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‘Grow Your Own’ – New York Times Opinion Column –


Planting a Victory Garden on the lawn in front of San Francisco’s City Hall, July 2008. Photo by Scott Chernis

Article in NYT by Allison Arieff
July 28, 2008

“Earlier this month, my family spent a Saturday at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, helping to plant a 10,000-square-foot Victory Garden sponsored by Slow Food Nation, a nonprofit organization that will be celebrating American food through art, music, lectures, tastings, school programs and the like over Labor Day Weekend. More than 250 volunteers and nearly a dozen Bay Area gardening organizations dedicated their time to plant the first edible garden in front of San Francisco’s City Hall since 1943.

“Urban agriculture has been around since at least the 18th century, but it’s an idea whose time has truly come — now — in the United States. The reasons range from the fact that our hands are always found glued to computer keys and not even occasionally in the dirt, to the scary existence of industrially grown tomatoes that may (or may not) cause salmonella, to the fact that a drive to the market can now cost more than the food you purchase there.

“Though some may see this as a “lazy locavore” trend — wherein couch potato clients, glass of biodynamic Syrah in hand, observe the hard labor of city farmers while lounging with their laptops — the urban agriculture movement seems to me to be slowly transcending its elitist associations. It is truly growing into something that is wholly about collaboration, community and connection to food, to neighbors, to land.”

Link to NYT article ‘Grow Your Own’.

Link to Slow Food’s – The Victory Garden is Planted!

Video Below: The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom dedicates the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden in front of City Hall San Francisco.