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Traditional Country-House Techniques for The Modern Gardener or Smallholder
By Helene Gammack
Peek behind the garden door at some of Britain’s grandest estates to discover the traditional crafts of growing, cooking, and self-sufficiency from past masters.
From “growing your own” and cooking with herbs to harvesting honey and keeping chickens, Britain’s great estates and country house gardens offer a wealth of inspiration to the modern gardener.
March 4, 2014 No Comments
Gardening at Ruhleben in Berlin, a First World War prison camp
By Ed Cumming
Feb 1, 2014
The 5,000 or so British men who found themselves in Germany when war broke out did not count themselves lucky at first. As potential enemy soldiers, they could not be allowed to go home. “What were four thousand Britishers doing in Germany when their country declared war? The answer – that none of them had the faintest idea of what was coming – is almost incomprehensible today,” wrote J Davidson Ketchum, a Canadian psychologist who was interned and wrote about the experience afterwards.
February 8, 2014 Comments Off
Here we see inspectors from both the Sanitation and Police Departments overseeing a harvest in the shadow of the Brooklyn Federal Building. On the left we have Inspector Frank Creta from Sanitation and on the right a very nattily dressed Deputy Inspector from the Police Department, Peter E. Terranova.
The “daring marijuana farmers” who had established a “farm” in a lot at the heart of Brooklyn’s projected Civic Center
By Ben Gocker
Brooklyn Public Library
Jan 28, 2011
From underpasses in the Bronx to empty lots on Avenue X, the razor-toothed fronds of 10 foot tall Cannabis sativa plants could be seen all around the city happily waving in the wind like any other innocuous and legal weed. But for all their persistence in invading the city’s forgotten horticultural corners, these plants were likely waving farewell: New York was no friend to pot.
Over the course of the summer about 41,000 pounds of marijuana were uprooted and destroyed during a campaign to eradicate the psychotropic stuff from vacant lots in the city.
January 26, 2014 Comments Off
Teen Murti Bhavan in Delhi, India – the former residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, who stayed here for 16 years until his death in 1964.
(Must see. Mike)
Excerpt: from Indira Priyadarshini, By Alaka Shankar
In early 1950, when the campaigns of ‘grow more food’ and ‘grow your own vegetables’ were launched, Indira got the front gardens and the back lawns converted into vegetable gardens and wheat fields. She supervised the cultivation. When the harvest time came, she distributed the vegetables and wheat to the servants and their families and to the senior staff and kept some for Teen Murti household.
January 23, 2014 Comments Off
A back-to-the-land movement that has worked successfully for the past seven years is the Hastings East Community Farm, shown above. Upper left, a few of the 86 farmer-citizens who cultivate the eight-acre farm are shown in front of their tool-shed and meeting place. Upper right, Bill Graw, youngest member of the “field,” weeds a flower bed. Middle left, Wendell Bauman, who learned to farm near Odessa, stands among some of the farm’s seed rye. Next, Alex Devito, a native of Italy, shows off his prized garden peas. Middle right, Devito happily hoes his garden patch. Lower left, Y. Radonich, Montenegran, is shown working in his promising corn patch, while right, “Charlie” Mictchell, 76, oldest member of the “Field,” hoes his potatoes with the assistance of Bert Perfitt. Click on image for larger version.
Community Farmers Find Health, Happiness in Garden Project 4 Miles City’s Centre
By Ken Grant
July 8, 1939
On a sunny slope four miles from the heart of Vancouver’s business section, 86 tanned farmer citizens are quietly working out their own back-to-the-land scheme for adding fresh vegetables to their none-too-large incomes or relief allowances.
Their eight acres of land adjoining the Old People’s Home are officially referred to as the Hastings East Community Farm, but to the 80 odd families who have taken part in the scheme for the past seven years, the land is simply known as “The Field.”
January 21, 2014 Comments Off
The statewide legislation would ensure an individual’s right to grow and raise one’s own food.
By Cynthia Salaysay
East Bay Express
Jan 8, 2014
The Sustainable Economies Legal Center, the Berkeley-based group that helped draft and pass the California Homemade Food Act a little more than a year ago, has set its sights this year on protecting the right to grow or raise one’s own food. The legislation would require local governments to allow for the cultivation and sale of garden-grown produce — fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. The bill comes in response to a problem that many cities have in updating their zoning laws to allow for urban agriculture.
January 18, 2014 Comments Off
Could we go West and buy a farm, a real farm, a man’s farm?
By Dorothea Alice Shepherd – pseud. of Ella (Farman) Pratt
D. Lothrop and Co.
Originally published in the Atlantic Monthly Feb 1875
Boston 1879, 175 pages
(Must read. Mike)
“We will take our moneys” – I had three hundred of my own? – “and go into the great Northwest and make the best bargain we can for a little farm, which, however, shall be as big as possible, for from the very beginning we must keep a horse and a cow and a pig, and some hens. Don’t open your eyes so wide, dear – I got it all from you. It’s is your own idea – I have only put it in practical working order.
January 16, 2014 Comments Off
“Hewn out of the wilderness during the storms of the Revolution”
Simple Annals of the Poor: Days at the City Farm
A Visit ‘Over the Hill to the Poorhouse’ in Auburn, in Midwinter.
Lewiston Evening Journal
Feb 15, 1909 (Must read. Mike)
This place came into possession of the city in 1872. At that time Auburn was sadly in need of a place to keep its unfortunate poor and a city farm was regarded as an ideal solution of the problem from a double standpoint. It would furnish fresh air and sanitary surroundings for the inmates and at the same time exercise for those who were able to work. It must be understood that to huddle people together with no chance for exercise is anything but sanitary, and the greater part of these people are able to do more or less work on a farm. This is better for them and also for the city and it saves expense in hiring labor.
January 5, 2014 Comments Off
Miniature farms as much fun as miniature golf
Berkeley Daily Gazette
Oct 1, 1930
A pleasant story of harvest season comes to us from New York City’s lower east side. The farmer’s were small boys. Their farms were six-by-four garden plots in a city park. They farmed under the protection and guidance of the Educational Alliance.
The crops, harvested recently, consisted of peanuts, tobacco and corn. The big idea had been to teach those small boys what those particular plants looked like as they grew. It’s a big jump from goobers in the ground to a bag of salted peanuts, or from tobacco leaf or a tender ear of corn in its green sheath and with its silky tassel to the usual products of these plants seen by city children.
January 3, 2014 Comments Off
Rhode Island hotel rooftop included 275 Muscovy ducks, which all headed for Narragansett Bay one day and were never seen again
By Shiela Lennon
Sept 21, 2012
(Must read. Mike)
Excerpt from National Register of Historic Places Inventory:
During the 1920’s the Biltmore achieved some national attention when L. D. Wallick, manager of the hotel, successfully operated a vegetable garden and poultry farm on the roof of the hotel’s tower. Begun as a hobby, the venture flourished, and the hotel was soon able to provide its guests with fresh eggs, chickens, ducks, and vegetables in season.
A large cutting garden provided fresh flowers for the public and guest rooms. Plans for a small dairy herd never materialized. The roof garden was not without its problems, however, such as the occasional escape of violently flapping chickens over the parapet into Washington Street traffic and the 1927 exodus of the entire flock of ducks to Narraganseyy Bay. Despite these problems, the roof garden flourished well into the 1930’s.
December 30, 2013 Comments Off
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September 25, 2013
The kitchen garden, once a standard fixture of most American households, is gaining renewed attention as one component of the movement towards local, fresh and seasonal foods. Many people who take up kitchen gardening are concerned about the sustainability of a system in which most foods in a typical meal have traveled over 1,000 miles to get to their tables. Some kitchen gardeners are drawn by the variety of heirloom and hybrid plants available to growers, while others are attracted by freshness, flavor and nutritional value.
December 25, 2013 Comments Off
A lot of farmers migrated to Yedikule from more countrified regions.
By Lennart Kudla
December 3, 2013
The public gardens of Yedikule in Istanbul are not only one of the oldest intra-urban agricultural areas of Istanbul (more than 1500 years old), but also a fragment of one of the largest green spaces of the city. They are located close to the ancient city wall (built between 413 and 412 B.C.). In former times there were moats to protect ancient Byzantine from its numerous enemies during sieges. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks (1453) the walls and the moats slowly lost their importance.
December 12, 2013 Comments Off
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Excerpt from his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
“The Bible tells us that gardens preceded gardeners, but that was not the case at Pollsmoor, where I cultivated a garden that became one of my happiest diversions. It was my way of escaping from the monolithic concrete world that surrounded us. Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission to do so from the commanding officer.
“Each morning, I put on a straw hat and rough gloves and worked in the garden for two hours. Every Sunday, I would supply vegetables to the kitchen so that they could cook a special meal for the common-law prisoners. I also gave quite a lot of my harvest to the warders, who used to bring satchels to take away their fresh vegetables.”
December 8, 2013 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off