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During the summer, I took the Cultivating Cooks 101 class. We learned important basics to cooking such as knife skills and ways to make food taste better. One way to make food better is add spices. The blackberry crisps we made in class are one of my all-time favorites.

At home, I’ve suggested small ideas that add some flavor (or pizazz) to the food. One dish I helped work on was gnocchi and vegan sausage. I also helped my mom make roasted root vegetables. I made a huge batch of kale chips for my cousins.

As a family, we decided to go on a road trip next Summer. The deal was we needed to eat at home more to save money. My mom picked Yellowstone as the destination. The idea of saving money to do cool things really motivated me to think about what we are eating. We plan meals together and shop together. Before, we were eating out at fast-food restaurants frequently.

We are currently eating a lot of organic and (sometimes) vegan foods. Eating more healthy foods feels better because of the extra energy every day, and the clean and active feeling.

My favorite items from the 21 Acres market are the different cheeses and the local-made honey.
-Jack Unruh (age 14)

Photo caption: Jack, third from left, in his cooking class at 21 Acres.

(Note from 21 Acres: Thanks Jack, for taking the time to write this post for us and share your experience. We can’t wait to hear more about your food adventures in the coming year and, of course, news about your road trip next summer!)

Seattle Tilth Bean Tepee
Photo: Seattle Tilth Bean Tepee

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your child? A bean tepee is a magical place you can create easily for your children–and they can help make it! Then water the plants together during the next weeks and watch the tepee grow green and sprout tasty snacks. It will become a special hideaway for your child and a great way to get them excited about playing outside and interested in growing and tasting food from the garden. (more…)

We are pleased to have a guest blog post from Martha Baskin, a highly respected environmental reporter, covering critical issues that we care deeply about at 21 Acres.   You may have heard Martha as host of Green Acre Radio or read her recent article about GMO-free Cheerios which was picked up on the national level. The article she just wrote about oil-carrying rail cars and tanker ships is alarming.  Please read on….

I don’t think people are aware of the magnitude of fossil fuels headed our way via rail and tankers. On the rail side volume is expected to increase 8 fold when 9 new oil terminals become operational from Ferndale to Vancouver, WA. Currently 4 oil terminals are up and running. The trains will carry – as they do today but with less frequency – crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale fields, tar sands from Alberta and coal from Montana’s Powder Ridge Basin. What’s different than in decades past is volume — high powered extraction techniques – and intent. Fossil fuel companies are beginning to lose their domestic markets and are anxious to take up the slack with exports. There could be as many as 50 trains rolling through the region daily with 100 cars each and each filled with volatile crude. Given the horrific number of explosions, the volatility of the crude and unsafe rail cars not made to carry oil, it’s almost madness that neither the feds or the state are stepping in and saying “whoa”, slow down, you go too fast. At a minimum, per advocates quoted in my story, there should be a moratorium on all rail transport of fossil fuels until the cars are retrofit. (Some 80% are not.)  (more…)

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With all the headlines that we have read over the past 30 years regarding the link between heart disease and saturated fats, it is easy to associate items like cheese as a “bad” or “forbidden” food. The general message that was delivered by health care professionals in the 1980s and 1990s was that foods high in saturated fats (like cheese) should either be avoided, or consumed in their lower fat / no fat versions. While the research that links saturated fats and heart disease remains strong, the “vilification” of cheese that results is quite unfortunate. (more…)