This week’s central topic was scheduled to be re: urban gardens and farms.
Having exhausted myself, however, last week writing about goings-on in Big D, I’m gonna keep the intro here relatively short. Go read that post if you haven’t yet though, and you’ll be rewarded with some tips for where you can vent your own frustration constructively. (If that doesn’t work, try this.)
Oh, and lest you think stickin’ a hot poker into the blossoming community garden movement is strictly a Texas thang, I present to you troubles in New York.
• UPDATE: Thanks to Judi (@lafarmgirl) for this link to New York Times story re: French farmers bringing wheat and sunflowers to the Champs Elysees.
• Better news in Brooklyn. Someone’s putting a solar-powered rooftop garden on top of a Brooklyn building. Word is that it’ll yield 40 tons of produce. Wowza.
• Got a community garden itch? Grab a pen. Nature’s Path Organic Foods is hosting a suh-weet grant competition to support two NEW community gardens in the States. We’re talking in excess of $10K, people, plus the support of Organic Gardening ‘xperts. Deets are over on Sunset magazine’s Fresh Dirt blog.
• Go big or go home, people. That’s the spirit in which Detroit appears to approach repurposing huge swaths of urban land for farming. Nice post here picked up from, of all places, The Art of Rural FB fan page. It seems that blogger Matthew thinks that rural folks may learn a thing or too from this exercise. We’ll see.
• Getting grounded. If you think your urban garden paradise could benefit from your pickin’ up some mad farm skillz, then be sure to locate a copy of Budget Travel‘s June 2010 issue. On page 39 you’ll find the a start of a storing showcasing farm-centered getaways around the globe, including locations in Illinois, California, Georgie, and Oregon.
• If you grow it yourself, go organic. That’s one take-away from this Reuters story last week linking ADHD and pesticides. Even if you don’t eat organically all the time (we don’t), I think there’s something for doing so with what you grow at home, especially if you’ve got–or live near–kids or critters. (Hermits are off the hooks with the people, but then wouldn’t hermits be more prone to going au natural?) I’m also hopeful that this report might lead to folks rethinking harmful chemicals used in pursuit of the “perfect lawn.” As a local writer remarked recently, “In the city, they’re called ‘weeds.’ In the country, we call that ‘grass.'” (Okay, that’s a paraphrase, but the gist is right.)
• Well, it’ll prolly last longer than my pizza stone. Check out this awesome $20 outdoor cob oven, perfect for making a crusty pizza topped with veggies. Yeppers, it’s a DIY project, and it reminds me of both Southwestern-style home altars and my former employer’s homemade pizza oven. Good times.
• Feel good stories FTW! Props to AmpleHarvest.org for scoring coverage on CNN this week. The site connects gardeners to local food pantries. Also, word from The Dinner Garden is that they’ve just wrapped an interview by Texas Country Reporter, which should help the young start-up non-profit attract donors and recipients.
• From the RW&G archives, a great old post on the farmerettes.
• Shameless plug. If you’ve come anywhere near me or one of my social media “canvasses” within the last week, then you know that I’m working on the Dig For Texas petition. Please help us spread the word about this project, y’all, via your blogs, email lists, podcasts, and social media networks. The more online buzz about this, the bettah. Seriously we’re gonna need all the help we can get recruiting signatures for this–especially me, with a full-time kid and teeny-tiny, part-time freelance writing career in tow.
Actually several of y’all have gone beyond the call of duty already, so BIG OL’ TEXAS-SIZED THANKS TO friends who’ve helped thus far–especially Roger Doiron who helped craft the petition and the remarkable Sheryl (@yardfanatic), who has kept our group blog over on the site going. More on the drive here (Thanks for the post, Greg at The Current!) and later in the week over on my @MySA blog. Of course, there’s stuff at www.DigforTexas.com. On Twitter? Tweet, tweet, tweet. We’ve got a hash: #digforTX
* No one’s commented on my new background. I suppose this means that I’m the last person to use Twitter.com as opposed to one of them Twittery apps. Fine. I’m old school in New Media. And I don’t text either. Hurts my thumbs.