The Seeds They Are A-Changin'

The Matador Travel Network just published my piece about my German ancestral roots in the seed trading business and how it relates to California’s narrowly defeated Proposition 37 which would have required food products made from plants or animals with genetically modified organisms (GMO) to be labelled as such. My uncle, Wolfgang Ziegler, the last in his trade, features prominently. This is a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a while, and I’m pretty dig deeper

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Potatoes

by Andy Griffin On a trip to Bolivia, farmer and writer Andy Griffin gets invited to dinner by a local family. Delighted by a wealth of Andean tubers and hospitality he learns how to say a proper “Thank You.” Five Quechua girls followed me down the steep cobbled street at a distance, giggling, until one of them got up the nerve to dash past and confront me. “Would you please come to my house for dig deeper

The World Without Us

by Deborah Phelan Join Deborah on a trip through the great American West, Alan Weisman’s classic, “The World Without Us,” as her companion. Beautiful and daunting, this essay connects the scars of the land with the tears of the soul. What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent dig deeper