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San Diego: Group grows free food in public spaces

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Photo by John R. McCutchen / San Diego Union-Tribune

Devon Lantry, founding member of Eat San Diego, a volunteer group managing community gardens that provide free fruits and vegetables.

By Lisa Deaderick
San Diego Union Tribune
Jan 7, 2017

Excerpt:

Q: Why free food?

A: Our mission is to cover San Diego head-to-toe in free food because it makes life better for everyone. Locally and globally, we have a lot of complicated problems to deal with in our food systems and agricultural economies, and the solutions to these problems are surrounded by controversy and arguments. But one thing is universal: fresh, free food makes life better for all. Who doesn’t like the smell of a blooming orange tree on their walk to the post office or grabbing a handful of free grapes on their way to work?

Q: If the food is free, how do you fund the building and maintenance of the gardens?

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January 15, 2017   Comments Off on San Diego: Group grows free food in public spaces

Dublin farmer and the tubers for Mars

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Andrew Douglas, shown with Jayden Whelan, left, and Malena Behan, hopes his potatoes will feed explorers like in The Martian. Photo by Andres Poveda.

Andrew Douglas, a horticulturist who set up Dublin’s first rooftop farm, plans to supply potato pods to a Nasa mission on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano, where the space agency is simulating life on Mars.

By Gabrielle Monaghan
The Sunday Times Ireland
January 15 2017
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Excerpt:

A version of the Irish potato will boldly go where no spud has gone before — to a Mars simulation habitat run by Nasa.

Andrew Douglas, a horticulturist who set up Dublin’s first rooftop farm, plans to supply potato pods to a Nasa mission on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano, where the space agency is simulating life on Mars. Nasa is hoping to send humans to the red planet by the 2030s.

In 2013, Douglas set up a kitchen garden on the roof of the Chocolate Factory building in Dublin before moving it to the top-floor science lab at Belvedere­ College. There are now 180 varieties of heritage and heirloom potatoes growing in upcycled water cooler bottles and artificial grass offcuts on the college’s rooftop. “Who better to help experiment with growing spuds on Mars than an Irishman?” said Douglas.

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