Lawns and Lagers: Crooked Fence Launches Estate-Style Brewery

Photo by Laurie Pearman.

“This was used as a wine production area,” said Crooked Fence co-owner Kelly Knopp, pulling open a creaky, castle-ish door to reveal a cool, dark room dotted with wine-stained barrels. “There’s still a lot of wine stuff here, we’re just kind of playing nice with the guy we bought it from. We’re not going to be able to move our brewery out here until winter.”

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Mold and Fruit Flies: A Canning Romance

They’re staring at me. Precarious piles of overripe red fruits oozing rivulets of juice across the counter, pooling at the edge until they reach a critical mass and the river becomes a waterfall, plummeting over the edge onto the kitchen floor.

It’s hot. Damn hot. And instead of lounging in the shade of a tree, I’m still in this damn kitchen, sweating over the steam bath of large canning pots. … Read More

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Allium Games: Local Farmers Run the Great Idaho Garlic Gauntlet

Photo by Guy Hand.

A brand new variety of garlic is hitting shelves for planting this fall, thanks to the efforts of a Boise farmer—Lori Bevan of Field Goods Farm. The variety, which Bevan named Uzbek Porcelain due to the bulb’s origins in Uzbekistan, has never before been available to gardeners in the United States. Five years ago, the quiet, somewhat reticent Bevan began the journey to introduce a handful … Read More

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Abuzz with Bees: How the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is Helping to Create Healthier Habitats

Photo by Guy Hand.

More than five decades ago Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring alerted Americans to the dangers and perils of the pesticide DDT. Her book, four years in the writing, became a call to action to ban the chemical pesticide that indiscriminately destroyed insects and birds. DDT is gone, and Carson remains a heroic figure to those who value the lives and work of beneficial insects. Sadly, problems still … Read More

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