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Year of Plenty

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

Mystery Wildflowers 

Snagged a couple more pics of early season wildflowers. The white flowers are Whitlow Grass but I can't figure out the pink flower. It looks like phlox of some kind but I couldn't find any phlox that are this early in the spring. They are…

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 (Craig Goodwin)

Wendell Berry: An Ode to Wildflowers 

I'm not sure what it is about wildflowers that I find so exciting, but they sure have captured my imagination over the last year. I suppose it's mostly their effortless beauty. This reflection on a serendipitous encounter with bluebells by Wendell Berry captures some of…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010

TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010


Master of Divinity and Master Food Preserver

I started using Twitter several months back and have really enjoyed it. In my pre-Twitter days I had sort of assumed it was an exercise in self-absorbed navel gazing, getting updates from random people about marginal details of their lives, i.e. - I'm eating dinner,…

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010

 (Craig Goodwin / Craig Goodwin)

First Wildflowers of the Season

We've got an ongoing project in the Goodwin house of photographing and chronicling all the native wildflowers of the Inland Northwest. We got a late start last year but were able to photograph and identify over 100 flowers. I have another year under my belt…

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SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010


TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010


MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010

Why You Shouldn't Rototill Your Garden

When I started gardening I always got stuck at the beginning of every gardening season waiting for my friend to get out his rototiller and let me borrow it. In my mind, you couldn't and shouldn't start planting stuff until the soil had a good…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010


THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010


MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2010

Vegetable Garden Seed Starting Schedule 

I made my annual trip to Northwest Seed and Pet today to get my gardening game face on. It's officially time to start rattling around the greenhouse and get some early season crops started. Here in the Spokane area May 15 is the traditional last…

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Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at goody2230@gmail.com