October 13, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
0 comments

Clif Bar Family Foundation, Planting the Seeds for the Future

CLIF BAR FAMILY FOUNDATIONSometime the best way to tell a story is tell it straight forward, which in this case is a big challenge since I’m a big fan of the Clif Bar Family Foundation (CBFF) and their outreach, known as seedsmatter.org. I was fortunate enough the meet them at the 2nd Annual Heirloom Expo in 2012, and have been following their work ever since. I encourage that you do also.

Continue Reading →

September 29, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
2 Comments

Faux Green Olives, A Good Use of Green Tomatoes

green tomatoes and olives

Update 9.29.13: This recipe freezes well too, so if you’re at the point where you have a lot of green tomatoes because your tomato growing season is coming to an end, here’s an option for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor this winter. Thanks Beulah for the update about freezing this. I tried freezing this earlier this summer with the batch mentioned in the first update that follows, so it’s always good to see that I’m on the same page as my readers.

This is a post from 08.04.12, just about a year ago. It seems appropriate since I will doing this today. I’m running 50/50 with ripe tomatoes and green tomatoes. Yesterday was a bumper crop of green ones, Golden Milano plums to be exact, which are too small to make friend green tomatoes out. I already have some green tomatoes pickled, so this is the next logical step.  Enjoy!

Continue Reading →

August 4, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
0 comments

Golden Milano Plums, Nuggets of Gold in a Dreary Season

photo of Golden Milano plum tomatoesIt’s been an odd gardening season this year. It started out nice in the spring, and then some light frost in the middle of May, with a really nasty cold windy Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend.

Continue Reading →

July 14, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
6 Comments

Wild Galápagos Tomatoes – Translucent Little Gems

Wild Galápagos Tomato

I love this tomato. When I found it back in January at Terrior Seed Company, it captured my imagination. The Galápagos Islands are amazing, and to have the opportunity to grow something I’m so passionate about from there, and to be able to eat it too, well it doesn’t get much better than that. It lived up to what I imagined, and has fascinated me ever more.

Continue Reading →

June 30, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
1 Comment

Grafted Tomatoes – Facebook Like!

Small green tomato grafted tomato plantWe live in a social media world, and currently, a Facebook like is a seal of approval. So far I like my experience with grafted tomatoes. The grafting technique is over 7,000 years old, yet at the commercial level for tomatoes plants here in the United States it’s relatively new. Local farmers, horticulturists, and gardeners probably have been doing this on their own, now it seems smart plant and seed companies have realized that this is a good alternative to genetically modified plants.

Continue Reading →

June 16, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
0 comments

A Historical Seed Map

graphic for the Library Seed Bank projectOk, so the posting here has been sporadic, and I apologize for that. I’ve been busy with planting the seeds for the Library Seed Bank. Did you catch what I did there …

So, here’s the update.

Continue Reading →

June 3, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
0 comments

Bee Active, They Need Our Help

petition_bannerI steer clear of activism here for a number of reason, today however will be an exception. My friend Gail and I were discussing the recent detrimental decisions of the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) concerning the plight of bees. We decide to work on a White House petition together.

Continue Reading →

May 19, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
2 Comments

Live at indiegogo, Library Seed Bank

graphic for the Library Seed Bank projectI also have a blog set up for the Library Seed Bank. I will be cross posting between the two blogs as about the progress. The indiegogo option I chose was to accept funding even if I don’t reach my goal. Unlike Kickstarter, where you have to reach your goal to get the funds, indiegogo allows you to accept all donations if you choose.

Continue Reading →

May 5, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
2 Comments

Library Seed Bank and Cowboy Cab

bean sprout photoThe pace is quick, and I’m slowing down due to the fact that I’m not as young as the day before. This is not a lament about old age, it’s a fact of life. Hopefully, these two projects will speed my transition to a day job working on projects like these.

Continue Reading →

April 21, 2013
by Jeff Quattrone
2 Comments

Adventures in Spring Gardening

Last year without much success, I tried to do some spring gardening. I got jealous of my neighbors with their lush lettuces and stone age size cabbage heads while I declared victory with some micro broccoli rabe. I enjoyed it, but the kale, lettuce, onions, spinach and potatoes I planted either died or didn’t do very well.

Continue Reading →

Facebook Like Button for Dummies