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Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat

Chapter 5. Back-to-the-Landers and Organic Farming

By Jonathan Kauffman
Harper Collins
Jan. 2018

An enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.

Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century—to the 1960s and 1970s—to tell the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative lifestyle that would ultimately change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon’s America and turned to a more idealistic and wholesome communal way of life and food.

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February 8, 2018   No Comments

The Intersection of Planning, Urban Agriculture, and Food Justice: A Review of the Literature

We demonstrate how the city of Seattle (WA) used an equity lens in all of its programs to shift its urban agriculture planning to more explicitly foster food justice, providing clear examples for other cities.

By Megan Horst, Nathan McClintock, Lesli Hoey
Journal of American Planning Association
Vol 83, 2017 – Issue 3

Abstract

Problem, research strategy, and findings: We draw on a multidisciplinary body of research to consider how planning for urban agriculture can foster food justice by benefitting socioeconomically disadvantaged residents. The potential social benefits of urban agriculture include increased access to food, positive health impacts, skill building, community development, and connections to broader social change efforts. The literature suggests, however, caution in automatically conflating urban agriculture’s social benefits with the goals of food justice.

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Florida: Curbing hunger one garden plot at a time

Jim Kovaleski, a self-proclaimed urban farmer, picks fresh produce at a yard near his home in New Port Richey. [CHRIS URSO | Times. The city of Dade City and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services Extension are partners on a new community garden at Watson Park in Dade City.

Feeding America estimates nearly 68,000 people in Pasco County are considered food insecure with limited or uncertain access to an adequate amount of food.

By C.T. Bowen
Times Columnist
January 31, 2018

Excerpt:

This certainly isn’t the first community garden. The city of New Port Richey has been an aggressive champion of urban agriculture, and last summer Pasco commissioners approved their own ordinance to encourage community gardens.

But that hasn’t happen yet. Elmore, the Extension director, said that is the next goal. The county wants to put a garden at its Stallings Building, just three blocks from Watson Park. Elmore said she’d like community gardens at public libraries and within residential communities.

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