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Cooking Up a Story
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  1. Jill D. Rodgers says:

    We have been watch you ( Cooking up a Story) on youtube. We love you storys..
    There are several we would like to have on dvd so we can play them for our fairgoers.
    1. Farm Animal Sounds
    2. Our Chickens Hatching
    3. Raising Backyard Chickens
    I can not seem to down load them on a dvd.
    Thanks,
    Jill

    • Hi Jill:

      Thanks your interest in our stories! Unfortunately, our copyright does not allow our videos to be downloaded, nor for derivative use for any purpose. We do allow most of our videos to be embed on other websites, and social platforms via their embed codes. You might try doing a google search for livestock sounds, there may be some free sources on the internet, or places you may be able to license for a small fee. Good luck!

  2. Katzcradul says:

    Just wanted you to know that I made a video about your YouTube channel. I want to let you know, because I have almost 8,000 subscribers, and many of them will no doubt subscribe. I try to warn folks before I give a shout-out, so they’ll know why their subscriptions have jumped.

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I think you have a terrific channel and I wish you great success. Keep up the great work.

    If you’d like to see the video, here’s the link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8agXbf0A8tM

    All my best,

    Katzcradul

  3. How do you purchase DVDs on your website? In our rural area in SW Virginia, not meany people look at the internet and we would like to show some of the documenatries.

  4. Jay Jihyun Chung says:

    Hello,
    My name is Jihyun undergraduate student majoring in Exercise science in Hawaii.

    I just found your website and realized that there are tons of awesome information about food and healthy life.

    What I want to do in the future is that helping people know the importance of eating healthy food and enjoy their cooking and life.

    My question is that do you offer any internship program so that I can learn more about my future goals in your company?

    Thanks,

    Jihyun

    • admin says:

      Hi Jihyun:

      I’m glad you found our site to be of value to you. At the present time, we do not have any positions available for interns, though it is something we hope to offer in the future. I’m not sure where your particular strengths and interests lie (in writing, or some form form of multimedia production) but perhaps you can find a local media outlet, or blog where you can volunteer to work, as you continue your college studies. I think you may find it even more difficult to find an out of area internship unless you are able (and willing) to relocate should an open position arise. Good luck with your efforts!

  5. Jan Weber says:

    Thank you so very much for your support and wonderful sharing of As We Sow and Farmlandia. I don’t know how to adequately express my appreciation I guess the best thing I can do is to make the very best documentary possible.

    I spent today not fighting windmills on a wind farm in northern Missouri. How can a machine so massive be so elegant?
    Jan

  6. Jerry Morris says:

    I came accross your vidoe of D.O.G. on the web. It is a very fun thing to do, cooking with Duth ovens. There is a National D.O.G. every year. Oct 2012 is the next National DOG in Canton, Texas. We are always looking for people and companies to come visit. If you might be interested in more information, I would be more than happy to send you more info and stuff.

    Jerry

  7. Hello Cooking,

    So many things you offer for us gardeners. When I saw that David Mas Masumoto from the Monterey Aquarium was on video on your site I knew I wanted to become very aware of what all you do for us.

    I am a science educator in Carmel, California. I teach families and children about science and nutrition. Our recent s tats show we are already getting 1.5 million hits a year and are being assessed by 34 languages. So, we are doing something right.

    We are very concerned about the growing childhood obesity in our culture. We want to help and have created an image, a poster image that we feel will help children focus on healthy living. We invite you to view our work at :
    http://www.starchildscience.org/emt_hearthecall_poster.html

    One of our favorite gardeners is Bill Brikiatis of Suburban Hobby Farmer. He is running an article this week about our science teaching and our new poster image for healthy living. He recently submitted 4 questions to us for answers. We obliged and sent our answers to him promptly. If you are interested in viewing our answers please let us know as we think your readers would be very interested in what we have to say. One question was: What has been the most important lesson your children have learned in the garden? Our answer will surprise you.

    In the past few years local markets here in the Monterey Bay Area have been selling more and more local farm fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets are filling up each week with local residents while local chefs are hawking their attraction to local veggies and fruit in veggie entrees and “insane” desserts like Brussels sprouts Popsicles, nasturtium/lavender flavored ice cream, and hemp seed strawberry torte.

    This new localization is our current path to advancing toward a more sustainable future. By focusing on things in our immediate surroundings and using close personal corridors to healthy living, we can celebrate progress in maintaining our health and the health of the environment that we pass on to the next generation.

    Each father’s day weekend we invite local children to attend our annual forest walk. It is always received with a great deal of attention from schools and children’s nature programs. The only instruction we give the children is to make sure they bring a pair of their daddy’s socks for the walk. During the first few minutes upon arriving at our lesson area the children are busy pulling their daddy’s socks over their tennis shoes while comparing stories of how big their daddy’s feet appear to be. When we all set out into nature’s most successful victory garden ever, a Pacific Coast conifer forest, we are exuberant about the possibilities of what we will see in the forest, what we will taste and what we will feel. We always find some berries that are still sour, while others are sweet. We skid our palms over the soft gumdrop shaped flower heads of Bull thistle while closing our eyes. We try to make whistles out of horsetails and near creeks we find slimy salamanders under rocks. When we return to our lesson area the children plant their daddy’s socks in a flat bed of potting soil. They take the planted bed home with them and plant their daddy’s socks in their own backyard.

    When asked through the years, “What is the most important lesson your students have learned from your walks through the forest?” my reply is always the same, “At the end of these walks the children plant the socks into the soil and a magic journey full of promise and faith begins. From here on out every child who plants their daddy’s socks is intimately connected to any biology lesson you could give via flower anatomy, any literature lesson you could expose a child to via the mysteries in nature or the stories of the forces of good and evil, any mathematics lesson via handfuls of seeds, any green living ideas you may come up with via composting and fertilizing. All lessons in all areas of inquiry are squeezed or stuck into the fabric of a size 12 pair of socks. And each of these lessons are important in their own way.”

    As the children watch their gardens sprout out of their daddy’s socks they begin to navigate a course between their own intimate connection to the new plants and the more general happenings with living things in a garden. This connection between intimacy and more general events with living things leads to a very high degree of sustainability of a “daddy’s sock garden”. In fact, this high degree of sustainability can’t be found in any other garden that doesn’t germinate out of such intimate things as a pair of daddy’s socks.

    It’s this bottom-up investment the child is making that guarantees many generations of plants to be successful, time after time after time. Each child cares for each and every plant; watches it like he watches the stars, waters it as if he could hear the plant asking for water, feeds it as if he just knew it was hungry, wipes off any beetles, aphids, white flies from the leaves as if he could hear the plant screaming for relief from the bites, the choked off apical buds, the voracious eating of larvae. When a child takes his daddy’s socks home with him or to his grandparents home and plants the socks there, the degree of sustainability of his garden is even greater than if he did not remove the socks from our garden in our lesson area. Some children even call their grandparents and agree on a delivery date for the socks to arrive. This happens when his grandparents live maybe only 50 miles away or 1000 miles away. The distance is not negotiable. After all, it’s daddy’s socks we are talking about.

    The magic journey full of promise and faith is longer than any globe’s circumference, any planet’s orbit. It goes on and on and on. Having daddy involved in a child’s garden from the very beginning gives a child a strong sense of belonging, a well grounded sense of leadership, and a genuine sense of community. If you and a child are fortunate enough to plant a garden with his daddy’s socks you will find that the questions the child asks are far more important than the answers that you have. Daddy’s socks seem to bring out the soul of the child.

  8. Brenda Scott says:

    I love you stories, especially when I see Sharry from Dancing Roots…great gal. Since you do so many stories on great food in the region how about great hand made art to eat off of. The biggest ceramic show in the country is happening at the end of this month here in Portland. If you are going to eat great food you should eat it off of great art. It feeds your soul.
    Just a thought. Keep up the great work you do.

  9. Jeff Metoxen says:

    Can I order a copy of the video on the Organic Dairy Farmer, Sustainable 12 Aprils Dairy Grazing? If so how?

  10. Connie Gibson says:

    I watched a video with a family that raises animals on their wonderful farm, all holistically… this address was on the special video… I’m confirming if this is the same place. The video said that customers could come out and visit… is that true also? My son lives in Beaverton, just recently moved there… I’d love for he and his family to come out there…. thank you so much… Connie Gibson

  11. Donnalyn Murphy says:

    Do you have an e-newsletter I can sign up for?

    • admin says:

      Hi Donnalyn:

      We are considering adding a newsletter in the future, is there anything in particular that you would like to see in it?

      Thanks for your interest.

      Fred

  12. Hi,
    I am writing to ask for your help in sharing informatiom about a forest fuel project that will turn 2,000,000 acres of our pine nut harvest forests into power for the benefit of a company from China at tax payer expense. http://pinenut.com/blog/blog1.php#item_138
    Maybe you could share this information with your lists and contacts, perhaps note it in your blog,
    If the project goes forward it will ruin our pine nut harvest grounds

    • admin says:

      Thanks Penny for alerting us to this problem. Feel free to send additional information, and pictures if you have some that you own. Just from a climate change perspective alone, it seems like a bad idea to remove native tree populations from an area.

      Good luck on your efforts to raise awareness!

  13. Are you familiar with this sustainable gardening nonprofit? I’m a full time volunteer…
    Check out the TEDx speech on You Tube…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojOcQquO_SU