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Nearly two years ago I was at a conference for work. During one of the coffee breaks I overheard the instructor of the seminar mention that she was growing coffee and banana's in her greenhouse. I worked my way into the conversation as politely as possible and asked if coffee was easy to grow in New York. She enthusiastically explained that it was if done properly. At the end of the two day presentation she brought in a coffee seedling for me that I still have growing in my kitchen during winter months.

I am not sure if the coffee plant is arabica or robusta. Arabica tends to be better in flavor with a bit less caffeine and is responsible for about 75% of the worlds coffee production. Robusta on the other hand is more. . . .well, robust, but with inferior flavor, the true benefit is its caffeine kick. Either way it was a special gift from a brilliant individual and I look forward to the eventual harvest.

During the summer we put our plant outside and have found that indirect sunlig…

And sew it begins. . . .

“To see things in the seed, that is genius.” LOA TZU

Though there is still far too much snow on the ground for my taste signs of spring are beginning to show. As I was getting ready to write this I decided to take our beagle puppy outside for a moment and a couple of flocks of geese flew overhead bellowing and bragging that better weather is upon the horizon, always a good omen in my book.

Today my two oldest kids and I started our Italian heirloom Rossa Bianca Eggplant and Romanesco Broccoli, also an heirloom variety, in a bit of peat and soil and set it by the window upstairs that is usually reserved for our orchids. The first round of seeds have officially been awakened from a long slumber. Spring is indeed on its way, and sew it begins. . . .

Big plans and a simple solution

"March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away." Thalassa Cruso

I'm sure most of you are familiar with Mother Earth News Magazine( When my wife and I were first married a friend of ours had gotten us a subscription. At the time we were living in a small apartment with no real lawn to speak of and this magazine provided hours of fuel for our imaginations. Eventually I got to the point where I started to feel that aside from a bit of practical advice here and there that the magazine was geared towards people who were trust fund babies or corporate lawyers from NYC who decided to give it all up and buy a piece land in the Adirondacks. Simply put the lifestyle advertised cover to cover was way out of the price range of most of the people I know.

But with that said very recently my w…