Local Markets Nourish Families and Communities

Local Markets Nourish Families and Communities

If anyone’s ever looking for me on a Sunday morning, they’d better head to the FreshFarm DuPont Circle Farmers’ Market. I can’t resist the tables piled high with bright green lettuces, plump purple eggplants, and juicy peaches. There’s fresh goat...
New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

Earlier this month, one hundred people gathered at a church in Jamaica Plain, MA, to consider this question: Can New England Feed Itself? The answer is yes, New England can feed itself – at least halfway. Food Solutions NewEngland’s Food Vision (pdf), a rigorous...
The Local Beer Boom

The Local Beer Boom

And now, for some happy talk — by which I mean a non-corporate, “little-d” democratic, and altogether pleasurable economic development that’s spreading across our country. In a word: beer. More specifically, craft breweries are flourishing from...
The Best Little Chicken Sanctuary in Texas

The Best Little Chicken Sanctuary in Texas

Some people complain that their town has gone to the dogs. Bastrop, Texas has gone to the chickens — and Bastropians are proud of it. Well, most Bastropians. While other cities might boast of their historic sites or cultural offerings, the good folks of this...
Catching up to the Local Food Revolution

Catching up to the Local Food Revolution

This year, spring arrived early as a record-breaking heat wave swept across the nation, making it feel like summer in Minnesota, Virginia, and many other parts of the country. Farmers are either already planting their crops or just about to start. Consumers who shop...

Food Protests and Food Democracy

Who can forget the fears from skyrocketing rice prices just three years ago? Well, once again, food prices around the world are surging. Just between July of last year and this January, wheat prices have doubled. Indeed, food prices have now passed the record levels...

Standing Up for Farmers’ Markets

Almost $1.5 billion changed hands at farmers’ markets across the United States in 2010. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of markets rose by 16 percent last year–from 5,247 to 6,132. More than three million Americans regularly buy...

School Lunch Victory

Thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of people who are working hard to get America’s schools to serve healthier food, including First Lady Michelle Obama, the $4.5 billion “Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act 2010” prevailed in the lame-duck session...

Meet Your New Neighborhood Food Market

The signature phrase of America’s booming good food movement has been expanded from “organic” to “local and sustainable.” Good! The phrase suggests great quality, strong environmental stewardship, and a commitment to keeping our food...

Farm-to-School’s Teachable Moment

Schools throughout the country are shaking up the cafeteria through new initiatives to improve children’s health while giving a boost to local farmers. It’s time to give the mystery meat a break and bring out locally produced apples, squash, tomatoes, and...

Community Gardens Don’t Excuse What Kraft Did to American Food

A few weeks ago, a churchyard near my city apartment was converted into a garden. A group of local volunteers hammered together raised beds, trucked in new soil, and planted berries, tomatoes and greens with the hope of growing fresh food for a local soup kitchen. It...

Pollan Digests the Latest Food Politics Books

Are you too busy cooking fabulous meals to read a book about how costly cheap food is for America? No problem. In his essay in the June 10 edition of the New York Review of Books, Michael Pollan discusses five new books on food politics, a diverse movement...