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Linda Ly


Linda Ly runs the award-winning blog Garden Betty, which chronicles her adventures in the dirt and on the road. From her South Bay abode, she shares farm-to-fork recipes, raises backyard chickens, bakes bread and makes jam and still finds time to surf or snowboard or kayak or climb-depending on the season. (So many reasons to love SoCal!) She has been featured in Country Living, HGTV, and Los Angeles Times. Her first book, The CSA Cookbook, was released in March 2015 by Voyageur Press.


Infographic: All You've Ever Wanted to Know About Cooking Oil

If you're in the market for a new oil, or want to know what you should use for the type of cooking you're doing, this chart is a good place to start.
Photo by <a href="">Pete</a>/Flickr/<a href="">Creative Commons</a>

California Start-Up Rescues 'Imperfect' Produce to Bring Farm-Fresh Goods to Families at a Discount

An Oakland-based start-up is selling fruits and vegetables you've probably passed up at the store -- at about $1 per pound.
Video by <a href="">The Center for Public Integrity</a>

The FDA Doesn't Really Know What's In Your Food

The Food Additives Amendment introduced the "GRAS List" in 1958 to allow food companies to use ingredients like vinegar and vegetable oil in their products without a formal review by the FDA. However, many companies have taken advantage of a loophole i...
Photo by <a href="">ironayla</a>/Flickr/<a href="">Creative Commons</a>
SoCal Wanderer

Building the Perfect Campfire According to the Law of Physics

Remember this trick for concocting the perfect campfire: make it as tall as it is wide.
Photo by <a href="">gailhampshire</a>/Flickr/<a href="">Creative Commons</a>

Find the Ideal Low-Water Plants With This Garden Resource From UC Davis

A list identifies 100 plants that thrive in California.
Photo by <a href="">Kevin Cole</a>/Flickr/<a href="">Creative Commons</a>
SoCal Wanderer

Birding on the Web: New Site Helps You Identify Most Common Birds in U.S. and Canada

Birding will never be the same again, and it's because of your computer.
Photo by <a href="">Scot Nelson</a>/Flickr/<a href="">Creative Commons</a>

What's Ailing Your Tomato Plants? This App Will Tell You

Information in the app was authored and peer-reviewed by members of a 100-year-old nonprofit.
Photo by <a href="">Amir Illusion</a>/Flickr/<a href="">Creative Commons</a>

80% of Sunscreens Are Ineffective, According to Questionable New Guide

It's worth knowing what ingredients are in your beauty products.
Photo by <a href="">Justin Sewell</a>/Flickr/<a href="">Creative Commons</a>

5 Tips for Shopping Smarter at Farmers' Markets

Summer is an especially glorious season for farmers' markets. Here's how to get the most out of your next visit.
Photo by <a href="">PRNewsFoto/Urban School Food Alliance</a>

School Cafeterias Make the Move from Polystyrene Trays to Compostable Plates

Replacing the institutional rectangular lunch tray with a round plate also helps simulate a more familiar eating environment for students.
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