Red Kuri Squash
Every Other Week
Red Russian Kale
Mixed Bell Peppers
Red Kuri Squash
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
- Wendell Berry
I show off my buzzing friends at a beekeeping class at the ranch.
By Alicia Baddorf
Money has been on my mind a lot lately. Car payments, vet appointments for our [mischievous] cat Marbles, phone bills, student loans...and the list goes on. Unfortunately it’s difficult to make a lot of money selling vegetables. Despite that, the past two years in California have been some of the best and most memorable of my life. Not only have I had the privilege of working outside in the dirt every day but I’ve traveled all over California with friends (non-Soil Born too!). Living on an apprentice stipend, I’m not exactly sure how I’ve stretched my money so far, but I think a lot of it has to do with the generosity of others and some major re-prioritizing.
Stepping into a shopping mall is like being catapulted to another planet. Wait, this shirt is $50? How about I go on a shopping spree at the Goodwill and buy 5 different outfits for that price? I also bought my first car ever with Paige, my farming partner over here at Hurley. Had I been better off financially, maybe I would have invested in a new car. We decided on a beater, and even though there have been some bumps in the road, it has served its purpose.
I have a big question coming out of the two-year apprenticeship. Is it better to make a little bit of money doing something that you love, or to make a lot of money doing something that pays the bills? Or is there some happy medium?
Farming isn’t a trendy hobby; it’s a lifestyle. I will never cringe when a farmer wants to charge me $5 / pound for heirloom tomatoes. I will gladly hand them the money and say thank you. Farmers are a special breed of humans. In order to grow food for a living, they sacrifice most of the niceties that we take for granted. Whether or not I choose to farm for a living, I will forever be grateful to those who take on this crazy, but rewarding and fulfilling lifestyle.
Featured Veggie: Habanero
Habanero peppers are among the hottest in the world.
WARNING: Habaneros are among the hottest peppers in the world. Do not rub your eyes after handling them.
If you think jalapeno peppers are hot, think about this: Habaneros are 40 times spicier!
Habaneros are slow growers. The plants may take more than 100 days to produce mature pods.
But don’t let them intimidate you!
Now is the perfect time to make salsa preserves with these little firecrackers. With the temperature dropping, peppers will soon be a distant memory of summer. And with winter on the horizon, you will certainly appreciate a hot salsa treat to warm you up! These peppers can be dried, powdered, coarse ground, crushed or used whole.
Featured Recipe: Habanero cookies
Dates and Notes
Permaculture Design Course
Event Date: 10-25-2014 09:00 AM
Event End Date: 03-29-2015 05:30 PM
Cut off date: 10-24-2014
Individual Price $1,100.00
Location: American River Ranch
As part of our Grow Your Groceries and Harvest Sacramento Edible City Initiatives, we will be hosting a Permaculture Design course (PDC) with lead instructor Toby Hemenway. Held over six weekends from October through March, this 72-hour course will teach you the principles of permaculture, as well as strategies and tools for designing regenerative homes, landscapes, businesses and communities. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate from the Permaculture Institute USA.
October 25 & 26
November 22 & 23
January 3 & 4
January 31 & February 1
February 28 & March 1
March 28 & 29
All sessions are from 9am-5:30pm at the American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.
For inquiries and offline registration, contact Sarah Barnes, Education Coordinator, at 916-252-6695 or
Rain Barrel System Workshop
Saturday, November 01, 2014, 10:00am - 03:00pm
Learn how to install a simple, inexpensive rain barrel catchment system for your home. This is a hands-on workshop, but you can observe anything you're not comfortable doing. Some participants may be eligible for reimbursement for the cost of the class, depending on where you live. To see if you qualify, go to www.elkgrovegreenergarden.org/WELL.
Instructor: Christina Bertea, Greywater Action (www.greywateraction.org)
Sign up at www.sacfoodcoop.com
$50, $45 Co-op Owners
Marbles explores arugula under the row cover at the Hurley Farm.