This piece I decided to do in typography alone. Since food deserts — places that lack access to fresh, wholesome food — manifest in a variety of ways, from dense urban areas with no fresh grocers, to places surrounded by urban land that residents can't use due to zoning, private ownership, liability concerns, etc., to places where residents could grow but they don't know how and don't know how to … [Read more...] about End food deserts now
Some argue that Urban Agriculture is only about crops being raised in cities for profit — and that's it. It's only about industry. In fact some even go so far as to say that it's only the more industrial of these practices that count as urban ag. Me, not so much. Industry is of course, great! But I'd argue that urban farming is so much more, being especially dependent on markets for any products … [Read more...] about Stoking the fire
In honor of National Farmers Market Week the newest piece in the 31 Days of Urban Agriculture series depicts...a farmers market. So why is a farmers market "more fun than the grocery store?" Unlike most big supermarkets, farmers markets naturally build communities. Ever since there have been cities and trade people have gathered in open-air markets to hang their shingles and sell their wares. … [Read more...] about Farmers markets move more than veggies
It's a tough act to achieve or even to attempt but, following the success of the documentary film No Impact Man, YES! Magazine has launched a No Impact Week, which is happening now. If I was a better blogger, I would've let you know about it before it started so you could gear up for a whole lot of low-carbon living this week. But as you know, the cobbler's children have no shoes and such is the … [Read more...] about Food, unplugged!
This past weekend the most amazing thing happened for my daughter Anwyn. She's the magical age of sweet 16. And while that does make her a doe-eyed beauty, it also makes her ripe for growing up and pulling her own weight. A few weeks ago I broke it to her that she needed to get a job. Sadly, there were few places within walking distance where she could work. So I took her to one of those national … [Read more...] about Working class hero
With farmers markets opening up again for the growing seasons it's time to put an open air visit on your weekly calendar. It shouldn't be that hard. In 1994 in the US there were 1, 755 farmers markets. Last year that number had swelled to 6, 132 according to the USDA's website, which represented a 16% jump in markets over 2009. And the trend just continues. This is the future and it can fit in … [Read more...] about The simplest state