Marietta Floral – Keeping their Flowers Cool and Business Growing with CoolBot

Alex Lam knows that flowers aren’t something people necessarily need everyday. This is why it’s so important for him to have an edge on his competitors in the Oakland flower industry. “Why should people choose us over our competitors?” he asks. “Especially when these [other] guys have been around forever. Because I know my customer base. I know what they …

Store, Hang, Cure + Process Meat With Ease – With CoolBot!

Curtis Pocklington grew up deer hunting with his family in Minnesota each fall since he was just a kid. “We had a cabin on some private land,” he tells us, “and then we would use [the venison] to feed our family for the entire year.” Eventually, Curtis’ wife “tired of Minnesota winters,” so they relocated to Arizona. “It was a …

Backyard Farmer: Introduction to Goat’s Milk

Raising goats for goat’s milk opens up the world of DIY dairy products. Whether prompted by sustainability, gourmet food, saving money, or all three, starting a backyard farm has become both an appealing and realistic option. After a veggie garden and chicken coop, the next step to rounding out your farm is dairy production. Here, you can learn about the …

How to Grow Yeast: A Beginner’s Guide

In the home brewing and baking crowd, we all are familiar with yeast. Rising our dough, fermenting our beer and wine… This mysterious organism is behind many of the delicious treats and libations we enjoy every day. With a backyard garden and a bit of a green thumb, growing your own grapes, hops, or wheat is easy enough. But did …

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 dig up the bulb at the end …

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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 …