Fresh, healthy, nourishing food is a human necessity. However, in modern society, food often comes with high out-of-pocket and environmental costs, is increasingly depleted of nutrients and is produced miles from where it is enjoyed, offering consumers little to no connection to the farmer or the growing process. These troubling aspects of modern food production […]
What would it take to create food security for an entire community? This was the question that Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear sought to answer when conceiving ways in which they could make their hometown of Todmorden in Yorkshire, a self sustaining township. Their goals were big—to transform a wasteful and disconnected food culture into […]
Build a greenhouse using recycled materials for under $10.
If you live in a cold winter climate, you may think eating local in the winter means a lot of jarred, canned, frozen and dehydrated food. While preserving food is part of a well stocked winter pantry, you can grow your own fresh food in the winter as well. Here are some of our favorite […]
Free. Fresh. Local. What’s not to love about neighborhood food sharing? Seven years ago, a bounty of blackberries and a few generous neighbors inspired Gail Murphy to become one of the driving forces in Altadena’s local food renaissance.
Is there any way to grow your own food without dedicating all your free time to tending a garden and spending as much as you would in a grocery store for organic veg and fruit? I sincerely believe so, and this ongoing series of articles is about me, a novice gardener with a sunny balcony.
Laws have an enormous impact on how your food is produced and what you are allowed to know about it. 2012 saw some important legislation (or lack, thereof) that will effect the food you eat.
The Bounty Hunters glean fresh food that might otherwise go to waste—from back yard fruit trees and gardens, from local orchards and farms. The organization then redistributes their bounty to food banks and senior centers.
In a city ravaged by natural disaster, one organization works to create a solid community food network to support New Orleans urban farms, public awareness and food justice.
With the growing demand for the return of agriculture to urban spaces, cities are removing legal barriers to urban farming.
Can you and your neighbors produce a complete diet for the community from your own home gardens? Own Dell believes so, and gives his tips for defining, organizing and creating your own hyper-local foodshed. Situated on some of the most fertile land, many suburbs have a legacy of once being extensive orchards or acres of […]
As people wake up to the fragility of a global agricultural system dependent on oil, they are turning their focus closer to home—and finding abundance in their own backyards. We explore three examples of urban backyard food gardens and the surprising amount of food that can be grown with very little space.
Owen Dell discusses creating resilience and food security in communities through intelligent and organized communal food exchange.
We continue our conversation with Owen Dell about food security and hyper-local foodsheds. If you haven’t read the first part of this fascinating interview with Owen Dell, you can find it here. Owen lectures around the country and internationally on sustainable landscaping and related topics. He is the author of How to Start a Home-Based […]
People who live in urban and suburban environments are turning to homesteading to become more self-sufficient, depending less on a system that has grown out of touch with reality. People who live in cities and suburbs are becoming aware and empowered to find ways to unplug from cycles of dependency and consumerism. By changing their […]
Community food exchange fosters a resilient hyper-local foodshed. Many home gardeners find that they grow more produce than they can eat. Residents in Santa Barbara have found an alternative to using this surplus as mere composting material—they’ve decided to pool their suburban harvests to create a free community food exchange. Santa Barbara Food Not Lawns […]