Goats and supplies on board

Bikes At Work

Yesterday afternoon we (Jordanne, myself and a friend of ours) hitched up the trailer, strapped in the pet carrier on top, put in the goats and went for a ride to the Arroyo Seco where we could walk the goats. The goats did exceptionally well for their first outing on bike. Blackberry did get a little noisy on the way home. I think she didn’t like seeing all the cars on the street and kept “talking” to them.   Jordanne did well carrying the 85 lbs of extra weight, she even rode the long uphill stretch from the Rose Bowl to our house.

After the goat ride and walk it was then time to saddle up once again and go back down to the Rose Bowl to pick up our monthly co-op order. We didn’t order much this month – just a few items.    After strapping supplies onto the trailer, it was back up the hill with the supplies, this time Justin carried the load.

Sunflowers and winter squash

In the Garden

The last of the peaches were harvested for the year. We are still harvesting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil and salad greens. The winter squash will be ready to harvest soon. Snow peas have been planted along with radishes, broccoli, lettuces, swiss chard and more.

The pair of moujean tea plants are growing well and have established themselves in the garden. This fall I am going to have to dry some of the branches for tea. Perhaps I should also try to make some cuttings so I can sell these wonderful tea plants?

The Pollution Within {National Geographic}

Modern chemistry keeps insects from ravaging crops, lifts stains from carpets, and saves lives. But the ubiquity of chemicals is taking a toll. Many of the compounds absorbed by the body stay there for years—and fears about their health effects are growing.
…In fact I’m a writer engaged in a journey of chemical self-discovery. Last fall I had myself tested for 320 chemicals I might have picked up from food, drink, the air I breathe, and the products that touch my skin—my own secret stash of compounds acquired by merely living. It includes older chemicals that I might have been exposed to decades ago, such as DDT and PCBs; pollutants like lead, mercury, and dioxins; newer pesticides and plastic ingredients; and the near-miraculous compounds that lurk just beneath the surface of modern life, making shampoos fragrant, pans nonstick, and fabrics water-resistant and fire-safe.
… Bergman wants to get to the bottom of my flame-retardant mystery. Have I recently bought new furniture or rugs? No. Do I spend a lot of time around computer monitors? No, I use a titanium laptop. Do I live near a factory making flame retardants? Nope, the closest one is over a thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) away. Then I come up with an idea. “What about airplanes?” I ask. “Yah,” he says, “do you fly a lot?” “I flew almost 200,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) last year,” I say. In fact, as I spoke to Bergman, I was sitting in an airport waiting for a flight from my hometown of San Francisco to London. “Interesting,” Bergman says, telling me that he has long been curious about PBDE exposure inside airplanes, whose plastic and fabric interiors are drenched in flame retardants to meet safety standards set by the Federal Aviation Administration and its counterparts overseas.
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Another Green Revolution? brave attempt to help Africa {Washington Post}

ONE GENERATION ago, what became known as “the green revolution” doubled food production in parts of Asia and Latin America, reducing malnutrition and lifting millions out of poverty. Now the Rockefeller Foundation, whose scientists helped to lay the groundwork for that breakthrough, is teaming with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to repeat the success in Africa.
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How to keep fires down in California scrub: Chew it {CSMonitor}

This is a story about man and nature, wilderness and civilization, and the blind ruthlessness of unchecked fire. It’s about the move to embrace ancient, rural technology to solve a modern urban/suburban problem – and how to get more bang for the buck. This is a story about goats. Hoofed, horned, don’t-stare-at me-while-I’m-chewing goats. ….”Goats are a 24-hour mini-weed-eater,” says Deputy Fire Chief David Orth of the Berkeley Fire Department. “For decades, we have been trying to break this region’s cycle of having a giant fire every 10 years or so … and at this point goats are playing a bigger part in that every year.”
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The Scoop On Dirt {EMagazine}

…From the food we eat to the clothes we wear to the air we breathe, humanity depends upon the dirt beneath our feet. Gardeners understand this intuitively; to them, the saying “cherish the soil” is gospel. But for the better part of society, dirt barely gets a sideways glance. To most, it’s just part of the background, something so obvious it’s ignored
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  1. littlejennywren says:

    With the school holidays here and the fine weather my husband has been riding to work every day and loving it. It’s down hill all the way to work so that means it’s uphill all the way home.