A More Nutritious Garden

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Williams Street Farmhouse

The weather has been startlingly spring-like lately and seed catalogs have been arriving to the Williams Street Farmhouse in droves.  I planted my first seeds last week (onions, leeks, celery and some herbs) and we can officially say, let the gardening season begin!  This is one of my favorite parts of the gardening season, the dreaming stage.

This year my dreams are fueled by an excellent book called Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson.  The premise of the book is that many of the nutritious aspects of fruits and vegetables have been bred out in our quest to make our food sweeter, less bitter, store better, etc.  The more wild a plant is, generally, the more nutrients it has.  The book is loaded with information on how to buy, grow, and store the most nutritious foods.

As gardeners we are lucky because we can grow a greater variety…

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Back to the future

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Back to the future: A service has been invented through which you can send messages to people in the future. To whom would you send something, and what would you write? (prompt from DailyPost)

I’ve been flipping through seed catalogs and a most excellent magazine I found at the grocery store, Urban Farm, planning out what we’ll grow this year. I want my letter to the future to ask what grew well. Will my future self write back?

An update on my non-profit credit rating agency, which could revolutionize how economies are graded

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Care of the earth, care of the people, and reinvest the surplus for the betterment of both.

TED Blog

Eight months after my talk at TEDGlobal 2013, much progress has been made on the International Non-profit Credit Rating Agency (INCRA) concept. The progress, however, has not been in the credit rating agency world itself, which is slow to change, despite strong criticism from political officials and, occasionally, the media.

You may recall the public outrage over ratings at the height of the Euro Crisis in 2011 and 2012. Then, the so-called “big three” credit rating agencies ― Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch ― downgraded the US and several European countries. Dramatic headlines renewed public interest in sovereign ratings and the institutions that produce them. [ted_talkteaser id=1937]The attention inspired me to think about a new way to address the sector’s deficiencies. Instead of approaching the problems from a regulatory angle, I developed an institutional model to addresses the shortcomings of this sector’s major players. Transparency and accountability: those…

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