Posts by Sandra Knauf

Joel Salatin (America’s Libertarian Agrarian Intellectual) Reveals His Writing Secrets

As is true for most readers of garden lit, Joel Salatin entered my awareness in 2006 via Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. While I had always been interested in farming and food production, I equated Salatin, a self-described “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic Farmer” with ranching, and so wasn’t compelled, right off, to read his books. After all, I was only an urban gardener who dabbled in growing a few

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George Washington Carver: Grandfather of Sustainability – Part IV

In Part III, we learned of George Washington Carver’s work at Tuskegee Institute and a few of his many inventions. This is the conclusion of George Washington Carver: Grandfather of Sustainability. This brilliant mini-biography by Cheri Colburn first appeared in Greenwoman #2.  It’s available in that issue, or in its entirety as an ebook on Amazon.com. –Sandra Knauf   Seeds of Knowledge  Carver’s mission was clear, and he had no split

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George Washington Carver: Grandfather of Sustainability – Part III

In Part II, we left George Washington Carver as he just accepted an offer from Booker T. Washington to come to a new and financially struggling black college in Alabama, Tuskegee Institute. This brilliant mini-biography by Cheri Colburn first appeared in Greenwoman #2.  It’s available in that issue, or in its entirety as an ebook on Amazon.com.   In Service to His Race As the train jostled from Ames, Iowa, to

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Vintage Halloween

I thought it would be fun to share some Halloween images of the past. All are from Wikimedia Commons. The featured photo of the baby (unidentified) sleeping in a pumpkin is a 1906 lantern slide from the National Library of Australia.   This photo, showing three boys carving pumpkins, is from 1917 and came from the Library of Congress.   The well-known Canadian photographer Conrad Poirier took this shot of Barbara,

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The Orgy in Your Backyard

  “The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.” –Jean Giraudoux   If you have a thriving garden, there’s an orgy in your backyard. Flowers are the sex organs of most plants* and their perfume may be what first brings the revelers. Many flowers—from trees, shrubs, annuals (the plants that grow, flower, and die all in one year), perennials (plants that

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