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The Urban Agriculture Conference's Manhattan farm tour-as in the central borough of New York City, not Manhattan, Kan.-called into question everything I knew about farming. And as a former farm kid, I know a little something about farming. I know, for example, that my family's Indiana cornfields look nothing like...
Living in Ames, Iowa, Steven Cannon is no stranger to the Midwestern potluck. Instead of a potato-chip-capped casserole, however, Cannon serves up "potato beans" fried in duck fat or simmered in south Indian spices. Either way, he says the smooth-textured starch, hinting of boiled peanut flavor, is always a hit.
It's long been said that place matters in wine - that terroir, as we've come to call it, separates good wine from truly great. A French term, draped in mystery and occasionally scoffed at on these shores, terroir has always been tricky to define. It is a combination of climate, soil, slope, wind and more.
In our new feature, Farm Confessional, we talk to agricultural workers whose stories often aren't told. Do you have a story to tell? Anonymity is okay and guaranteed. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For our first installment, we talked to Odilia Chavez, a 40-year-old undocumented migrant farmworker.
If you want to know how to live sustainably while doing what you love, consider Hannah Rose Miller as an example. Outside Sebastapol, Calif., Hannah runs 30 acres of "Northern California coastal bliss," affectionately known as "Lazy Dog Acres." Needing no job outside the home, Hannah successfully raises most of her food and trades for what she cannot grow herself.
The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a very special farm, which is the only certified bio-dynamic farm in Santa Cruz County, grows over 300 culitvars of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, operates as a gardening and cooking educational center, and is known on occasion to throw a fantastic dinner parties by celebrity chefs.
Beside a parking lot in Harlem, there is a stash of sun-ripe tomatoes, okra, collard greens, sweet potatoes, strawberries and watermelons just for the asking. They are the fruits of Pearl Spivey's labor in a community garden that was no more than a pile of dirt and weeds when she took a shovel to it 11 years ago.
A Surrey family's plan to grow all their own food in a unique type of raised-bed gardens in their one-acre yard is in danger of being deep-sixed even before it gets off the ground. But the city of Surrey says their plan might not be buried if they agree to turn their mountains into molehills.
This fall, more students will be gardening for the cafeteria and for a grade. Meals in half of the buildings in Detroit Public Schools will be supplemented with produce that students are growing as part of the Detroit School Garden Collaborative.
It's easier to work with Mother Nature than to fight her, according to some North Fork farmers. These farmers don't use conventional farming methods - applying synthetic pesticides and fertilizers - but they aren't considered "certified organic" either, although their growing techniques involve only natural materials. They farm using biodynamics.
From her productive homestead in northeast Portland, Oregon, Harriet Fasenfest has been gardening, preserving, and cooking up a storm for more than a decade. The stylish and energetic 60-year-old ran a string of popular Portland cafés and restaurants in the 1980s and '90s, all while raising her first son as a single mother.
Vijay Satish's day begins on his rooftop terrace at 6am. "I think of it as my meditation time. That's the kind of peace tending to my kitchen garden gives me," he says. His 1,000 sq. ft terrace is lined with pots.
Residents will no longer be fined for gardening the strip of land between the sidewalk and street. Willy Blackmore Willy Blackmore is TakePart's Food editor. He has written for The Awl, LA Weekly, and elsewhere. Full Bio Follow Me
Symptoms of Deficiency in Essential Minerals Wade Berry, UCLA Introduction Visual nutrient deficiency symptoms can be a very powerful diagnostic tool for evaluating the nutrient status of plants. One should keep in mind, however, that a given individual visual symptom is seldom sufficient to make a definitive diagnosis of a plant's nutrient status.
Many learned individuals including geochemical botanists, weed scientists and experienced growers often say that if one just takes a break from waging wars against garden weeds, he will realize that the weeds are actually trying to tell him something about the condition of his soil.
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