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Rowdy’s Dream Blog #232: Floating clusters of beautiful potted plants

It is a cold fall day in our student ghetto home. Smoke from our fire curls outside our window. It summons weightless, floating clusters of beautiful potted plants, formed over thousands of years and possessing great intelligence and compassion. Larger and more intricate clusters appear and communicate with us.

V.19 No.24 | 6/17/2010
Jeffrey Lee and Elaine DiFederico in the Hand To Mouth greenhouse
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

Hand To Mouth Foods

It’s Los Ranchos Growers’ Market opening day, and when I arrive at 7 a.m., a lively crowd is already jockeying for position around the stalls. I find Hand To Mouth Foods, LLC where Jeffrey Lee and wife Elaine DiFederico offer tables full of starter plants, assorted greens and carefully packed early harvests. I’m looking for breakfast, and in the midst of the greens is a tempting array of baked goods. I walk away munching a piñon-spangled custard tart, saving an onion galette and a fruit tart for later.

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V.19 No.13 | 4/1/2010
Wes Brittenham, manager, Plants of the Southwest
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Tremble, Black Thumbs!

You’re about to get greened

The first living thing I remember trying to grow was a strawberry plant. My mom helped me put it in the soil right outside our front door. My mom had a way with plants. She molded massive berms, teeming with pink geraniums, powder-puff-like marigolds and starry daffodils. In our backyard, she nurtured plum trees and guarded heirloom tomatoes, which ballooned into ripe, deep crimson orbs the size of baseballs.

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