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Dairy Cow Culling Skyrockets

Started Sep 23, 2012 0 Replies

The headline says it all:, we were up a lot of cows year…Continue

Local farms in the news

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather K Jul 12, 2012. 2 Replies

This NY Times article rather gobs many businesses and business models together in a jumbled mess, but there is great radish pornography from Alm Hill Gardens and Growing Washington gets a mention, at…Continue

Looking for Chive Seed and Flowers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Celt M. Schira Feb 15, 2010. 2 Replies

Do you have extra chive seed, either saved or purchased? We are packing garden kits for distribution and have run out. I am also looking for flower seeds for the kits. Anything short (under 24"),…Continue


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Celt's Garden - California Dreaming in a Drought

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:10pm 2 Comments

It's time to pull out the seed starting trays. Onions, scallions, tomatoes, and perennial herbs first, then as March gets on, Asian green stuff, salad greens, brassicas and flowers. Some delicious green stuff, such as spinach, is essentially water. Water that is becoming expensive and possibly unavailable to California farmers. Even the cute plastic bags of organic salad greens are water piped hundreds of miles from rivers, sprayed on 10,000 acre lettuce patches in the desert and then…


Here's a Guy in Texas Hanging on with Native Grasses

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 11:25am 0 Comments

This rancher is managing his cattle by managing his forage of native grasses. It's working for him. It's interesting that he has only 200 head of beef cattle and he's making a profit. Usually cattle operations in Texas are much bigger. It supports my theory about small business, that there are many sweet spots at different scales. it's all about making it work at a scale that is comfortable for you.

A Stubborn…


Celt's Garden - Thoughtful essay on urban agriculture in Boston

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 11:30am 0 Comments

" The third reason, she said, is that we’re paying more attention to the structure of our cities. Rust Belt cities that formerly relied on manufacturing, such as Detroit and Cleveland, “were in a state of utter catastrophic fall.” The land in Detroit is relatively inexpensive because there is no market for it, Tumber said, making agriculture a viable use. Another appeal of urban farming is that “people are losing confidence in the food system,” Ladner said. They are “realizing how perilous…


Celt's Garden - Gardening as Self-Unemployment Insurance

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 9:30am 0 Comments

The single mother in New York City told her story to the NY Times: She's a self-employed writer, illustrator and marketing materials designer. She lives modestly with her two half grown boys in a tiny apartment. "Sometimes, my clients pay late. Sometimes, they don't pay at all." She relies on the food bank to get through the month, especially that last grim week. All of which just highlights how difficult subsistence activities are in a tiny apartment in the middle of NYC, dependent on cash…


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At 4:31am on March 14, 2014, William (Bill) L Sterling Jr said…
Happy quickening is here!!! garden time, planting, spring greens and snow peas. The nettles are up in force behind the Caretaker house at the Center for Local Self Reliance help your self and tell a friend
At 9:59am on February 16, 2011, Angela MacLeod said…
Will you be doing the seed packing project this weekend? I am interested in coming again this sunday if you will be doing it.
At 6:55am on February 11, 2011, Angela MacLeod said…


I really enjoyed the seed packaging project. It was nice to meet you and the others there.


Do you plant spring cover crops? If yes what do you plant and when?

At 3:05pm on January 18, 2011, Heather K said…

Celt!  So great to hear of your Tea & Seeds offering!

Hope you had a chance to read the article in Grow Northwest magazine! 

Both Shannon & I are pleased that the interview is accessible to those not online!

Here's a link:

At 8:28pm on December 4, 2010, Laura J Sellens said…

You are receiving this because you’ve expressed interest in the Piteba Oil Press group order. By my count 10 people have expressed interest! If we are able to order 8 or more, shipped to one address, the special price will be Euro 68,50 per expeller (shipping is included). At today’s exchange rate that makes it $91.89 USD. Otherwise, with 4-7 it will be Euro 72.32, or $97.01.

After 2 long conversations with US Customs and an “import specialist” I determined that there will be no duty expected on this order (Tariff # 8479.20.0000). I also found out that although the shipment could pass customs without a search—in that case it would take shipping time plus about 5 days, or it could take 30-45 days to get through customs. That’s not expected, I’m just giving the worst case scenario. Actually the worst case is if it’s determined that these are Trademark infringed and get confiscated. But I think this company looks legitimate and if I was going to counterfeit something for the black market, it wouldn’t be hand crank oil presses. But I’m laying out the risk for your informed decision making.

The payment is made through Paypal-one electronic payment, one address. I’ll want to get the money from you before I put in the order so I don’t have to front you all, however I’m willing to compensate for small changes due to exchange rate, until we can settle up. This has taken more time than I thought, so from here on I’m trying to make it easy for myself. I’ll want you to come get your presses, although if you tell me your neighborhood, I can connect you with any others in your area so just one person could pick up for the neighborhood. I live right near downtown off Lakeway.

Please email me at (so I can avoid publishing my home address on this ning site), whether yes or no. When I have an accurate price based on the size of the order, I’ll give you my address to send me a check.

Cheers, Laura Sellens
At 2:54pm on September 26, 2010, Alison Kutz-Troutman said…
Celt! I am just regrouping from a trip to Oregon.. are you going to the Harvest Dinner at Boxx berry by chance? Thought I might be able to catch up with you there ? Hopefully see you Thurs at 5 at the CLSR?
At 3:50pm on March 19, 2010, Heather K said…
Hi Celt! Another great blog post on grains & slow bread! If you have time, I'd love to see you cut & paste it and add it to the Garden Group under the Blog Discussion page to allow more gardeners to read it.
The chives I brought by will need watering...I just dug them on the run heading into town for committment. I also left some small pots in case you want to divide them up smaller portions to share them with the new gardener seed packages....
May wellness enfold your spirit & body reflecting all the gifts you share with your community!
At 12:55pm on March 8, 2010, Celt M. Schira said…
Hi Jo Ann, ah, too blissed out to run errands, sounds like fun. Of course, call me, I am in and out.
At 12:47pm on March 8, 2010, Jo Ann Heydron said…
Hey Celt, I went to a Zen retreat this weekend, through Sunday lunch, then forgot to pick up my seed packet. Can I drop by some other time?
At 2:28pm on February 22, 2010, Chris Wolf said…
Thanks Celt! I am so excited that you will be one of the presenters. Here are a few details: The Great Unleashing is April 10th at Bellingham High School, from about 9 am to 5 pm. We will have 3 great keynote speakers throughout the day (like Francis Moore Lappe!) and in between offer these 1-hour sessions that people can choose from. Session times will be 10:00-11am, 12:30-1:30pm, and 2:50 -3:45pm. If you have a preference you can choose your time slot; otherwise we will choose the time. It will be pretty low-tech, but if you want PowerPoint or something, let us know and we will work on it. You can bring whatever you want to demonstrate, photos of your garden, seeds to give away, handouts, whatever you want. We will provide any assistance you need too.

Will you get me your phone # and email so our speaker coordinator, David Marshak, can contact you? If you don't want to post it here, you can email me at chrisandbella at yahoo dot com.

I still need to come over and visit your garden sometime! Let me know if there are times when you would be open to that. Thanks Celt!

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