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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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A Bumper Crop of New Ideas for Local Food

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Daily Progress, Charlottesville    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 urban 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. Photo Credit: Andrew Shurtleff/ The Daily Progress  

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Glean Times

At the earliest possible age my brothers and I were inducted into the Clean Plate Club. My compassionate mother would admonish us to remember the starving children in Biafra. My stern father would tell us about his narrow escape into the Carpathian Mountains in the harsh Yugoslavian winter of 1944, where he and his mother nearly starved. Read the column

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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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Food Justice For All

Read my column in Edible Blue Ridge, Summer 2013: Access to fresh, wholesome food is not a privilege. …. If food security is about ensuring that people don’t go hungry, then surely food justice is about helping people become whole, with dignity and choice. MORE

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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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GardenWorks DuPage

It’s a rare privilege for a writer to learn that a book has changed someone’s life. Over the years, I’ve received everything from profuse thanks to cranky complaints about my books. Most anyone who takes the time to write an author is usually doing it because they were moved in some way. For example, the few complaints I’ve received are usually something like: “Love your gardening book, but why didn’t you include artichokes?!” or “I can’t believe you didn’t include rhubarb! How can you consider yourself a real gardener if you don’t grow rhubarb!” Yes, I welcome even these complaints, … Read More

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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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