Time for a round of ‘It could only happen in Stockton’

Michael Fitzgerald Frankenmuffin Productions is inviting people to tell their stories of the Calaveras River for a documentary film. Here’s one they probably can’t use. Dirk Hamilton, a first-rate singer/songwriter, lived here in the 1980s. His Calaveras story happened on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 4, 1988. “I was walking right by Pershing and UOP […]

New Agtivist: Meg Paska runs Brooklyn’s first urban farm pop-up

It’s a dreamy combination of hipster clichés: an urban farming-themed pop-up store made of salvaged materials. In Brooklyn. Maybe that’s why, when Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply opened at the beginning of April, founder Meg Paska thought, “we’re going to get mocked.” But mockery did not ensue; instead, an enthusiastic community response showed that Paska was on […]

Why does the USDA want to feed School Children SLOP?

Pink Slime For School Lunch: Government Buying 7 Million Pounds Of Ammonia-Treated Meat For Meals Pink slime — that ammonia-treated meat in a bright Pepto-bismol shade — may have been rejected by fast food joints like McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King, but is being brought in by the tons for the nation’s school lunch […]

Report Reveals Huge Benefits of Community Farming Schemes

An impact assessment of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in England has found the pioneering farming schemes are providing huge benefits not only to thousands of members, but also their communities, local economies and the environment. CSA offers an innovative approach to reconnecting people with their food, and helps to build strong partnerships between communities and […]

What You Need to Know About Fried Foods

Despite what the research might suggest, fried foods aren’t good for you. By Emily Main “Fried foods don’t cause heart disease!” “Fried foods are healthy!” The headlines about a new study from Spain were hard to miss this week, after researchers there announced that they were unable to find a link between eating fried food and an […]

A Garden City for the 21st Century

Aberdeen, a city in Scotland, is not only transforming its urban center into a garden and cultural center, but also making sure the proposed designs suit the needs of the public. An upcoming referendum will gauge public support for the designs created by landscape architects OLIN, architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Scottish architects KeppieDesign, which won an international design […]

The bugs that ate Monsanto

Now that 94 percent of the soy and 70 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. are genetically modified, Monsanto — one of the companies that dominates the GMO seed market  — might look to some like it’s winning. But if we look a little closer, I’d say they’re holding on by a thread. Their current […]

Black (fly) magic

Black soldier fly larvae are all the rage in composting, and the star performer in a new kind of “ultimate vermicomposting” system. These critters will devour anything biological that you can throw at them, including items that normally cannot be composted and instead end up in the trash, so called ‘putrescent’ wastes like meat scraps […]