

The Netherlands is to Bicycling like (Blank) is to Gardening

I realize there isn’t an obvious food or garden connection here but I was briefly in the Netherlands last week on a bicycle and was amazed at how well they have integrated bike paths into transportation infrastructure. It had me dreaming about what the gardening equivalent of this would look like, ie public planning that…


Photo credit: KGI.ORG on Flickr Not as sweet as grapes or as tart as currants, gooseberries live in their delicious world. Great for making jams and jellies.

Gardening Is Not a Criminal Offense!

While the mugshot on the left is fake, the story on the right is unfortunately real. It’s hard to believe that as America’s “First Mom” is leading the way to a healthier future through vegetable gardening another American mom potentially faces jail time for following her example.Julie Bass, a mother of 6 from Oak Park,…

Frontyard Veggie Growers Unite!

Julie Bass of Oak Park Michigan had her frontlawn destroyed as a result of a broken sewer line. Rather than replant her lawn with grass, she decided to put in raised bed gardens for growing vegetables instead. She checked first with city officials and the city ordinances did not clearly prohibit it. The code states…

Red Currants

Photo credit: The Kitchen Gardener on Flickr The warmer and drier than usual spring we’ve been enjoying in Belgium has produced a bumper berry crop. We’ve been gorging ourselves on these perfect red pearls.

A Young Designer’s New Take on Rain Barrels

Rain barrels get a style makeover thanks to Dutch designer Bas Van Der Veer. Check them out on his site here.  

Review of the New Urban & Suburban Homesteading Books

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