Confessions of a Recipe Hoarder: A Meal Less Taxing on the Tap

Confessions of a Recipe Hoarder: A Meal Less Taxing on the Tap


California’s drought is expected to cause food prices to soar across the U.S. Sharon Ona explains, and gives us a meal options that won’t tax the tap Continue reading

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Leaving the Garden | Urban Farming


I have seen this space go from manicured lawn to mixed fruit and vegetable patch in just a few short months at my alma mater, Lake Forest College. I planned and advocated for the garden because I saw food as the best environmental topic for everyone to come together around and celebrate the fruits of the earth. I worked with students to release praying mantis nymphs and later to find an adult. I have photographed the beauty of tomatoes, sprouted corn, and tendrilling peas with a macro lens, and, just yesterday, I began to say goodbye. I have just passed the reins. Conceiving of, founding, managing, and nurturing this garden has been my job. My job here is coming to a close, so I am now sending off my garden into capable hands.

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Growing a Better Future: Edwin Marty and Urban Farming in Montgomery, Alabama


Urban farming operations exist throughout the South, but their stories often go unreported. I’ve read newspaper articles about Brooklynites whose roosters annoy their neighbors, and I’ve read about Berkleyites who have dinner parties using only ingredients grown locally by the attendees, but local agriculture in the South does not make headlines. If I tell you people are growing things in Alabama, you’ll likely shrug, knowing that melons and peaches grow just as easily as peanuts and cotton, that greens thrive in our mild winters, that pecan trees are as commonplace in backyards as Labrador retrievers. Even in Birmingham, Alabama’s largest urban area, you need only drive 15 minutes in any direction to be surrounded by farm and field. Agriculture is everywhere, so it seems unnecessary to focus on the agriculture that now exists within city limits. Continue reading