It was the 1940s, in the thick of WWII, and the U.S. government was rightly concerned there wouldn’t be enough food for the masses with serious labor shortages and transportation issues. They asked our citizens to step up, yet again, to do their patriotic duty; plant a Victory Garden! 20 million people sprang into action, tilled their back yards and carted soil to the tops of tenements roofs. Women’s magazines addressed preparing and preserving the harvest, and seed exchanges flourished. It was an inspiring effort, and it worked....more
If you are health conscientious at all, then you should absolutely choose organic foods whenever possible. Many studies and now a new meta-analysis indicate that organic fruits and vegetables release more antioxidants and fewer pesticides into our systems and can actually help cope with the stress and strains of modern-day life....more
One of my favourite things about summer is all of the fresh local produce at the farmers market, so I tend to head down every Saturday morning. The market starts out slowly in the spring, with asparagus and then strawberries. By July, things pick up, with a flurry of new things every week. Out of all of the amazing produce, one of the things that I look forward to the most is the tomatoes. There is just something irresistible about field-ripened tomatoes that keeps me longing for them all year round. ...more
[Editor's Note: 'Tis the season to have just spent an awful lot of money (on gifts, food, entertaining, and yes, possibly even alcohol...), and 'tis the season to start thinking about how to step back from holiday excess and start eating healthily again. But is it possible to eat healthily and keep to a budget at the same time? This post from the archives assures you that yes, it is possible, Virginia. There really is an affordable way to eat your veggies! --Genie]...more
Looking back on the summer of gardening that was, I ponder lessons learned. The first is one I have read in countless gardening books and magazines: “Start small and plant only as much as you can handle.” Every time I read those words, I yawn and skim. My ability to continually romanticize things is definitely where the trouble started....more
Recently, my IDT course was discussing industries that utilize social media. I chose the agriculture industry. From a conversation where farmers use Twitter to check weather and soil reports to blogging to clear misconceptions about E.coli outbreaks, I realized how invaluable this information could be.
Here is my idea: Farmer's Markets and Farmers advertise on Twitter or blogs where they are selling their produce, what is in season and ready for purchase. This could benefit localization. Many complain about the state of food-produce and meat in our country....more
Only Girl in the World pounds out as we cruise down the suburban avenue. I’m excited and I know why. I wonder if little J is excited for the same reason. Unlikely. His giddiness is probably due to the passing of a stop sign, one of his favorite items to identify as we drive along. A two year old just doesn’t get pumped up about one’s first organic produce box the way his food-loving mother does. ...more