Patagonia’s Long Root Ale 

Perennial beer Patagonia Provisions’ Long Root Ale to breed cultures of sustainability. Our food culture defined by a convenient, cheap, high fat, high salt, high sugar, high meat diet is not a viable cultural paradigm as we are living beyond the world’s ‘Planetary Boundaries’ and threatened by climatic change. (Rockström et al., 2009). The food system, centred around annual staple crops from monoculture farming systems, … Continue reading Patagonia’s Long Root Ale 

“The Cornell mycelium effect: connecting via trees”

My Guest Blog Post at TENTREE:   “  An old fashioned postcard, a farm, and a new friendship. I graduated from Cornell University in Plant Science in 2014 and continued onto my Masters to study agroforestry and restoration at University of Oxford whilst running my Ithaca- based non-profit, plastic tides with fellow Cornell classmates. I’m now living on the Big Island of Hawaii for 6 months to undertake … Continue reading “The Cornell mycelium effect: connecting via trees”

Hawaii Month 2- Food Forest visit

Unfortunately my research got very busy, and I haven’t had time to write my weekly blog posts, but these are some pictures of a memorable week-end at my friend Geoff and Lyn’s agroforestry farm in Puna. Over the years, they have developed the most incredible food forest. And with their hard work, although weeding is still a tedious weekly chore, they have significantly suppressed the weeds … Continue reading Hawaii Month 2- Food Forest visit

My Research

In 2014, I graduated from Cornell University with a BSc in Plant Science and developed a passion for perennial edible landscapes because of their potential to resolve food insecurity. As our food systems are deeply intertwined with other systems in society, I enrolled in an MPhil in Environmental Change and Management at University of Oxford to better understand the ‘big picture’. I have completed the first year of my coursework and … Continue reading My Research

Compost Tea

What is compost tea?  According to Oregon State University, Compost tea is a liquid extract of compost that contains plant growth compounds and beneficial microorganisms. Liquid extracts have been used for hundreds of years in agriculture to promote plant and soil health. How is it made?  Compost tea is produced by steeping finished compost in water in order to extract beneficial microorganisms and compounds into … Continue reading Compost Tea

Garden design Ithaca

One of my jobs for the summer is helping a couple of Cornell University professors with their garden work. (above) The area in front of the wall looked nasty because the contractor who built the wall left it without re-seeding grass. The first question that came to my mind when the professors asked me to help them out was: Do you want an Edible Landscape instead?! … Continue reading Garden design Ithaca