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Adventures with Andy: Earning a Certification to Sell Wild Mushrooms

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I snap a photo just as Tradd says, “This mushroom really turns me on.” He pauses at the sound of my camera’s shutter, adding, “Don’t add that to your article.” He continued on, explaining to about 20 students (including me) standing around him that a mushroom he has just picked from a hardwood log is called a “train wrecker.” The fungus is so named because of its…

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Wendell Berry film on Tuesday. The energy solution – competition and conservation. Don’t rush to gas. First, decentralize – wisdom from an options trader. Things we ought to do now.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Folks, First, an acknowledgment of last week’s mistake.  Two sharp-eyed readers pointed out that my description of the Land Institute’s perennial grain program contained an embarrassing malapropism.  I said the Institute was developing “perineal” grains.  If you don’t know what that means, don’t look it up.  My only excuse is that my computer was too dumb to recognize the error.  Sorry! The following article from the Post and Courier reports that the Charleston Music Hall will present a…

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Gala for birds. Water, water everywhere. Taxing carbon. Building better, less expensive cities. Support local farming or reform big agriculture? The answer is yes!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Folks, First, I made a mistake last week. I reported that the Center for Birds of Prey’s annual extravaganza had been cancelled because of too much water from Irma and too many exotic birds (like our sooty tern) to rehabilitate. In fact, it was their annual birding festival, Zughenruhe (It’s German – having to do with the migration of birds, in case you didn’t know.) Fest, that was cancelled. Their annual gala is still on,…

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A Word from the Warehouse – September 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Our friends at Clif Bar trekked to our South Carolina warehouse all the way from California to get to know GrowFood Carolina. Like GrowFood, Clif Bar is committed to creating a healthier, more sustainable food system, and the Clif Bar Family Foundation is a consistent and generous financial supporter of our food hub. We are proud and humbled to share a

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Irma odds and ends. The fallout. The response. Can I talk to you about insurance? Snow leopards on the rise.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

There is a party Everyone is there Everyone will leave At exactly the same time  When this party’s over It will start again It will not be any different It will be exactly the same “Heaven” by David Byrne Folks, Irma certainly wasn’t a party, and it wasn’t EXACTLY the same as Matthew or the October 2015 “rain bomb.”  But the hurricane, (which was “just” a tropical storm in South Carolina), left us with a familiar, sinking feeling – for the third time in…

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Irma odds and ends. The fallout. The response. Can I talk to you about insurance? Snow leopards on the rise.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

There is a party Everyone is there Everyone will leave At exactly the same time  When this party’s over It will start again It will not be any different It will be exactly the same “Heaven” by David Byrne Folks, Irma certainly wasn’t a party, and it wasn’t EXACTLY the same as Matthew or the October 2015 “rain bomb.”  But the hurricane, (which was “just” a tropical storm in South Carolina), left us with a familiar, sinking feeling – for the third time in…

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A modest proposal: Don’t prepare for Irma. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. GrowFood goes national! Protection for history on the Cooper.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Folks, With Hurricane Irma in the forefront of our collective minds, here is a modest proposal:  I suggest that the people who continue to deny human-caused climate change (bless their hearts) should similarly discount the science, and the scientists, the rest of us are depending on to decide whether to board up our windows, to buy bottled water, and to put the cat in the carrier and suffer four hours of driving to Spartanburg, (serenaded…

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More nuclear fallout. Santee Cooper is insolvent. South Carolina is a corporate state. Learning from the eclipse. Bing Crosby! Beautiful dirt. Defeating plastic pollution. Birds and moose!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Folks, Reading the newspaper (or the cyber newsfeed) has been especially painful these last two weeks. Charlottesville… a shooting on King Street in Charleston…  a hurricane in Texas… and countless (truly) articles about the demise of the SCANA/Santee Cooper nuclear plant.  No silver linings in these events… But also, if you will bear with me, some encouraging, inspiring and beautiful stories too. First, the nuclear plant debacle continues to unfold.  There are important lessons about how to…

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Infrastructure: It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. The perils of public private partnerships. Moral hazard in the energy arena. Wetlands are infrastructure, and they are free! Fortress EPA. Snakes on the beach!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The law locks up the man or woman who steals the goose from off the common. But lets the greater felon loose, who steals the common from the goose. Anonymous Folks, Another week, another missed news summary.  I have no excuse.  So, I’ll try to make this one the best yet, with a laser-like focus on one big issue – infrastructure.  The word is so solid and reassuring I’ll say it again.  Infrastructure. …

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Shorter emails. Brilliant corvids. Not as brilliant county councils. I-526 “death rattle?” Ancient resorts. Modern heroism.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Folks, I’ve gotten a lot of comments about the past three email news summaries and took a week off to think about them.  (Actually, I was just too disorganized to get last week’s out. Sorry!)  A few significant people tactfully suggested that I cut the length down.  I agree, with the caveat that I will have to leave a few items out (important topics like testosterone research…).  With brevity in mind, I’ll get directly to…

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