. Jenny's debut CD, "Under the Ash Tree
," is a delicious mix of folk, pop, and Americana. It's hard to describe how good this record is. You just have to listen to it. Available at CDBaby
Her new project is the Boxcar Lilies
, a really great trio consisting of Jenny, Stephanie Marshall, and Katie Clarke. They play a mix of Americana, folk, and bluegrass, and their debut record features lots of great tracks and yes, imagery by yours truly.
I am a contributing writer for Grist
, an online environmental news magazine. My latest blog posts are here
. I'm on the Board of this effort to address the renewable energy needs of the Northeast. Coop Power is a member-owned coop building community-owned renewable energy assets, like Northeast Biodiesel, a biodiesel production facility that uses recycled vegetable oil to make a regionally produced, regionally owned renewable fuel for home heating and transportation.
www.orionmagazine.org. Recipient of the 2004 & 2010 Utne Independent Press award for General Excellence - and my employer - Orion magazine works to reconnect human culture with the natural world, blending scientific thinking with the arts, engaging the heart and mind, and striving to make clear what we all have in common.
www.heifer.org. Heifer International combats hunger via sustainable agriculture, alleviating poverty and restoring the environment with free livestock, training, and related services for farm families worldwide.
Here is my 2002 article for The Natural Farmer on growing mushrooms, which covers the hows and whys of natural outdoor culture of mushrooms, mushroom biology, and medicinal properties of fungi.
A great tutorial on growing gourmet mushrooms on logs can be found here.
The two best mushroom spawn supply houses: Fungi Perfecti supplies the widest range of mushroom species for log culture, plus spawn for outdoor patches and indoor kits, while Mushroompeople's shiitake selection is by far the most extensive.
But not all the fun is outdoors: you can grow oyster mushrooms indoors on coffee grounds you get for free from a coffee shop: a great and tasty experiment, outlined here.
Here's my favorite way to enjoy medicinal mushrooms: Wild Branch Mushrooms offers a mushroom extract that's been boiled in Vermont sugar maple sap to produce Maple Medicinals, a delicious maple syrup immune system booster you can enjoy on pancakes.
And this interview with the world's leading expert on mushroom culture and biology, "Paul Stamets On The Vast, Intelligent Network Beneath Our Feet," in the February 2008 issue of The Sun Magazine is incredibly interesting and a little trippy. Stamets is the author of Mycelium Running and the classic Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms.