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Peas photo Copyright:NY Times April 30/2014

Peas, Emerging From The Deep Freeze

Peas photo Copyright:NY Times April 30/2014
Peas photo Copyright:NY Times April 30/2014

Peas, Emerging From The Deep Freeze

By  published in The New York Times: April 30, 2014

Which cuisine do you think of when you think about peas? French, with petits pois aux laitues? Italian, which offers piselli con prosciutto? Indian, and its mutter paneer? British, with buttered peas with mint?

And when you reach for peas, are they frozen or fresh?

Worldwide, most peas are consumed straight from the deep freeze. Many would argue that frozen peas are the better choice, for quality. They certainly can’t be beat in terms of convenience, and they do taste good. I am not immune to their charms when pea season is still a ways off.

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Food….Grows In The Ground! Local Gardens Rock!

Local Gardens Rock! It’s just not always clear to 3rd graders why they rock. It’s always funny to me when I talk with younger students about food and where it comes from.

Some kids are shocked to learn that apples are grown just 10 miles from the city, and that watermelons can be grown right in the heart of NYC. Local Gardens Rock! Instead of supporting food that has traveled 1500 mi to get to your plate, support your local farm, buy locally at the farmers market.

The video below reminds us how prolific even the scraps of our food-waste can be, as the gardener harvest over a pound of potatoes from the left-over skins. When I showed this to a group of 3rd grade students they were shocked to learn that their french fries came “from the ground”…. it’s amazing.

Our planet is so generous, and with such little effort we can return at least a portion of our food system to a localized one where we grow some of our food at home in a local garden, ie: right out your door. It’s a beautiful thing to do! Much easier to grab the herbs for your salad from within 2o ft of the table, and they taste so much better! Check out our Photo Stream for some inspiration


Meditative Thoughts for Autumn

“It is true that spring is fair, and it is a fine capacity of the human soul to perceive the beauty of the spring, the growing, sprouting, burgeoning life. But to be able to perceive also when the leaves fade and take on their fall coloring, when the animals creep away — to be able to feel how in the sensible which is dying away, the gleaming, shining, soul-spiritu

al element arises — to be able to perceive how with the yellowing of the leaves there is a descent of the springing and sprouting life, but how the sensible becomes yellow in order that the spiritual can live in the yellowing as such — to be able to perceive how in the falling of the leaves the ascent of the spirit takes place, how the spiritual is the counter-manifestation of the fading sense-perceptible; this should as a perceptive feeling for the spirit — ensoul the human being in autumn! Then he would prepare himself in the right way precisely for the new year.”by Rudolf Steiner

Source: The Cycle of the Year as Breathing-Process of the Earth, Lecture 3

Question: Do we need to understand dying in order to truly live? Is an awareness of the death of nature, the loss of the leaves, the decomposing of their “body”, only to nurture and feed the soil and provide new life again, is this understanding the thing that is lacking from a majority of our culture? Is this very thing behind the “Black Friday” mentality of shopping, the cause of some of our problems within our precious ecosystems? We cannot consume only, we must give back, one way or another no matter gained or lost, so limitless consumption and growth cannot be supported. It’s not politics, it’s mathematics.
As they say on SNL’s Coffe Talk (Tawk), Talk amongst yourselves (but leave a comment here).

Journey North- Climate Study off to a great start!


Planting the garden. field data TulipInquiry04

Tracking Change in Seasons and Climate Around the Globe
In this international science experiment, students across the northern hemisphere plant tulip bulbs in their Journey North Test Gardens each fall. When the plants emerge and bloom, children announce that spring has arrived in their part of the world.

One garden at a time, the relationship between climate, geography and the arrival of spring is revealed. Students make observations in their own hometown, and watch the wave of spring as it moves across the globe.

This project enlists the help of students as citizen scientists to monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. As plants develop and grow they reveal the effects of the local climate. Over time, the timing of plant growth can be used as an indicator of climate change. Students contribute valuable observations to a long-term database.

Tulips as Tools
The kids use tulips to measure the arrival of spring. They take part in a BIG experiment with Journey North. 
Everybody plants tulip gardens in the fall. All of the kids plant their gardens in exactly the same way. This experiment lets them measure spring’s arrival in a scientific way.
Watching and Waiting
Students monitor the garden carefully throughout the winter. When the tulips emerge from the ground in the spring the kids in each location share their news. Everyone’s garden information is reported to Journey North.