Posted in July 2012

A Lollapolooza of Local

A Lollapolooza of Local

Despite the rain, the DC Eat Local festival event was a great ending to the week’s events. Every type of organization or business involved in the local foods movement was represented: restaurants, local farms, food hubs, businesses, food producers, wineries, and more.  Here’s a gallery of photos: Advertisements

Detroit Farming Taking Root

Detroit Farming Taking Root

By Amanda
Recently the Wall Street Journal profiled a plan in Detroit to use large pieces of land in the city that have been abandoned by de-urbanization and population loss consolidated into urban farms. As a veteran in community revitalization and an urban farming advocate, this is one of the coolest stories I can think of – bringing together a new solution for depopulating cities that is actually an old use. Continue reading

Fabulous Find: Sweet Corn!

Fabulous Find: Sweet Corn!

by Martina Corn is in abundance in the markets right now!  Sweet, fresh, inexpensive, and so quick and easy to prepare.  One farmer at the Reston farmer’s market even sliced up cobs to taste raw, and they were great…super crunchy.  He explained that most of the local corn you’ll find is the white variety, as … Continue reading

DC’s Eat Local First Week July 14-21

DC’s Eat Local First Week July 14-21

Now’s your chance to get together with other DC area locavores and local food activists and celebrate all that is fresh, delicious and sustainable about the local foods movement! Eat Local First is a local food campaign that begins with a week-long celebration of local food in the Washington DC area. Continue reading

The Girls Are Alright

The Girls Are Alright

By Amanda
I was concerned about my bees taking hold in their new environment in West Virginia. Its been severely dry here, with a drought persisting since late May. There’s nary a flower in the pasture since they cut the field for hay, and though there is ample water from nearby ponds, I was concerned that my ladies would not have enough forage to feed themselves, especially in their ‘start up’ phase. But they have been busy-busy-busy — and flourishing. Continue reading

Lettuce and Equality

Lettuce and Equality

By Amanda
A recent article in the opinion section of the Washington Post focuses on that icon of July 4th eating, the all-American hamburger, and how its components are hardly produced in the spirit of the forefathers’ economic views of free enterprise, fair price, opportunities to prosper and equality. Read on to find what author Tracy McMillan claims are the economic realities and unsustainable sources of beef, buns, tomatoes, onions and lettuce that reveal “what a simple hamburger says about our nation’s ideal of freedom and enterprise.” Continue reading