June 2013 Update: Open Market, Summer Plantings, and Friends

[singlepic id=163 w=320 h=240 float=left]The month of June has seen a lot of progress. The public market has now been open for a month and we are excited to see so many repeat customers and smiling faces. We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who have supported us at the markets and […]

May 2013 Update: Market Grand Opening, Superpowers, and Prison Breaks

[singlepic id=159 w=320 h=240 float=left]We’ve always heard that “April showers bring May flowers,” but we want a new take on that: May showers bring superpowers. We have spent the past few weeks challenged by the rain to get as much work done as possible. It has allowed for some great progress though as plenty of […]

April 2013 Update

[singlepic id=139 w=320 h=240 float=left] The past few days have been exciting and given us some great exposure. April 20th was Earth Day Roanoke and Lick Run had a table set up to share our story and some of our produce. We also had some mustard greens with chickpeas and curry to sample. We saw […]

Earth Day: Mustard Greens with Chickpeas and Curry Recipe

Adapted from Joy of Cooking, 1997 edition First gather your ingredients. A full list is at the end of this post. [singlepic id=120 w=320 h=240 float=none] Heat in a large skillet:  2 Tbsp. melted butter, ghee, coconut, or olive oil. Next add: 2 medium onions, chopped ½ tsp. ground cumin 4 cloves garlic, minced [singlepic id=122 […]

Peru’s Choice

Peru has completely banned GMO’s in their country for at least the next ten years. This ban, started in December of 2012, removes GMO crops and foods in supermarkets and bans all imports of both produce and seed. Up to this point stores were required to label GMO’s clearly. A recent California ballot measure in […]

Weekly Farm Update: 4/6/13 – 4/12/13

Here at Lick Run over the past week we have been busy, so busy that I have only a vague memory of the particulars accomplished and will be touching on a few events that stand out in my mind.[singlepic id=117 w=320 h=240 float=right] This week started with Rick and me at the Virginia Tech International […]

GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are living organism that have had their genetic material modified through genetic engineering techniques. There is currently public debate pertaining to the safety of GMO’s, and their widespread use. This conversation stretches from recent efforts in California to require labeling of food that contains GMO’s and the large financial contributions which […]

Weekly Farm Update: 3/30/13 – 4/5/13

[singlepic id=111 w=320 h=240 float=left]This weekly update might be on the short side as I seemed crunched for time with everything I’ve been doing recently. The plants that were filling the greenhouse have now all been transplanted outside which equals more than 150 new plants down in the remote garden. This was accomplished all in […]

Food Sovereignty

“According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) 800 million people suffered from hunger in 1976. Nowadays that figure exceeds 1,000 million. Why?” At the 1996 World Food Summit “food sovereignty” became a battle cry.  It was here where multiple locally organized grassroots groups came together under the name La Via […]

Weekly Farm Update: 3/23/13 – 3/29/13

  [singlepic id=104 w=320 h=240 float=right]Hello friends of Lick Run. Our work this past week was not slowed by the most recent showing of winter precipitation. On Saturday before the snow started we greeted two guests from Virginia Tech and gave them a tour of Lick Run. Michael Cocchiola and Stephanie Morris are part of a Virginia […]