The meritless lawsuit brought against us by Microcosm Publishing is going to trial next month and we need your help

The trial is happening in Portland and we are desperately trying to get funds together to get our family and our lawyer out to Oregon so we can defend ourselves in court. (To give you an indication of how dire our situation is, we received a “final notice” from the IRS today warning us that they are going to levy our assets because we haven’t been able to pay our quarterly taxes.) 

As we’ve said before, we aren’t looking for donations, but if we’ve got a book or zine you’ve been eyeing, we could really use your support right now. To sweeten the deal for you, we’re doing CONTEST MANIA for the rest of the month. 

Everyone who orders from Pioneers Press this month will get entered into a drawing to win one of four $40 Pioneers Press shopping sprees! We’ll announce one winner every Sunday afternoon. 

AND if you reblog this here plea, we’ll enter you into a contest to win our new titles including Big Diamond, Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty, and the Good Luck Not Dying book!

We’re kind of freaking out right now about getting through the next two months (both financially and emotionally). We didn’t start this fight, but we’re damn sure gonna see it through to the end. Any help, hugs, signal boosts, etc would be much appreciated. We definitely can’t do this alone.

Huge thanks for your ongoing support! 

xoxo, Jessie Duke and Pioneers Press


Beautiful shots of our farm by Will Potter. Had a lovely visit with him last week. Went by far too quickly. 


I recently mined my compost pile to refresh a fallow bed. You can see in the excavated pit just how incredibly successful one can compost in the humid subtropics (Florida). The oldest compost is the overgrown area to the right, where volunteer sweet potato, impatiens, and papaya have taken root. And the best part of this homegrown muck — it is almost exclusively made of plants/weeds grown in my garden. I once made a post about how “you too can be a carbon farmer.” I love this carbon I grew in my garden.



Checking the hive a week after new queen installation. Queen is free of the cage, alive and well! Found queen cups where the hive started to raise their own until the introduction of the new queen.

Awesome stuff!




beast-mode rosemary on Flickr.

It took some time before I understood that rosemary can grow this large in Seattle because of the mild winters here. After I had plants die in successive years in Chicago, I looked up its cold tolerance and said, “Oh.” I had assumed that since it’s a woody mint, it would tolerate freezing temperatures like sage and lavender.

I’d always read to take rosemary inside under 20°F but still had trouble keeping them alive overwinter because of Missoula’s lack of sun. Blew my mind the first time I saw a bush growing like this in New Orleans.



We planted muscadine grapes around the beehive for a wind break and privacy two years ago. This year, there’s bunches of grapes! Not sure if there will be enough for wine, but they are tasty enough to eat off the vine.

 I love their ripening-bronze color.

American Beautyberry

Almost ripe! Contrary to popular belief, these vivid purple berries aren’t just for show. Beautyberries make a lovely tea when boiled, mashed, strained, and mixed with a bit of honey. AND: I just found a recipe for beautyberry jelly at Eat the Weeds. I hope I can find enough berries to try a batch.



Tumblr Community Garden Give-away!

I’m creating a community garden one Tumblr user at a time…

We are a little student organization at the University of South Florida focused on connecting people to their food and are in the process of trying to make a community garden on campus. We want to share our love of food and gardening with the university and the city of Tampa. Your gifts will find a loving home here, and will be cared for and appreciated by many. Please choose us!! 

Sorry, farmusf, but a winner was chosen in March. But I’m in SWFL too, and I’d love to help. I’ve sent my contact info to your Ask.


Laura Hughes, Allotment garden


Laura Hughes, Allotment garden

Moon Moths by Becca Stadtlander

(Source: themountainlaurel)