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Kitchen Garden

Leaving Food Miles Behind

LAKE MACBRIDE— If U.S. fuel prices were the equivalent of gasoline in France at $8.52 per gallon this week, perhaps the discussion about food miles would be more meaningful. Food miles are the distance over which a food item is transported from producer to consumer, as a unit of measurement. In theory, it is better […]

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Writing

Toward Local Food Policy

To prepare for my first meeting as a member of the Johnson County Food Policy Council, I read council recommendations for the Uniform Development Ordinance. There were two things: Ag-Exemption should be available for local farmers with less than 40 acres. Agritourism enterprises need zoning regulations that allow for innovation and creativity on farms in […]

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Kitchen Garden Writing

Green Washing and a Local Food System

Wind came up yesterday and would not relent. I planted onions and cilantro in the garden, transplanted some seedlings to larger pots, but that’s about it. The septic tank service arrived and pumped our solids tank while I trimmed the lilac sprouts from the space in front of our house. Constant wind beating against me […]

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Kitchen Garden

Toward a Kitchen Garden

Forgetting to turn off the grow light before retiring to bed is a new bad habit. Seedlings need a daily rest from light, at least for 4-5 hours. I end up turning the light off around 3:30 a.m. when I return to my writing space for the day. Learning to garden is a never ending […]

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Writing

In An Iowa Kitchen

The local food movement relies more on kitchens than grocery stores; more on gardens than commercial growers. While use of locally sourced food by many restaurants has changed to include more of it, a local foods movement cannot be sustained by the hodge-podge of farmers, growers and entrepreneurs who sell locally produced food to restaurants, […]

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Sustainability Work Life

Revolution in the Home Kitchen

LAKE MACBRIDE— The idea that a revolution should take place in the home kitchen is not unique to this blog. My focus on the relationship between the home kitchen and local food— that the latter won’t be viable in the way it could be without changes in the former— is not unique either. However, a […]

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Environment Sustainability

Midwest Derecho

Without an anemometer it was difficult to know wind speed during Monday’s derecho. In Cedar Rapids wind speeds approached 100 miles per hour. The last major storm of straight-line winds in 2013 caused more damage to our property than the derecho. Both were bad. I watched the storm come in until it got so virulent […]

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Writing

2000 Family Reunion

Mother sent this email on Aug. 13, 2000, after a family reunion in Davenport, Iowa. The Nadolski family reunion was held on the 12th of August, 2000 at Fejervary Park in Davenport, Iowa. The reason that park was chosen is that in the old days we often had family picnics there and when they where […]

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Home Life

Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving readers! Thanksgiving week continues to be a special time. There is a certain something in the air. As a writer I should do a better job describing that. Doing so would reduce what’s special to mundane. Let’s not go there. We all need time to recharge after this long year. The days find […]

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Environment

Weathering Irma

Friends and family in the path of Hurricane Irma are well-informed of its danger and preparing for the worst this weekend. Walt Disney World, where our daughter works, closes tonight at 9 p.m. until sometime Monday,  presumably Irma’s schedule as well. She is working today then hunkering down with supplies of water and shelf-stable food […]