Felicia used to feed herself with a Baltimore community garden plot and weekly trips to the city’s only year-round farmers market back in her college days. She moved back to her native Los Angeles in 2000 and loved the SoCal seasonal reality of year-round local tomatoes, prompting her to start her first blog, Tableau Vivante. Consistent weekly writing and photographing of farmers markets allowed her to turn the blog into a regular column at the LA Weekly. Her images of farmers market produce have also been used by the California Department of Agriculture and local restaurants showcasing locally grown produce on their menus.
She strongly believes that the road to a sustainable lifestyle is paved with top notch culinary skills, which significantly reduces waste and broadens food options. She attended culinary school at Ecole de Cuisine and became a certified Master Food Preserver with the University of California Cooperative Extension, teaching safe home food preservation and basic food craft to communities throughout Los Angeles. She likes cheese, goats, bees and olive orchards.
The slow and steady conversion of the Highland Park home she shares with her partner, Steve, into a food craft laboratory and somewhat biodynamic homestead is a never ending dance with entropy, ecology, weather and self.
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Biodynamic agriculture: A method of organic farming originally developed by Rudolf Steiner that employs what proponents describe as “a holistic understanding of agricultural processes”. One of the first sustainable agriculturemovements, it treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks, emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives. Proponents of biodynamic agriculture, including Steiner, have characterized it as “spiritual science” as part of the larger anthroposophy movement.