Want $1,000 For An Awesome Food Project?
A few weeks ago I became a trustee of an awesome initiative. The Awesome Foundation is a network of chapters consisting of ‘trustees’ who put money into a monthly pot that becomes no-strings-attached $1,000 microgrants for projects that should get a boost. If you haven’t heard about it, here are the details from the Awesome website: The Awesome Foundation originally started in Boston in 2009 and has since grown to be a worldwide network of people with nearly 20 chapters in cities across the world, including San Francisco, NYC, Ottawa, London, Berlin, Sydney, Zurich, among others. Projects funded have included a giant hammock in Boston, tram sessions in Melbourne, and a fab lab in Washington DC. Most chapters are geographically focused. But food is topic focused. Barry A. Martin Hypenotic blog.
Milk and More Delivered to Your Door
In case you haven’t heard, your local milkman is still flourishing and he wants to pay you a visit. Still making rounds in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community is the Hudson Milk Company—a family-owned business located in Shrub Oak, New York that was founded in 1994. The company offers home milk delivery in the age-old tradition of delivering top quality farm-fresh products to the doorsteps of Westchester and Putnam County consumers in New York and Fairfield County in Connecticut. Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch story.
Fields of Learning’
David Schaad knows a lot about farming. He knows it’s important to start work at 8 a.m., so he can harvest the leafy green vegetables like lettuce and kale before it gets too hot, and he knows to bring his harvesting knife for root vegetables like carrots, scallions and green onions. Schaad knows that the tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouses and hoop houses (he knows the difference between the two: the latter’s temperature doesn’t have to be regulated) need a constant water supply, but he also knows it’s easy to over-water them because, with up to 100 cells of dirt in each of those honeycomb containers, some cells are drier than others. He knows that drip irrigation automatically waters the zucchini and pumpkins in the orchard, but he also knows someone needs to oversee that process and move the 30-foot irrigation lines (and soaker hoses, and aluminum pipes) from time to time. David Schaad doesn’t know where he’ll go after graduating from the University of Montana. But he knows one thing: it will involve growing food — and not just because his food is delicious. Inside Higher Ed story.
Developing Regional Food Hubs to Strengthen Local & Regional Food Systems
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the USDA in their commitment to improving healthy food access in food desert neighborhoods and strengthening regional food systems through the creation of regional food hubs; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Mayors to support the development of Regional Food Hubs that include the following components: Excerpt from ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS, 79th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF MAYORS, Baltimore, MD – June 17-21, 2011, Pages 154 & 155
Report finds local authorities can save money by planting woodland
Woodland Trust study compares cost of maintaining grasslands with different types of woodland. Local authorities could achieve significant savings by planting woodland in urban areas instead of paying to maintain amenity grassland space, a study has shown. The Woodland Trust report, Trees or Turf, was carried out by Landform Consultants and compared the cost of maintaining grasslands with different types of woodland over various phases, including establishment and long-term management from 10 to 50 years. Horticulture Week story.
Worth the labor
I was digging fingerling potatoes Saturday, sweating in the heat, but looking forward to enjoying the potatoes done in a cast-iron pan on the grill after being doused with olive oil and chopped rosemary. I thought that they would go well with grilled fish and fresh corn from the corn patch. While I was digging, it struck me how richly we Jamestown gardeners can live. For example, I put the pot of water on to boil and strolled out to pick the corn. It was in the pot within 10 minutes of being picked. The sugars in the corn had not had time to turn to starch as they do with store-bought corn and it was incredibly sweet. Roger Marshall post Jamestown Press.
End of fry-ups as Brits abroad now prefer continental cuisine
Foreign food used to be why people did not go abroad for their holidays. Now it’s why they do. A survey claims that local cuisine is becoming a positive factor, rather than a negative one, when we decide where to go for our hols. It may come as a surprise to the thousands of expats who got rich serving greasy fry-ups to package holiday tourists, but Brits abroad are increasingly turning to authentic regional dishes. So does this mean that the fight to protect delicate British nostrils from the stench of garlic is being lost? I have my doubts. This Is Stratfordshire story.
Agriburbia — loving urban farming and development
Whether you convert your lawn to vegetables, plant food crops on your roof, buy only locally grown food, or walk to work, you might be an agriburbist. Agriburbia® is a concept that combines sustainable urban living with old-fashioned rural concepts such as growing your own food, improving lifestyle balance and culinary literacy, building and supporting a local food economy, reducing food miles and carbon emissions from food transport, and developing and using land sustainably. All of this means greater regional food security. In Agriburbia, we can have our modern conveniences and culture as well as the best parts of living in a rural environment. This means mixed-use developments that are environmentally sustainable, self-sufficient and food-producing. JoAnne Skelly post in Nevada Appeal.
Four New “Old” Food Trends
The new trend towards health is a return to ancient foods with sound science to back it up. There are many trends in the world of nutrition, but one that is currently gaining momentum is a renewed focus on inherent nutrition. These days, foods lacking in minerals, vitamins, fiber, enzymes, and antioxidants are being mass produced. Fortunately, we’re starting to discover the effects of additives we can’t read, pesticides, antibiotics, added hormones, and carcinogenic food stuffs (yes, food stuffs is the name given to something that may be eaten, but does not retain enough of its original wholesomeness to be referred to as food)—just to name a few. Clearly, the brakes need to be applied to this runaway train of food manufacturing. LAVA Magazine article.
Sustainable Design Certificate Program in Urban Permaculture
Our permaculture course is an experiential intensive teaching design by recognizing patterns and reclaiming your connection with nature. Consistently ranked by past participants as a profoundly transformational experience inspiring through practical solutions grounded in nature. Common Circle Education post.
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The Oakland Food Policy Council’s seven recommendations to revise zoning codes for urban agriculture
Aaron Lehmer a member of the Oakland Food Policy Council speaks at the July 21, 2011 meeting convened jointly by the Oakland City Planning Department and the Oakland Food Policy Council. Interest in changed outdated urban agriculture code runs high in Oakland. This first of a number of meetings to be held by the city pulling in more than 300 Oakland citizens who split up into work groups to look at the current code and consider revisions. The Oakland Food Policy Council is a project of Food First. Presentation (video posted on Food First Website.