March 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
This is your opportunity to strut your stuff – and your chickens’ .
Be one of 12 featured coops in this beautifully photographed treasure
of unique coops and their feathered inhabitants.
Submit 3 to 6 digital snapshots (500MB or smaller) of your backyard bird sanctuary to Amber Lotus at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted Entries will:
• Enjoy a professional photography shoot of their coop and hens
• Be featured in the calendar
• Receive a print quality portrait of their coop for personal use
• Be awarded with six copies of the 12″ x 12″ calendar featuring their coop
Featured coop owners agree to:
• Be available for a two-hour professional photo shoot in late July or early August
• Provide a clean, fresh coop on the day of the shoot
• Provide a short statement about their coop and hens
Visit our 2014 Calendar to see what we’ve featured in the past.
2015 City Chickens and their Coops
Here is a preview of what’s coming next year:
All our featured coops are photographed by Susan Seubert.
March 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
Plant garlic whips as soon as the ground can be worked for spring harvesting. Begin feeding onions and garlic in mid-spring, offering high-nitrogen fertilizer every 2-3 weeks to encourage bulbing.
(Scallions and bunching onions don’t need it.) Regular watering in summer ensures plump, welfilled cloves of garlic and shallots and fat, round onions. Reduce watering in midsummer to encourage bulbs to ripen and develop good keeping qualities.
excerpted from the 2014 Organic Kitchen Garden wall calendar – Tip by Ann Lovejoy
February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Look back on the old year and gather its lessons in your memory.
Look ahead to the New Year and honor its gifts. Above all, participate in the eternal Now.
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Musings on Memory
The philosopher Plato taught that all knowledge is remembering. In Greek mythology, memory is personified by Mnemosyne. Born of the union of Gaia (the Earth) and Uranus (the Sky), she is the mother of the nine Muses, goddesses of art and literature and the personification of all knowledge.
Mnemosyne is also known as the goddess of time. Before the written word, knowledge and lore were preserved through memory. The collective memory of the people held their history. Before the first written calendars, our ancestors marked the days by the revolution of the sun, and the passing year and changing seasons by the moon, just as we do now with Amber Lotus calendars.
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Amber Lotus Publishing has helped plant more than 330,000 trees through our partnership with Trees for the Future (TREES). TREES has rehabilitated environments across the globe by planting nearly 93 million trees since 1989. You can start the new year knowing you have helped plant trees for the future
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February 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
The 2015 edition of the best-selling Environmental Art Calendar will be available to purchase July 2014 — this will be our 8th year for this title. Andres Amador, Manolo Paz, and Sylvain Meyer are just a few of the artists that will be featured.
NEW – Check out this wonderful access to our Environmental Art Calendar Archive and links to information about each featured cover artists: Bob Verscheuren, Patrick Dougherty, Martin Hill, Nils-Udo, Jason de Caires Taylor and others.
View all the Calendar Covers with links to the Artist’s latest projects here!
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February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Enjoy this recipe featured in our 2014 Farm to Table wall calendar by author Ann Lovejoy
Black Turtle Bean Soup
2 cups Black Turtle beans (or any dried beans)
2 shallots, peeled
2 carrots, chopped
1 white or yellow onion, peeled and quartered
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
Shoyu or soy sauce, to taste
Sesame-chili oil, to taste
Soak beans overnight, drain and place in a soup pot with 6 cups fresh water, the shallots, carrots, onion and 1 teaspoon thyme. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until beans are tender (60-90 minutes). Purée with an immersion blender and season to taste with shoyu and sesame-chili oil. Serve hot, garnished with remaining thyme. Serves 4-6.
For the Locavore and Slow Food enthusiasts
Anyone who has ever plucked a tomato straight off the vine or cracked open a farm-fresh egg knows there is a world of difference between locally grown produce and food from the supermarket shelves. The farm-to-table movement, embraced by the burgeoning ranks of locavore and Slow Food enthusiasts, is flourishing for many reasons. With every delicious bite, you are supporting your local economy, reducing your environmental footprint, providing your body with wholesome nutrients, and forging a deeper connection with the rhythms of the seasons.
Home gardens, farmers markets and CSAs
You don’t have to be a farmer to enjoy the many benefits of local and seasonal foods. Home gardens, farmers markets, CSAs, and foraging all offer opportunities to enjoy the bounty. From local orchards and Concord grapes to artisan breads and goat’s milk products, the Farm to Table wall calendar is packed with luscious photographs and valuable tips on selecting, preserving, and preparing fresh local foods. With beloved garden writer Ann Lovejoy as your guide, it will help you savor the best of every season.
NEW – Farm to Table 2015 calendar – Available July 2014
January 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
Featured Artist: Travis Bone is the founder and creative force behind the poster and illustration studio Furturtle Show Prints. As Bone puts it, “the weird state of Utah” is home and a constant inspiration for his iconic imagery. Bold yet economical use of color and line work reminiscent of hand-carvings abound in his sometimes dark, often whimsical illustrations. Although Furturtle Show Prints is known worldwide for hand-printed posters that often feature bands that a few people have heard of, Bone is a prolific creator of logos, snowboard and ski graphics, labels for bottles, drawings for clothing, and all manner of illustrations for myriad purpose.
Featured Artist: Denise Gallagher draws incessantly and loves to make beautiful things. She has been recognized for her talents by such esteemed organizations as Print magazine, Communication Arts magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. Gallagher’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the US. Her images provide glimpses of a mysterious tale that has yet to be written. Seemingly random objects become deeply meaningful and infused with magic. Gallagher’s work is meandering, mysterious, and never mundane. http://www.denisegallagher.com
Feature Artist: Renée Locks is a painter, calligrapher and poet. She taught Western calligraphy for ten years before devoting herself to the sumi-e brush and shodo – the way of writing beautifully. Locks is inspired by ancient Asian calligraphy, especially by the Japanese Kansai style of writing, which is executed rapidly and without lines. She describes it as “like walking a tightrope between control and freedom, mind focused as a straight arrow, from top of head through the brush, no hesitation.” She paints on 300-year-old rice paper and grinds her own ink with an ink stick and water on a special stone. http://www.reneelocks.com
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January 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
This is a wonderful blog post featuring Lynn Karlin’s photography.