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  • Green Idea 1 : ' Find your nearest Farmer's Market and go there this weekend with friends...
  • Green Idea 2 : ' Swap your old incandescent bulbs for CFLs when they burn out and start saving $$$
  • Green Idea 3 : ' Try using your bike this weekend instead of your car...
  • Green Idea 4 : ' This Spring why not plant a small kitchen garden of tomatoes and peppers on your balcony or patio?
  • Green Idea 5 : ' What are you waiting for? Make the change today!

    The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.


    You can grow your own food whether you live on a rural farm or in a tiny urban apartment. Urban gardening is all about using space wisely to regain a closer connection with your food and beautify your home or neighborhood.


    Explore energy resources, such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal, ocean thermal, and wave power, that replenish themselves within a short period.


    Locating the Farmers' Market nearest to you is now only a few clicks away. Localharvest.org is a useful and straight-forward site designed to faciliate your quest.


Urban Garden Project Recipe: True Peasant Pesto

Posted by vergelimbo On 9:56 PM 2 comments

Roughly, To Taste and Texture, Combine:

Basil Leaves - 8 cups of leaves

Olive Oil - 1 half cup
Pine Nuts- 1 half cup
Garlic - 1 full bulb
Parmesan - 1 cup
Mint - 8 sprigs [leaves only]
Parsley - 4 sprigs
Anchovies - 1 small can
Nutmeg - 3 pinches
Balsamic Vinegar 2 Tbsps
Salt and Pepper

In a food processor, combine Olive Oil, Pine Nuts, Garlic, Anchovies
PULSE until coarsely chopped.
Gradually add Basil, Parsley, Mint until mixed [do not puree]
Add Parmesan, Nutmeg, Mint, Salt and Pepper

This once-secret recipe for "Urban Peasant Pesto" was passed to me by two men named John. The pesto is worth it's weight in gold. To make the 5.75 pounds of pesto pictured above I picked a well stuffed grocery bag of basil leaves from my Urban Garden Project. They have since grown back and I am almost ready to pick again. [See Photo]

Walnut Variation: Lately the price of Pinenuts (pignolias) has gone through the roof... Walnuts are a tastey and more affordable alternative. I actually prefer the "Walnut Variation". Also in lieu of olive oil try using walnut oil. Your palate will be pleasantly surprised, and your wallet will suffer less.

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Have you ever tried Arugula Pesto?
My Aunt used to make it but I don't know what her recipe was. It was fantastic. Time to call Auntie M

that looks good