Monthly Archives: April 2013

French Flour

Many years ago I scraped (and rolled) through Basic and Intermediate Pâtisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. I made a few friends, learned much more than I unfortunately remember and came away with a great appreciation of all things … Continue reading

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Urban Agriculture Conference

The Horticultural Society of New York is hosting its 3rd Annual Urban Agriculture Conference in Washington Square, New York City from 15 through 17 May 2013.  

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EU Votes to Protect Honey Bees

BBC News reports: “Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides are believed to harm bees and the European Commission says they should be restricted to crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators. But many farmers and crop experts argue that there is … Continue reading

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Gardening Success Through Organization and Design

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Raising Backyard Chickens

After successfully gaining approval for a new Poultry Ordinance the Durham Agricultural Commission begins their long-planned Poultry education series for new and experienced Backyard Chicken farmers:

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Food Safety and Modernization Act

I just received the following email and urge you to follow the link and learn about the impact of this new Federal regulation. Hi folks Most  have you have heard about the Food  Safety and Modernization Act. Upon first inspection … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Regulate GMO Alfalfa

Monsanto Company and Forage Genetics International have petitioned seeking a determination of nonregulated status of alfalfa designated as event KK179, which has been genetically engineered to express reduced levels of guaiacyl lignin. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Docket No. … Continue reading

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Mimolette

I have enjoyed Mimolette for a number of years now. It is a hard cheese which gets harder as it ages, deep orange in color with a slight caramelized tone. It is probably most like a well made aged cheddar. It keeps … Continue reading

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Grow Local, Cook Local

If you are traveling to Paris and wish to maintain your Eat Local regimen then you are now in luck. Since 19 February 2013 a new restaurant labeling scheme has been in force and claims over 50 restauranteurs have signed … Continue reading

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Why Eat Local?

Being fairly literal in my writing and thinking, I have become aware that eating local is not a new McDonald’s campaign and I get no points for picking up a Frosty from Wendy’s. At least, as promotions go, Eat Local … Continue reading

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