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Michelle Obama, Sam Kass tell White House Kitchen Garden’s story

Groundbreaking video: The White House has released a 7-minute video of showing the progress of the first "really-productive, feeding-a-lot-of-people" garden (as White House chef Sam Kass puts it) on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden during World War II. While the word "organic" is...

Grow for it: A message about food from the president

In 1945, during the fourth year of America's direct involvement in World War II, President Harry Truman issued a proclamation about food. He called for those on the home front to plant larger victory gardens, to preserve more food, and to minimize food waste. This proclamation came after years of propaganda...

Experts dismiss White House garden lead levels as of no concern

Leading questions: East Wing defender-in-chief Eddie Gehman Kohan is irked that the White House garden is getting dissed by Mother Jones and others for having lead levels in the "ridiculously low" 93 ppm range (left over from sludge the EPA spread there), and she's dialing academic experts for back up....

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,...

Queen of England to grow her own

Tally hoe!: The Queen of England, 83, has re-embraced the "grow your own" movement, and will once again grow fruit and heritage vegetables in an allotment-sized plot in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. The garden will be organic, fertilized with liquid seaweed and palace compost. (Queen turns corner of...

Digest: Monsanto blog launched, more food news from White House

New media = new image?: Monsanto has been a punching bag in the blogosphere for years. We should know. Now, the biotech giant has not only launched an ad campaign aimed at food's "thought leaders," it's digging into its deep pockets to fund a new Facebook presence, Twitter stream, and a blog, Monsanto...

Digest – Features and blogs: No flies on me, tomato realities, Osterholm revolves

The 'fix' is in: Sources say that the Obama Administration will nominate Michael Osterholm to head the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service on Monday, in clear violation of its own anti-revolving-door policy. Osterholm is a longtime supporter of food irradiation, but that's not all - if you have any...

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...

Artists explore urban sustainability at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

"Gatherers — Fallen Fruit, Elysian Park," 2005, giclee print, photo courtesy of David Burns, Matias Viegener & Austin Young (downloaded from YBCA's press room) A new exhibition of artists' responses to the concept of sustainability opened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco last...

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...

“Homegrown”: New documentary on Pasadena urban microfarm

Just got an email from the director of "Homegrown," what looks like a cool new documentary. It's about the Dervaes family, who run a microscopic organic farm in urban Pasadena, California. They live on one-fifth of an acre, and their garden takes up less than a tenth of an acre: just 3,900 square feet. From...

Food politics gets a prestigious platform, with Michael Pollan’s manifesto in this Sunday’s NYT Magazine

Michael Pollan — the closest thing the sustainable food movement has to a leader, even if he insists on pretending he remains just a journalist — wants the next president of the United States to pull weeds from the organically managed South Lawn Victory Garden; donate its surplus tons of food to Washington,...

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