There was Earth Day. Now there is FOOD DAY
On October 24th, food activists, community leaders, politicians, and students around the nation will celebrate Food Day as a way to re-focus our country’s attention on issues of obesity, sustainable farming, and food security. Join Senators Tom Harken, John Tester, and James McGovern as well as Michael Pollan, Will Allen, Jane Fonda and many more, as we take action together. We know that real food can revitalize our economy, our health and the environment–now it’s time to spread the word! Real Food Challenge post.
Cornwall Food and Farming – New Website for Children
Royal Cornwall saw the launch the Cornwall Food and Farming’s new website for children http://www.cornwallfoodandfarming.net With loads of photos, games, recipes and sound effects as well, it’s all about farming in Cornwall and how the food it produces arrives on their plate. The website is an informative and fun way for primary school aged children to get a better understanding of agriculture and food production in Cornwall. As well as information on what is happening on the farm and what produce is in season, there is a list of farms to visit, background stories about iconic Cornish foods and a monthly archive of things to look out for. Bude People post.
Not a Typical Pizza Place Anymore
Four years ago, Arturo’s, a corner pizzeria here, resembled countless others that sold slices and takeout pies to customers who were not asking who grew those tomatoes, where, or how. But a pair of new, young owners have turned Arturo’s into a favorite among advocates of local agriculture and artisanal fare. It mills grain for its bread and pizza crust, and takes pains to tell customers which nearby farms produced ingredients from kale to sausage. The chef, Dan Richer, was named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation award this year — akin to a film made by unknowns contending for an Oscar. He did not win the prize, but the word was out, far-flung foodies started making the trip, and the lines of people waiting for tables got even longer. New York Times story.
Pupils from Northumberland and Tyneside take part in rural learning day at Wooler
Hundreds of curious youngsters gathered in Northumberland yesterday to learn more about life in the countryside. More than 1,620 primary school pupils from 42 schools across Northumberland and Tyneside left their classrooms behind and descended on the Glendale Showground in Wooler for the rural teach-in. “With a difficult economy and rising concern about food miles, growing your own is becoming more and more popular. Journal Live story.
Alys Fowler book promotes parks as foraging opportunity to encourage new landscape awareness
Planting edibles in urban green spaces encourages the next generation to engage in the environment, claims Alys Fowler. TV gardener Alys Fowler has called for parks departments to plant more edibles in green spaces to help people engage better with the environment. The notion is explored in Fowler’s Thrifty Forager book, to be published by Kyle Cathie in September. Horticulture Week story (requires signup).
At Wegmans we have long partnered with farmers that are local to each store, providing our customers with the freshest fruits and vegetables possible. When you buy produce that’s labeled “locally grown,” you’re not only getting the best quality, you’re supporting your local farmer and community, and helping to reduce the impact on the environment by shrinking the carbon footprint from the farm to you. Taking steps—even little steps—together can make a difference. Wegmans website.
Small U.S. Farms Find Profit in Tourism
For all the talk about sustainable agriculture, most small farms are not self-sustaining in a very basic sense: they can’t make ends meet financially without relying on income from jobs off the farm. But increasingly farmers are eking more money out of the land in ways beyond the traditional route of planting crops and raising livestock. Some have opened bed-and-breakfasts, often known as farm stays, that draw guests eager to get a taste of rural living. Others operate corn mazes — now jazzed up with modern fillips like maps on cellphones — that often turn into seasonal amusements, with rope courses and zip lines. Ranchers open their land to hunters or bring in guests to ride horses, dude ranch style. Known as agritourism, such activities are becoming an important economic boost for many farmers. New York Times story.
edible UPCOUNTRY is a quarterly publication that promotes, explores and celebrates the local seasonal food culture of Upstate South Carolina. We aim to put a “face on our food” by telling the stories of the farmers, ranchers, artisans, chefs, and business owners who grow, harvest and create the local flavors that define the Upstate community. We want to be an indispensible and practical reference about what’s in season, local food and garden events, and those organizations and businesses who support local and sustainable food. With beautiful photography, creative writing and sumptuous recipes, edible UPCOUNTRY will delight your eyes, mind and palette. Website.
Action Center – Central Oregon Locavore
Central Oregon Locavore, LLC is an aggregator of local merchants and an online marketplace of locally-grown and locally-produced products. Basically, we are a one-stop local shopping site, kind of like a traditional grocery store, only we are online, and all of our products are local. We support the local economy by providing local produce, locally raised grass-fed meats and all kinds of different foods and products that are made right here in Central Oregon by local people like you and me. Website.
Green infrastructure – creating joined-up nature
A scheme supporting inspired green infrastructure will be the first policy measure from the Natural Environment White Paper to launch. Gavin McEwan assess its prospects. Last month’s Natural Environment White Paper for England brought in a slew of three-letter policy acronyms that, while not yet familiar, seek to put the natural world at the heart of regional development. One of those whose impact will be felt soonest is the NIA, or nature improvement area – unremarkable-sounding, but described in a Defra backgrounder as “fundamental to achieving the step change that is necessary for the creation of a coherent and resilient ecological network in England”. Horticulture Week story.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Grocery shopping via smartphone on South Korean subways
Home plus — the Korean branch of Tesco PLC — recently launched a series of virtual stores on subway platforms, enabling customers to make purchases using their smartphones while they wait for a train. The virtual stores, constructed from large backlit billboards, displayed images of all the items one would expect to find in a standard Home plus shop. QR codes were then placed next to the image of each product, enabling smartphone equipped commuters to automatically add the merchandise to their virtual basket by scanning the code. The total order was then delivered to the commuter’s door once they returned home from work. Springwise story.