Fun Friday Mash-Up


Hope your Fourth of July was fantastic!

As most of y’all know, I’m working this summer and fall on the Dig for Texas petition drive, an effort that puts theory (pro-garden advocates can foster an appreciation for gardening in the public sphere via media) into practice here at home. 

Up until now, it’s been baby steps, but things are heating up nicely, especially with our new Twitter account (@digfortexas) in place.

Thanks to those of you’ve –Texans and non-Texans alike–who’ve spread the word via Facebook and your other networks, both new and old-fashioned. Every mention helps!

Here in Central Texas, it’s a wet, gloomy and comparatively cool day. Yet there’s plenty of sunshine in my heart, thanks to these stories. Enjoy!

Chris McLaughlin (@suburban_farmer) is now the National Urban Homesteading Examiner! You’ll remember the review of her first book, perhaps? You’ll find her first story in her new role here, where she defines the “urban homesteading” term.

• Lovely Family Circle story here on women who’ve set about changing the world–starting in their gardens.

Dreyer’s Fruit Bars is giving away fruit orchards to communities across the country via their Communities Take Root initiative. Wander over there to see if your town is in the running, and if not–then vote for my current fave:  The Brownwood (Texas) Area Community Garden! Am a Central Texas gal, so am totally biased. Congrats to the Corpus Christi Botanical Garden which won last month.

• The Chi-town Peterson’s Garden Project seems to have had a rockin’ time last weekend at their re-dedication ceremony. They’ve filled up all the plots, but I’m pretty sure folks can still sponsor a bed.

Radio Boston is giving the “victory garden” concept some love this week in a broadcast.

• Have you visited Slow Family (@slowfamily) yet? The site is family-centric and with all sorts of WONDERFUL projects, crafts. It’s also a VERY fine companion to the newish, which I co-author with Amy (@granolarouge).

Fun Friday Mash-Up

Media & Web Watch: Everyone Grab a Pitchfork

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. Continue reading “Media & Web Watch: Everyone Grab a Pitchfork”

Media & Web Watch: Everyone Grab a Pitchfork