Tag 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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Ten Reasons to Grow a Garden: A Conversation with Sandra Knauf

Growing a garden is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life and support a sustainable, healthy environment. Accordingly, we turned to former US Represented staff writer Sandra Knauf for advice since this is one of her areas of expertise. In a recent conversation, she gave us ten good reasons to grow a garden. Most people know that food taken straight from the garden is of much higher quality.

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Colorado Caucus PTSD

It pains me to have to write this. I don’t wish to be a part of the divisiveness that’s rampant in the Democratic party as we head to Super Tuesday. But the time has come to tell my 2008 Colorado caucus story. Before I do, I’d like to say that I voted for Bill Clinton, twice. I was so impressed with Hillary Clinton—her ideas, her work, and her defiant attitude toward the

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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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