The Food Co-op

You probably already know that I am a total fan girl of what Amber Sallisbury and her team at the Great Basin Community Food Co-op have accomplished in the last 3 years.   They have now added: In-house homemade packaged meals (like mango spring rolls. nom nom. :), Freshly brewed Hub coffee Fresh baked cookies. Recipes online. As if that wasn’t enough, they have started a series of free workshops. The first was wreth making. The next one is Beginning sewing, and the one after that Gluten Free Baking. I have no doubt that they will reach capacity. Email amber@greatbasinfood.coop Email Amber early,...

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Canning: Going Back To Basics In The Kitchen

Canning: Going Back To Basics In The Kitchen

A guest post by Sheri Mc Laughlin. The Pioneers did it. More than likely your own grandmother did it. For generations preserving your own food was not only a useful skill, but a necessity. If you hadn’t preserved enough food for yourself and your family, you would not survive the winter. So why have we abandoned this valuable process? Why preservatives replaced canning The answer is easy- man made additives and preservatives have been put into our food to give it a shelf life of infinity. There is no denying that our lives have become easier, but at what cost? Experts have linked some of these substances with certain health issues and even believe they have influenced the rise of ADHD, Autism, and Cancer. You’ve all heard the joke about the two things that...

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Podcast: Beekeeping 101 with Sally Carson

Podcast: Beekeeping 101 with Sally Carson

Listen in to our very first podcast here on Clever Plot. Ashley chats with Sally Carson about her first year as a bee mommy in the world of backyard beekeeping. There were ups and downs and round and rounds. But in the end, Sally tells us about how she thinks it’s the bees knees! About Sally: Sally lives with Tommy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are beginner bee keepers and neat human beings. Tommy is a biologist who studies mushrooms at the University of Michigan while Sally is a cartoonist and independent user experience designer.  She just finished her first full length comic book, an auto-biographical comic book about being a bike messenger in New York City just after 9/11. Lessons Learned! Do: Get a mentor. Find someone local who has...

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Purslane:The Weed You Can Eat

Purslane:The Weed You Can Eat

We have had a very unsightly plot of dirt along our sidewalk for some time now, all because we had a broken sprinkler. Once we fixed the sprinkler and started watering regularly a bunch of green guys started showing up.  It actually looked quite nice as it filled in. Eric suggested we leave them and I couldn’t see why not.  We were planning on putting lots of different edibles in there anyways and a sign for the neighbors saying something like, “Go ahead. Pick it.” This is a good start, right? As you might know if you are living in Nevada, green is hard to come by.  The dusty, dry desert is full of golden yellows and browns.  So, we have a bit harder time pulling weeds if they provide us the green foliage we crave. Even the Elm trees that...

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Swamp Cooler Review: Bonaire Durango 5500

Swamp Cooler Review: Bonaire Durango 5500

This weekend we installed a new swamp cooler.  For months we have been on the hunt for an effective way to cool our house.  Central air was not an option for us because we are getting rid of the central ducting throughout the house so that we can finish the basement. I’ll catch you up if you aren’t already familiar with what our house is like. We live in a 1939 brick tudor with poor insulation and very inefficient windows. Since we work at home, we can’t afford to have the upstairs hovering around 85F degrees. Our productivity goes down ten fold. As luck would have it, on a whim on Friday Eric stumbled across the Bonaire Durango 5500 on the web. Thank the good lord. It is a swamp cooler, but it doesn’t look like the humongous sqaure...

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