Local Summer Micro-brews from Roof-Top Hops...
“TORONTO BREWERS TRADE BEER FOR ROOFTOP GARDEN SPACE: City Hops program utilizes donated area to grow hops for ultra-local beer By Tristin Hopper, Postmedia News WHAT A GREAT STORY! http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Toronto+brewers+trade+beer+rooftop+garden+space/5177989/story.html Look at those rooftop hops! Mark Clark and Luke Pesti of Bellwoods Brewery, Toronto. Photo:Tim Fraser,...
Another Reason to Love Garden Writers (if you...
I didn’t know this. Did you know this? The Garden Writer’s Association started Plant a Row for the Hungry in 1995 and since then, American gardeners have donated over 14 million pounds of herbs and vegetables to feed the hungry (about a million pounds a year), just by planting one extra row in their gardens. PAR is a way for garden writers to use their position in the local media to rally...
Guerrilla Gardening circa 1908
He’s not quite advocating seed bombs, but in this 1908 gardening magazine article, Thomas McAdam urges readers to join “The Roadside Gardening Club” (a fraternity without officers or dues) to help restore some of the disappearing local plant-life. Here’s an excerpt: “All we ask is that in your leisure time this year, you spend the equivalent of one day’s time in...
What if She Grows a Cornfield! Or, It's Not Over...
Remember Julie Bass, the Oak Park woman who was cited by city authorities for having an illegal front yard vegetable garden? (July 8th) Well the good news is that Julie and her garden suddenly got some breathing space from the city, and the hearing and potential 93 day jail sentence are on the back burner. Julie’s case went viral and it seems like the 30,000-plus Facebook supporters plus email...
Locally grown and almost forgotten - Boston Harbor... →
As it turns out, quite a few people in the Boston area didn’t know that a lot of those famously delicious steamers and chowder clams are dug out of the Boston Harbor by third-generation clammers…while clamming hasn’t made much noise in the local food movement, it’s actually a pretty big deal and in a pretty perilous situation thanks to a noncommittal response to fuel spills...
When Community and Gardener Disagree
Hard on the heels of all that community and government love behind the Hunger Free North Dakota project comes Oak Park, Michigan, with a decidely different relationship to gardening. You may have heard about Julie Bass, a resident of Oak Park who constructed raised beds and planted vegetables in her front yard after the yard was torn up for sewer pipe installation. Despite the garden’s...
Fearless, Fenceless Gardens
In honor of Independence Day, here’s to the gardens-without-fences, opening themselves up to the street and spilling out onto the sidewalk with a mad generosity of spirit – Happy 4th!