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Food and “the job of getting it there”

In Charles Frazier’s 1997 novel Cold Mountain, a minister’s daughter decides after her father’s death to remain on their western North Carolina farm, rather...

Loneliness, Rural College Students, and More

It's been a busy first week on the remodeled porch, and we have an excellent lineup of new essays coming next week. For now,...

Why Everyone Should Plant Seeds This Week

“Of the art of acquisition then there is one kind which by nature is a part of the management of a household, in...

A Little Home Cooking

Richmond, VA I do not think it outrageous, every now and then, to despair for the future of cooking in this country. Not all the...

Life in the Kolache Belt: Reflections from the Intersection of Food,...

In some ways, the little farming community of Hallettsville where I have spent a writing sabbatical still resides in a simpler time. Czechs and...

Something’s Fishy–But Not Very–At Dinnertime

Ingham County, MI As darkness falls upon what a friend of mine charitably calls “Jack-Ass Acres,” and as the promise of rain comes with the...

Soylent: It’s What’s for Dinner (and Lunch and Breakfast)

Hidden Springs Lane. What if you never had to worry about food again? Possible answers: 1) Wow! Think of all the time I can...

On Killing (Chickens)

Hidden Springs Lane. Last weekend the deed was done. Having acquired 25 chicks in the spring (they were free) it soon became clear that...

On Being a Worthy Heir of the Agrarian Contrarians

But, as Shakespeare wrote, we sometimes “by indirections find directions out.”

Diet, meet Butter

What did Grandma really eat?