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Update on Malabar Farm: Ohio’s Sustainable Agriculture Legacy at Risk

Manatee Manatee Update on Malabar Farm: Ohio’s Sustainable Agriculture Legacy at Risk

Today, “organic” and “sustainable” are agricultural buzzwords, and many Ohio farmers strive to farm in an ecologically responsible way. But the shadow side of this story is also well-known to us: it is becoming more and more economically challenging to live a full and happy life from cradle to grave in a rural Ohio town, […]

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Joel Salatin – The Pastor of the Pasture

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A keynote speaker at this year’s Ohio Ecological Food and Farms Conference, Joel Salatin owns and operates Polyface Farm with his family in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Polyface Farm is a successful, small-scale, pasture-based farm which raises healthy people, animals, plants and soil, among other benefits. Mr. Salatin refers to himself as a “Christian-Libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-farmer”, and is […]

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This Month in the Ohio Woods: June

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“The State of Ohio, containing about 40,000 square miles, was once a magnificent hardwood forest. The forest types, thanks to the records of early surveyors, have been largely mapped. Yet it is almost impossible to form an adequate picture, from any surviving records, of the appearance of that forest. The state has its full share […]

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This Month in the Ohio Woods: May

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May is the month when, even in the city, one can feel the best of the forest. Our particular forest. The canopy has closed in, and everywhere is exuberant greenery, still lush with spring moisture. Life abounds upon itself. Every few feet you’ll meet the rarefied air of lilacs and early roses, and flowers that […]

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This Month in the Ohio Woods: April

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In Columbus, there’s a lot of buzz about greener living, local pride and sustainability. But I’ve yet to meet many Ohioans who have more than a passing familiarity with the fabric of Ohio herself. What’s she made of? What kind of tree is that? In the words of many an Ohioan… “Uh, a maple? I […]

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This Month in the Ohio Woods: March

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In Columbus, there’s a lot of buzz about greener living, local pride and sustainability. But I’ve yet to meet many Ohioans who have more than a passing familiarity with the fabric of Ohio herself. What’s she made of? What kind of tree is that? In the words of many an Ohioan… “Uh, a maple? I […]

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“The Green Hour” absinthe tasting at Morton’s

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We cannot feel that all this extreme ecstasy is natural; it seems forced and hysterical; it is musical absinthe. — Boston critic’s reaction to the music of Debussy, 1905 Absinthe tastes like NyQuil. –Me, on Columbus Underground, 2008 Perhaps there is no beverage as infamous as absinthe. Popularized before the turn of the century by […]

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