Friday, December 6, 2013
Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog, deliciousmusings.com.
When she is not writing, she enjoys edible gardening, reading books on food and/or thinking about food, hanging out by her beehives and patiently tracking down her chickens in the woods behind her old farmhouse.
In her blog, Sharon profiles farm families, reports on farm-based education and internships, conducts Q&A's with master beekeepers, offers tips on picking a CSA, and much more.
All this week I will be posting a gift guide once a day. I hope they help you with everyone who is on your list. Check out Monday’s post on gift ideas for your best friend here, Tuesday’s post for your significant other here, and Wednesday’s post for your aspiring farmer or young animal lover here.
Part #4: Your Sibling, "The Grow Your Own-er"
Help his or her collection of ceramics with pretty handmade pieces from some of Maine’s artists.
Kari Radasch teaches ceramics at Southern Maine Community College. Lately she has become interested in assertive acts of decorating: graffiti, stickers, tattoos and piercing’s. “They seem unequivocal and self-assured in there desire to adorn,” Radasch said. “The physical nature of these acts alone shows conviction. I like that confidence. I like to think that every time I decorate I am instigating a deliberate and significant act of “Making Special”. I decorate therefore I am.” Price range $40- and up Don’t miss her Online Holiday Mug Sale Tuesday, December 10 at noon. Fast shipping turnaround, gift wrapping option and local pickup available.
All this week I will be posting a gift guide once a day. I hope they help you with everyone who is on your list. Check out Monday’s post on gift ideas for your best friend here, and Tuesday’s post for your significant other here.
Part #3: Your Child Who Really, Really Wants to Get Some Feathered Friends
Gift an unframed print of a chicken from The Animal Print Shop, $25 and up. After the holidays make an adventure of picking out the frame.
All this week I will be posting a gift guide once a day. I hope they help you with everyone who is on your list. Check out yesterday’s post on gift ideas for your best friend here.
Part #2: Your Significant Other Who is Fascinated by Bees.
A gift certificate to The Honey Exchange in Portland, where your beloved can find everything bee-related from wonderful smelling beeswax candles from Overland Honey to Bee Playing Cards.
All this week I will be posting a gift guide once a day. I hope they help you with everyone who is on your list. Up first, best friends.
Part #1: Your Outdoorsy Best Friend Who Gets Up at 5 to Milk the Cows.
A home cooked meal, handwritten note or homemade gift (whether a scarf or a box of cookies) are always the best place to start. Stocking stuffers like a donation in their name to a charity (e.g. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) or an ornament (check out these hand-blown glass ones for under $30 on Etsy) can be every bit as special as a big elegantly wrapped box.
A volunteer helping prep Thanksgiving dinner at Wayside Food Programs in Portland.
The holiday season is a time for many of us to be thankful for our blessings – our family, friends, health, and job. Yet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service report (released September 2013) there are 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children in our country who struggle with hunger. In Maine, the USDA estimates that 15 percent of households, or more than 200,000 Mainers, are food insecure.
Earlier this month, families nationwide saw their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut, further straining their food budgets. In his recent op-ed, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon highlighted the continued need for SNAP, particularly around the holidays, and reiterated the need for Congress to act on a comprehensive, long-term Food, Farm and Jobs Bill.