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Wall Street Journal Magazine 2013 Humanitarian Innovator: Alice Waters Makes the World a More Edible Place
A pioneer of farm-to-table cuisine and founder of the legendary Chez Panisse changed the way Americans think about food
By Howie Kahn
Wall Street Journal
Nov. 6, 2013
Waters, now 69, first moved to Berkeley as a 20-year-old transfer student in 1964. She had grown up in Chatham, New Jersey, eating tomatoes from the victory garden her parents planted after World War II. “I certainly fell in love with taste first,” she says. Campus politics and protests, however, led Waters to ultimately believe that a connection could and did exist between activism and food. While attending a massive Free Speech Movement rally in Berkeley, Waters listened to words that would change her life. “America is becoming ever more the utopia of sterilized, automated contentment,” said Mario Savio, one of the movement’s charismatic leaders. Once Waters heard that, she felt the urgency to contest that false utopia and replace it with something far more vital.
November 30, 2013 No Comments
“Every time I see them measuring the vegetable beds for their math class, or harvesting ancient grains out in the garden for a history class, or stealing a taste of a ripe mulberry, I am reminded that there is nothing more transformational than the experience of being in nature.”
By Alice Waters
Clarkson Potter Publisher
Oct 29, 2013
I started my kitchen garden because I was longing for mesclun, that very particular French salad made of distinctive sweet and bitter greens and herbs. I had been daunted by the thought of growing food, but then, driven by desire for that flavour from Nice, I turned my backyard into a salad garden for the restaurant. My success surprised and delighted me. I was so excited to have my yard filled with lettuces I loved.
November 30, 2013 No Comments
Containing practical directions for the culture of vegetables. Also, garden fruits, strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry currants, melons, etc.
By T. G. Fessenden
C.M. Saxton and Company
The importance and utility of Horticulture, or the art of cultivating those products of the soil which are used in domestic economy, require no elaborate exposition. The greatest blessing which a kind Providence can bestow on man, in his sublunary state of existence, are, health of body and peace of mind; and the pursuits of gardening eminently conduce to these. Gardening was the primitive employment of the ‘first man’; and the ‘first of men’, among his descendants, have ever been attached to that occupation. Indeed, we can hardly form an idea of human felicity, in which a garden is not one of its most prominent characteristics.
November 28, 2013 No Comments
A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production
By Seeds of Diversity Canada
This 68 page handbook is greatly expanded from the previous edition, giving seed savers the most up-to-date information on seeds, flowers, and pollination. It demystifies the techniques of saving seeds from common garden vegetables, giving simple detailed instructions for each type.
Written with beginners and experts in mind, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the finer aspects of seeds and gardening, this is an excellent beginner’s manual. Sections for the advanced seed saver give details on seed production of biennial crops (beets, carrots, celery, leeks, etc), hand pollination, and many more helpful hints.
November 24, 2013 Comments Off
“In the closely built areas, particularly in Manhattan, Victory Gardens are out of the question. The return from gardens on roofs is not worth the trouble and expense involved and the raising of vegetables in water culture is not practical for the novice.”
By New York State College of Agriculture
The Victory Garden program is for the production of vegetables as a source of vitamins. In 1942 the Victory Garden Program was well underway in rural areas. In 1943 these gardens are still more necessary and the city dweller becomes an additional producer of foods where transportation is not a problem and packages are not needed. Victory gardens represent a patriotic effort as well as insurance against a shortage of vegetables which are need for health.
November 15, 2013 Comments Off
Ask Peter Burke, principal of Daylesford Primary School, to talk about the benefits of the school’s kitchen garden program and he’s stuck for words. There are so many, he says, he doesn’t know where to start.
By Necia Wilden
November 09, 2013
“In a garden there is nature, science, maths and vocabulary; in a kitchen it’s the same. It crosses over into so many areas of the curriculum,” Burke says.
“Social confidence, hands-on learning, gaining a real understanding of issues of sustainability and recycling … ”
Once a week, students from Years 3-6 spend an hour in the regional Victorian school’s kitchen garden, learning how to grow things.
November 14, 2013 Comments Off
Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes
A comprehensive overview of edible landscapes—complete with more than 300 full-color photos and illustrations
By April Philips
April 2013 – 288 pages
April Philips, RLA, FASLA, is founder and principal of April Philips Design Works, an award-winning Bay Area firm that specializes in landscape architecture and urban ecology. Her notable projects include Union Square, Santana Row, Peet’s Coffee and Tea Roasting Facility, 2001 Market Street, VF Outdoor Campus, and Oakland Memorial Park. Her recent work includes the incorporation of urban edibles and increasing habitat in the urban realm.
Designing Urban Agriculture is about the intersection of ecology, design, and community. Showcasing projects and designers from around the world who are forging new paths to the sustainable city through urban agriculture landscapes, it creates a dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city and pave a path to healthier communities and environments.
October 27, 2013 Comments Off
By Hugh Lanham
The Crowood Press
2010 – 160 Pages
The joy of really fresh, home-grown food seduces many of us. Hugh and Claire Lanham have run various miniature smallholdings for over thirty years, some in gardens and others on allotments. They are not self-sufficient or truly organic but they do produce a great deal of very good meat and vegetable that often taste much better than the produce sold in supermarkets. Moreover, their ethos is that food production must not take over your life, or be so demanding as to spoil the fun. This practical guide explains how they do it, and how you can do it as well. Garden Farming is essential reading for all those who want to engage in substantial domestic food production but who stop short of embracing the very demanding lifestyle choice of self-sufficiency.
October 19, 2013 Comments Off
By Bridgette Saunders
The Crowood Press
Oct 2009 – 176 Pages
With modern houses tending to have smaller gardens and many old houses with larger gardens being divided into flats, allotment gardening is becoming increasingly popular. Allotments also provide a haven in which to relax, meet friends and exchange produce and tips, as well as growing fruit, vegetables and flowers.
October 18, 2013 Comments Off
Urban Agriculture: Develop and nurture the city
Éditeur scientifique : Éric Duchemin,
Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine
Includes contributions by 26 authors from France, Brazil and Colombia.
Depuis maintenant plus d’une décennie l’agriculture urbaine se développe dans les pays industrialisés, que ce soit en Amérique ou en Europe. Les projets se multiplient et prennent de nombreuses formes. Ils répondent aussi à des objectifs variés tels que la sécurité alimentaire, l’éducation, l’autonomisation et la réappropriation de l’espace urbain par les citoyens.
Résolument multidisciplinaire, cet ouvrage regroupe des contributions qui montrent que l’agriculture urbaine est un outil pour le développement et la planifi cation urbaine, tout en mettant l’alimentation au coeur des préoccupations de l’aménagiste.
September 17, 2013 Comments Off
The author lives in Los Angeles along with a flock of chickens, a goat, two dogs, eight fruit trees, and a large plot in the community garden down the street.
By Jeanne Kelley
Published by Weldon Owen
April 2, 2013
With a focus on the “greatest hits” of a classic edible plot—tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, and berries, to name a few—author Jeanne Kelley guides you through the seasons of the garden and shows you how to plan and plant more than 40 different types of herbs, vegetables, and fruits, and to ensure that they thrive. For the more ambitious, Jeanne also gives tips and advice on raising chickens and keeping bees in your own backyard.
September 4, 2013 Comments Off
Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin [Paperback]
By David George Gordon
Ten Speed Press
2nd edition (July 16 2013)
With its stylish new package, updated information on the health and environmental benefits of insect eating, and breed-your-own instructions, this new edition of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook is the go-to resource for anyone interested in becoming an entomological epicure.
For many Americans, eating a lowly insect is something you’d only do on a dare. But with naturalist and noted bug chef David George Gordon, bug-eating is fun, exciting, and downright delicious!
August 30, 2013 Comments Off
“In 2007, after an epiphany while visiting upstate New York, Lerner cut loose from her newspaper reporter job in the urban wastelands of New Jersey to embark upon the ‘mysterious, powerful, and esoteric’ work of herbalism and explore nature.”
By Rebecca Lerner
April 2, 2013
This book is set in the rainy Pacific Northwest, in the lush, green city of Portland, Oregon. It follows my adventures as an urban forager—a person who picks wild plants from the sidewalks, parks, alleyways, and other common spaces of a metropolis—as I challenge myself to survive on wild food, make my own medicine, and learn to see nature in a new way.
Every wild plant has a gift to offer. Plants are food and medicine, paint pigments, twine, soap, incense, tinder, insulation, beauty products—and the list goes on, because before there was “an app for that,” there was a plant for that.
August 14, 2013 Comments Off
We were given 100,000 tomato plants by B&Q to run a ‘flash-grow’ event, giving the plants away on a single day in Trafalgar Square.
A Sustain publication
The Capital Growth campaign, based in Sustain, was funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food Fund and the Mayor of London, following a successful pilot project to help set up 50 new growing spaces. With this money it employed staff and ran a number of grant schemes, competitions and incentives to get new spaces to join the network and help achieve our ambitious 2,012 target. During the four years more than £602,000 of small grants were given out to 943 groups, and five competitions were run, including for schools and housing estates and to celebrate individual achievements. Backed by various sponsors, these competitions helped stimulate media attention and encouraged spaces to share their successful stories.
August 10, 2013 Comments Off
Purslane has a crisp, tart flavour, and more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy green ever tested
By Adam Grubb, Annie Raser-Rowland
Hyland House Publishing Pty Ltd
Step into the world of our least admired botanical companions, peel back the layers of prejudice, and discover the finer side of the plants we call weeds. This book reveals how to distinguish a tasty sandwich-filler from its dangerous look-alike, which weeds are among the most nutritious vegetables ever tested, and how you cook with delicious nettles without fear of being stung …It will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch.
July 10, 2013 Comments Off