Permaculture Chickens

Here is an educational film project by Justin Rhodes on raising chickens “with nature” according to permaculture principles.
It looks like wonderful project. I loved having chickens when my daughters were young because they provided such important nutrition – especially the egg yolk — for growing toddlers. As early as one year old, my girls went down to the chicken house on their own, take an egg and crack it into their mouths raw, shell and all!

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welcome fall 2014!

Check out the Hancock Permaculture Center for their new spring 2015 Design Course!

Five modules over five months – first weekends June thru October.
at the Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden, NY.

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Blue Frog and The Legend of Chocolate

One of the things I like to collect is children’s stories about food that usually include a recipe at the end of the book. Recently we found this at the library:

Blue Frog The Legend of Chocolate
by Dianne de las Casas

Its a Mexican legend of a blue frog who brought chocolate to the people. They had to steal it from the Sun God who thought the cocoa bean was a divine food for the gods only! Here’s the recipe at the end of the book:

3 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
4 tsp sucanat (optional)
2/3 cup boiling water (use milk to make it richer)
Chile or chipotle powder, to taste

Place cocoa power, vanilla, and sugar in a mug. Pour in boiling water. Mix thoroughly. Add a dash of chile powder and mix. Delicioso! The Aztecs put chile in their chocolate. The Europeans later added sugar. To make it a wapf recipe, I put whipped cream on top, and/or coconut oil or butter in the hot liquid. Get those healthy fats in there! And remember to use a fair trade, organic chocolate for best flavor and sustainable farming practices.

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We look forward to a new season of workshops with the winter thaw. Stay warm and stay tuned! As a chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, we are dedicated to promoting the return of nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. Here’s what some of our sister chapters are doing in the neighborhood: Columbia County Chapter, NY and Lehigh Valley Chapter, PA.

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