Spring 2017

Open Doors

Opportunity Brewing At 1951 Coffee, refugees gain job skills and employment as their stories are brought into view Story and photo by A.K. Carroll What would it feel like to be separated from your country, culture, and the only home you’ve ever known? Grab a cup of Algorithm cold brew or Verve espresso at 2410…

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All Under Heaven

Meet Madame Huang Reporter Anna Mindess finds out how a taste of pressed duck launched Alameda resident Carolyn Phillips on a cookbook career By Anna Mindess | Photos by Scott Peterson I’m in the kitchen of Alameda resident Carolyn Phillips watching her practiced hands wield a wooden Chinese rolling pin to roll out disks of…

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What’s in Season?

By Barbara Kobsar Choosing produce harvested at its peak is your sure bet for flavor and freshness. February At the market, arugula may appear under names like garden rocket, roquette, or rucola. Regardless of what it’s called, this leafy green offers some of the same heat and peppery flavor as its radish and watercress relatives.…

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Forager’s Notebook

Nasturtium More than just a sprawling garden staple Story, recipes, and photos by Kristen Rasmussen de Vasquez Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) grows everywhere—everywhere—in the Bay Area, as well as in many other parts of the world. Thriving almost year-round, it dies off only in very cold or very hot and dry conditions. Sprawling and iconic, nasturtium…

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Grow the Food Forest

Help create the Mother Orchard, a five-acre food forest in El Sobrante. Planting Justice is hosting volunteer days this winter and spring for individuals and groups to join in. Planting Justice is known in the Bay Area for converting backyards and lawns into edible gardens and providing living-wage jobs for men who were formerly incarcerated.…

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Liquid Assets

Brewer with a Cause Bison Brewing’s Daniel Del Grande builds supply and demand for organics By Derrick Peterman Daniel Del Grande became a brewer the usual way. An engineer by training but bored with his job, he turned his home brewing hobby into a new career, jumping at the chance to buy Berkeley’s Bison Brewing…

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sheepdog trials

WITH A LITTLE “BAA-RAM-EWE”. . . March 31, April 1 &2, 9am–5pm McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trials McCormack Ranch, 7680 Montezuma Hills Rd, west of Rio Vista “That dog could use a little ‘baa-ram-ewe’,” one dog-trials veteran whispered to me as a reminder of the secret password the sheep divulged to Babe, the sheepherding pig in…

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Grow+Dye

Interest in the local fiber and natural dyeing movement continues to grow, and for gardener and dyer Deepa Natarajan and nurserywoman and illustrator Helen Krayenhoff, it’s been an especially bountiful season. In addition to starting plants from seed, growing them in their East Bay gardens, and harvesting, storing, and dyeing with fresh and dry material,…

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Garden DIY

Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants By Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis Published by Ten Speed Press, February 2017 Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit in this beautifully photographed guide written by two local authors and just now out from our beloved local Ten Speed Press. Projects…

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Contents Spring 2017

     EXPLORE Grow + Dye With a Little “Baa-Ram-Ewe” Garden DIY Grow the Food Forest Old Fashioned Fun Good Food Awards 2017 EDITOR’S MIXING BOWL DANIEL DEL GRANDE: BREWER WITH A CAUSE GARDENING ON THE FENCE OPEN DOOR AT 1951 COFFEE GOING GREEN AT CORE KITCHEN FOOD JUSTICE AT SUPER JUICED HUNGER ON CAMPUS FORAGER’S NOTEBOOK:…

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