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How an agricultural think tank just outside of Cleveland is curating global plates.


Farmer Lee Jones inspects the lettuce patch. The Culinary Vegetable Institute (CVI) and its Chef’s Garden. Photo By Michelle Demuth-Bibb.

They grow 87 different kinds of tomatoes and about 300 types of microgreens.

By Amy Rosen
Enroute, Air Canada
SEP 28, 2012

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I’m standing in front of a harvest wagon full of an almost impossible array of vegetables, from shoestring-thin pink blush asparagus to multicoloured baby carrots, posting photos on Facebook because I know my friends won’t believe me. After all, it’s not every day that you’re introduced to literally hundreds of new vegetable varieties. The man responsible for this gay-pride-parade-worthy assortment, farmer Lee Jones, is all smiles and waves and how-do-you-dos, decked out in his signature overalls, red bow tie and ball cap. But Jones’ aw-shucks charm belies the fact that these vegetables are mentioned by name on menus from Manhattan to Hong Kong and that he’s no ordinary farm boy. Located just an hour outside of downtown Cleveland – yes, Cleveland – the Culinary Vegetable Institute (CVI) and its Chef’s Garden have made Jones the leading grower of artisanal produce for the world’s top chefs. (Take that, California!)

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Mexico City – A novel market swaps rubbish for city grown vegetables

The project provides welcome jobs for the city’s farmers, many of whom work in the watery southern district of Xochimilco.

The Economist
Oct 27th 2012

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The 21 million residents of Mexico City have far too much rubbish and not enough healthy food. Now they can swap one for the other. A new monthly market run by the city government takes paper, glass, plastic and aluminium in return for tokens that can be swapped for locally grown food and plants. Since it began in March the “Barter Market” in Chapultepec park has exchanged 140 tonnes of rubbish for 60 tonnes of produce.

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Growing mushrooms at home in bamboo

Mushboo is a coffeetable mushroom garden that grows delicious edible gourmet mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds.

By Model on a Mission
October 29th, 2012

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What other plans and initiatives do you have/ what can we expect from you in the future?

Right now we recycle over a ton of waste coffee each month from just a few coffee shops. We are expanding this by partnering with Science World and launching a community science project that will allow the public, schools, universities and individuals to help us test the ability of mushrooms to produce food on different types of urban waste. We will be funding this project through a crowdfunding campaign we are launching next month. Another project we are working on is going to expand our operations to include more food production space so we can donate gourmet mushrooms to local shelters around us in downtown Vancouver.

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