James Samuel's Blog – March 2009 Archive (6)

Is a Food Revolution Now in Season?

Suzan Walsh/Associated Press

Alice Waters, the celebrity chef and an early advocate of local ingredients, at a farmers’ market in January. She and other food activists see the White House as an ally in Washington.

AS tens of thousands of people recently strolled among booths of the nation’s largest organic and natural foods show here, munching on fair-trade chocolate and sipping organic wine, a few dozen pioneers of the industry sneaked… Continue

Added by James Samuel on March 24, 2009 at 10:24am — No Comments

Brazilian City Makes Food A Basic Right And Ends Hunger

by Jeff Nield, Vancouver, British Columbia on 03.14.09

Belo Horizonte People's Restaurant Photo

Restaurant Popular (People's Restaurant) by Bruno Spada/MDS

Back in 1993, the newly elected city government of Belo Horizonte, Brazil declared that food was a right of citizenship. At that time, the city of 2.5 million had 275,000 people living in absolute poverty, and close to 20 percent of its children were going hungry. Since the… Continue

Added by James Samuel on March 17, 2009 at 5:27pm — 1 Comment

One Million Gardens

Here's a site which has set a goal for having one million garden listed, as it's members on a social networking site.


The One Million Garden campaign is designed to identify, encourage, and document the creation of 1,000,000 food gardens throughout the United States by the end of 2009.

They have some fun videos on… Continue

Added by James Samuel on March 14, 2009 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Blame it on the recession - Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday, a Seedling's Eye View

Blame it on the recession, eco-consciousness or just impatience for spring’s arrival, something has got people thinking about growing their own food. The crowd at Seedy Saturday 2009 was as invasive and warm as a field of dandelions on that frigid February day. They came to learn about gardening, stock up on seeds and other products, and support causes aimed at saving the bees, the seeds, the chickens, and ultimately the planet.…


Added by James Samuel on March 12, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Free Man on the Land

A note I received today, from Hawaii . . . which has the same relevance to us here in New Zealand. . .


What I personally feel is the most important thing to realize, for all of us including the indigenous cultures, is that we all kind of agreed to obey and play by the (board game) rules.

We took our seat sitting around the same table, read the manual with the instructions and (board game) rules, and started… Continue

Added by James Samuel on March 9, 2009 at 7:31pm — 1 Comment

New chat feature on the site

You may have spotted the new icons on the bottom of the page...

The one on the left with a diagonal arrow, will pop up a new window and show a list of who is currently online. You can type directly into the box at the bottom of this window and hit Enter to insert your chat text for others online to view. You can set the volume on or off, if you want a sound alert when someone replies. And you can click on the name of anyone in the… Continue

Added by James Samuel on March 1, 2009 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

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