Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA | Video on TED.com

Happy Spring Forward. Time to start planting seeds and playing in the dirt. In honor of getting dirty and creative, here’s a a TED talk from Ron Finley, guerrilla gardener. Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty […]

Furniture for Breakfast

On this blog we often talk about the importance of being more playful and fun. Two great ways to be more playful are with design and food. One designer decided to combine both! As covered by Design*Sponge: I was glad to see that this year’s [Milan Furniture Fair] show offered more tongue-in-cheek pieces that played […]

‘Food forest’ in middle of Seattle will feature an urban view

Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I don’t have long, but I had to stop and share in more detail this great story about an urban food forest being proposed for a Seattle neighborhood: A plot of grass sits in the middle of Seattle, feet from a busy road and on […]

UW students focus on how to get local food to their dining hall tables

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I am a huge proponent of consciously choosing locally sourced food and products for consumption. Not only does it use less fossil fuels, I think buying and eating local also creates a better, healthier, and more enriching environment for us all. It’s easy enough for individuals to choose […]

Food, consumption, and dumpster diving

One element of having an enriching, healthy environment is lack of trash and waste. We Americans throw away A LOT, especially food. The percentage of food we waste is astounding (I’ve read anywhere between 25% and 30%)! In a possible reaction to this, several people, particularly Millenials, have started “rescuing” food from the back of […]

There’s more to health than food, and there’s more to life than health – The Healthy Skeptic

Great post by Chris Kresser, also known as The Healthy Skeptic, although these days he’s just blogging under his name. Usually focusing how to be healthy by what food you put in your body, particularly for pregnant women, Kresser takes a step back and looks at the value of measuring overall health. Not just what […]

Obesity crisis: Does a lack of grocery stores make poor neighborhoods fatter? | OregonLive

Interesting follow-up article to a post I linked to earlier this week about people creating “food corridors” in Olympia, WA; according to this study, simply installing grocery stores “oases” doesn’t solve the problem: There was never much hard science linking the obesity epidemic to so-called food deserts – inner city neighborhoods lacking stores selling fresh […]

‘Food corridor’ brings urban neighbors together – The Olympian

For the past couple of years people have been discussing the idea of “food deserts” in urban areas where there are no groceries or places for people to purchase fresh veggies and meat. This is an interesting concept of how to address that: a food corridor in Olympia, WA. The commons is a collection of […]

Different reactions to urban farm economics

The question of how to connect us back to our food is commonly asked these days, from local communities to big companies like IDEO and their Open IDEO challenges. One way to do this is through urban farms, or bringing the farm and local food production to the people. But the logistics of doing this […]

School cuts out food waste with help from a pig | The Bulletin

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend and didn’t make a pig of themselves (sorry, I couldn’t resist the bad joke). But speaking of food and pigs, this story popped up in my alerts today and it was just too good not to share. Theodore is a potbellied pig at Sage Community School, […]