It has been a busy few weeks - the clocks have gone forward, the nights are getting longer and Spring is definitely here. Daffodials and blossom all over the place...
And the stuff that I am growing has been doing great - well apart from the mushrooms - and I have now built three raised beds - a total of 28 sq ft - not huge but certainly a start in a communal urban garden space.
I started with on a Saturday morning with this...… Continue
Alarm bells have been clanging all over my in box for a month. E-mails from around the country raising fear and dread about a proposed piece of legislation. A bill with provisions sounding so draconian I wanted to believe the e-mails were hysterical exaggeration.
And yet, I remind myself, there have been bills passed in recent years containing draconian measures. For just… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on April 19, 2009 at 7:05am —
Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers… Continue
Planted out winter seedlings. A mix of brassicas plus spring onions, lettuce, silverbeet. Also planted a small number of broad bean seeds just to try. Im not a fan of eating them. My memory of them is of tough dry nuggets, so this time Im determined to try them as young beans to see if they're any better!
I've been putting off planting out the winter garden partly due to house renovation distractions and partly because this autumn seems quite warm. Hopefully the plants will get a good… Continue
Yes, probably-but not in the way many people think.
(Editor's note: The local-food movement has been gaining momentum in developed countries, and in many developing countries as well, in recent years; in the United States alone, sales of locally grown foods, worth about $4 billion in 2002, could reach as much as $7 billion by 2011. Local food's claimed benefits are driving health- and environment-conscious consumers to seek alternatives to… Continue
Added by James Samuel on April 17, 2009 at 4:47pm —
I transplanted my swede seedlings this morning. Most of them I planted straight in the garden, but I've planted 10 into yogurt pottles to grow on as an experiment. Will see if they do better if they're bigger when planted in garden using this method of 1 plant per container, with bottoms of containers cut off so that roots aren't disturbed when… Continue
Added by Sarah Walsh on April 17, 2009 at 11:13am —
Our economic contractions have given birth to a new demographic–the “frugalistas”. The rise of thrifty hipsters who get their thrills from no-frill living marks “a re-emergence of thrift as a value,” according to the New York Times. From secondhand shops to homegrown crops, penny pinching’s taken on a new… Continue
Was on the phone this afternoon and looked out the window to see 20-30 sparrows taking a dirt bath in my patch got my camera only to return and see that most of the had gone. It was a site seeing that many all making little dust holes with no consideration to my seedlings! Arrows point out sparrows and… Continue
After returning from work in Toulouse for a week (it’s a hard life I know!), I was delighted to see the potatoes had grown to 15 cm in height and were ready for more compost. Continue to original…Continue
Added by Pete Russell on April 16, 2009 at 9:06pm —
Stroud Communiversity returns this year with a fresh feast of Stroud's finest projects being showcased and explored over three packed days.
With Land, Food and Money at the heart of this recession, our response is an examination of practical, creative and innovative solutions to support the growth and development of a resilient local economy.
Friday 15th May
Richard Keating & Martin Large
Added by Pete Russell on April 16, 2009 at 8:41am —
THE WHOLESOME Food Association (WFA) is only five years old, but its roots lie deep in the personal history of my partner, Sky, and me.
My half of the story began in 1942. I was six. My grandparents dug up half the back lawn of our house in Plymouth to make a "victory garden." They gave me my own patch in the corner, and seeds to plant. I'll never… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on April 15, 2009 at 8:25pm —
My friend Lorene built the coolest cold frames ever earlier this spring. They look like she spent hours measuring and cutting and screwing wood slats together. But she didn’t. Instead, she built the frames by repurposing some old IKEA shelving units. Genius!
The sides of the cold frame are simply shelves from a corner unit from the GORM storage… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on April 15, 2009 at 11:40am —
Kim and I are moving this weekend, and will leave behind my established garden.
And along with the garden I will be leaving this awesome office space, and its views.
My intention is to record the process of establishing a garden from scratch. It will be one of the many ways it can be done - and may be relevant for others in a rental situation. Yesterday I made a quick call to Ken Clark, who dropped off his Square… Continue
No-Dig Gardening is such a brilliant form of home-based agriculture I was convinced the TreeHugger archives would be rich with its merits. Was very surprised when I only found one mention, in a post chronicling Leonora's permaculture adventures in New Zealand. So I launched into the… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on April 15, 2009 at 7:50am —
[Note from Ooooby Pete - This is a truly relevant article. Much of the food we eat is shipped around the world like this. One of my companies (in the process of selling my shares as we speak) ships food from Europe to Australia. The industry talk is that container ships are in fact a very efficient and low impact way…Continue
Added by Pete Russell on April 15, 2009 at 7:25am —
I heard about this while recently in Berkeley. How about creating building a market of surplus products at a local level. Huge opportunities for suburban downsizing with this kind of thinking. Profitable, smart and a good way to build community. looks popular as well.
By Erika Fredrickson
You've heard of community supported agriculture (CSAs) and in a recent Envirovore post we told you about CSFs which are community supported fisheries. Now, more places are looking into RSAs—restaurant supported agriculture.
One great example is Chef David Swanson who owns Milwaukee's Braise Culinary School. Swanson started Braise RSA to help connect local growers in Wisconsin… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on April 14, 2009 at 5:36pm —