Browsing the "Gardening" Category

Bayview’s Local Latona Community Garden Continues to Flourish

April 18th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Last month we returned to our beloved Latona Community Garden in San Francisco's Bayview District for a spring party, which was attended by scores of local families. Years ago my spouse and I helped to transform this former dump, and create this shared neighborhood space, so it was especially gratifying to see that the urban garden is continuing to thrive


Food Activist Valerie Segrest Helps Transform Chehalis Oakville Community

March 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Muckleshoot Tribe member and author, Valerie Segrest, was the keynote speaker at an educational event hosted by the Chehalis Tribe and Oakville High School this week. Segrest has been working to promote food sovereignty, the use of traditional foods, plant medicines and better nutrition, to help create a more sustainable and culturally appropriate local food system. She explained that what we eat is not just a commodity, but that we must value where our food comes from, and that plants can become our greatest teachers


Growing Our Local Food Infrastructure: Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville NC

February 11th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Though it sometimes seems like our evil frankenfood corporate overlords, such as Monsanto and Dow, have completely hi-jacked our food system, many people around the nation are actually creating more sustainable and viable alternatives. A few good folks in Asheville, NC are bringing agriculture back to the people, empowering urbanites to gain more food independence, while learning to grow healthier fresh local food for their own communities


Single Moms Take On Local Food Deserts in Asheville North Carolina

January 31st, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Asheville has recently been in the news for the adoption of its progressive regional Food Action Plan, which addresses food insecurity/security and access issues. It is no surprise that our town is making food security headlines again, this time with the story of two of Asheville's local residents and inspiring sustainable food leaders, Tema Ayanfe Jamison and Olufemi Lewis


Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan

January 27th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

North Carolina's city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure


Struggling Hungry Bees will Work for Flowers

November 30th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This forlorn and starving cartoon bee from Occupy the EPA made me laugh out loud when I first saw it. The comic does a brilliant job of humorously expressing the very real plight of these vital insects, as they battle habitat loss, chemical pesticides and disease, in a desperate attempt to survive


Making Homemade Dessert Fresh from Your Own Backyard Garden

August 13th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

My friend Patricia over at one of our sister blogs, Eat Drink Better, recently published a simple recipe explaining how to make your own sherbet from berries grown in your garden. All you need are strawberries, milk, vanilla, fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Mix it together and freeze for a few hours — you don't really even need to use an ice cream maker


Free Brooklyn Food Conference Returns on May 12, 2012

April 30th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

This year’s free conference is spearheaded by the Brooklyn Food Coalition. This grassroots organization tackles issues concerning food and sustainability to work toward their vision of a more just and sustainable local food system. Now they’re taking over Brooklyn Technical High School, getting ready for a second round of transforming minds and food policy in the region



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