Dig This: Wayne Kessler Reviews “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation”

COOKED: A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSFORMATION, author Michael Pollan, (Penguin Press: New York, 2013). Dig This … COOKED is another good read.  Michael Pollan has become a champion of the food movement.  Some of my other heroes include Wendell Berry, Barbara Kingsolver,… Continue Reading


Dig This: The Future Will Be (Is) Exciting

With all of the current problems and future possibilities we face, these are exciting times. Ironically, it’s also a time to be concerned with our survival. It’s more than just preserving our comfortable lifestyle; it’s human survival that’s at stake. … Continue Reading


Dig This: A Unique Garden in our Midst

The folks at the Community Teaching Garden have done it. They transformed the training ground for heavy equipment operators at Shasta College into a beautifully productive garden within two years. From hard packed clay into dark organic soil, it took… Continue Reading


Dig This: Gardening in the Shade – Challenges and Opportunities

Here’s some good news about your shady backyard: You can grow some summertime crops, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and squashes, despite the lack of direct sunshine. Shade doesn’t have to prohibit you from growing lots of your own food. But… Continue Reading


Dig This: Gardening the Special-Needs Garden

Wouldn’t it be hunky-dory if your garden had great deep soil and just the right amount of sun and shade all year around? If your garden is perfect, stop. If it isn’t, read on. I will start a series that… Continue Reading

Dig This: Virtual Wintertime Gardening

So that you don’t have to twiddle your “green thumbs” during the winter, here are some activities to make gardening interesting and fun, without digging in the mud. First, remember, “you are what you eat.” Be careful. Growing your own… Continue Reading


Dig This: First-Time Gardeners, Get a Good Slow Start

Fall and Winter is a great time to start gardening. Waiting ’til Spring will be too late to have a terrific first-time garden. At that time there are too many pressures, so relax and get started now, slowly. Here are a… Continue Reading