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Year of Plenty

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009

 (Craig Goodwin / The Spokesman-Review)

King Blooms, Queen Bees and Big Apples

One of the joys of our experiment was learning so much about where our food comes from and the processes that bring it to market. More specifically we became friends with the people involved in the food business and the learning continues. The other day…

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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009

Sudden Decline in American Driving

I guess Bike to Work Week and other such initiatives are making a difference. I suppose fuel prices might have a little something to do with it too. Nate Silver gives us the rundown on the fairly dramatic downturn in American's driving miles. See chart…

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Does Fast Eating Make Us Fat?

Catherine Rampel has put together a fascinating chart comparing the time people from different countries spend each day eating and the rate of obesity or percent of people with a Body Mass Index over 30. The correlation is hardly definitive, but it's a helpful reminder…

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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2009

A Beefy Beginning

I had a fascinating conversation yesterday with a new friend who helps manage a local meat wholesaler in Spokane. He confirmed for me that when they get the meat from Kansas, Pasco, Australia or elsewhere, they process it, package it, and from that point on…

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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