Reviews

Tricklebee Cafe

by Hippo (a hippopotamus) with help from Al (a bird) Tricklebee Café is a pay-what-you-can community café that offers healthy meals, food-service training, and spiritual nourishment. We are a ministry of the Moravian Church in America. After completing her twenty hours of community service at Tricklebee Café, Lakeya, a 17-year-old girl from a single-parent home,...

Ono Kine Grindz Review

Written By: Hippo (a Hippopotamus) with help from Al (a bird) Ono Kine Grindz North Avenue Storefront There I stood, in the middle of North Avenue; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; head spinning, ears ringing, heart racing, and Al (under my hat, as usual) pecking on my head while automobiles honked and squealed from all directions, lights...

Meuer Farm

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) “Hippo!” exclaimed Al. “Look at this! David and Leslie Meuer won the Leopold Conservation Award for Meuer Farm! Remember Aldo Leopold?” “How could I forget?” I replied. “He wrote The Sand County Almanac where we learned about the land ethic.” Ethics direct all members of a...

The Beevangelists

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird), but mostly by Al “Hippo!” said Al as he landed upon my head. “I’ve met someone!” “Yeah?” I said, thoughts of a love story filling my head. “I met Charlie Koenen, the beevangelist, on a rooftop! He spreads the gospel of the bees in and around...

Braise

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) As the premier farm-to-table restaurant in Milwaukee, a culinary school, a restaurant supported agriculture business, and a home delivery service, Braise is a keystone player in the local food community. “Have I mentioned, Al, that hippos are a keystone species? We are, in fact, known as...

Red Stone Rice

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Red Stone Rice LLC was founded by Michael Schläppi, a professor of biology at Marquette University. Funded by grants from Marquette University and the US Department of Agriculture, his research identified a high-yielding Southern Russian rice variety that could withstand the colder weather in Wisconsin. The...

Barthel Fruit Farm

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) The day was perfect for berry-picking – not too hot with occasional sunshine peaking out between big white cumulus clouds and a few darker ones – a gentle breeze. Al and I joined the hundreds of humans picking strawberries at the Barthel Fruit Farm. These are...

The Tandem

WE CLOSED AS HELL WE MAY BE CLOSED FOR CUSTOMERS, BUT WE DOIN BIG THINGS…             TO KEEP THE MOVEMENT ALIVE + CHECK OUT TANDEM 20/20 One of the most hopeful ideas that Al and I have discovered is that life does find a way. “I thought we were writing...

Aromatic Acres: Food for the Soul

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) These lovely flowers are from Aromatic Acres, a chemical-free urban garden located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Using regenerative growing practices – no tractors polluting the air and disrupting the soil, no fertilizer runoff, no harm to neighbors and downstream communities – they protect the balance of life....

Mother Earth, Third Planet in the Solar System, Outer Spiral Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Al and I have wondered many times whether humans are aliens to planet Earth. “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” is one of those human ideas that really got me scratching my head – actually, I had to get Al to scratch it...

Scales Family Farm

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) We are Martice, Amy, Mason and Maxwell Scales. We are a family that is on a mission to live life as fully and as naturally as possible by getting back to nature and farming. Al and I are going to try something different today. First Al...

Alsum’s Roadside Stand

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) We could have gotten our pumpkins from a store, but Alsum’s roadside stand looked like much more fun. They have these paintings of pumpkins with holes which the humans stick their heads into for a picture. “Heads?” said Al, “humans only have one head!” “But I...

Scents and Sensibility

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) “Pee-yew,” squawked Al very loudly. “That guy smells like a male antelope marking his territory.” Shhh, Al. He might hear you.” “He’s wearing headphones,” said Al. Al and I were on the treadmill . . . “A really dumb machine, if you ask me,” said Al....

The Cackleberry Farm

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Jordy bounded out of the snow to greet us, ears flying back, carrying a paper cup in his mouth, and his whole body wriggling with excitement. His human, Steven, followed, much more sedately, to tell us that just 5 minutes ago he had sold the last...

Do Pigs Fly?

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Do pigs fly? If you had asked me yesterday, I would have said, “That’s absurd!” But today I saw a dog – namely Jordy – climb a tree. This has opened my mind to wonderful possibilities. You may remember our friend Jordy and his human Steven...

The Glass Pantry is One!

By Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Al and I have been following the adventures of Jenna Meier and The Glass Pantry, the first zero-waste store in Milwaukee, since before they opened last March. We have bought natural brushes and cleaning supplies, bulk food items and spices, and personal care products like shampoo and...

Pheasant Backs

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Good things to eat are popping up all over the place! Al and I found and ate our first pheasant back mushroom (Polyporus squamosus) of the year two days ago and we are keeping an eye on some logs with baby pheasant backs that will be...

By Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Wow! Al and I were invited for tea with a family in our neighborhood – Michael, Michelle, and Miles. Our whole day was nicer because of it. We learned that tea doesn’t just mean tea. It means friendliness, getting-to-know-you, or (a word we just learned) gemütlichkeit. Gemütlichkeit...