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Local Food Movement: Boston

 
 
littlek
 
Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 08:24 am
Boston has long had the Fenway Victory Garden which is a stone's throw from Fenway Park. There are community lots tucked in through Cambridge and Somerville. We have farmers bringing in truckloads of produce to members of CSAs (is that the right acronym?). We also have farmers' markets scattered in time and location. There are coordinated guerrilla dinners set up in random locations which use local foods. I love this stuff.

We also have some interesting school-based programs (I tried to start one in the middle school I work at, but was shot down). Students grow and care for vegetable gardens with their teachers and provide food for the cafeteria or local business. And then there's the story in the article below where inner city kids are growing food.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/07/10/nonprofit_makes_farmers_of_urban_teens/

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Pepijn Sweep
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 08:29 am
U grow food. Good. Can cooks of A2K come and cook Brunch 4 U ?

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boomerang
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 08:36 am
Very cool!

Portland has a lot of very similar programs. One of my favorites is Urban Gleaners: http://www.urbangleaners.org/
Pepijn Sweep
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 08:40 am
@boomerang,
I need to visit my family.
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JTT
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 09:56 am
@littlek,
You're just a little too socialist/communist for my liking, LittleK. How dare you people threaten the livelihood of all the heads of corporate food conglomerates.

Have you ever read Waste by Tristam Stuart?

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With shortages, volatile prices, environmental disasters and nearly one billion people hungry, the world has a food problem - or thinks it does. Combining front-line investigation with startling new data, Waste shows how the way we live now has created a global food crisis - and what we can do to fix it.

http://www.tristramstuart.co.uk/

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Thomas
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 11:19 am
@littlek,
Your thread was perfectly timed, littlek!

It reminded me that we have a farmers' market in Metuchen every Saturday. Somehow, I always forget to go there. But not today; today I did go, and I'm glad I did. I came back with a big loaf of olive ciabatta, a piece of goat cheese from a farm just out of town, a pound of almost-too-ripe nectarines to go with the goat cheese and the ciabatta, and several pounds of just-ripe-enough tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes. I also got onions, and eggplants, and corn. I don't know yet if they, too, taste like onions, eggplants, and corn. But the other stuff I bought makes me very confident that they do; in any event, I intend to find out for sure by dinner time this evening.

And all that isn't even mentioning the social function that is the farmers' market. Although I'm usually a bit of a loner who doesn't get out much, I immediately clicked with the farmers I chatted and joked around with. (They were of the peace, love, and organic farming persuasion---just different enough from me to be interesting, just similar enough to be on the same wavelength.)

So, thanks for a delightful start into my weekend! I'll definitely back on the 24th, and maybe check out yours on the 17th.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 06:00 pm
When my youngest was a student at Lincoln School, across the street from McCall, he started a garden there.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 06:15 pm
@littlek,
Ive been supplying several restaurants with herbs and garnishes for a few years now. Im thinking of sectioning off a 10 acre parcel for use as a series ofc ommunity gardens , The only thing we cant figure out is how , and what way to charge "rent"for the use of the land (either some token cost or a small share of veggies for us so the gardeners will keep eaxch other policed (if something has an intrinsic value its taken care of really well) .

Around here, the AMish grow all sorts of standard veggies and fruits and sell them at stands and in our towns weekly farmers market. The prices they charge are reasonable and so we all aupport them . Qe get foods cheaper than commercial markets or the bigger "joiasey" type stands , where sweet corn goes for between 5 and 6 bucks a dozen. (The AMish sell em for about 3 and theres a limit you can buy or else the commercial buyers would be scarfin em up)
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