Chickweed and my Jewish Farming Retreat

Last weekend my family attended this amazing retreat in Baltimore, the Beit Midrash at the Pearlstone Center.  You can read my article about the retreat in the Jewish Daily Forward here. I absolutely love pluralistic Jewish events, especially when we get to talk about farming.  I have been thinking a lot more about the idea of shmitta, the once in every 7 year sabbatical from farming and I am sure I will be writing more about that soon. One very compelling piece of shmitta is the idea that if you had to feed your family without any farming, you would …

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The Fiscal Cliff and the Little Farmer

The following is a piece I wrote for my the Maryland Organic Food and Farming newsletter.(MOFFA).  If you live in DC or MD, come to our winter meeting (the 22nd annual!): details below. At the very end of the year, in the midst of fiscal cliff madness, Congress passed a controversial farm bill extension. Maybe you saw headlines like this one from the the Center for Food Safety, “Congress Passes Damaging Farm Bill Extension in “Fiscal Cliff” Package”. The extension of the farm bill contained many disappointments and has left the sustainable and organic agriculture community with lots of work …

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Hurricanes, Elections and Croup (oh my!)

I want so much to make this little blog shine but I seem to be stumbling and falling over dozens of distractions and writing hurdles, large and small.  I will have to develop new strategies to keep writing even when it gets hard.  No need to leap hurdles gracefully when there are ways to crawl underneath, sneak around, or knock them down. Here are 7 reasons my blog has been so quiet this fall: 1) We all had colds by many names: croup, regular colds, bronchitis, possible sinus infections. I lost lots and lots of sleep and spent what would …

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2012 Season in Review

By Jug Bay Market Garden’s Farmer in Chief,  Scott Hertzberg This season was shaped by global warming more than any previous year.  We have never started the CSA so early. Prior seasons, we started in mid-May but this year we started in mid-April. Because the heat did not really kick in until late June, we were able to provide the CSA with weeks of spring crops.  We broke a record for how many straight weeks of head lettuce we harvested (8) and grew some of our best radishes, onions and potatoes. While climate change helped us have an extended spring, …

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Weather Drama

I am determined to get back to writing again in the next week, but for now I will share my latest piece that just ran in the fall Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association fall newsletter. For those of us farming in Maryland (and most everywhere else) climate change is hitting home.  Whether it was the release of the new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map, this summer’s drought, last summer’s flooding, or learning the new word “derecho”, we have all been facing pretty regular weather drama.  My children know exactly how to handle a tornado warning now and it seems …

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