Happy Father’s Day – a poem

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in families, featured articles | 0 comments

A poem, written by my daughter’s kindergarten class
for all the father’s,
for all the adults,
who love and care for children.

WHATIF

Whatif everyone was Sonic?
Whatif dogs could fly?
Whatif a rocket could break the moon?
Whatif a pound cake could talk?
Whatif regular house cats could beat up a cheetah?
Whatif a horse could fly all the way home?
Whatif houses could run?
Whatif houses had four feet?
Whatif seahorses lived in grass?
Whatif mice lived in hats?
Whatif a picture of a person reading a book could talk?
Whatif you always fell on the way to school?
Whatif trees could fly?
Whatif we could all run on water?
Whatif shoes could talk?
Whatif bananas were black?
Whatif people walked on their heads?
Whatif houses could jump on a train?
Whatif garbage could talk?
Whatif a beard could walk on legs?
Whatif a plate could talk?
Whatif teeth could walk?
Whatif giants were tiny?
Whatif people could fly?
Whatif…

So the children leave us with the question, why live “what is” when we can say, “Whatif?”

Luckily they show us how every day. What a gift!

Thank you Kori:)

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End of year – Congratulations!

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in featured articles | 0 comments

This is such a busy time of year. Our children are being celebrated for their work and achievements all the year-long, as are their dedicated teachers and parents. Thanks to all of you – it really does take a village!

Blog posts will be few for the next two weeks as we are in the midst of much transition at this end of school year point. Lots of good things to come in the summer though, so stay tuned!

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Milk from grass fed cows – better for all

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in Food & Farm program, Food for thought | 0 comments

It turns out CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a fatty acid and known anti-carcinogen is naturally occurring in cow’s milk. It also turns out, that CLA is only found in milk that comes from cows that eat grass. Seems like an easy enough win-win for milk drinkers, except most cows in the US don’t actually eat grass. They eat grain. Some of them are fed organic grain that give some of us a sense of relief – to see that organic label on a carton of milk. But organic or conventional – grain is simply not food for cows. It is good to see that research is catching up with common sense – if we eat what we were designed to eat (whole foods, not shiny packaged, processed food stuffs) and if the animal food we eat (meat, poultry, eggs, milk) comes from happy healthy animals, we end up living in pretty healthy bodies. Click here to read more.

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Saving Tomato Seeds

Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in Food for thought, gardens | 0 comments

Welcome June! The month that ushers in long hot summer days. The month of vacations and projects completed. The month that so many colorful tasty things are ready for harvest – tomatoes among them. Did you know that tomatoes are actually berries? Their edible seeds and pulpy insides make them so.

You’ve probably heard of and likely enjoyed an heirloom tomato before. What makes an heirloom tomato an heirloom, is that it has been passed down from farmer to gardener to farmer for 100+ years. Just knowing that seeds can be passed down, makes me want to do the same. In my tomato research for this month’s feature, I found tomato.org, a website dedicated to this heavy bodied berry that offers directions on just how to save, and pass on your favorite tomato seeds. Here’s what it looks like:

First take your chosen tomato and cut it in half horizontally (across its equator.) With a spoon, scoop out the seeds into a clean container. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the seeds and cover the container with a piece of plastic wrap. Poke holes in the wrap to allow for air, which helps foster fermentation. Place the container with the tomato seeds in a warm location, such as a sunny windowsill. Each night, remove the plastic wrap and stir the seeds and water mixture and then replace the plastic wrap. In about two to three days, the seeds will begin to ferment. A “gooey” surface will appear on the top of the mixture. Take a spoon and carefully remove this “gooey surface.” Place the tomato seeds in a sieve and rinse well with water. Place the clean seeds on wax paper or a coffee filter and spread them in a single layer. Let seeds dry thoroughly. The drying process can take up to a week or more. Once dry, the tomato seeds can be stored in an envelope or other paper packet.

I’m going to try this soon enough, and will be sure to share how it goes. If any of you out there try it, please do the same! Thank you Tomato.org for this know how.

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