Interview with PTF


‘Oatburgers’ or ‘How to Solve America’s Obesity Epidemic’

Here’s  a recipe for oatburgers from Celsias.  They sound pretty good.  I’ll bet the total cost of a quarter pound oatburger would be only a fraction of a beef burger.  McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s could put it on their Value Menus, make a good chunk of change on high profit margins, and customers could get a healthy (and cheap) meal.  It sound so easy, doesn’t it?  I can hear the slogans now:  Oatmeal, it’s what’s for dinner.  OK, back to reality.  Here’s the link and recipe:

  • 2c rolled oats
  • 1 2/3 c boiling water
  • 1/3 c soy sauce
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 3T sunflower seeds
  • 2T pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2t garlic powder
  • 3T yeast flakes

What is ‘Fallen Fruit?’

From their website:

“Public Fruit” is the concept behind the Fallen Fruit, an activist art project which started as a mapping of all the public fruit in our neighborhood. We ask all of you to contribute your maps so they expand to cover the United States and then the world. We encourage everyone to harvest, plant and sample public fruit, which is what we call all fruit on or overhanging public spaces such as sidewalks, streets or parking lots.

We believe fruit is a resource that should be commonly shared, like shells from the beach or mushrooms from the forest. Fallen Fruit has moved from mapping to planning fruit parks in under-utilized areas. Our goal is to get people thinking about the life and vitality of our neighborhoods and to consider how we can change the dynamic of our cities and common values.

-Fallen Fruit is David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young

Note:  Be sure to read their manifesto.  Looks like they’re based out of Kali, but it seems like a good idea for all parts of the country.  I’m sure many people have fruits growing in their backyards that drop to the ground and rot because most people have this idea in their minds that fruit comes from a grocery store, not a tree.  Don’t believe me?  Ask a kid where fruit comes from.

This link was found via

Hey Mayor Hickenlooper, you want to plant a million trees in the next twenty years, right?  Can you imagine if the Denver area had an additional million fruit trees?  That would be pretty cool. 

Holy Crap

Uuum, I really don’t know what to say, other than watch the video.

Good Article

Excellent Article…

…on maximizing vegatation (food growth) in the midwest plains.  Corn farmers should take notice of this one.  Here’s some snippets:

One of his main themes was what he calls the savanna model. The natural habitat in much of North America was once oak savanna – a mix of grassland and woodland. He said because the savanna takes advantage of three dimensions, vegetation high, low, and everywhere in between, you can get sixty vertical feet of photosynthesis, pull water and nutrients up from much deeper in the soil, and over time, build up some of the richest soil on earth.  The savanna model can support more total biomass than almost any other system – seven times more biomass than a cornfield.

Turning back to the topic at hand, he said that the most useful Oak savanna crops fall into the following families:

  • Fagacae: Oaks, chestnuts, beeches
  • Malus: Apples
  • Prunus: Plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, and other stone fruits
  • Corylus: Hazelnuts
  • Vitis: Grapes
  • Rubus: Blackberries & raspberries
  • Ribes: Currants & gooseberries

This is what I’ve been working on with a suburban plot.  The fruit trees are in.  Next are nut trees and berries in between.

Rachel Ray Just Go Away

It seems like everyone agrees with me.  I know best. Ugghh.  I get nauseous just looking at the picture below.  She should try getting by on forty bucks a week like me.  Then I might be impressed.  Not.

That reminds me, I had to do a double take when I first read these headlines.  I would’ve sworn it said “Rachel Ray Helps out in Porn.”

Quick question:  What’s the name of the other lady on the Food Network that comes on right after the nasty woman pictured above?  I just wanted to make the comment that her head is wayyyyyy too big for her body.

HydroRon’s Grow Kit

This kit comes with everything you need to make an eleven cup hydorponic grow station.  I would be tempted to but it if we weren’t now just entering outdoor gardening season.  I’ll probably bookmark the page and buy it this fall.  $190.  If I weren’t so lazy, I could build it from scratch for half the amount.  It comes with the following:


10 Gallon Reservoir


11-32 oz white bottles &


16 oz solo cups


237 GPH Pump


Grow Rocks


12 oz pH Up & Down


5 lb. Nutrient Solution


24 Hour Timer


Complete instructions included


2007 Tree Plantings

I planted two semi-dwarf Hale Haven peach trees yesterday, and one Lapins sweet cherry tree a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve noticed that I sleep good at night after planting trees.  With some luck, in a few years I’ll have a harvest like the pictures below.

Bee Collapse– The Great DieOff Begins?

Taking a quote from the article:

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man,” said Albert Einstein.

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