This week’s reads are all themed around growing and buying food in your own backyard, so to speak. Spring (and summer) are approaching and our minds have turned to CSAs and home gardens. Here’s what was in the news this week and some resources to help you get in the garden groove.
Looking for locally-grown food? There’s an app for that.
Down in Austin, Texas, a new company is doing something pretty special to connect farmers, consumers, chefs, and more. “The growmingle team has set out to become the Airbnb of the Texas capital’s locavore movement by interactively mapping it.” Read more.
Vegetables in the ‘Hood
Ever heard of an “agrihood”? Yeah, me neither, but I definitely want to know more about them after reading this story in The New York Times this week. So what is an agrihood? They are “residential developments where a working farm is the central feature, in the same way that other communities may cluster around a golf course, pool or fitness center.” Read more.
Berkshires CSA Round-Up
One of my favorite online publications, Rural Intelligence, posted a list of some of the CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in the Berkshires – my home community – with a range of options from produce to dairy to meat. I would add a few more to the list, including Hancock Shaker Village and Cricket Creek Farm. Read more.
Find a CSA in Your Community
Joining a CSA is a great way to get fresh, locally-grown food, often at a better price than you’d pay in the store. Plus, you’ll have the good feeling of knowing you’re supporting the local farmers in your community. Local Harvest has a tool to let you search for CSAs in or near your ZIP code. Find my CSA.
Grow at Home
Ready to take the plunge and start your own real food garden? Here’s a great beginner’s guide to Organic Gardening. Read more.
Clean Spring Cleaning
And in non-related food news, all of this gardening talk has me thinking of spring. How about some tips for Spring Cleaning with “clean” ingredients (i.e. chemical free)? There are millions of resources on the web. Here’s a quick spring cleaning checklist from We Got Real and some great home cleaning recipes from Simple Life Mom. I also liked this helpful visual with cleaning recipes from Nurture ~ Natural Parenting Magazine:
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