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The ‘femivore’: New breed of feminist, or frontier throwback?

Cross-posted from Grist, where I am serving as deputy food editor (part time). Have locavores and feminists -- factions that a few years ago, some bloggers believed to be fundamentally at odds -- become allies? That's what Peggy Orenstein suggests in her essay, "The Femivore's Dilemma," for today's New York...

The spirit is willing, and the fresh is weekly: Review of “A Year on the Garden Path”

For the past few weeks, I've been watching the snow drift down with deceptive lightness, only to accumulate in deep piles (18" and counting here in northeastern Ohio) that have well and truly buried any remotely green thing on the ground. While it's lovely to sit inside and watch winter's show, I also find...

When times get larder: “Food Security for the Faint of Heart” reviewed

The potential for disaster surrounds us every day. The aftershocks of the earthquake in Haiti may seem too big for many Americans to grasp, but we too should have a plan for possible local emergencies such as severe storms that wipe out our power supply for days, earthquakes, long-term illness, or...

Grow-hio: Midwestern farmers rely on Eliot Coleman’s advice for cold-weather farming

As winter approaches, even the most knowledgeable of local-foods-loving shoppers have wondered what fresh produce they will find over the winter months, and the opening of a year-round market here in Wooster has only increased the frequency of that musing. Happily, I can point to a handful of our producer...

Buckwheat and see: Growing my own grain

When it comes to my gardening, I tend to have a lot of big ideas and not nearly enough space in which to implement them. And the more I try to source my food locally, the more I want to try growing things myself to fill in the gaps of what I can't find at the local farmers market. Last fall, when I picked...

Growing up is busting out all over

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fertilizer: City people have got the food-growing bug, and aren't deterred by living in apartments. Rooftop gardens are popping up all around New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Some farmers in the sky, like Civil Eats managing editor (and friend o'Ethicurean) Paula...

Missouri’s Heartland Harvest Garden should inspire edible gardeners everywhere

If the whole "edible landscape" notion has failed to appeal to you, the Heartland Harvest Garden at Powell Gardens in Missouri just might make you reconsider. Officially open as of June 14, Heartland Harvest Garden is a feast for the eyes as well as the appetite. Comprising 12 acres of edible landscape,...

Learning by killing: Rainy-day musings on straw-bale coldframes

Vermont is finally getting a good dose of rain today, so I took the opportunity to come inside from the garden I'm responsible for as the kitchen/garden intern at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. It's time to get caught up on all of the things I've been neglecting since March. Entering the scribbles from...

Inside David Mas Masumoto’s orchard

Peach paranoia: Anxiety, fatigue, obsession. These are some of the feelings experienced by peach grower extraordinare David Mas Masumoto (and author of such books as Epitath for a Peach). He is plagued by questions: Did it rain too much?  Too little? Did the April heat wave damage the trees? Farming is full...

Ripe time, ripe place: In England, a groundswell of food growers outstrips supply of land

My piece about allotment gardening in the United Kingdom has just been published in the Washington Post food section. If you're not familiar with allotments, they're the English version of America's community gardens, only the plots are much, much bigger (averaging 2,700 square feet), and they have long...

Retrovore shows how to start plants from seeds

Not too long ago food-politics blogging pioneer Kerry Trueman — who used to write primarily at Eating Liberally (which she cofounded) but now blogs around like a shameless agtivist hussy (and I mean that in the most admiring way) — started a cool new resource site, Retrovore.com, with her equally awesome...

Everything you need to grow your own salad

Lettuce grow now: Detailed plans for building a salad table or salad box — perfect for small spaces, and portable to allow you to move it in and out of the sun. Subsequent pages tell what soil medium to use, etc. (Grow it Eat It; hat tip @bozemanFoodCoop) Related: Apartment Therapy shows how you can fancy...

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