It's been a while since I added a piece to this website as I work my way through all 31 pieces in this show. But as I began to work on a couple of recent pieces on urban farms proper, container gardening, and rooftop farms, I discovered that I hadn't yet posted my latest piece on community gardens. Having run a community garden myself for the last four years, I know first hand the value of … [Read more...] about Gardens Build Community
In my life there are two things that have the effect of at least somewhat isolating me from others. The first is being a writer on climate change, peak oil, and the economic crises bound up with those modern predicaments. The other is being a Christian environmentalist. In the first case, my essays, as well as my social media presence, fairly well run counter to the whole of my society and … [Read more...] about Pope Francis’s climate encyclical
I just finished doing the Whole30 at the beginning of April (and in fact immediately began again after a one-week hiatus) and have wanted to share my experience, as so many bloggers do, to offer insight for others wanting to try the program. For those who don't know what the Whole30 is, in short it's a total whole foods approach to eating. Some people call it an extreme form of Paleo eating. It … [Read more...] about Whole30 wrap-up
Over the past month perhaps you've seen my Kickstarter campaign to fund the poster art show called 31 Days of Urban Agriculture. During the time I've been on the fundraising mission I've continued to do the art for the show and, behind the scenes, to continue researching the issue and writing the essays that will be in the show chapbook. One of the things that's been most surprising for me to … [Read more...] about Many faces of Urban Agriculture
Slightly blurry on the Web but clear in person — this piece is in celebration of the many Greenhorn people in various training and development programs whose aim is to build the farmers, farms, and food systems of the future. The folks depicted — Trevor Piersol, Emily Melvin, Ben Samuelson — just happen to be former Senior Fellows from the Allegheny Mountain Institute. Their training ground was … [Read more...] about Greenhorns to the rescue!
Hunger. Poverty. Obesity. Poor nutrition and yet...an abundance of packaged, processed, preserved, color-added, microwave-ready, squeezable, plastic wrapped "food stuffs," that seem to suggest a time of plenty even as they offer nothing of value to the human body. And then there's no recess or limited recess. And little exercise at home or at school, as kids huddle indoors around screens from … [Read more...] about When back to school means muck boots and spades