By Martina The Christmas decorations are up at the White House. I love that the kitchen garden is part of the 300-pound gingerbread White House on display in the State Dining Room! How cute is this?!… The Obamas have embraced local healthy agriculture. Michelle Obama planted the kitchen garden on the White House lawn, visited …
I went to the DC State Fair this weekend, which was appropriately urban, as state fairs go. Oh, there were farm animals and funnel cakes, candy apples and canning demonstrations. But this being DC (not even technically a state), there were also artisanal teas, a trapeze artist, gourmet food trucks, and green initiatives galore, but not a corn dog in sight….
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.
I’ve been working away at my garden plot at the Mamie D. Lee community garden in northwest Washington, DC over the last weeks. I noticed a difficulty with my seedlings raised indoors adjusting to the harsh realities of planted life in the garden. Several tomatoes I transplanted weeks ago when it was unseasonably warm did not do well: two died and the third barely survived.