Recently I got the chance to travel to East Saint Louis with my church for a week-long missions trip. We got to work with the youth of a community center to build chess tables, computer tables, and hydroponics carts....more
Should all of the residents of Michigan have the "right to farm?" That is the hot question around town this week as it became known that the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development made significant changes to the state's "Right To Farm" legislation.Here's how it breaks down (skipping many details and hitting the highlights):...more
In 1993, Will Allen bought the last remaining farm in the city of Milwaukee. It was located in a food desert halfway between two freeways on a very busy street. He bought the farm for selfish reasons. He was looking for a place to sell the produce he was growing on his 100-acre farm in Oak Creek, WI, outside of Milwaukee. After a couple years, Allen started to work with a youth group on the farm, and eventually his friends talked him into starting a nonprofit....more
One of the most self-affirming activities I've yet to experience in my backyard urban apiary. Go to link below and read this short but s-w-e-e-t post. http://westvistaurbanfarmschool.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-i-stopped-my-bees-from-swarming.html Kristin Sherman Olnes...more
nasturtium n' tomatoes, fo'evah n' evah The Stinking Rose is a much loved restaurant in San Francisco (which appears from the website seems to have sold out some by opening a branch in Beverly Hills, of all places). It's been a fun place to go and bring friends, especially out-of-towners that are suitably impressed by the lush wackiness of the joint. Garlic ice-cream! Oooh-hooo! ...more
almost fishing There was once a fisherman on the beach of Mexico. He was hanging out by his boat, docked on the beach when an American businessman on vacation came and sat by him. The businessman asked the fisherman what he did, he said he fished. "Is that your boat over there?" asked the businessman. "Yep," responded the fisherman. ...more
This week, a Pasadena, Calif. family sparked passionate debate within the food, gardening and farming communities when they asserted their right to the trademarked terms "Urban Homestead®" and "Urban Homesteading®." Urban farmers, supporters of the movement, food writers and others have loudly protested what they assert is a step across the line when it comes to protection of intellectual property and free expression.