Category — Nutrition
Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth
By Cindy Conner
New Society Publishers
Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself.
Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate:
February 18, 2014 Comments Off
The 7 Things I Did To Lose 220 Pounds Without Dieting
By Jon Gabriel
Mind Body Green
December 31, 2013
Point 5. I created a much more sustainable life.
I also lowered my expenses, moved to a more affordable house and started growing some of my own foods. My life felt much more sustainable and I felt calmer and more supported. I loved knowing that anytime I was hungry I could go into the back yard and eat something fresh and full of vitality. The stress hormones where no longer coursing through my system, wreaking havoc and turning my body into a fat storage machine.
January 8, 2014 Comments Off
Urban agriculture has multiple benefits because when communities eat healthier, children can focus better in school, workers can be more productive and the people living in the area can lower their rates of obesity-related ailments, which in turn, decreases medical bills and helps families save money
By John A. Pérez
Univ of California – California Agriculture
California Agriculture 67(4):192-192. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v067n04p192.
As we often boast, California is home to 81,000 farms and ranches that produce more than 400 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other products, making “California grown” synonymous with the best-grown commodities in the nation. Farming occurs in some form in each of the state’s 58 counties, but each day too many Californians go without access to fresh and healthy food. Many of these people, living in both rural and urban communities scattered around the state, suffer from poor health and diet-related illnesses and experience an overall lower quality of life because they do not have access to affordable healthy foods.
December 12, 2013 Comments Off
The Program established a total of 374 gardens — 188 school gardens, 136 community group gardens, and 50 institutional gardens — in 23 urban centres across Ethiopia.
By Peter Jensen
USAID – Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance
Overview of the Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children
The Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children (UGP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was implemented in? six regions across Ethiopia. Phase I of UGP (2005–2008) established urban gardens in schools and on public land in many cities throughout Ethiopia. Phase II of the program (2009–2012) targeted the regions’ most vulnerable women and children, providing structured urban agricultural activities to strengthen food and livelihood insecurity and promoting linkages between HIV-affected communities and health services and facilities.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
A one-acre farm serving thousands of patients with fresh vegetables and herbs every week
Oct 25, 2013
A thriving one-acre farm to make sure that patients eat right.
“The concept of an urban farm is new. The concept of linking it to a health center is also new. We are the first. It is truly cutting edge when you look at the whole health of the person. We are relay bringing the circle to completion by doing this,” Warren said.
Adding to it, the Center runs nutrition classes for patients, and they say their eating habits are changing.
November 2, 2013 Comments Off
The Desautels team includes Mohammed Ashour, Zev Thompson, Shobhita Soor, Gabriel Mott and Jesse Pearlstein.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reports that insects are eaten seasonally by 2.5 billion people worldwide.
September 23, 2013
A group of McGill students has been awarded $1 million to help create a company that will farm insects.
The Hult Prize was awarded to McGill University’s Aspire team by former president Bill Clinton Monday evening at an event in New York City.
September 27, 2013 Comments Off
Sow Much Good – Creating an oasis in a Southern food desert
By Kathleen Toner
September 12, 2013
“I really thought it was an injustice. … Healthy food is a basic human right,” she said. “I decided to rip up my whole backyard and make it all a garden, and it just kind of snowballed from there.”
Today, Emmons has 200 volunteers helping her tend 9 acres of crops on three sites. Since 2008, she says, her nonprofit, Sow Much Good, has grown more than 26,000 pounds of fresh produce for underserved communities in Charlotte.
September 15, 2013 Comments Off
Blaine Duncan, Cargill’s Regional Manager for North Saskatchwan, shares his motivation for getting involved.
Saskatoon Food Bank’s urban agriculture initiative
Sept 3, 2013
The Garden Patch is a community-driven urban agriculture initiative of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre and is located in the 900 block of 3rd Ave. N in the heart of Saskatoon. Each year this vacant city-owned lot is transformed into a thriving green garden! In the last three years over 55,000 lbs of produce have been produced.
September 12, 2013 Comments Off
“I think it’s a natural extension of what we do as chefs, and as much as it provides produce for our restaurant, I think its really cool for our employees to see what an artichoke looks like growing in the garden.” Chef of Paese Ristorante.
By Krista Hessey
Aug 28, 2013
With the restaurant’s owner Tony Loschiavo behind the wheel, some Earth Wind and Fire on the stereo and basil lemonades in hand we drove to Paese’s original location in North York where we met Executive Chef Chris Palik at a small organic garden that provides the freshest herbs and vegetables for Paese’s two locations.
Tony gave me a personal tour of what the backyard garden has to offer: strawberries, tomatoes, artichokes, zucchini, cucumber, herbs and a wide selection of peppers.
September 5, 2013 Comments Off
How a cheap and simple idea is empowering millions and improving food security in developing countries
By Caspar van Vark
19 August 2013
“It demonstrated the use of trellises to grow vegetables, growing vegetables in plastic bags on the ground, and how to use the roofs of homes to grow vegetables. The women received training in summer and winter vegetable cultivation, and were given vegetable seed packets to begin their own gardens.”
The crops grown as part of the project include cucumber, gourds, red amaranth, spinach, papaya, carrots, tomatoes, and beans, and they’re grown both around homesteads and in shared community gardens. The harvests may not be huge, but they provide a year-round supply of nutrients to communities who would otherwise rely heavily on rice alone.
September 5, 2013 Comments Off
Australian Greens party announce $46.5 million plan for kitchen gardens in 800 schools around the country over four years
“It is time to expand the number of schools that can have a kitchen garden because the current demand is not being met.”
By Alex Blucher
Aug 30, 2013
From July next year, the plan would fund 200 schools a year with $50,000 each.
The plan also includes putting food and fibre into the national curriculum and grants for adult nutrition education programs.
Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says it’s critical to good health for children.
September 2, 2013 Comments Off
The empty space on top of Bangkok’s many skyscrapers provide suitable growing conditions for spirulina as the constant high temperatures and sunlight are ideal breeding conditions.
By William Davies
Aug 27, 2013
On a hotel rooftop in Bangkok, dozens of barrels of green liquid bubble under the sun—the latest innovation in urban farming.
Proponents of the edible algae known as spirulina say it could help provide a sustainable source of protein as an alternative to meat.
Three times a week, Patsakorn Thaveeuchukorn harvests the green algae in the barrels.
August 31, 2013 Comments Off
The Potential Weight Control Benefits of Community Gardening
By Melissa Sweet
Aug. 18, 2013
People who participate in community gardening are more likely to be in a healthy weight range than people from comparable backgrounds who are not involved with community gardens, a study in the US has found.
It’s worth noting though that the design of the study means it is capable only of showing an association between community gardening and having a healthy weight. It does not prove cause and effect, and one possibility is that the findings simply reflect that people who engage with community gardening are more likely to have a healthy lifestyle anyway.
August 26, 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
As American waistlines widen, some schools launch gardening programmes to encourage children to develop healthy habits.
By Leigh Paterson
11 Feb 2013 11:59
Small children walk in a line past tidy rows of kale, bok choy, and carrots. Others sit around small picnic tables waiting for garden class to begin. Nearby is a chicken coop and herb garden. Amy Zellweger, a teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, oversees it all. She hopes what these students see and learn in their schoolyard garden will translate to healthier habits down the road. “You’re giving them information about the choices that they make,” she says. “So maybe the next time they want a snack, they reach for an apple instead of a bag of hot chips.”
June 3, 2013 Comments Off