July 2009 Blog Posts (91)

Hungry City - How Food Shapes our Lives

Carolyn Steel recently presented at TED Talks in Oxford. I posted an article a couple of days ago by the Guardian which was my first introduction to Carolyn's work.



I have since discovered more about her work and am incredibly impressed. This is what Ooooby is largey a resonse to.



Take a look at her website… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 31, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Wet weekend

Typical! It's been warm and sunny here in Cambridge all week whilst I've been at work, but now the weekend is coming up the forecast is for rain.



Those lettuce, radish and pak choi seeds I put in the garden last week are already germinating!



No more caulis for a week or two, but the broccoli is still going strong. The leeks are still rather skinny, but a few could be harvested next week. Carrots have been great but won't keep us going for many more weeks - must remember to… Continue

Added by Nikki Dillon on July 31, 2009 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Truck farm takes love of veggies to New York City streets

By Stephanie Rogers

The filmmaking duo behind 'King Corn' turned the bed of a pickup truck into a veggie garden, filmed the process and set it to a quirky original soundtrack.



When you live in Brooklyn, chances are you don’t have your very own land on which to grow fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. But… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 31, 2009 at 9:28am — No Comments

Michelle Obama Cultivating Food Policy

By Jane Black - Washington Post

WASHINGTON - It was the ultimate photo op - 36 smiling fifth graders eating a healthful meal they'd cooked themselves at a picnic table in the first lady's garden. The story line was as simple as it was seductive: They came. They planted. They harvested.



In three short months, Michelle… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 31, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

Local (Minneapolis/St. Paul) discussion on community gardening...

http://truthtotell.mypodcast.com/2009/05/MAY_20_COMMUNITY_GARDENS_Cultivating_Health_and_Confidence-221279.html

Added by Kristin Koppen on July 31, 2009 at 4:31am — No Comments

Feedback

Hey everyone, thanks for all your lovely feedback on my photos!

Secrets / tricks? Well I wish I knew exactly!

I think the two most influencing factors on my garden are the soil, and timing of planting out.

Im lucky in this garden to have a generous layer of about 300mm of good topsoil on top of the clay. Simply stripping off the lawn layer and digging over the soil with a bit of mulch added has produced good results. Previous gardens I have had I havent been so lucky, and have… Continue

Added by Paul on July 30, 2009 at 9:03am — No Comments

Organics has no health benefits - FSA Organic Food Review

An independent review commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) shows that there are no important differences in the nutrition content, or any additional health benefits, of organic food when compared with conventionally produced food. The focus of the review was the nutritional content of foodstuffs.



Gill Fine, FSA Director of Consumer Choice and Dietary Health, said: ‘Ensuring people have accurate information is absolutely… Continue

Added by Neil Lovelock on July 30, 2009 at 8:46am — 5 Comments

Organic Veggie Plot Is the New Office Gathering Spot

by Luanne Bradley

As hungry workers nationwide kiss moral-boosting bonuses and office parties goodbye, at least one Minnesota employer is adding rather than subtracting a perk for his people: an organic vegetable garden for enjoying the fruits of their labor.



The Dude Ranch in Delano, Minn. (30 minutes outside downtown… Continue

Added by Robbie Deighton on July 30, 2009 at 8:02am — No Comments

TEDGlobal: Reconnecting cities to food

by Kevin Anderson - guardian.co.uk



Modern cities are disconnected from food prodution, making them unsustainable and vulnerable. Carolyn Steel says that food needs to return to the centre of our lives and cities.



Sometime in the last two years, the world crossed a threshold. For the first time in history, more people lived in cities than in… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 29, 2009 at 11:38pm — 1 Comment

Another schoolyard garden - Samuel Marsden Collegiate



Source: Kiwi Collars Facebook… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 29, 2009 at 11:21pm — No Comments

As the Economy Struggles, Urban Gardens Grow

By Natalie McDonald | Newsweek

By reclaiming vacant lots, providing cheap produce, and giving community members a sense or purpose, city gardens reap a bounty of benefits.

A little garden between the skyscrapers and busy streets of a metropolis is no longer a luxury only for those with deep pockets and great patios. Urban farms and gardens are being planted in major cities… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 29, 2009 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Growing Edible Crops in the UK

There has been increased publicity recently over the potential to grow food on 'under-used land', such as urban green spaces and derelict land. The information below has, therefore, been produced to explain the potential health risks of growing edible crops on such areas of land where the condition of the soil may not be known.



The aim of the information is to draw gardeners' attention to the possibility that the soil may contain elevated… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 29, 2009 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Sarah Brown Plants a Vegetable Garden at 10 Downing Street

Source: Obama Foodorama

Sarah Brown takes a page from First Lady Michelle Obama's gardening book...and gets newly active with social media technology, too

The Queen of England recently installed a vegetable garden at Buckingham Palace, for the first time in the history of the monarchy, apparently inspired by First Lady Michelle… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 28, 2009 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Vegetable gardens Crop up in Seattle Parking Strips

By Maureen O'Hagan - Seattle Times staff reporter

We've all heard the foodie mantra: Eat Local.



It's going gangbusters in grocery stores that increasingly tout local produce. Now, area government has gotten involved, too.



No, the City Council isn't pushing expensive arugula. Instead, it's trying to increase the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 28, 2009 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Building a Chicken Greenhouse: In Search of a Permaculture Cliché

by Sami Grover - Treehugger.com

Building a chicken greenhouse - for real!

Way back in 2006, Warren answered the question "what is permaculture" by describing it as "like biomimicry for food." Essentially, it's about creating human systems - often, but not always, food systems - that mimic the natural world. And that means looking for ways… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 28, 2009 at 7:55pm — 4 Comments

As the Economy Struggles, Urban Gardens Grow

As the Economy Struggles, Urban Gardens Grow - by reclaiming vacant lots, providing cheap produce, and giving community members a sense or purpose, city gardens reap a bounty of benefits. Interesting article from the pages of Newsweek (The picture is from the southside of Glasgow of a garden that has recently appeared in the front garden of a tenement…

Added by Neil Lovelock on July 28, 2009 at 7:56am — 1 Comment

Sunny winter weekend

Wow what a lovely weekend! Back in England we would close our back door in October and pretty much leave it shut until March, but here we were this weekend eating our lunch outside, sowing seeds and generally messing around in the garden. The caulis, broccoli, spinach, carrots and lettuce are being harvested now, and I'm wishing I had staggered the planting a bit, as they'll all be gone in a few weeks. This weekend I planted some rocket seedlings, and sowed more seeds for carrots, spring… Continue

Added by Nikki Dillon on July 27, 2009 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Brit in the Boonies - Jam

Hi All,



I thought I'd share my Brit in the Boonies blog posts with you on a weekly basis. I wrote them a couple of years ago when my hubby and I first started our small (just under 2 acre) lifestyle block in New Zealand, having emigrated from Scotland, UK. They have since been featured in local NZ press and the San Diego Reader in the USA.



Enjoy!



Helen Leggatt

on the beautiful South Island of New… Continue

Added by Helen Leggatt on July 26, 2009 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

Delia's Beets 'n' Broccoli

This is Delia, my adorable mother in law, with her beetroot and broccoli harvest. Lots more where these came from.…

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Added by Pete Russell on July 26, 2009 at 10:31am — No Comments

Three Old Men Looking for Something Not To Do

Robert, my father in law, on the left and two wandering fellows taking a rest on the garden wall. Those onions behind are looking decidedly… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 25, 2009 at 11:11pm — 3 Comments

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