Blogger’s Note: My son Matt is an environmental designer and has become a major advocate of the local food movement. Here, he’s introducing us to a new site he’s involved with and obviously believes in. Enjoy.
Interested in taking control of your health in the New Year? Curious about urban farming, permaculture and the Good Food Movement? Want to learn more about growing your own food and tips for preserving and preparing it? If you answered yes to any of the following, then check out Tootie & Dotes, a blog-based website that highlights healthy eating, craft goods and the people behind the products.
Named after our co-founders grandmothers, two women who gardened and farmed, raised animals and children, and didn’t take shit from anyone, Tootie & Dotes covers three broad topics – GROW, EAT, FARM.
GROW – We answer all of your growing questions and share our knowledge of urban agriculture, permaculture and farming techniques. From backyard farming to brownstone container gardening we hope to help you find your inner farmer and improve your health along the way.
EAT – Tootie and Dotes judged a person by how well they cooked and ate. In keeping with tradition, we’re passing along some updated versions of their favorite recipes and cooking tips. From canning to braising we will tackle some of the best methods of serving and preserving the flavors from your garden.
FARM – We spend each season touring farms and operations local to us. Meet the farmers, brewers, beekeepers, artisans and producers behind the farm to table movement who have made it their life’s goal to redefine what farming means in the 21st century. This topic contains our feature Farmer and Producer Stories, highlighting Twin-City based entrepreneurs.
Thinking about starting your own edible garden in 2015 or trying to improve growth and harvest rates of your existing one? Check out our brand new limited edition products – a 2015 Lunar Planting Guide Monthly Calendar and Poster, both available for sale now on our website. Use these products to improve your next growing season resulting in a more bountiful, tastier harvest that’s more in tune with the moon. These are best suited to planting zones 3, 4 and 5. They also function as wall art for your viewing pleasure.
A portion of all 2015 Lunar Planting Guide Monthly Calendar and Poster proceeds will be donated to Youth Farm, a Minneapolis-based organization that provides year-round youth urban farming education.
We are here to give anyone with an appetite for the small and mighty, the slow and the rare, the chance to discover amazing things happening in our urban space.
To learn more, visit: www.tootieanddotes.com
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