Without access to digital tools, many Philadelphians couldn’t participate in a local bikeshare program. A program to boost digital literacy changed that.
When news broke two years ago that Sydney, Australia would be home to the world’s tallest and largest urban/vertical gardening project, I had some doubts– and I would have bet money that it was vaporware. It was a scam, I was sure- a thing that was so awesome that it was not ever going to […]
Trams and trolley cars can make a huge difference in the walkability of a city, as anyone who’s spent a lot of time in San Francisco or New Orleans will tell you. Unfortunately, even the electric trolleys in most cities are powered by fossil fuels that pollute the city and lead, at times, to wild […]
OlyKraut has just won another Good Food Award, which honors the very best of all the delicious local food products that are produced across our nation. The small company’s delicious sea vegetable and curry ferments took the prize this year.
Neighbors for Neighbors is a community forum where locals can engage and help out one another; the Boston centered online social network allows people to meet and assist residents who live nearby. The free online platform allows people to connect with others and share information, resources and services, ranging from helping a disabled resident to shovel out snow from their driveway, to organizing a festive community block party.
Last month we returned to our beloved Latona Community Garden in San Francisco’s Bayview District for a spring party, which was attended by scores of local families. Years ago my spouse and I helped to transform this former dump, and create this shared neighborhood space, so it was especially gratifying to see that the urban garden is continuing to thrive.
Muckleshoot Tribe member and author, Valerie Segrest, was the keynote speaker at an educational event hosted by the Chehalis Tribe and Oakville High School this week. Segrest has been working to promote food sovereignty, the use of traditional foods, plant medicines and better nutrition, to help create a more sustainable and culturally appropriate local food system. She explained that what we eat is not just a commodity, but that we must value where our food comes from, and that plants can become our greatest teachers.
There are only two days left to help save one of the Mission District’s most beloved and inspiring institutions, Adobe Books. Only a few more thousand dollars are needed to help keep this vital space from shuttering its doors forever. This shop is a cornerstone of artistic and cultural life in the neighborhood, as well as throughout the entire Bay Area — please don’t let it die.
Although I have been personally steering away from processed foods ever since my grandmother taught me to be wary of any foods that required hazmat suits to produce, I recently viewed a report on food additives that stunned me.
Though it sometimes seems like our evil frankenfood corporate overlords, such as Monsanto and Dow, have completely hi-jacked our food system, many people around the nation are actually creating more sustainable and viable alternatives. A few good folks in Asheville, NC are bringing agriculture back to the people, empowering urbanites to gain more food independence, while learning to grow healthier fresh local food for their own communities.
North Carolina’s city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure.
Tomorrow is the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of shared values, in which we all strive to become better people and work to build a stronger local community. The holiday has African harvest festival roots; the name is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, meaning “first fruits”, and lasts from December 26th through January 1st. Each new day highlights a different principle upon which we concentrate, such as sustaining our collective Umoja (Unity) and Imani (Faith).
We are in the middle of an economic revolution toward much more local investing. The collapse of mammoth Wall Street banks, the LIBOR scandal and corrupt corporate malfeasance have given rise to growing support for regional credit unions, cooperatives and time banks, as well as increasing interest in loaning money to small independent neighborhood businesses. Michael Shuman, the director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), has written about this expanding money revolution in his recent book, Local Dollars Local Sense.
Beautiful Asheville, North Carolina is famous for many things, including its bountiful array of diverse foraged edibles and medicinal plants; our region is now taking eating wild one step further by opening the first entirely wild crafting public market in the US. The upcoming weekly market will include vendors selling edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants.