Pete Russell's Blog – March 2009 Archive (27)

Sales Down? Not In The Gardening Aisle

by Sarah Mahoney



While it's certainly no news that consumers are doing more to keep their food costs low, even insiders are a little taken aback at the enthusiasm of America's avid new vegetable gardeners.



At Burpee, sales of seed starter kits -- a must-have for gardening newbies -- are up, and the company says that while they are keeping up with demand for most seeds, they may… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 31, 2009 at 9:35am — No Comments

Illegal: Guerrilla Gardening, Veggie Vandalism (VIDEO)



Dave Burdick



We don't endorse vandalism. This is just something kind of amazing that's going on.



A few people who are disappointed with public spaces -- or maybe they just don't have room at home -- dig up medians and things under the cover of night and perform the dastardly deed of planting unauthorized tulip bulbs and so… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 31, 2009 at 8:09am — 1 Comment

Trowels out everyone and dig for victory

Ida Fabrizio, growing vegetables in south London, is following in the footsteps of the war-time land girls

Chris Gourlay



From The Sunday Times



Big landowners are turning over plots for public allotments in a new green campaign.



SEVENTY years after wartime Britain was told to dig for victory, thousands of plots are… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 30, 2009 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Ooooby Logo Change? Do we go mono?


Would this be a better logo? Or do you prefer the coloured one?

Added by Pete Russell on March 30, 2009 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

The Locavore's Dilemma... What to do with the kale, turnips, and parsley that overwhelm your CSA bin.



By Catherine Price



What do the experts do with winter vegetables? Click image to expand.What do the experts do with winter vegetables? It was what I did to the macaroni and cheese that made me seek professional help.



My husband and I were looking for new ways to use the vegetables from our CSA—a program, short for "community supported agriculture," in which you pay in… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 30, 2009 at 7:07am — No Comments

Two Very Important Films

Food Fight





Food… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 29, 2009 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

Planting the seeds of a revolution



by: teacherken

Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 05:05:32 AM PDT



(Thanks, Teacherken! - promoted by Jill Richardson)



crossposted from Daily Kos at Jill's request is the title of this op ed by Pulitzer Prize Winner Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe, which begins



YOU HAVE to admit that this gives new meaning to the idea of a "shovel-ready project." There… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 28, 2009 at 10:32pm — No Comments

10 reasons to plant a garden



No more excuses

By Elise Cooke



Every year, you plan to grow a vegetable garden. And every year you just can't muster the motivation. Well, this year's going to be different. Here are 10 reasons to grow some of your own food.



1. Seed diversity



We can thank large commercial farms for growing enough food for all of us, and for… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 28, 2009 at 4:24pm — 2 Comments

Creating an Edible Front Yard



By My Friend Oprah



I stumbled onto a new favorite blog, The Food Renegade, and in the interest of joining Kristen M's Friday blog carnival I am inspired to write a little more about how we created our edible front yard.



When we moved into our home 11 years ago the front yard was lush with grass. It looked fine, but I quickly came to resent… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 27, 2009 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Home Food Gardening Surge Credited to Economy; 7 Million More Families Take Up Hoes in 2009

by Carol Bengle Gilbert



One unsurprising spinoff of the current economic recession is a double-digit increase in the percentage of home gardeners planting their own food. The National Gardening Association reported Thursday that its survey, The Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America, revealed a jump from 10% to 19% of… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 27, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The First Family's First Vegetables



Of all the reasons to plant a garden, free food may be the worst.



By Jennifer Reese




Michelle Obama at the groundbreaking of the White House Kitchen GardenMichelle Obama at the groundbreaking of the White House kitchen garden The much-discussed Obama kitchen garden seems very noble and well-intentioned (despite Michelle Obama's controversial outfit), and as an avid gardener, I was… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 26, 2009 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Maria Shriver announces plan for garden



Just days after Michelle Obama broke ground for a vegetable garden on the White House lawn, California’s first lady announced that Sacramento is getting a public edible garden too.



Maria Shriver announced Monday that a garden will be planted in May in a flower bed on the east end of Capitol Park in Sacramento.



“This new garden will bring awareness to children, students and visitors about the important role of food, where it… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 26, 2009 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Local-Food Maven Alice Waters



By Kate Pickert



When Michelle Obama broke ground on the new White House vegetable garden, there was probably no one in America more elated than Alice Waters. For months, Waters had been engaged in a very public lobbying effort to get the First Family to take this step in the name of healthy, sustainable eating. The mother of the local-food movement and owner of… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 25, 2009 at 10:44pm — No Comments

A Friendly Permaculture Critique of the Obamas’ Vegetable Garden



By Rob Hopkins



If I had written it as a Transition Tale in the Transition Handbook, it would have ranked as being even more ridiculous than the Beckhams’ cob retirement house. However, here we are, and Michelle Obama has started to dig up part of the White House lawn and turn it into a vegetable garden. According to the New York… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 25, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

Can you afford not to plant a vegetable garden?



Source



This Sunday the New York Times business section asked the question “Is a food revolution now in season?” Citing the White House lawns garden as a possible spark to change the national appetite for industrial food, they wondered aloud if Americans will… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 24, 2009 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Michelle Obama Breaks Ground on White House Garden



First Lady Breaks Ground for White House Garden

Twenty-six elementary schoolchildren wielded shovels, rakes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows to help first lady Michelle Obama break ground on a produce and herb garden on the White House grounds.



By Jane Black

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, March 20, 2009; 5:00… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 21, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Locavore for iPhone



by Jonas

We saw this on our twitter feed this morning and had to try it. Locavore is now available in the iTunes store. What it is is, actually, a rather simple concept. Simple but compelling.



Using GPS and online sources, the application determines your whereabouts and fetches a list of currently in-season produce. All… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 21, 2009 at 7:54am — No Comments

Obamas to Plant Vegetable Garden at White House

By MARIAN BURROS







WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut.



Sam Kass, an assistant… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 20, 2009 at 9:37pm — 2 Comments

Dollars from dirt: Economy spurs home garden boom

By GILLIAN FLACCUS





LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — With the recession in full swing, many Americans are returning to their roots — literally — cultivating vegetables in their backyards to squeeze every penny out of their food budget.



Industry surveys show double-digit growth in the number of home gardeners this year and mail-order… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 20, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Grow Your Own



Source



It doesn’t matter if you’re in a rural area or urban dwelling. If you’ve got wide spacious land to spare or a small window box, growing your own food can be an advantage in so many ways.



* Great flavor. While commercial growers grow for shelf life, you can grow for flavor. And don’t you enjoy eating when it tastes good?

* It’s cheap and nutritious.… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 20, 2009 at 9:08am — No Comments

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