Ready, set, grow!: A new report released today by UrbanFood.org, with support from the HOPE Collaborative and City Slicker Farms, has identified 1,200 acres of vacant and underutilized public land in Oakland, California, that could potentially be used for food production. If only half of it were cultivated, then it could supply 5% of Oakland’s vegetable needs, the reports says. (Oakland Local) The Ethicurean’s editor, an Oakland resident, observes that all soil would need to be tested for heavy metals and contaminants first, of course, but that turning these blighted vacant lots into food gardens could create jobs and neighborhood pride in a city sorely lacking both. Why not turn some into community gardens, as they do in Britain?