One night in 1974, a young man named Demetrios Agathangelides, a Greek immigrant who had studied agriculture in his home country, sat down at his kitchen table in his adopted home of Logan, Utah and pulled out a package of seeds. A plant geneticist at Utah State University, Agathangelides had been testing and researching high altitude, short-growing season varietals. He knew almost better than anyone what vegetables would grow well in that mountain town's gardens.More...
Utah proves once again that, when it comes to food production, it's a business-friendly state only for the largest and most industrial operations. Much of the problem seems to stem from gaps in food inspection laws. While the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture have laws for large-scale food industry, they lack specific guidelines for small producers. According to the state of Utah, this is reason enough to simply shut down small producers.More...
"Confusion" is the keyword for the week. So don't be too hard on yourself if you're feeling like the Mad Hatter. There is so much contradictory astral activity that even the best multitasking efforts are likely to resemble a smattering and scattering of energy, intentions, goals, and objectives. Last Friday, Mercury went direct, freeing us from its retrograde snafus. But before any of us had a chance to calculate and apply personal course corrections, we were immediately immersed in the doldrums of Mars Retrograde, on March 1, a condition that only worsened when Saturn went retrograde on March 2. Yet these are not the only start-stop contributors to the disorder, disarray, and disruption of daily life.
Odd, polarized rhythms turn the pulse of daily life erratic, and the world wobbles from the stress of extremes. One minute the routines of daily life slow to a crawl, and the next, a rapid, staccato pace jars nervous systems into hyper activity. The lack of a consistent identifiable backbeat makes confusion probable, especially when certain situations, which don't appear to be significant, surge forward, and others, which actually seem to matter, fall apart. This flux is part of a powerful astral turbulence generated by a collision between Mercury Direct on Friday, February 28 and Mars Retrograde on Saturday, March 1. This clash is likely to override all efforts to move almost anything anywhere with ease. Pay attention: The best way through the psychic debris is to wait until at least March 4 before setting anything new in motion.
We're in the final stretch of the first Mercury Retrograde of 2014—it ends on February 28. But, unfortunately, relief isn't really in sight. While there is only one more week of communication and travel delays, detours, and disasters, routines aren't going to revert to "regular" any time soon. We're only in the third lap of a five-retrograde relay that defines the first six months of 2014.
How to spread your wings.
—by Charlotte Bell
Thoughts on a birthday.
—by Dennis Hinkamp
Make "Count My Vote" count; also Parking, schmarking.
—by John deJong
A dead moose in March is an offering, a welcome feast.
—by Tom Johnson
—by Greta Belanger deJong
Earth Goods closes; Sunny Strasburg returns; Congratulations to Pago & Liberty Heights Fresh; Dancehall reggae; Skis & cheese; Social investors show love; Chapul news; Dzogchen retreat; Tea House TEAramisu; Dippers & roasters of local chocolate; Bike or stroll ro Cucina; Inquiry Cards; Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.
—by Katherine Pioli
News and ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future.
—by Pax Rasmussen
Say yes—let others bring their own gifts into your life.
—by Suzanne Wagner
Dance news for Spring.
—by Amy Brunvand
"The Great Seal of the State of Utah," by Pilar Pobil
Environment beware! Utah Legislature in session; Utah Congressional delegation still anti-environment; Sage Grouse Initiative; Uranium mining on Cedar Mesa?; A mystery; Utah bald eagles falling ill; Mountain Accord for the future of the Wasatch Range.
—by Amy Brunvand