Category Archives: Local Food Spotlight

On the final day of a five-day harvest, we had the unique opportunity to follow Terry d’Selkie, the dedicated owner of Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetable Company. The day was dedicated to harvesting Silky Sea Palm, a seaweed known for its young, supple blades that thrive along the West Coast of North America. Terry’s harvesting schedule is meticulously timed with the lunar calendar. Every full moon and new moon from the end of March through August, she heads out to collect the seaweed before it becomes too thrashed and overgrown. During the winter the seaweed is able to regrow for the following year. This cyclical process allows for sustainable harvesting practices, crucial for maintaining the viability of the patches she tends to—some of which have been harvested continuously since 1981. Joining Terry on this particular Monday were Phil, the caretaker of her homestead, and the Koch family (pronounced ‘cook’): parents Ryan…

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Situated along the 101 between Willits and Ukiah in Mendocino County, Black Dog Farm (BDF) operates under the umbrella of Ridgewood Ranch’s School of Adaptive Agriculture. The farm thrives through the passionate efforts of its co-owner, Caroline Radice, whose journey from food service to farming showcases a unique blend of traditional farming practices and modern community involvement. BDF stands out not just as a farm, but as an ideal model of the community. Caroline Radice’s love for farming is deeply rooted in her upbringing, her last name, ‘Radice’, literally meaning a root vegetable in Italian. Caroline’s parents maintained a large garden and cooked from scratch, instilling in her a passion for fresh, homegrown food. After years in the food service industry, Caroline transitioned to farming, driven by a desire to grow and cook high-quality, less common produce. Black Dog Farm operates on 2.5 acres of arable land, with around 1.5…

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