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Year of Plenty



FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009


FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009



TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009

Summer 2009 Wildflower Project 

One experience from our Year of Plenty has been that sometimes when you decide to do something unlikely and audacious, you actually do it and it's wonderfully fruitful. It wasn't just the decision to consume local for a year. It was all of the smaller…

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What Can One Do?

Wendell Berry's observations from the book of essays, "What Are People For";Many times, after I have finished a lecture on the decline of American farming and rural life, someone in the audience has asked, "What can city people do?" "Eat responsibly," I have usually answered.…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009


The View From Your Garden 

Andrew Sullivan, the uber-blogger has a series on his site called "The View From Your Window" where he invites readers of the blog to send in pictures of their view from a window. It has become a staple of his blog and provides a fascinating…

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009

Six Rivers Market in Sandpoint

The Six Rivers Market in Sandpoint, ID is trying out an innovative new model of marketing locally grown foods. It's a cross between a CSA,, and a Farmers Market. You order your items online and then pick them up a few days later at…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009

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Name That (Other) Native Plant  

Here' another one from my outing yesterday. There were just a few of these gorgeous yellow flowers down in a little valley. They stood out like glistening gems. I'm thinking Coreopsis or Rudbeckia type flower. Anyone know what this is?

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 (Craig Goodwin / The Spokesman-Review)

Name That Native Plant 

I was exploring not too far from the Spokane River this afternoon and came across this strange looking wild plant. It looks like bamboo but it has a seed head like a mushroom. A big webby hug to the first person to name it.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009

Survival Garden

A friend dropped off a can of vacuum packed seeds called the Clyde Robin "Survival Garden". The can said it was tested in 1980. I'm not sure if that means it was packed in 1980 or it was tested for its seal in 1980. Regardless,…

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 (Craig Goodwin / The Spokesman-Review)

Chasing Light

I was coming home from the Farmers' Market last night and saw the sun's last rays of the day dancing on the fields of what I think is Canola surrounding Hutton Settlement. I did a U-turn on Argonne and sped over to snap a few…

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MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009

"Chichen Paradise" 

The chicken coop is done and the sign is in place. "Chichen Paradise" is the name the kids chose. Nancy wanted to correct the spelling but in my mind that is the best part. There is something wonderful about the world seen through children's eyes.…

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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009

WSU's Locavore Dilemma

Somehow I missed this story from a week ago in the Spokesman Review. After MIchael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma was chosen as a book for all incoming WSU freshman to read, the President and Provost pulled the plug, citing financial constraints. Only problem is, they've already…

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2009

 (Craig Goodwin / The Spokesman-Review)

Chicken Coop Update

Yesterday was a big day with the coop. I got the floor in and am starting to box it in. I've had several requests for more design details on the coop so here are some initial dimensions and lessons learned. I'll try to sum things…

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009


Big Ag says, "Hey, We're Local Food Too."

The NY Times has an interesting article on how big ag is co-opting the local food movement's mojo to sell Lays potato chips and other junk food. Jessica Prentice, San Francisco based food writer and inventor of the term, "locavore", has the following choice quote;“The…

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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

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