Real Food

How to find fresh, seasonal, sustainable foods, plus delicious, healthy recipes.

The Ethical Meat Eater

By Meredith Leigh

Ethical meat may help offset the cost of the homestead, stimulate a local economy and improve your over-all health.

The True Cost of Organic GMO-Free Pork

By Meredith Leigh

Not all parts of a carcass are created equal. When half of the carcass weight goes to waste because it isn’t a coveted cut of meat, a farmer must inflate costs to cover losses.

2 Inspiring and Innovative Urban-Food Projects

By Joshua Burman Thayer, Native Sun Gardens

Come see for yourself if urban green spaces can retain aesthetic beauty while also providing local food.

Mushroom Hunting in France

By Hannah Wernet

While staying in France this summer, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to forage for mushrooms. We were hoping for 'Ceps' and 'Chanterelles', but we found something we had never expected.


Healthy ‘Texas Caviar’ Southern Pea Salad Recipe

By Wendy Akin

Folks here mostly cook purple hull peas with quantities of fatty pork. Although this is similar to the way we Yankees bake beans, I wanted to try something healthier, more Mediterranean. I came up with a pea salad they call “Texas Caviar” and developed my own version of this healthy, nutritious dish.

Freezing Broccoli and Beans

By Celeste Longacre

You get the most nutrient-dense vegetables by eating or freezing them immediately after picking. Don't know how to freeze broccoli or beans? Read on to learn vegetable freezing techniques.

How to Forage in the Woods for Wild Edible Plants (with Video)

By Alyssa Craft

Did you know that free food from Mother Nature is all around us? By learning how to forage, you can take advantage of nature’s bounty and even preserve it for future use and consumption!

Homemade Nectarine Preserves Recipe

By Wendy Akin

A commercial pectin recipe for this preserve calls for 4 cups of fruit to 7 cups sugar. I use about ¼ of that: at least twice as much fruit and half the sugar, so my jams and preserves taste of the fruit instead of sugar and have half or less calories. As well as the usual breakfast toast spread, try adding your own homemade preserves to plain yogurt.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.