Share Your Garden Goodies at www.AmpleHarvest.org


The tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cilantro, basil and mint are in.  The HUSH garden has been tilled and planted.  Now it’s time to cross days off on the calendar until cherry goodness can be harvested and popped immediately into my mouth like candy from the gods.  Yet inevitably the happiness only lasts a week before it becomes abundantly clear that even HUSH can’t cook up enough delights to honor such abundance.   Then the mad scramble begins to ‘share’ the harvest with friends and neighbors.  The response?  The apartment dwellers generally squeal appropriately with gratitude, but others are either at the beach for the next month or in the same predicament – too many veggies and too few mouths to feed.

AmpleHarvest.org is an organization that connects gardeners with local food pantries, allowing them to donate their extra produce.

Enter AmpleHarvest.org.  A generous idea for hungry folks in need of fresh nourishment at the local food pantry. AmpleHarvest.org is an organization that connects gardeners with local food pantries, allowing them to donate their extra produce.  Brilliant idea, made possible by abundance, generosity, clever thinking, and the world wide web.  Pay it forward today.  Visit http://www.AmpleHarvest.org, find a pantry near you and start sharing your garden wealth.

If you know of a food pantry in your community that is not currently listed on AmpleHarvest.org, please register them so that they can take advantage of the campaign.

Ample Harvest’s website

CNN’s video about Ample Harvest



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Food Democracy Now! Petition – Ask DOJ and USDA for more competition and fair practices

As I’ve said before, while HUSH is primarily about culture and cuisine, there will be times when food politics become part of the larger story. I would like to influence the way we think, purchase and consume, but a few suppers a month will not a revolution make. For that, we need to vote daily with our forks, wallets and mouse clicks. To that end, I signed a petition to ask the Department of Justice to help poultry farmers have a voice against monolithic companies who intimidate farmers into remaining silent.

We need to vote daily with our forks, wallets and mouse clicks.

I will let the superb organization Food Democracy Now! explain the rest. Please consider signing the petition.

Food Democracy Petition, click here

Food Democracy Now! website


HUSH and Food Politics

Dear Readers, when I wrote promising part two of the Manjuben saga today, I did not account for being on the cover of the Washington Post food section on Wednesday, March 10.  I welcome Post readers and new supper guests.  Unfortunately, the warm hug of emails I have received has delayed today’s story.  I will post part two by Friday, March 12 at 3 pm EST.

For those of you who haven’t seen the Washington Post article, here it is:

HUSH in the Washington Post food section

While HUSH is primarily about culture and cuisine, there will be times when food politics become part of the larger story.  Today is one of those days.  I would like to influence the way we think, purchase and consume, but a few suppers a month will not a revolution make.  For that, we need to vote daily with our forks, wallets and mouse clicks.   To that end, I signed a petition to ask the Department of Justice to investigate agribusiness monopolies that have outsized power over our food supply from seed to harvest to grocery aisle.

I will let the excellent organization Food and Water Watch explain the rest.   Here’s the petition.  Please consider signing it.

Food and Water Watch Petition