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Ali Berlow
Ali Berlow is the author of 'The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse: Building a Humane Chicken Processing Unit to Strengthen Your Local Food System. Foreword by Temple Grandin, Storey Publishing. She is the co-owner and former editor of Edible Vineyard, founder and former executive director of Island Grown Initiative got her start in food writing at WCAI and WNAN the Cape & Islands NPR stations with her weekly essay segment 'A Cook's Notebook'. She has contributed to Acres-USA magazine and presented at Mother Earth News Fairs. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she and her husband Sam live, work and cook on the island of Martha’s Vineyard and in Southern Vermont.

Entries by Ali Berlow

Forging Peace, Growing Peace

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Once I knew what the tools were made out of, I couldn't stop staring at them even though the fight or flight part of me was triggered, repelled and rapt. They were only garden tools, after all.

One was a small hand rake and the other, a garden mattock which...

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Raise a Glass to the Whole Mishegas

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 10:31 AM

La Caja China didn't happen. The turkey's not going to deep fry. The grill ran out of propane. Or maybe the power went out. Weather grounded the plane/train/automobile. If all that's missing from your table is sage for your stuffing, or you forgot to pull out that little...

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Blessed Meat

(607) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 8:21 AM

It was truly blessed meat. Over every animal held in arms and slaughtered, a prayer was said as the swift, sharp deed of taking life in sacrifice was made. There is no denying the gravity of these transforming moments when man, animal, prayer, blade and blood meet. Life is messy...

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Fasting (or Not) on Yom Kipppur

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 3:15 PM

The fast will soon be here. Twenty-four hours without coffee and meals -- the creature comforts, routines and calories that get me through my day. On this Yom Kippur, the highest of high Jewish holidays, I'll be doing my best at not-eating. In observance with my congregation, I'll...

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Gleaning: A Biblical Act of Generosity

(82) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 1:17 PM

I had no epiphany. No transcendental enlightenment. At least not while I was walking down the long and verdant corridors of cornrows swaying and swishing like some cosmic leafed-out beaded curtains. I was there to work, to glean ripe sweet corn, one cob at a time... twist and tug, twist...

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