Russ Martin
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  • Omaha, NE
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What are your dietary, natural health or green living interests and/or restrictions (or, more generally, why are you interested in joining this site)????
I'm interested in sustainable agriculture, growing real foods, and promoting genetic diversity of food crops. I especially like to encourage others to grow foods, even in difficult urban environments. I'm the Chairman of the Benson Farmers Market, the proprietor of Rawhide Creek Tomatoes - Strange Plant and Garden Gadget Emporium and, in real life, a damn good but superannuated engineer.
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From the Goddess (that would be Christie) herself!

[But I knew her before she was the Goddess--not just in the Beginning but before the Beginning, when all was Chaos.]

Tomato & Pepper Plants Available for 2010!

I started 70 tomato varieties this year, and small assortments of hot, sweet, and ornamental peppers, for a total of 576 plants.

My emphasis this year has been on historical American tomatoes with special attention to varieties developed by Andrew W. Livingston and his sons, including Beauty, Favorite, Giant Oxheart, Globe, Gold Ball, Golden Queen, Ideal, Main Crop Pink, Paragon, Perfection, and Stone.

A non-Livingston cultivar is Redhead, seed for which has been unavailable commercially for several decades. It was advertised in 1922 as offered by the De Giorgi Brothers Company, seedsmen located in Council Bluffs. Seeds were obtained from the USDA, where they had been in storage since being collected in 1963. With a little pre-treatment, 90% of them germinated. I will be saving seeds as part of my effort to re-introduce this nearly lost variety. I'm hoping also to save seed from Red Cloud, a historic Nebraska variety. Right now, it's available from only one semi-commerical source.

Next year, I'll offer the De Giorgi Acme, not to be confused with Livingston's Acme (an entirely different tomato). With luck, I'll be able to re-introduce two more nearly "lost" cultivars, Cooper's Special and Marvelosa. I hope also to have Pritchard, which has an interesting history but is hard to find in an assuredly pure strain.

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While baking today . . .

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

. . . I was reminded of an old Jewish joke:

Question: "What's the difference between 'kosher' and 'kosher for Passover'?"

Answer: "Nothing; just double the price."

(Yes, I'm a Jew.)

I made Saffron Raisin Bread today, one of my favorites. It's expensive because of the saffron. But I decided to go above and beyond--I wanted to make the bread as nearly 100 percent organic as…

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At 9:22am on May 26, 2010, Jan said…
Yes I'm interested in a catalog:

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