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Urban Farm Magazine

Rick Gush
La Dolce Vita
California-born Rick Gush writes from Italy’s north-western coast about his love affair with the Italian farm and garden scene. From hanging gardens and fava beans to Vespas and salami, come along on his adventure. Be sure also check out Rick's new blog, Digging Italy, on UrbanFarmOnline.com

02/19/2010 - Treasures in the Garbage
When I lived in the States, I was a garage sale freak, and almost every weekend I’d be prowling around in other people’s old junk.

02/12/2010 - Italian Agriculture on TV
I don’t usually watch sports on the weekends much here in Italy, because the soccer matches are all on closed circuit. But what I do get to watch is spectacular, and that is a smorgasbord of wonderful agricultural shows that focus mostly on Italian small farmers.

02/05/2010 - Broccoli Weather
In Italy, these last days of January are called Giorni del Merlo, or the days of the robin, and are usually the coldest days of the year.

01/29/2010 - Fiera!
Today was an exceptionally fun day for me because it was the day that the big open air fiera (fair) came to Rapallo.

01/22/2010 - The Neighborhood
I love Via Betti , which is the street on which we live.

01/15/2010 - Garden Progress
This January marks the fourth year that we have been building the garden on the cliff next to our home.

01/08/2010 - Pruning Time
It’s finally cold enough that all the fruit trees in the garden, including the apples, have dropped their leaves, so I pruned my deciduous fruit trees today.

12/25/2009 - Sunny Italy
Lots of parts of Italy remained below freezing for two days this weekend as a cold wave came down from Russia.

12/18/2009 - Italian Landslides
We had an unexpected visitor in the garden this week, in the form of a large rock that just appeared by itself on a small flat area near the northern edge.

12/11/2009 - Italian Dogs
I’m crazy about dogs. My cats don’t permit me to have a dog myself, but luckily, I get to play with a lot of dogs on the streets of Rapallo.

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