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Cure for all Diseases…Nutritious Food
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Cure for all Diseases…Nutritious Food

By Kimberly Olson - Apr 20 2017


The prevention of most human diseases exists in the earth’s soil. A bold and provocative statement to make indeed! Most agree that in order to maintain a long healthy life, there are four to five essential life style choices required: nutritious food, exercise, stress management, sleep and social connections. This writing will address the food […]

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Just Dawned on Me, Create a Tree Guild: The Yard Must Go
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Just Dawned on Me, Create a Tree Guild: The Yard Must Go

By Kimberly Olson - Mar 16 2017


We read in last month’s blog that only by diversity of plants and animals can nature sustain itself over the ages. We touched on Permaculture as a method to growing food around a fruit tree. That all works great if you have lots of acres, but what about you suburban types. How can you create […]

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By-Oh-Diverse-ity
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By-Oh-Diverse-ity (and Adventures at the Women’s March in Austin)

By Kimberly Olson - Feb 04 2017


Last month, I marched in Austin with thousands.  In the sea of humanity that poured into the streets of our state’s capital was such a diversity of people.  Alive with cheers, the power of presence, and an incredible display of freedom of speech, it was the best of democracy.  These moments of history can instill […]

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So, You Got Stung by a Bee
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So, You Got Stung by a Bee

By Kimberly Olson - Jan 12 2017


Ouch, you got stung by a honey bee huh!  You may find it hard to believe, but it is your own fault. Yep, there are only three reasons these girls would give their lives just to sting you. One, you threatened her hive, two, you made her mad, or three, you got in her way. […]

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Orchard Adventure: Crack the Whip at Dawn (Part II)
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Orchard Adventure: Crack the Whip at Dawn (Part II)

By Kimberly Olson - Dec 27 2016


Ah, you decided to return to the Orchard Adventure at the 4K River Ranch.  Let’s review:  trenches dug, ditches filled, terraces built, compost dumped, land rolled, irrigation laid, water bubbled, and booze drunk. Day 9:  Dig holes. Where’s that Advil?   Yes, the irrigation lines are completely done and 630 daffodils were planted next to the […]

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Orchard Adventure: Crack the Whip at Dawn (Part I)

By Kimberly Olson - Dec 03 2016


When we last left Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea was explaining the wonders of growing good food, no wait wrong adventure…now for the exciting life and times of Dawn and Iver as they construct their first orchard together on the 4K River Ranch.  How hard can it be, Mother Nature does it all the time? Just […]

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Another Crack of Dawn: Release the Kraken

By Kimberly Olson - Oct 25 2016


“Release the Kraken!!!”  From the sea depths rose a wild monster.  You too can create your own Kraken, but a whole lot smaller and much tamer.  As we learned earlier, microorganisms called mycorrhizae help plants thrive and grow.  Generating those microbes comes from decaying matter or compost, and compost comes from garbage. Yep, kitchen scraps, […]

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Bees at the Crack of Dawn

By Kimberly Olson - Sep 13 2016


Trying to Grow Good Food Hive door swings opens and out the forager girl struts looking for the latest fashion buzz (bad pun) in pollen and nectar. “Say, does this pollen make my legs look big…good!” She grins. Lots of articles in the news about our friends the honey bees, therefore it was decided by […]

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Cracks in the Earth at Dawn: Dry Gardens

By Kimberly Olson - Aug 20 2016


Like our gardening friends to the north, we Texans have a winter when nothing grows, it’s called summer!!!  Late summer is the toughest on the gardens, the gardener, and very few plants thrive in these here 100 degree days, except Okra.  So, being the smart gardener girl you are, you will want to put the […]

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Soil Sister: Back Up at the Crack of Dawn Growing Good Food

By Kimberly Olson - Jul 19 2016


IT’S ALIVE!! No, not Frankenstein silly, the soil.  Let’s learn about the wonderful underworld of this planet’s greatest resource (beside women).  Topsoil, dirt, loam, ground, and Earth (Wind and Fire, I couldn’t resist) are the medians in which plants live and thrive.  It’s in this deep dark space where lurking just below the earth’s surface […]

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Crack of Dawn: Growing Good Food

By Kimberly Olson - Jun 15 2016


Hey, what’s a nice girl like you, doing in a field like this?  Grow’in good food, baby!  How does a woman veteran go from flying jets over the earth, to cooling her jets digging in the earth?  Good question and it requires a story. So there I was…I found my 50-year old retired self in […]

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Grace After Fire and Vision 2020:
A message about Women’s Equality Day

By Kimberly Olson - Sep 13 2012


On August 26, 1920 (92 years ago) women’s right-to-vote became law with ratification of the 19th amendment. Unfortunately, “Equality Day” is tucked away in the caboose of the August calendar, diminishing its chances of competing for attention with vacations and back-to-school sales. And have we actually achieved equality? When the sun goes down today, the […]