Featured Blog Posts – April 2009 Archive (58)

Pollan Makes the Rounds

By Dan Mitchell

Michael Pollan—journalist, author, and science-journalism professor—has been elevated to a leadership position in the movement to transform the food system. But, as he will tell you, he doesn't really belong there.



Pollan makes no pretense of "objectivity," but he does consider himself a journalist (since he is one) first. In… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 30, 2009 at 10:04pm — No Comments

You can dig it: An easy recipe for growing a starter garden

by Sheryl Cornett



Victory gardens sprouted up everywhere in the U.K. and the U.S. during and after World War II. These were not only a form of individual resourcefulness, but a necessity. If a family didn't grow fresh food, they weren't likely to get much.



We may not be so far from those dire straights nowadays. Anyone who… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 30, 2009 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Down with raised beds

From Gene Logsdon

Garden Farm Skills



The only raised bed I’ve ever found useful in sixty years of gardening is the one in my bedroom. And after I quit double-digging, I didn’t have to spend as much time there either. Or if I did, it was for reasons other than resting.



I must be wrong, but I don’t understand the modern enchantment with raised beds. Yes, if you are a market… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 30, 2009 at 6:39pm — 3 Comments

Spring 2009: Food for Everyone

Photo by Nicholas Paget-Clarke

Food Rebellions: 7 Steps to Solving the Food Crisis

by Eric Holt-Gimenez



The World Food Program describes the current global food crisis as a silent tsunami, with billions of people going hungry. Hunger is, indeed, coming in waves, but not everyone will drown in famine. The recurrent food crises are making a handful of corporations very rich—even as they put the rest of the planet at… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 30, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Renewed Interest in Food Gardening books

Chelsea Green News, Garden & Agriculture

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009



Times are tough, but [Americans] are showing a willingness to get tougher as well. The economic crisis seems to be forcing us into a sort of wartime mentality of sacrifice and contribution not seen since World War II. Mostly out of plain old… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 29, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

A Renter's Garden Diary

Well there's no shortage of reasons why growing some of your own food might be looking more and more like a good idea! This site alone has a steady stream of them. There are dozens of… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 29, 2009 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Urban gardener: The plot thickens

By Cleve West

So I'm lying there, right, and my osteopath says to me, "What's the best way of clearing a new allotment ... you know, one that has been neglected for several years with waist-high grass and weeds?" It turns out that the so-called "new" allotment was actually acquired a year… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 29, 2009 at 7:35am — No Comments

Is Ooooby for-profit or not-for-profit?



Well, both actually. Ooooby.org is a not-for-profit and Ooooby.com is a for profit.



Ooooby.org holds all domain rights and Ooooby.com pays 20% of net profits to Ooooby.org.



This social network is in the domain of Ooooby.org.



Things… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 29, 2009 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Gutter Gardens Grow Produce Without Taking Up Space

On lifehacker.com



If you'd love to do a little at-home gardening but don't have much space to do your planting, a simple gutter garden might be the perfect… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

No gardener left behind

By CHRIS GAROFOLO, Reformer Staff



BRATTLEBORO -- Taking a page from the victory gardens in every neighborhood during World War II, Post Oil Solutions kicked off its "No Gardener Left Behind" campaign in an all-day event Saturday.



The event featured local demonstrations with helpful hints for gardeners, from composting with worms to food preservation.



Held at the Robert H.… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 28, 2009 at 9:15am — No Comments

Converting to Square Foot Gardening

Looks like I will be feeding the whole neighbourhood, at the rate that the plants are going in the the ground at the moment.



Planted out - fancy lettuce (I love the stuff), spinach, spring onions,radicchio, swede, cabbages this adds to the 2 other sorts of cabbage, bok choi, red onions, carrots, cauliflower, silverbeet, peas, marigolds, nasturtium and of course lettuce that I planted last week (told you I loved the stuff).



That's the problem when you convert over to the… Continue

Added by Debbie Everson on April 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Back in the day

Hide and seek in the park. The corner dairy, hopscotch, four square, go carts, cricket in front of the garbage bin and inviting everyone on your street to join in, skipping, hulahoops, handstands, bullrush, barbadoor, catch and kiss, footy on the best lawn in the street, slip'n'slides, the trampoline with water on it (or a sprinkler under it), jumping in puddles with gumboots on, mud pies and building dams in the gutter. The smells of 2 stroke and the sun leaching freshly cut grass. Flagons. A… Continue

Added by Porangi Hoiho on April 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Contain yourself by growing your own produce

Considering growing your own produce? You'll be amazed how much a limited space will yield



BY LISA SHAMES



While we didn't need a presidential seal of approval to enlighten us to the benefits of growing our own vegetables, it's definitely a sign of the times.



Whether it's the rise in people wanting… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 27, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

Why we forgot how to grow food

Picture from Treehugger

As a food shortage looms, people are digging for Britain — and their dinner table.

John-Paul Flintoff gets back to our roots Source:… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 27, 2009 at 10:15am — No Comments

Dig in to get started on food garden

Begin with small, sunny space, well-fed soil



By Mary Beth Breckenridge

Want to know more about vegetable gardening? In Wednesday's Food section we'll tell you how to choose what to grow; and in next Saturday's Your Home, we'll provide tips on planting and maintaining your garden.



If you have a few square feet of land or even… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 26, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Can the 100-Mile Diet Reach a Million TV Viewers?

Four years ago this spring, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon committed themselves to an unusual experiment, one that proved to be far more challenging than either of them imagined.



In June 2005, The Tyee published the first article of a 15-part series that tracked the couple's year-long experiment of eating only local foods. Their "100-mile diet" was immediately embraced by West Coasters who already supported farmers' markets and organic producers. Putting a catchy name to… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 26, 2009 at 7:28am — No Comments

The Harvest comes Home

In Canada and in the United States, sales of vegetable seed sales have soared, with the largest companies posting increases of 20 to 25 per cent and more over last year.

Article By Susan Schwartz, Photograph by: Susan Ferguson, The Gazette



It is arguably the most famous garden in the world these days, the vegetable garden on the White House lawn… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 25, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

New back to the land movement with urban homesteading

By Laura Casey Contra Costa Times



DR. GARY BEAN'S inspiration to raise 10 chickens in his Oakland hillside backyard came from his childhood memories.



When he was young, Bean would help his grandmother with the chickens on her Alabama farm, feeding and caring for them as well as helping to raise the chicks when they came… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 25, 2009 at 6:57pm — No Comments

A chicken coup: Group seeks to protect rare breeds

This undated photo provided by American Livestock Breeds Conservancy shows a white Delaware chicken at Charles Taft's Stauber Farm in Bethenia, N.C. At least 19 heritage breeds, such as the white Delaware with the mottled neck, the white egg laying Holland and black mottled Houdan, have been designated as critically threatened, which means there are fewer than 500 left. Dozens of other chicken are in danger of disappearing without a market to sustain… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 25, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

Incredible Edible Huddersfield wants everyone to grow vegetables

By Hilarie Stelfox, Huddersfield Daily Examiner



THE FUTURE for our planet may look bleak, says Norah Hamill, one of the driving forces behind a project to encourage people to grow their own food, but it could be… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 24, 2009 at 6:19pm — 1 Comment

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