A Video Tour of Hydroponic Heaven

What exactly is hydroponics?  I have been pondering this ever since visiting my friend's restaurant, Windhorse in Eustis, FL, where they have hydroponic towers in the outdoor dining area.  They use these towers to grow food for their salads.  It is an amazing site and a culinary delight.  When I stumbled upon Innovative Hydroponics in Alcoa, TN I was determined to finally get to the root of it (pun intended!).  So, with video camera in hand and my inquisitive husband in tow, we swooped in on Andrea Rzad to pick her brain and her plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil.  The Latin derivative hydro, is 'water', and … [Read more...]

My Raw Milk Farm Video Trip

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about raw milk so I drove to Blaine, TN to video what I thought would be a farm run by mild mannered agrarians with long skirts.  You know...cows, goats, pigs, chickens, a garden, and homeschooling.  Boy, was I wrong!  It was a real backwoods farm, but Sherry Byington, the captain of this amazing operation, runs a tight ship.  She is a walking organic farming encyclopedia, and she is anything but mild mannered.  I thought I was doing well buying my fresh produce and grass fed meats, but this added a whole new dimension to eating REAL food.  Sherry runs circles around all of us, "whining because we have to drive 5 minutes to the store", city … [Read more...]