Category — History
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
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
“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
The Nuremberg Residence and Garden of Magdalene Pairin, about 1626–1711, Georg Strauch. The text above the image explains that the house and garden pictured here were acquired in 1502 and formed an ancestral residence owned by Magdalene Pairin in Nuremberg, Germany. The garden is arranged into flower and vegetable beds surrounded by fruit trees. An aerial view of the garden is included to the left of the image, and a measuring line is drawn at the bottom of the page to provide a scale for the site. It is interesting to note that the garden appears from above today much the same as it did more than three hundred years ago when this manuscript was created. (From Gardens of the Renaissance by Bryan C. Keene.)
Edible gardens of the Renaissance were as much about pleasure as they were about sustenance.
By Christy Wilhelmi
The Getty Iris
May 29, 2013
Gardening is…well…as old as grass, and while we may have modern innovations like hybrid seeds, tractors, and automatic irrigation systems, the gardens of today aren’t that much different from those of the Renaissance.
November 15, 2013 Comments Off
Beautiful 26 minute film
Film and music by Bill Newsinger
In association with The Friends of the Queens Road Allotment Society
(Must see. Mike)
This is a film I have produced for the Friends of The Queens Road Allotment Society as part of their “Not Lost The Plot” heritage lottery funded project. The project has involved the production of a booklet and website as well as this film. The aim of the project has been to research and explore the history of the site as well as discovering and documenting the stories of allotment users over the years. The site is particularly unusual as the allotments are all privately owned. Allotment owners and users are not confined by regulations present on many council run sites. This film is the final edit of 4 seasonal episodes starting last winter in the thick snow. I am currently still filming an Autumn episode. The film will be screened in Leicester at the end of October 2013 at an event to celebrate the end of the project.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
The St Anns Allotments are the oldest and largest detached town gardens in Britain
Story by Mo Cooper, Mark Magidson, Jonny Lewis
Filmed, edited and directed by Jonny Lewis
Atlas AV – Sep 24, 2013
Doctor Who meets Gardeners World in this time travel fantasy adventure.
This film is being screened at the St Anns Allotments (STAA Ltd) Visitor Centre. The St Anns Allotments, Nottingham, is a very special and unique allotment site. It is the oldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world and has recently been listed with a Grade 2* by English Heritage. The site covers 75 acres and sits in the heart of the one of the most deprived inner-city communities in the country.
November 8, 2013 Comments Off
This is a time of year – harvest festival, chillier weather that demands soup – when the produce of the English garden comes into own.
The Shields Gazette
Oct 8, 2013
By the end of the First World War, the number had swelled to more than 1,500,000 allotments across the UK. Allotment gardens occupied what is now the seaward end of Mowbray Road in Shields at this time, and the eventual expansion of Westoe Colliery would consume others that once lay between the pit and the Dragon/Bents Park. It’s to that era that I suspect this picture belongs.
It’s another from reader Margaret Garvock, who loaned those of what we now know was the Earl Grey pub in Commercial Road in the town, seen just before the Great War.
October 18, 2013 Comments Off
Community Garden at Markum Nature Park,founded in 1975 and still growing. Contra Costa County is a primarily suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 1,049,025.
“There are now over 40 community gardens, more than 60 school gardens, three large-scale cooperatives and farmer markets in almost every city in the county.”
By Lou Fancher
Contra Costa Times
WALNUT CREEK — In 1975, an urban revolution started with two acres of scrub land and five friends with big ideas huddled in a Martinez gymnasium. Planting seeds — literally and ideologically — for what has become a booming agricultural industry and a common cause in Contra Costa County, one group’s garden begat a movement.
At the Walnut Creek Library on Aug. 10, a daylong gathering hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa and six county garden educator and activist organizations turned their collective energy to urban gardening’s future.
October 14, 2013 Comments Off
Comedy Team: Gerry Moore shows Jimmy Durante how to plant food in a Victory Garden
By the US Government War Activities Committee
Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore give tips on raising a successful victory garden during World War 2. Their popular radio program, ‘The Camel Comedy Caravan and The Rexal’, launched Garry Moore’s career, revived Jimmy Durante’s, and served as the model for Hanna-Barbera’s popular Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy cartoons.
October 9, 2013 Comments Off
Pathé Newsreel – Caught By Camera No. 52
Good L/S’s of the skyscrapers in New York in the United States of America, The Chrysler building can be seen in the background. The camera pans from right to left to reveal a lady working on a roof garden on the top of a skyscraper. C/U of a cabbage and a tomato plant. M/S of the young women holding up some of her prized vegetables.
October 3, 2013 Comments Off
By Mary Nimmo Moran, American (Scotland), 1842–1899
Excerpt about the artist from Wikipedia:
Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899), also found as M. Nimmo Moran, was a prominent American 19th-century landscape artist specializing in etchings. She completed roughly 70 landscape etchings, which included scenes of England and Scotland, and in the United States, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Society of Painter- Etchers and became the only female member of the Fellows of London’s Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. Mary Nimmo Moran was the wife of American artist and illustrator Thomas Moran.
September 16, 2013 Comments Off
Minneapolis’ Dowling Community Garden marks its 70th year
By Mary Jane Smetanka
August 20, 2013
Dowling Community Garden was an unlikely spot to grow vegetables when Minneapolis began digging Victory Gardens there in 1943.
The former swamp at 46th Avenue S. and E. 39th Street had been filled with crushed rock, clay and sand. Six plow owners refused an invitation to plow the land, apparently afraid of breaking their machinery on the debris.
Eventually someone did till the land, as have generations of gardeners since.
September 2, 2013 Comments Off
‘In olden days’- 1979 – Photo of Michael Levenston and Bob Woodsworth working on an issue of City Farmer newspaper. Before the Internet, we sent written copy to a typesetter, then cut and pasted stories and black and white photos onto lay-out pages and waited for the printer to deliver our publication. Finally we drove about the city delivering copies to stores or we mailed them to subscribers.
‘City Farmer’ was born in 1978 at the Vancouver Community Conservation Centre (VCCC), a six-month project created by Canada’s Federal Ministry of Mines, Energy and Resources
Project Final Report about the VCCC
Report written by Dana Weber, project leader of the Vancouver Centre.
September 8, 1978
(Mike: ‘City Farmer’ related topics are marked in bold. Note that before ‘carbon neutral’, ‘greenhouse gas emissions’, ‘climate change’, and ‘carbon offsets’, environmentalists spent a great deal of time promoting ‘energy conservation’.)
A. Publicity and Public Information
The type of publicity and public information we used on our project falls into two general categories–that involving use of existing media (and its ‘use’ of us), and that involving the development of our own media. Following are examples of the first type:
August 4, 2013 Comments Off
Erected between 1899 and 1904, it was the first air-conditioned hotel in New York.
Excerpt from ‘The Building of the Upper West Side’ by Steven Gaines
“The farm on the roof,” Weddie Stokes wrote years later, “included about 500 chicken, many ducks, about six goats and a small bear.” Every day, a bellhop delivered free fresh eggs to all the tenants, and any surplus was sold cheaply to the public in the basement arcade. Not much about this feature charmed the city fathers, however, and in 1907, the Department of Health shut down the farm in the sky. The animals went to Central Park and lived happily ever after.
July 30, 2013 Comments Off
‘Die Gartenfibel für Kinder Und Mütter’ By Beate Hahn
Publisher: Rascher & Co.
Publication Date: 1935
Forward (Translated from German by Peter Sickert.)
The deep conviction that child and nature are inextricably tied to each other has led me to write The Garden Primer.
In order to maintain this lifelong love (affinity) to nature in children, it is not enough that the young child moves through or plays in a garden, but that every child should experience (the) “earth”, it (the child) must handle and learn to understand earth and what a blessing emanates from its miraculous power.
The child must not only learn how a plant grows and how it processes its nutrition, but also to see (understand) if the plant is hungry or whether it is thirsty.
July 6, 2013 Comments Off