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Daily Progress: A bumper crop of ideas for local food

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:05 am Tanya Denckla Cobb, associate director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia, discusses the benefits of increased rural and urBumper Crop of Ideas for Local Foodban gardening, as well as innovations and success stories in the local food movement, as part of her remarks at a Greater Virginia Green Building Council luncheon Tuesday at City-Space in Charlottesville.

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Super Garden

I confess that my first attempt to grow something edible was a miserable failure. Just 15 years old, I patted a short row of tiny carrot seeds into a spot in our backyard behind a hedge. Come the end of summer, I hoped to surprise my mother with beautiful carrots. …   Read my column here

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A Lighter Load

In a strange twist of fate, obesity may be the tipping the scales towards local foods. With the dubious distinction of becoming the fattest nation in the world in 2012, U.S. leaders are galvanizing action at all levels to address obesity…. A  2012 Cornell study reports that obesity now accounts for a whopping 21 percent of U.S. health-care costs, estimated at $190 billion per year….   A growing body of evidence even suggests that a host of everyday products are also culpable.  Read more in my Edible Blue Ridge Fall 2013 column

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On the Huffington Post: Organic Food Not Just for Snobs, Dr. Oz

“… finally, we would get the straight dope on how we can eat well without breaking the bank…” Huffington Post op-ed featured here: Organic Food Is Not Just For Snobs, Dr. Oz.

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Simple guidelines for starting a gleaning operation in any community

This small Kentucky nonprofit has saved over the past three years over 170,000 lbs of fresh vegetables and fruit from going to waste, redirecting this good food to feed the hungry in Kentucky communities. If you’re interested in learning how to do this in your community, Faith Feeds has a few simple guidelines easy enough for anyone to follow. For more information on gleaning, how we could glean enough food to feed all of America’s hungry, and how different organizations are using different methods to do just this, check out Chapter 9 of my book, Reclaiming Our Food.

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Excerpt in GRIT: Polyface Farm Ethics-Based Anti-Wall Street Contrarian Business Practices

Polyface Farm: Ethics-Based Anti-Wall Street Contrarian Business Practices Excerpt from Reclaiming Our Food:   “No sales targets: A classic business might set a goal for selling a thousand widgets every month. And then it strives to create markets to achieve that target. Polyface Farm has decided never to set a sales target. A classic business model might suggest that Polyface should set a target to expand by 2015 to supply three Chipotle restaurants. Polyface takes a different attitude…. ”   Read Full Excerpt

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Sustainable Traditions: Book Review of Reclaiming Our Food

[Reclaiming Our Food] is the quintessential survey of the diversity, creativity and viability of this movement. Reading this book is like going on a roadtrip with the author to meet the multitude of people and organizations that are using food as a means to renew and transform their communities…. One part photo essay, one part food system philosophy, and one part storytelling- featuring nearly 60 grassroots food projects – this is the book I have always wished someone would write to prove once and for all that there is truly a revolution happening across all our major cultural divides. There is … Read More

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“Local-Washing:” A Dirty Business

“Local-washing” was probably only a matter of time. Call me naïve, call me hopeful, or call me trusting. Whatever I was, I no longer am. My understanding of the local food movement was turned upside down last week, when I visited a small bucolic farm off a dirt road leading down to the James River. There, a premier artisan cheese maker turned my head when she asked, “You’ve heard of local-washing, haven’t you?” Local-washing is a simple concept, and amazingly easy to execute. Steal the name of one or more local farms, and use it to gain street cred for your … Read More

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Daily News Progress – Growing Awareness: A New Relationship With Food

Article by David Maurer: “Ancient lines of communications are being re-established between growers and urban dwellers at bustling farmers’ markets nationwide. Chickens cluck and peck happily in backyards of Charlottesville homes, and in major metropolitan settings such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. Vacant lots in inner cities that once were open trash dumps now produce fresh, wholesome herbs, fruits and vegetables. These examples are not the illusionary hopes of back-to-the-earth visionaries, but realities occurring coast to coast. In a remarkable awakening, people of all ages and backgrounds are realizing something has gone terribly wrong with our commercially produced … Read More

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Taste for Life: “Food for Thought,” review by Lisa Fabian

A revolution is under way! Communities around the country are heeding the call of a grassroots movement that has individuals turning to local food sources, becoming backyard gardeners, giving food to those in need, and honoring the Earth through traditional agriculture. This practical handbook offers words of wisdom and encouragement on these topics and more. It’s an inspiring resource for all those who wish to join the revolution and change the way our country eats. Taste for Life, Lisa Fabian, January 2012

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