Some Good Eggs Supporting Urban Local Food Systems

June 11, 2015



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There are some good eggs in the local food movement. One has established a network of locally owned farms, small food purveyors, commercial kitchens, warehouses, grocers, all involved in feeding people in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Read More…

Celebrating Slow Food and Slow Flowers at Local Flower Farm Dinner

April 5, 2015



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You know about farm-to-table dining and perhaps garden-to-glass cocktails. Now there’s Field-to-Vase–where the dining table’s flowers were freshly picked at the flower farm only a few feet from where you are seated.



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The Field to Vase Dinner Tour is … Read More…

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 … 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 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








Photo by Robin Plaskoff Horton

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 … 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 … Read More…

Best Cities for Urban Gardening? You Decide.

March 6, 2010








Seattle urban garden, photo: The Daily Green

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…

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