Saturday, March 27, 2010

Seven Blogs For The Weekend

photograph by Farmgirl Fare

-- The GOAT blog is one of the many facets of the High Country News, a non-profit media organization that focuses on life in the western United States. The GOAT blog's large staff of writers follow this imperative with creativity, making it one of the "must read" blogs for people interested in rural or urban issues. 

-- Fourteen Places to Eat is Kay Westhues' photo-blog. Her work aims to to "celebrate rural life without idealizing it," and the work has a nice range of themes and tones, from the cerebral to the downright hilarious. Visit the'll see what we mean.

-- Mark Lynn Ferguson is a Roanoke native and an emerging writer. He has begun The Revivalist, a blog about all facets of Appalachian culture. Look for two recent series: Black in Appalachia and Modern Moonshine.

-- If you've been interested in our "Farmville Files" or our attention to food culture and urban-rural links, by all means check out City Farmer News: New Stories From 'Urban Agricultural Notes.' It's a well-written blog with a global reach and a profound message about what's possible in our urban centers.  

--Similarly, Real Food Media is another consortium of blogs filled with insight and a deep drawer of resources to help its readers follow its directive of "real food. small farms. green living." There's also a good write-up of Wendell Berry's recent testimony on the National Animal Identification System.

-- Susan is the writer of the fantastic Farmgirl Fare blog. She uprooted her life on the west coast to farm on "240 remote Missouri acres." Her site contains photographs of all facets of animal husbandry and farm life in general as well as thoughts on what it means to live and farm in her region.

-- To the east of Susan, in Boston, a young writer has put herself to cooking ALL the recipes in Fergus Henderson's highly-recommended Nose to Tail. Appropriately, her site is called Eating Nose to Tail, and it will inspire you to be more creative in the kitchen and to consider how we can use more of the animals we raise.