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Outta space?: R. J. Ruppenthal’s “Fresh Food From Small Spaces”

Though I've been lucky to "borrow" my friends' back yard for a garden this year, during the winter I still crave growing something green and edible. But in an apartment with insufficient amounts of direct sunlight, I sometimes find it difficult to grow much of anything. I know I'm not alone in having that...

Hoe, hoe, hoe! A Victory Garden wish list

Dear Santa, December is already here, and though I'm sure you must be busy running the rush orders through your workshop and checking those lists of "naughty" and "nice" and loading up the sleigh, I'm afraid that we've been so caught up with putting our gardens to bed for the winter that we're a little late...

Waiting is the harvest part

If you've been wondering, "Whatever happened to those Victory Gardens you Ethicureans were tending?" — well, truth is, after that last big burst of excitement with tomatoes and such finally ripening, things have kind of gone downhill. It had to happen, of course. Let's face it: in most of our areas (save...

Snapshot from Slow Food Nation: Native American plants in the Victory Garden

I had intended to do some "man in the garden" interviews while I hung around the Victory Garden watching the crowds come through. But my first set of victims were so interesting I talked to them for the entire half hour I had in between lectures. Maestra Macuilxochitl, Luz Alvarez-Martinez, and Carlos...

The eat is on: A virtual Victory Garden potluck

If you've strolled through your local farmers market lately, you've noticed that for most of us around the continent, we're seeing the peak of harvest season. Farmers pile their tables high with intensely red tomatoes, brilliantly hued hot peppers, earthy potatoes, luscious fruits of multiple varieties, and...

To the Victory Gardeners go the toils

Summer's heat has finally reached us all, even our northernmost Ethicurean colleagues, and if you wonder why you haven't heard much from many of us — well, you can imagine us with dirt on our hands and knees, working away in our Victory Gardens as our crops take off. And since the work never ends, I'll keep...

Worm War I: The battle of the tomatoes

By Debra Eschmeyer There’s something about caring for a tomato plant that brings out every nurturing instinct in me. I am literally in constant motion during peak season, in a long, choreographed dance of pruning, irrigating, mulching, deworming, and finally, harvesting — my own version of tomato salsa. But...

Sowing the seeds of social change: Slow Food Nation’s Victory Garden

Last Saturday I attended the launch of the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden at the foot of San Francisco's City Hall, on a site what was recently an ornamental lawn. The garden, which takes its name from the World War II campaign to get citizens to grow their own food to support the war effort, is intended...

Victory Garden update: Finally, everyone’s eating something

Lately we've seen a bumper crop of articles extolling the virtues of gardening. Sure, it's a great way to reduce your food costs at a time when those prices are experiencing rapid growth spurts. But it's more than that: gardens can be environmentally friendly and even (in our dreams, perhaps) politically...

Defender of the seeds: Q&A with Claire Hope Cummings, author of “Uncertain Peril”

An environmental lawyer for 20 years, including four spent with the USDA, Claire Hope Cummings reports regularly on agriculture and the environment; she has also farmed in California and in Vietnam. We chatted recently about her new book, Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds, for the...

Rebuilding itself, New Orleans is reconstructing food community

The following post is by Stu Shafer, a professor of sociology at Johnson County Community College in Kansas and a farmer-member of the Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance,  whose newsletter this post first appeared in. He visited various food projects while in New Orleans earlier this month for a conference...

Victory Garden update: Getting in a few good digs

Memorial Day weekend, though mostly seen as the first taste of summer vacation, also gives us time to reflect on the meaning of patriotism. For those of us who garden, it offers a little of both, especially now that more and more people are viewing their Victory Gardens as a way to save our country and our...

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