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NEW AMERICAN GOTHIC. Steve and Matt were our fellow garden interns in Wisconsin.
People don’t usually picture these guys when they think farmers. Why not?
Milwaukee River Valley, Wisconsin. Summer 2006.
THE HOT POTATO
Serving Up a Weekly Helping of
Sustainable and Organic Gardening,
Food, Health, & Community
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THE HOT POTATO is a weekly column by Adam Brockman & Aireen Joven, intended for a broad audience on a variety of important contemporary issues, food health & seasonal gardening tips, and old fashioned stories from our lives. Most columns are illustrated with photographs by Aireen, and as the gardening season progresses, more photos from the magical realm of the gardener will appear. You can read The Hot Potato here on our website or in the Chicago area, where it is published every Friday in the Filipino American newspaper The Fil-Am Weekly Megascene. The Hot Potato is posted each week hot out of the oven. Visit each week or join the email list to receive a reminder when a new Hot Potato is posted.

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20-Jul-07   TIME IS ON OUR SIDE: A Holiday For Gardeners And The 13 Moon Calendar

13-Jul-07   IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: Michael Moore’s Sicko And Universal Healthcare For All!

06-Jul-07   THE TURTLE AND THE BUDDHA: Photos of Sculpture in the Garden

Summer has arrived! Come take a photo tour of the sculptural art in our garden. You will meet Buddha, a turtle, the sun, a girl angel, a pink dragonfly, many plants and more. We also give a big shout out to the loving creator of this magic garden, Aireen’s mother Ting.
22-Jun-07   HOW TO PERFORM A MIRACLE AND FIRE THE GRID

“I am being given a way for us all to participate in a healing of mother earth, and a launching of the human race into a time of health, peace and positive change. But, for this to happen, you will need to sit in meditation for just one hour of your life.”
– Shelley Yates, Messenger for Fire The Grid, 17 July 2007, 11:11 A.M. GMT

15-Jun-07   THE PEACE TO END ALL WARS: Healing Trauma in Ourselves and Our World – part 2

Understanding the effects of abuse & trauma on the individual and the world – including holistic healing, the life-changing work of Alice Miller, how we can all be someone’s candle in the closet, and the healer’s palette. Adam reflects more on his childhood, while he and Aireen illustrate how healing yourself and helping another is nothing less than the mechanism to bring everlasting peace on Earth.

08-Jun-07   THE PEACE TO END ALL WARS: Healing Trauma in Ourselves and Our World – part 1

In this first of a series of articles on the personal and worldwide effects of childhood abuse and neglect, Adam shares his own story, while he and Aireen paint a picture of what it means to treat children with love and respect while honoring the children we once were.

01-Jun-07   SPRING IN A GARDEN – An Ode in Pictures

A collection of photographs highlighting various aspects
of our organic, biointensive garden at the height of springtime. Includes images of our compost pile, mini-greenhouse, vibrant French Breakfast radishes, and many more!

25-May-07   IF YOU PLANT IT, THEY WILL GROW- A Diary of Two Beginning Gardeners

Our first spring review of the backyard garden, from planning where to dig the new beds, a primer on biointensive double-dug raised beds, some of the varieties of veggies, flowers, & herbs we’ve planted so far, a recipe for how to make special compost tea to boost ailing plants, and the innards of our compost piles.

18-May-07   LABEL SAVVY! Part 1- The Sweet And Low-Down On Healthy And Unhealthy Sweeteners

The first in an ongoing series about how to read between the lines of ingredient labels, and choosing the healthiest ingredients for mind, body, and spirit. LABEL SAVVY! Part 1 explores the harmful effects of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame versus healthier, less processed natural sweeteners with a low glycemic index – like stevia and agave nectar. Yum!

11-May-07   THE BEST OF THE ALL THINGS ORGANIC TRADE SHOW

For three organic jam-packed days at Chicago’s McCormick Place, we attended the 7th Annual All Things Organic conference and trade show, which highlighted the potential of organic, conscious businesses to be successful AND have a positive impact on the world. Check out raw and organic delights like guilt-free cacao coconut butters, gluten-free vegan baked goods, and nut-based raw vegan gelato! Plus cool organizations who educate to stop GMOs, organize a traveling sustainable village festival, and a popular bodycare company that spreads magic and hope and organic soap around the world.

28-Apr-07   CHICAGO SAYS YES! TO A GREEN FUTURE

Read about our inspiring, delicious, and consciousness-raising experience at Chicago’s first ever Green Festival on Earth Day weekend. We review vegan food and drink, talk a little about the low-waste, green management of the festival, organic clothing, and eco-books for kids and grownups. Featured speakers included Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappe, David Korten, and presidential hopeful & US Congressman Dennis Kucinich, plus an extra special speaker representing all the children of the future.

21-Apr-07   BUG OFF? Nonviolent Conflict Resolution In The Garden

What to do when the local wildlife chomp on your tulips or lettuce, the home & garden bible Better Basics For The Home by Annie Berthold-Bond, zen in the garden, “you must be the garden you wish to see”, and how Mother Nature works in mysterious ways.

14-Apr-07   STEPPING UP TO SAVE THE PLANET

Step it up for the planet. Notes on Bill McKibben’s Step It Up 2007 national grassroots gatherings to stop global warming, how you can make a big impact to stop climate change with simple choices – by eating a local organic animal-friendly diet, and Chicago’s first ever Green Festival – A PARTY WITH A PURPOSE! – coming soon.

07-Apr-07   POSTCARDS FROM CALIFORNIA

On the road with the Hot Potato, here are photos from our incredible journey out west and back again. Images include Los Angeles, Catalina Island, Pacifica (south of San Francisco), Mendocino County, and Northern Idaho.

30-Mar-07   A FILIPINO VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT & THE WONDERS OF CALIFORNIA

Join the Hot Potato on the road as we savor the vegan paradise that is Los Angeles and discover the wisdom of a quiet grove of ancient Redwoods.

16-Mar-07   WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR SEEDS?!

Where in the world do you find seeds for Black Krim Tomatoes, Turkish Parsley, Four Leaf Clovers, Ping Tung Purple Eggplant, and other untreated, organic, open-pollinated, heirloom seeds? We’ve put together the Unofficial Hot Potato Gardening Catalog List. The catalogs are so much fun to look through, and a great way to get to know about the farmers and farm who grew your seeds.

09-Mar-07   BECOMING THE MEDIA, Part 2 of 2
The continuation of our hot investigative 2-part series on media censorship and independent media.
02-Mar-07   BECOMING THE MEDIA, Part 1 of 2

Did you know that the exit polls for the 2004 presidential election prove that John Kerry won? Or that the U.S. military is using chemical and radioactive weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan? Find out what vital news the mainstream media is omitting or spinning, why, and where you can find these and other important stories in the first installment of this two part investigative piece.

23-Feb-07   THE POWER OF NATURE TO CHANGE OUR LIVES

Aireen’s poetic tribute to Lake Forest’s historic Barat College campus, and the profound, yet natural, everyday event that has wowed children and opened flowers since time immemorial.

16-Feb-07   FROM PARIS TO THE PYRENEES: Lessons in Life, History, and the Barefoot Road to Happiness

Adam’s inspiring account of some of his travels in Paris and life on an organic farm/bed & breakfast in the South of France, along with lessons in freedom and happiness that the land and an unlikely teacher taught him. Includes a brief look at the hidden history of the Cathars, a spiritual group from the Middle Ages who practiced vegetarianism, herbal and energy healing, believed in reincarnation, and whose priests (called Parfaits) were predominantly women.

09-Feb-07   BOOK REVIEW: Anastasia And The Ringing Cedars Series

STAR TREK MEETS THE BIBLE. BEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME! A book review of Anastasia and The Ringing Cedars book series by Vladimir Megre. Pronounced Ana-sta-SI-ya, Megre and Anastasia take their readers on a life-changing, personal journey into truths of Nature, sexuality, spirituality, child-rearing, education, planting a personal healing garden, the power of each human being, and more. (Correction for pdf version: It was brought to our attention by a reader that we made two errors in this article. First, the percentages of fruits and vegetables cited were grown not just by dachniks, but by farm workers, as well. Second, we say that Anastasia has been credited with helping to start the growing Russian ecovillage movement, but apparently it has been alive and growing since at least the early-to-mid 1980’s. Anastasia has just helped it along! We’ve made the corrections on the web version, and thank you to our friend at Biointensive For Russia for setting the record straight!)

02-Feb-07   SUSTAINABLE AND ORGANIC: Two Words Everyone Who Eats Should Know, Part 2 of 2

What sustainability means for the individual and the world including growing food sustainably, an introduction to Biointensive gardening and mini-farming, and kicking the fossil fuel habit. (Correction for pdf version: Biointensive techniques date back some 4,000 years – not just 2,000.)

26-Jan-07   SUSTAINABLE AND ORGANIC: Two Words Everyone Who Eats Should Know, Part 1 of 2

The differences between organic and chemical farming, including research documenting the harmful effects on human and planetary health of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMOs, and factory farming of animals. Also covers nutritional, flavor, and overall health benefits of buying and growing organic plus resources and websites to learn more.

19-Jan-07   BENEATH THE SNOW LIES THE ROSE

Remembering the feeling of a summer garden and our inherent connection to the Earth, a beautiful, local getaway spot in the Milwaukee River Valley, 4 local botanical gardens and nature preserves in Chicago and the suburbs to experience year round.

12-Jan-07   WELCOME TO THE HOT POTATO!

This is an introduction to The Hot Potato and topics we will cover each week. The article discusses our namesake, the potato, its history, its role in chemical and organic agriculture, and tips on cooking. Also included are photos of us in the bean patch on the farm.