Lessons From a California Dry Farmer

John DeRosier’s With the Grain farm grows a diversity of grains without irrigation during the winter and summer months, even when the temperature consistently tops 110 degrees Fahrenheit in Paso Robles, California. He is a dry farmer. The concept was implausible at first. I asked him several times to explain, “How is it you can farm … Continue reading Lessons From a California Dry Farmer

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How to Eat Less Water-Article in California Health

The Winter Issue of California Health Magazine features an article on How To Eat Less Water in the Environment section written by Hannah Guzik. To read the article click here or request a free magazine at healthycal.org. The article includes an informative piece on How to dry farm in your backyard, with easy-to-follow steps from … Continue reading How to Eat Less Water-Article in California Health

Eat Less Ingredients…as easy as 1, 2, 3 (Roasted Butternut Squash, Fresh Beans, Steel-Cut Blueberry Oatmeal Recipes)

It takes 29 ingredients to make mole, the thick chocolaty, spicy sauce that drowns moist chicken. Mole (pronounced moe-lay) is a recipe reserved for birthdays, baptisms, weddings...I personally have yet to attempt the recipe, the long list of ingredients overwhelms. I prefer the uncomplicated recipe that is both fast and tasty. Each food ingredient has … Continue reading Eat Less Ingredients…as easy as 1, 2, 3 (Roasted Butternut Squash, Fresh Beans, Steel-Cut Blueberry Oatmeal Recipes)

Thanksgiving Preparations…Cook From Scratch (French-Style Bread Recipe)

Thanksgiving preparations are well underway in my kitchen. Tis the season to cook what's in season and from scratch. I started with bread. Bread is great to make ahead of time because it can be frozen and baked right before you serve your meal. I slightly under-bake the bread so when it's out of the … Continue reading Thanksgiving Preparations…Cook From Scratch (French-Style Bread Recipe)

Descendant of farm workers wants to “Eat Less Water”

By Hannah Guzik Originally published in the California Health Report     Nearly every afternoon this summer, Florencia Ramirez drove past the strawberries and lima beans growing in the Oxnard plain, and each time she grew angry about what she saw. As the plants gulped in the Southern California sun, high-powered sprinklers ricocheted over the … Continue reading Descendant of farm workers wants to “Eat Less Water”

‘Sustainably Farmed’ Defined

"What does sustainably farmed mean?" I asked at the farmer's market. The word sustainable is a word that is often thrown around to describe anything from food to underwear. "Sustainably farmed means we don't use chemicals when we don't need to and use them when the conditions don't allow for organic farming." "What do you … Continue reading ‘Sustainably Farmed’ Defined

Summer Pie with Crumb Top…easy, water-sustainable and delicious (Fruit Pie Recipe)

I am a big believer in Michael Pollan's Food Rules on dessert. I paraphrase the rule but it something like, only eat homemade dessert. Not only has this rule saved me hundreds of thousands of calories but it allows me to control the source of my ingredients. I volunteered to bring dessert to a dinner … Continue reading Summer Pie with Crumb Top…easy, water-sustainable and delicious (Fruit Pie Recipe)

The Grip of Severe Droughts

Ninety percent of agriculture worldwide is rain-fed, grown with green water. Rain-fed food requires no irrigation because the crop is sustained during the dry summer months with spring rainfall. But our global climate is moving us into unchartered territory. According to the United Nations World Water Report, our planet will warm anywhere between 2 and … Continue reading The Grip of Severe Droughts

Oxnard woman says water reduction is on the menu (original article printed in the VC Star)

By Hannah Guzik Photo by David Yamamoto Special to The Star Original post March 7, 2012 at 5:48 p.m., updated March 7, 2012 at 6:22 p.m. Florencia Ramirez is on the "eat less water" diet. From her kitchen in Oxnard's historic district, she serves meals made with ingredients grown on "dry farms," or with limited … Continue reading Oxnard woman says water reduction is on the menu (original article printed in the VC Star)