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I am the inventor of Vesta's Garden, a simple technology that allows folks to be prolific and successful urban farmers, no matter how little space they have. Part of Vesta's Garden is a bi-weekly…Continue
After 28 years as a purchasing professional in Northern California high tech manufacturing, along with 8 layoffs, I decided to go back to school. I enrolled in the Collaborative Certificate at Santa Rosa Junior College. When finished, I had an AA in Culinary Arts, including front house, was a professional wine judge, earned a Vocational Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and, as part of the Collaborative Certificate, complete 11 units in Nutrition.
My graduation project was a School Farm. Using a school parking lot, unheated high tunnels and raised beds, the School Farm Business Plan offered a yearly profit of $45,000, replacing all the candy and cookies sales. Income was a CSA of 50 families from the school population. 100 families would double the size and profits of the farm to $90,000+ per year.
After I moved to Spokane, that morphed into Tearmann Realtai Farm. My wife and I supported two farmer's markets per week, a 6 member CSA and our own needs. We had 30 rabbits, 15 chickens, a bee hive and a milk gooat. All of this on a third of any acre in Greenacres, out in the Valley.
My goal is to return controlf to city folks their right to a safe, healthy and nutritious food source. My invention, Vesta's Garden, is dedicated to that goal.
I am in the process of forming a non-profit corporation to educate people about how they can grow their own food no matter how little room they have. Vesta's Garden will allow them to do that.
Been watching Face the Nation. Am reminded of
Edmund Muskie, the long time Main Senator. He
relates a story about one of his re-election campaigns.
He was giving a speech at a town meeting in a small
Maine town. There was an elderly woman in the front
row who was heckling him nonstop. Finally, he stopped
his speech and said “Madame, it’s obvious your and my
politics are not going to reconcile. I urge you to vote for
my opponent.” …Continue
I generally gravitate towards red wine. My favorite is Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with broiled and grilled beef. I’m also a huge fan of Zinfandel washing down rich chocolates. I make my own ganache chocolate truffles and like nothing better than chasing the chocolate with a tight, dry zin. If I’m enjoying a prime rib roast or a really perfect rib eye, I’ll usually go with a nice, black merlot. I’m also a big fan of red blends. For a long time, I cooked our Christmas dinner. The…Continue
This week’s wine is a Sutter Home 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Some people call Cab the “king” of red wines. I would be hard pressed to argue with them. Certainly, a good cab can be as complex as you like. It is certainly my favorite wine. It is also the wine that I am most particular about. For a cab to pass my muster, it must be very true to the varietal and have some other tastes and smells as well.
Classically, the properties of a good cab might include cherry, black…Continue
Back in the early 70’s, I was attending Skyline Community College. I was also working part time at the U-Save Liquors down in Pacific Manor. The owner, Dick Smith, was ahead of his time collecting quality Northern California premium wines. He once told me the Cabernet Sauvignon he had 6 cases of would someday be worth thousands of dollars.
One day I told Dick I had a date coming up. I was taking a young lady on a picnic. I asked Dick what might be a good wine for the picnic. He…Continue