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The Householders Guide To The Universe

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Published November 2010

By Harriet Fasenfest
Tin House Books

In an era when go local, organic food, and sustainability are on the tip of everyone’s tongues, Harriet Fasenfest’s A Householder’s Guide to the Universe takes up the banner of progressive homemaking and urban farming as a way to confront the political, social, and environmental issues facing our world today. Offering grass-roots practical advice on how to shop, garden, run a household, preserve and cook food, and more, Fasenfest also discusses the philosophy of householding.

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Urban Scrumpers Are Picking the Forbidden Fruit

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Children during an urban harvest in London this year. Photo by Karen Liebreich, Abundance London.

Growing army of guerrilla fruit pickers

By Sara Calian
Wall Street Journal
Oct. 29, 2010

Excerpt:

My friend Sarah Cruz called me at 9 a.m. on a recent Saturday and said, “We found a hidden orchard on an abandoned property, can you grab my apple-picking poles at my house in your car and I’ll meet you there on my bike at noon.” I put my 3-year-old and 5-year-old daughters in the car, called my husband and told him to collect my 7-year-old son after football practice and bike to the apple-picking spot in a leafy part of West London. It was impossible to see the hidden orchard from the road, so Karen Liebreich, Ms. Cruz’s picking partner, scrambled from the abandoned plot of bramble and rubble in her long, rubber boots to guide us to the five trees bursting with ripe Bramley eating and cooking apples.

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Organic Gardens Feeding People from Argentina to Haiti

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Learning to Garden in Haiti. Photo by walkingwithward2009.

13,000 Haitian families currently work with 23 agronomists in the “ti jaden òganik” (Creole for “small organic garden”)

By Jane Regan and Marcela Valente
IPS
Oct. 22, 2010

Excerpt:

BUENOS AIRES/PORT AU PRINCE, Oct 22, 2010 (IPS) – Neither hurricanes nor floods, nor the devastating January earthquake or Haiti’s chronic political instability managed to wipe out the organic gardening initiative underway in that country since 2005. The seed was planted in Argentina twenty years ago.

Some 13,000 Haitian families (90,000 people in all) currently work with 23 agronomists in the “ti jaden òganik” (Creole for “small organic garden”) project, growing their own food. The goal is to engage one million people in this form of production.

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2011 Trends: Growing Media Group sees Urban Farming and Edible Ornamentals as hot

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Image from Growing Media Group presentation.

Growing Media Group 2011 Garden Trends

By Suzi McCoy
Growing Media Group
2010

Urban Farming and CSA’s

In step with the move to reinvigorate communities with gardens, urban farming and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) are springing up. Urban farming “micro-farms” are converting small spaces in blighted areas into thriving farms that produce fresh produce for inner city communities.

CSA’s provide fresh produce and companionship with full waiting lists. Even garden centers are getting into the act and offering community gardens to learn about varieties and “how-to” maintain plants and share experiences. According to the Slow Food Movement, farmer’s markets and CSA’s are up a whopping 60 percent.

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Sustainable urban agriculture is the focus of a new project that brings The Huntington back to its historic roots

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Official unveiling of the Ranch on Nov. 12–13 with two days of special programs

Symposium: Bringing Home the Ranch
Nov 12, Friday

Bringing Home the Ranch will combine talks from experts covering a range of perspectives with a student poster session and garden tour. This one-day symposium will bring together academics and professionals interested in the future of urban agriculture and introduce the Huntington’s experimental urban agricultural station, the Ranch. Gary Paul Nabhan, world-renowned ethnobotanist, ecologist, writer, and grower of heritage food crops, will be the keynote speaker.

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The “Chef’s Farm” – Small Vegetable Plant to Debut for Use in Restaurants

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The “Chef’s Farm,” a small vegetable plant that can be installed in, for example, a restaurant and can produce 20,000 heads of lettuce per year.

The “Chef’s Farm

By Chikara Nakayama, Nikkei Monozukuri
Tech-on
Jun 14, 2010

Excerpt:

Dentsu Facility Management Inc will start taking orders for the “Chef’s Farm,” a small vegetable plant that can be installed in, for example, a restaurant, in June 2010.

The vegetable plant, which will be released in the summer of 2010 in Japan, was exhibited at International Food Machinery & Technology Exhibition 2010 (FOOMA JAPAN 2010), which took place from June 8 to 11, 2010, in Tokyo. It is priced at about ¥8.3 million (approx US$90,552). Dentsu Facility Management claims that it is possible to harvest 60 heads of lettuce per day (20,000 per year) and recoup the investment in about five years.

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