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The Garden Project home page

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The Garden Project

 

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Here's a link to the San Bruno County Jail Garden Project home page, for anyone who's interested in learning more about this amazing program. 

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Pad Thai Cooking Lessons

Pad Thai Cooking Lessons | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Something both Katherine and I highly reccomend to anyone visiting Chiang Mai is to take a cooking class. Our hostel recommended Da's Organic Farm Hut Thai Cooking School, and he was absolutely wonderful. Meet Da!

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Want to learn how to cook Pad Thai? Check out this post on a garden to table cooking class in Chiang Mai!

 

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A Bountiful Harvest

A Bountiful Harvest | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

"Due to these vast amounts of moisture and frost most of the
vegetables had to be harvested immediately. If not, they would quickly begin to rot. This post is dedicated to the bountiful harvest of Casalinho during the arrival of winter."

 

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Winter has arrived in Central Portugal. To avoid all the veggies rotting we had to harvest a bunch of them. Check out this post on harvesting chillies, peppers, squash, chestnuts, and mushrooms.

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Permaculture Vermiculture

Permaculture Vermiculture | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

"As many of you already know worm composting is a hobby of mine. Back home I have a worm bin filled with red worms where I put my vegetable scraps. My worms digest these scraps and poop out humus, a natural compost, which I eventually add to my garden soil. At Casalinho they practice vermiculture in a slightly different way. I call it permaculture vermiculture!"

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 I learned how to practice worm composting permaculture style at Casalinho Permaculture Project 

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USF Alum Farms His Way Through Europe

USF Alum Farms His Way Through Europe | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Tanya Dzekon Staff Writer  Sam Wilder wakes up at 7:30 a.m. everyday to eat his breakfast and do his Tai Chi stretches before heading to the stables to work with horses. After that, he tends to the...
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A few days ago I was interviewed on the phone by the USF Foghorn! Tonya questioned me about my trip through Europe and about how WWOOF works. Check it out! Thanks Tonya!

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Lamb Shank Stew

Lamb Shank Stew | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

A few days ago, Tina and I made some chicken and lamb bone stock. Now it was about time to use this stock to make some Lamb Shank Stew! 

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Demonstration on how to cook lamb shank stew with homemade stock :P 

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Making Stock in Tina's Kitchen

Making Stock in Tina's Kitchen | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

As many of you know I'm a soup connoisseur. At home transforming stock made from bones, spices, and water into a delcious pot of hot soup is one of my favorite hobbies. So I was extremely excited to learn how a professional chef like Tina made her stocks. 

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Hey soup lovers! Check out this demonstration on how to make some SOUPerb lamb and chicken stock.

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My Daily Routine as a Farmer

My Daily Routine as a Farmer | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Coombeshead is a farm, restaurant, and a hotel. With Tony and Tina being the only permanent full time workers. That leaves ALOT of work for us WWOOF volunteers. The work days here last much longer than the average WWOOF farm, usually lasting about 10 hours a day. But as usual I try and find the brightside of the situation. More working equals more learning! Now let me
take you through an average day...


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Horse husbandry, companion planting, cooking, sheep rangeling, and much more!

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Gardens of Coombeshead Farm

Gardens of Coombeshead Farm | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

It wasn't long before Tina and Tony learned how passionate I was about agriculture and quickly set me to work on their gardens.

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Planting cabbage, leeks, and broccoli at Coombeshead Farm! Learning new methods of agriculture. Check it out these veggies garden gnomes!

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My Sidewalk Garden Experiment

This is an audio slide show project documenting the process of me building my very own sidwalk garden
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Although this looks like a video becuase it's uploaded to YouTube. It's actually an audio slide show I made. It gives a brief overview of the entire process of building my sidewalk garden. 

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The Century Plants have finally flowered

The Century Plants have finally flowered | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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These century plants are located on the hill above the USF Garden. About four months ago I posted a scoop about these century plants (otherwise known as agave) about how they were begining to flower. But back then they were only developing buds. Now the buds have opened and yellow flowers have broken through. I saw bees and hummerbirds buzzing around them excitedly, it is beautiiful. This is a rare occasion and the plants will die after the flowering process. But have no fear not all the century plants on this hill decided to flower this year. 

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Jerry Sypkens's comment, September 17, 2013 7:22 PM
Make some tequila?
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We finally harvested our softball sized USF Garden onions!

We finally harvested our softball sized USF Garden onions! | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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After watching and protexting these onions grow all summer. It felt amazing to finally harvest and enjoy these massive onions! they're delicious and drying out in the greenhouse now.

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Free Community Dinner Menu

Free Community Dinner Menu | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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Here's what was on the menu! Makes me hungry thinking back...

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USF Garden has a new pet bird!

USF Garden has a new pet bird! | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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Recently our USF Community Garden has become home to alot of little mice. The mice love our veggies! But they have also attracted this new garden friend/bird who's been feeding on the mice. Can anyone tell me what kind of bird this is? Hawk? Peregrine Falcon?

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New Life - A Baby Goat was Born

New Life - A Baby Goat was Born | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

With winter in full swing and rain showers almost every night, Andrea was worried that Brownie her pregnant goat wouldn't have the right conditions for a safe birth. So Andrea was putting dry bedding materials in the animal pen every night. A few days before I left the farm the baby goat was born!

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Read about the new life at Casalinho Farm 

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Foraged Salad

Foraged Salad | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

"An aspect of permaculture Casalinho embodies is utilizing what the
surrounding land has to provide. They have an excellent understanding of all the weeds, plants, and herbs that grow here naturally. Many of these plants are healthy and delicious for both their animals and for us! Andrea helped me identify some of her favorite plants to forage for salad." 

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I learned how to make a salad at Casalinho using wild weeds and plants harvested from the land.

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Casainho - Permaculture Project in Central Portugal

Casainho - Permaculture Project in Central Portugal | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it


“Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human
needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment.

It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share,
and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently
facing.

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education,
background, or previous experience. Permaculture is NOT just about
trees, or just about gardening! You don’t need loads of land to
practice it and it’s a design method that can be applied to all social
systems.”

— Casalinho, Permaculture Center


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I arrived to Casalinho a permaculture project in central Portugal. I don't have much access to wifi so I wont be blogging quite as often. But trust me I'm learn many valuable lessons. Check out this post on how they use livestock as a compost system.

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Why Organic? History of Industrial Food

Why Organic? History of Industrial Food | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

A few days ago SW1 TV, a station in southwest England asked to interview Tina. They are filming a documentary about the principles, ethics, and future of organic farming in the UK. Tina agreed to be one of the guest speakers.

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This post is a bit strange. Usually I interview someone, record the conversation, than write about it. In this post I was interveiwed, recorded it, and wanted to share the conversation with you all. The story of the industrial food system is a subject I think more of us need to learn about.

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Horse Chiropractor

Horse Chiropractor | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Did you know horses had chiropractors? I didn't. When I witnessed this for the first time I was simulataneously horrified and intrigued. Although the process is painful for the horses in the moment, it's actually extremely important and healthy for them in the long-term. 

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My video of a professional horse chiropractor at work.

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Feeding the pigs

Feeding the pigs | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

So I finally got to meet the pigs at Coombeshead Farm. They're fat, black, hairy, and live in the woods by the sheep pastures. I like to call them black forrest ham :) There is a zero waste policy here at the farm so it's good thing that the pigs eat all the food scraps.

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Check out this blog post/video of me feeding the pigs! And learn about how more pigs might be a solution to a more sustainable future

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Tina's Kitchen

Tina's Kitchen | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

This in Tina, a.k.a ‘The Lady Chef’ in her spectacular kitchen. Before
creating Coombeshead farm in 1996, she was the head chef in a London restaurant. Believe me she runs her kitchen with an iron fist. 

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In this post learn I learn how to properly chop an onion, rangel sheep, and butcher lamb. I'm living the farm life! 

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Blog

Blog | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

This is my blog about practicing urban agiculture in San Francisco, working on Farms in Europe with WWOOF, and my Wilder Life.

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My name is Sam Wilder. I majored in Media Studies and minored in Urban Agriculture always attempting to combine the two. Since graduation I've been traveling through Europe using ‪#‎WWOOF‬ (World Wide Opprotunities on Organic Farms) I go from farm to farm learning more about agiculture, and animal husbandry, while experiencing different cultures. I started in Spain, and now I'm in England. While I travel I've been keeping up a blog and wanted to share it with you all.

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The first Farm Stand of the semester rocked it!

The first Farm Stand of the semester rocked it! | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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The new Community Garden Outreach Class has got serious skills! They rocked the first Farmstand of the semester. The food was delicious, a full complete meal. They began using a smart new tactic of gleaning from Farmers Markets for this farm stand. They certainly had a lot of food. They also ran around passing out strawberries to attract people to the stand.

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Looks Delish!
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This lettuce looks picture perfect

This lettuce looks picture perfect | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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The colors on these lettuce plants are so beautiful. They all look so healthy thanks to all the love and care of our USF garden gnomes :) Next Farm Stand is going to be great!

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Some of my favorite dishes from the dinner

Some of my favorite dishes from the dinner | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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To the left is a photo of the food making process. The two photos on the right were my favorite dishes of the night. Potatoe leek soup using potatoes grow in the USF Garden. And pesto pasta using basil grown in the USF Garden.

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The last USF Free Community Dinner of the Summer

The last USF Free Community Dinner of the Summer | Plants, Fungi, & Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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The final Free Community Dinner was awesome! We had another huge turn up of about 70 people and lots of delicious healthy food. The summer has ended, bur the free community dinners will still go on! But the Community Garden Outreach class will be in charge during the semester. Can't wait for the next one! 

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