Entries by Daniel

The Holiday Menu’s Story

Our cooking instructor, Eva Szigeti, traces the history of the Thanksgiving menu and gives us ideas of how to incorporate the past into our present fare, including a recipe for acorn squash custard. I was always interested in history. Becoming an archeologist was one of my childhood dreams that did not come true. With Thanksgiving […]

Garbage Can Challenge – November Update

Hey all! How is everyone doing? Refresher: Last month I set a family goal of reducing our garbage production by 1/2… Well, our family garbage count this month did not reach our goal. We did have about a foot of empty space at the top of the can though. I would say it was still […]

A Forager’s Thanksgiving

Wild food forager Paul Tappenden describes his forager’s feast, and it sounds so good that one can almost taste it. Every year since 2011, I have come together with a group of fellow wild crafters to celebrate Thanksgiving with a forager’s feast. We begin planning in October, when there is still plenty to be foraged, although some […]

Truth to Power

Chuck Stead, our beloved camp storyteller, recounts an early lesson in speaking his truth… When I was sixteen years old, back in 1969, Richard Nixon was still in his first year as president of the country and, having campaigned on a promise to end the war in Vietnam, he had yet to do anything but […]

Ed in The Journal News

Ed Bieber has been leading kids in the outdoors for decades, introducing about a quarter million kids to the wonders of nature, and making our mission at The Nature Place a reality every single day. As many of you know, Ed is currently undergoing brain surgery that could reduce and reverse some symptoms of his […]

Ed’s Corner

It’s About Time We think we can manipulate time, twist it like a Gumby, do whatever with it. For example, we say we can save it, spend it. But I don’t know of a time bank where you get time interest from the time you put into it. You can have a great time, a […]

The Season of Squash

Our cooking instructor, Eva Szigeti, describes one of fall’s most notable vegetables and some imaginative uses for it. If summer is the peak in the circle of the seasons, then winter is the valley, and fall is a gentle stroll downhill into the land of winter. Fall is a season that brings no promises, but […]

Bring on the Barberries

Wild food forager Paul Tappenden introduces us to a superfood found growing by some of our favorite hiking trails. Barberries are an introduced plant in our area, having escaped captivity and made their home at the edges of our woodlands. Straight off the bush, the small elongated red berries tend to be rather tart, but they can […]

Garbage Can Challenge – October Update

Okay, so, the moment of truth: how much garbage did you produce this month? What’s your family’s baseline? I’ll tell you, if you tell me :). Well, that’s not exactly how this newsletter thing works, but I would love to hear from all of you with a comment on this post! Our family (2 adults […]