Coach’s Game Plan


Stop feeding the beast and start feeding the people

By Coach Mark Smallwood Follow Coach’s blogs posts at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen and EcoWatch Have you ever wondered how anyone makes any money on a $2.00 bag of nacho-cheese–flavored corn chips or a $0.25 apple? Economists and policy wonks … Continued

Why I only eat organic apples and why you should, too

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com Apples. Apples are the single most pesticide-contaminated produce item available at the grocery store. If you had to choose just one item from your grocery list to buy organic, make it organic … Continued

Organic vs. Chemical Lawn Care: Which one leads to healthier grass?

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com The summer season always brings to mind bright green lawns and idyllic images of children running barefoot through the grass. However, lawns are a quintessentially American phenomenon, and when you begin to … Continued

Recipe for great growth

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com When it comes to growing food, it takes a village. But not the kind of village you might think. While inviting friends and neighbors over to help plant in the spring, harvest … Continued

Not all compost is created equal

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com Just as the statement “milk is milk” is patently not true, so is the idea that all compost is created equal. Dictionaries and encyclopedias simply define compost as “rotted organic matter made … Continued