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Lauren replied to Cricket's discussion Processing Carob
"A chocolate style bread that's really more of a cake... This makes me miss bread. I hope this tasted as good as it looked!"
Jul 24, 2016
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Processing Carob

I just wrote a blog post about processing carob with my favorite Carob Bread recipe. If you have a carob tree or know someone who does, come check it out. More
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Rachel replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"I just got the email from AZ Rare Fruit Growers about this. It's very sad, Powell was always very generous with his knowledge and was always kind to me. I will miss his insight. "
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Cricket replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"I feel the same way, Karis. What a loss. I wish he knew how much we appreciated him."
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Karis replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"I'm so sad to hear this! I want to look back through the forums and read his responses to stuff and remember him."
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Xenia replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"So sorry to hear about his passing. :("
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Cricket replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"We will all miss his wonderful brain and consistent and useful input in all of our conversations. We could always count on Powell's interest in whatever the topic. Thankfully all of that is preserved not only on this forum but also throughout…"
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raf evan replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"he posted a couple of responses, with his usual subtle candor(in another fruit-growing forum) just two days before his demise, so really shocked to  hear about the bad news"
May 29, 2016

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I love God, my husband, and my children. My interests flow to and from those things. I love studying history and when I garden I feel connected to that history in that seeds, dirt, water, and sun have always been the same. It is life and history in miniature.

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At 4:50pm on December 6, 2014, Catherine, The Herb Lady said…

I should have added that every one on the forums are great partners in providing help and an opportunity to share - I generally learn something new on a regular basis :-)

At 4:36pm on December 6, 2014, Catherine, The Herb Lady said…

Thank you Cricket for such a sweet compliment.  I hope to be on the forum until I can't type any more :-) - It is very helpful to have the VPA there, and I do understand time and geography constraints.

At 2:38pm on August 5, 2014, Larry said…

Hi Cricket,

Sorry for taking this long to thank you for those wonderful figs, they were shared with several friends. Some of them were still good almost 2 weeks later in the frig. I just started picking my first figs from a Long Yellow variety and they are delicious and huge. I am going try to get another one from a friend and will be doing some clones from mine this winter. This is a great fig if you are interested.

It was nice to see you planted a passionfruit, just be warned it gets pretty big and will take over. One thing I noticed is the fruit that develop are usually a little shaded in the canopy, the exposed flowers struggle to even start to develop fruit. A couple of posts 2-3 ft away from the wall and some chicken wire or whatever will quickly be swallowed up with growth. Make sure you can squeeze in to hand pollinate flowers. There is a story about the various parts of the passionfruit flower that has an interesting biblical theme, can't think of it right now.

One other thing related to health that I forgot to share with you is that we are in another iodine deficiency epidemic. I had some good results with iodine drops I bought at Whole Foods, my goiter seems to be gone and my energy level is much better. Some of what I read says it has huge implications for womens breast health. My neighbor just went through the whole ordeal, I wont even share the details.

Thanks again hope the banana is doing well


At 5:25pm on May 12, 2014, don titmus said…

Hey Cricket I'm about to announce the Fall PDC and wanted to see if you were still interested in assisting the marketing of the course for the finder fee [as a discount] whats your email?

At 2:54pm on February 16, 2014, Kim said…

Hi Cricket,

It's Kim from February's seed library day. I was just browsing the website and saw your garden photos. So nice! I wanted to write to officially leave the idea with you about adding an event to the desert edibles group: olive milling.  The Queen Creek olive mill will take community olives to mill but they require more than one family can normally pick. If we can arrange it similar to the mesquite milling where community members bring in olives from their neighborhoods I think it would be easy to get enough to mill.  Maybe the mill will partner well with the VPA and like the idea.




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