Healthy Lifestyle Blog

October 24, 2010

Seeds of Solidarity

Yesterday I spent the day visiting the Seeds of Solidarity Farm in Orange, MA. What an inspirational experience!

The founders, Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc have created a model for sustainable living in community. Several months ago, I took a class they were teaching at the Omega Institute – it was called “Grow Food Everywhere,” which I wrote about in a previous post entitled, Happy INTERdependence Day!

The day began with a tour of the farm and a talk about the cardboard method of no-till gardening. We broke for a potluck lunch and then visited two neighbors. I made a hemp seed tabouli and root veggie rolls with garlic cream sauce. I will be posting recipes soon.The first site was like visiting the site of an episode of “This Old House.” We saw a farmhouse renovation where local wood is being used and energy efficiency is first and foremost in the methods.Next we visited a goat farm. The farmer, Rachel, left her position in higher education to raise goats. She is an expert in soil biology and has teamed up with Ricky to do research on the benefits of the cardboard method he uses on the farm. The research should be published within the next few months.

I highly recommend that you visit the Seeds of Solidarity website to learn more and to subscribe to their newsletter. I also encourage you to consider making a tax deductible donation to the valuable work they are doing. With the holidays upon us, it is a good time to consider spending your dollars on the gift of life and community.

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Marilyn Chiarello, founder of A Taste of Light, is a certified raw vegan chef, educator and healthy lifestyle coach. She offers a variety of services including health coaching, classes, dinner parties, consultations and presentations. For more information, visit or contact her directly - or 802-254-9121. If you would like to receive more recipes and a monthly newsletter including articles about health and the environment, event updates and more, please submit your email address at the top of the right sidebar. For notification of blog updates only, you may subscribe directly or via RSS. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Filed under: Environment,Garden — Marilyn @ 2:29 pm