A Farm Dinner at Hancock Shaker Village

September 17, 2013

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As a crisp autumn-like afternoon last week turned settled into a cool evening, three friends and I dined with about 150 others at a long communal table on the farm at Hancock Shaker Village  in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, about 3 hours from … Read More…

My Visit to Hudson Valley’s Farm at Stone Barns

August 9, 2013

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Though I have been there several times, it’s a new experience each time I visit Stone Barns, a year-round working farm, living classroom, and laboratory set on a six acre parcel of the former Rockefeller estate, 80 acres in Pocantico Hills in Read More…

Day Trip to Hudson Valley Artisanal Distillery

October 26, 2011

On a perfect New England fall day a few weeks ago, I toured Tuthilltown Spirits, a Hudson Valley, NY artisanal or “craft” distiller of handmade spirits–some produced from apples grown at orchards less than 5 miles away and grain Read More…

Brooklyn Streets and Eats

November 11, 2010


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One can always find a place to garden in the city. This sink garden is outside Brooklyn Kitchen, one my new favorite culinary adventure stops in the Williamsburg neighborhood. “We have turned a 7000 sf former … Read More…

How to Satisfy Cravings in the Urban Garden

September 30, 2010

So you want to eat locally procured food and it’s that time of the month or that time of the day when the craving for chocolate is so strong that you might do something foolish to get your hands on Read More…

No Such Thing as a (Junk) Free Lunch?

September 1, 2010

At today’s Women in Green Forum, I had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen de Chadenèdes, Director of the s’Cool Initiative, a project of the Orfalea Foundations, who spoke about her organization’s efforts to make fresh local food … Read More…

Sustainable Food Movement Takes Some Bytes

March 25, 2010

“We may be going back to the land, but lots of us are bringing our smart phones and laptops along,” comments Destin Joy Layne, director of the Eat Well Guide, a free online directory of fresh, locally grown and sustainably … Read More…

Best Cities for Urban Gardening? You Decide.

March 6, 2010


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According to the Huffington Post, Seattle is one of the best cities for urban community gardens. Because of their P-Patch Program, there are 68 gardens scattered throughout the city and plans for … Read More…

Valentine’s Day: Love Me Tender, Love Me Green

February 10, 2010


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Seeking an alternative to the flowers, boxes of chocolates, and other symbols of love and affection traditionally offered on Valentine’s Day? How about these Garden Bon Bons?  For novice and expert gardener alike, … Read More…

Vision for Edible City Gaining Ground

February 3, 2010

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The soon to be released film, Edible City, tells the story of real people making real change right in their urban backyards. The film aims to provoke critical thought, further the dialogue surrounding food and our food system, and ultimately inspire Read More…

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