This year’s biochar crop is Red Russian kale, a variety of the once-obscure, now-seen-everywhere garden green.   Even though some foodies argue that kale has reached its popularity peak, plenty of others see kale as a kitchen staple that is here to stay.  (Despite the dismay of comedian Jim Gaffigan, and, yes, Dan and I…

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Over the past 8 months, I’ve been writing about our farm’s experience with biochar.  Here I’d like to offer a different perspective on biochar by sharing a post written by Dordt College graduate Danielle Zuidema, who studied biochar production, soil benefits, and marketing in Nicaragua. Ever since my older sister studied abroad in Belize, I…

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One of my favorite crops to harvest is potatoes.  I love pushing my hands through the soil, searching by feel for the little spuds, and grabbing just enough for a batch of oven-baked fries or sausage, potato, and greens soup or red onion-potato-feta frittata.  Sounds kind of romantic, pastoral, right?  And it is.  Until you…

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