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Edible Memory: The Lure Of Heirloom Tomatoes And Other Forgotten Foods

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These are the heirlooms and the antiques of the food world, endowed with their own rich histories.

By Jennifer A. Jordan
Chicago University Press
2015

Jordan begins with the heirloom tomato, inquiring into its botanical origins in South America and its culinary beginnings in Aztec cooking to show how the homely and homegrown tomato has since grown to be an object of wealth and taste, as well as a popular symbol of the farm-to-table and heritage foods movements. She shows how a shift in the 1940s away from open pollination resulted in a narrow range of hybrid tomato crops. But memory and the pursuit of flavor led to intense seed-saving efforts increasing in the 1970s, as local produce and seeds began to be recognized as living windows to the past.

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Craig’s List: Urban Agriculture / Local Food Freelance Writer (work remotely)

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Gardening by Stanley Spencer, 1945.

Looking for experienced writers who have a passion for urban agriculture and the promotion of local food and agriculture systems that have the potential to benefit communities, protect the environment and strengthen local economies.

Qualifications:

– Experience writing for a news publication – online or print.
– Knowledge of narrative and how to construct a story from primary source material (integrating quotes, letting the source material guide the development of the story, etc.) is essential
– Ability to meet deadlines

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Africa: Community gardens in Gambia increase sense of ownership

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Kinkeling Community Garden.

The Governor of the North Bank Region has said the establishment of community gardens as an alternative source of livelihood will help bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class), and can lead to community-based efforts to deal with other social concerns.

By Yai Dibba
The Point
Feb 24, 2016

Excerpt:

Governor Jammeh pointed out that community gardens provide a significant source of food, income, and access to nutritionally-rich foods that may otherwise be unavailable to low-income families and individuals.

He said it is an open secret that community gardeners and their families eat healthier vegetable and diets than non-gardening families, and directly involve people in processes that provide food security and alleviate hunger.

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