Several times a week during the summer and early autumn, after she spends an hour or so in the garden, my wife asks me to go get the camera. She carefully positions a bounty of delicious vegetables in her basket —cucumbers, zucchini, pole beans, peppers, kale, lettuce—and she poses proudly, the gardener with the fruit of her yearlong toils. She gardens, supplying us with copious fruits and vegetables that last us many months. It’s my duty to supply us with organic, free-range, sustainably harvested, naturally raised meat of the absolute highest quality, enough to last us a full year.More...
The cool evenings and shorter days of fall herald the inevitable slowdown of the garden. Our thoughts turn to soups and stews, thick hearty chili, maybe a nice lasagna or hearty meatloaf. Now is the time to preserve all the beautiful produce you’ve grown or purchased in bulk at your local farmers market so that you can prepare delicious dishes from the garden all winter long. There are many ways to preserve your garden goods, but let’s start with the easiest of all preservation methods.More...
The old model of a small, independent magazine existing solely on advertising dollars is coming to an end. CATALYST has always been an endeavor that exists on the support of the community (we’re where the business and non-profit community has chosen to place their advertising dollars), but now, we’d like to ask for that support more directly, from a few community members who see value in what we offer. For CATALYST to keep providing the news and information we’ve been proud to offer for the last 33 years, we need support, in the form of direct memberships.More...
“I was eating the cheapest of chain foods,” recalls Michael Cundick. Fast food and ramen. Awful stuff, he says. Another life, only four years ago, on tour with his self-described experimental indie punk rock band LOOM!. “And I didn’t think too much about it.” He adds, “I’m a very single-minded person.” This apathy for food, this fuck-the-man attitude that’s more than just anti-political, anti-corporate, anti-establishment, is, in Cundick’s assessment, a generational problem and one that he shared until his “conversion.”More...
This is the Harvest Issue. I’m glad other people are harvesting because, through the blessing of farmers markets and friends, I won’t starve. My own garden was just plain dumb this year. I could blame it on the sudden death of my most-favorite-dog-ever, Tesla, and my decision to bury him in the best garden plot in the yard. But as he died on June 29, well past prime planting time, you can see that’s a lame excuse.More...
A change of air blows through daily life this week, and as those winds rustle the status quo, regular routines might be disrupted, disorganized, or discombobulated. So don’t be dismayed if you’re feeling disoriented. Some transitions are smoother than others, and this one is a little tricky if only because the fiery interactions of recent months being replaced by earthier ones, giving us all a chance to get more grounded.
A tremendous impulse to throw caution to the wind blows through the days as well as the nights of an already bumpy week, disrupting regular routines by making sudden shifts and abrupt detours the first choice for just about anyone caught in a boring set of circumstances. Expect the unexpected, and anticipate that many of these startling twists of fate will be positive. Yes, Mercury is retrograde, but that doesn’t matter. Yes again, Pluto goes direct on Friday, which could fire up some of these quick decisions. And yes, there is a lunar eclipse on Sunday that focuses on practical matters. But none of these planetary interactions compares to the power of a Venus/Uranus trine that is in effect all week long. The good news—and there is always good news—is that this fiery trine is packed with creative potential that can be applied to almost every situation.
It’s a busy week of planetary transitions, and as terrestrial life often reflects celestial activity, the routines of daily life take on the hustle and bustle of the sky. Dreams and visions, sleeping or waking, reflect myriad desires, some practical, some reasonable. Expect some of what happens, internal or external, to stretch the boundaries of imagination—it’s as if information from other dimensions infiltrates normal awareness. Don’t be surprised if you’re questioning third dimensional reality and leaning toward the idea that a greater sense of things might be found multidimensionally.
Venus went direct on Sunday, September 6, in a wide trine to Uranus, and sudden reversals of fortune, especially the relationship kind, seemed to occur everywhere at once. For some, these dynamic twists of fate were, and still are, disruptive and disturbing—it’s the “I really didn’t see it coming” moment, when shock just takes over and you wake up in a completely different universe, wondering how you got there and what was in that last cup of tea. For others, these changes restored clarity by enabling a new perspective with the power to restore sanity.
They may be more dangerous to our health than Genetically Modified Organisms.
—by John deJong
Extend your growing season!
—by James Loomis
—by Dennis Hinkamp
"Mending a Broken Heart."
—by Kindra Fehr
Environmental news from around the state and the West.
—by Amy Brunvand
Seeing beyond your own self-deception.
—by Suzanne Wagner
It's melon season!
—by Alison Einerson
- by Amy Brunvand
Harvest home: Restoring awe to a season of plenty.
—by Amy Brunvand
Slow Food Utah microgrant recipients grow the cause of healthy local food.
—by Katherine Pioli
Beethoven + Tolstoy + Plan-B + NOVA = spectacular drama in the form of The Kreutzer Sonata.
—by Eric Samuelsen
The autumn fruit of the ancients.
—by Charlotte Bell