A Beginner’s Guide to Storing Bulbs Over the Winter

Storing bulbs over the winter is a great way to continue enjoying the beauty of their flowers! Certain plants flower and reproduce from a bulb. When the herbaceous plant is not in bloom, all its energy is stored in a small tuber that can fit in the palm of your hand. You can actually dig up the bulb at the …

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Tis’ the Season: An Introduction to Homemade Mulled Wine

Slightly spicy, warming, and delicious, mulled wine is quick to make. All you need is a few spices, some wine, and a few oranges. Learning more about spiced wine will help you create the best drink this holiday season. Occasions For Mulled Wine Mulled wine is typically a winter drink. This spiced, warm, alcoholic beverage is a perfect addition to …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Kombucha Alcohol Content

Whether you call it a health food craze, a pop-culture fad, or the millennia-old tea of life, kombucha has likely come across your radar. While it has been around for over 2000 years, you’ve probably more recently noticed it filling shelves in the grocery stores and listed on tap menus at your favorite breweries. Touted for its health benefits and …

South Whidbey School Farm Teaches & Nourishes Kids and Community

Cary Peterson has been rocking her soil-stained hands for the last three decades. In 2009, she  helped the Good Cheer Food Bank start a garden to grow vegetables for food bank clients. “It was really transformative for the community right after the crash,” she explains. Being able to provide fresh, organic produce to people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to …

Meeting Essential Needs With Dignity – And A Few CoolBots

“CoolBot has been our favorite thing,” professes Robin Peacock, Executive Director at MEND. MEND, which stands for Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity, is a non-profit corporation that provides strength and support for its network of local food pantries in Essex County, NJ. MEND has been fighting hunger for both families and individuals since 1980 by providing supplemental fresh food, funds …

Is it Possible to Make Homemade Cheese? Yes!

Cheese isn’t something one needs to buy at the store. It’s not just possible to make homemade cheese, it can be easy! While most types of cheeses take some special ingredients and equipment, a few kinds can be made with ingredients and materials one likely has at home right now. Cheesemaking is a science, in fact, it might be the …

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Lagering 101: Pilsners, Bocks, and Dunkels

Lagers are darn tough beers to make. Their crisp and clean taste leaves little for imperfections to hide behind. Making a standup pilsner, bock, or dunkel can really test a brewer’s capabilities and equipment. If you’re thinking of brewing a lager, consider yourself warned! Is a Lager an Ale? No! All beer can generally be separated into two overarching categories; …

Second Chance Foods Doubles Down on CoolBots

Rescuing Food – Reducing Hunger – Raising Awareness Second Chance Foods does exactly that: They rescue food from grocery stores, restaurant suppliers, home delivery services and local farms that would otherwise get thrown out and go to waste. They get new food donations every single day, distributing it all within 24 hours to local hunger relief organizations. This constant stream …

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Kombucha Origins: The Surprising History of a 2,000-Year-Old Drink

Sourdough bread, kombucha, home improvements, meditation, vanlife conversions – the crippling anxieties and systemic shortcomings of this pandemic era have inspired us to try new things in different ways.  Kombucha, in particular, has gained massive popularity in the United States over the course of the past 10 years, and in these explorations of “at-home-in-a-pandemic-experiments” more people than ever are brewing …

The Beginner’s Guide to Vinification

Vinification is the process of turning grapes into the alcoholic beverage we know and love as wine. This process happens via fermentation. Vinification is an activity nearly as old as human civilization itself! A 2017 discovery found evidence that humans made wine as early as 8,000 years ago. These days, aspiring winemakers and enthusiasts go through years’ long courses in …