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Food For Thought

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The Noble Alliance Between Local Growers and Their Communities by Alleah Schweitzer
If you’ve ever been to a farmer’s market, you’ve certainly encountered a comforting display of organized chaos, with merchants hawking their wares, the incessant chirping of “free samples!”, the vibrant displays of assorted produce arranged by taste and color, and, perhaps most notably, the interactions between growers and buyers. Aside from all the excitement, an important dynamic is taking place at nearly every farmer’s market across the country which combines environmental, economic, and cultural benefits together to add strength to communities by advancing local identity and improving resiliency. Buying locally is often cited for its environmental advantages. For example, supporting local growers reduces... Read more
Benefits of a Meatless Diet by Troy Alexander Thompson
Heading home after a long day of work the foremost thought on your mind will likely be the looming prospect of what to do for dinner.  While entertaining these thoughts perhaps you decide cooking something appropriately healthy is too much work and decide to throw in the towel and pick up a bag of greasy burgers and fries on the way home. As most well know, the typical western diet has evolved substantially over the past few decades; and unfortunately for many consumption of considerable quantities of red meat and meat byproducts is a major part of our daily caloric... Read more
Water You Waiting For? by Troy Alexander Thompson
Water, water, water – what an intrinsically simple, yet, vastly complex commodity it is, right? Boasting a simple composition at the molecular level of two parts Hydrogen and one part Oxygen, water comprises roughly 71% of our physical body mass, blankets 80% of the Earth’s surface area, and is indispensable to the facilitation of biological processes, big and small. Interestingly enough, water is also one of the most vulnerable, renewable resources among us – as it’s susceptible to a host of environmental anomalies beyond our control. Consider the highly-publicized, early 2014 catastrophe in which lead-tainted drinking water was discovered flowing... Read more
Organic vs. Conventional Produce by Troy Alexander Thompson
When I was a child, my mother used to quip that “an Apple a day keeps the doctor away,” always ensuring that I added one of the succulent little tree fruits to my sack lunch before heading off to school each day. Hers was a sentiment that resonated even into my latter years, when I was constantly reminded to add a pound or two of produce to supplement the bulk packages of Ramen noodle cups, instant oatmeal packets, and peanut butter sandwich fixings that were staples of my college-era diet. As a young consumer, merely browsing the aisles at the... Read more
The Coyote Conundrum by Troy Alexander Thompson
As you make your way along the ever-winding Bluebird Canyon Drive, two yellow signs bring your attention to matters concerning nature and wildlife. One sign displays a deer crossing the road, a gentle warning to be mindful of these docile creatures who roam freely throughout the canyon. The other sign is a warning of another kind — “COYOTE ALERT,” it states, in bold, capital letters. It’s there not to invoke fear, but to suggest that neighbors be watchful. Occupying a biological niche between its smaller and larger cousins, the fox and the wolf, Coyotes are a member of the Canidae... Read more
Introducing Our Newest Wordsmith by Justine Amodeo
Our “Food For Thought” dialogue is a unique landing spot for news, thoughts, events, research and interaction with Bluebird Canyon Farms. While guest writers will contribute to this forum, our main contributor will be Troy Thompson, a participant in the farm’s Growing Skills program. Thompson is a remarkable 25-year-old writer /artist/musician who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis II at an early age. Over time he lost his ability to hear and became visually impaired but his mind, as you’ll see from his writing, is as sharp as a tack. The team at the farm communicates with Troy through his iPad (thank... Read more
The Buzz About Bees by Justine Amodeo
“I’ve fallen in love with bees,” buzzed Bluebird Canyon Farms first Beekeeping Intern, Pamela Henrickson, before an audience of 24 in the spacious main lodge of this dynamic urban farm. Nibbling on artisanal cheese and crackers covered with organic farm raised honey and sipping California wildflower honey infused mead from Golden Coast Mead of San Diego County, guests learned about the farm’s experimental Hobo Camp apiary, where workshops for beginning to advanced beekeeping start again in September, including a one year “Bee Camp” internship for up to six people. Hobo Camp, a research apiary owned and managed by Bluebird Canyon... Read more