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Seattle Food Forest!

Full seven acre proposal to be built over the next few years.

Full seven acre proposal to be built over the next few years.

My awesome friend Evan sent me this lovely link!

A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.

Via Take Part

What a great use of permaculture! The article goes on to say:

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started as a group project for a permaculture design course ended up as a textbook example of community outreach gone right.

Via Take Part

For more information you can also read this article and of course, visit the Beacon Food Forest Website!

Also, I found this movie through their website! Yay plants! Plant power!

Heather’s Journal (8/20/2010): Mmmm — Local Berries!

Gooood Morning SuperForest!!!!!

It is a beautiful morning here in Ottawa and I rose late to enjoy a gorgeous breakfast of local raspberries and blueberries! I added these fresh berries to my yogurt and granola with a drizzle of honey and it was a great way to start my day. I picked up these local berries from my farmers’ market, The Parkdale Market, which is a stone’s throw away from my humble abode. If any SuperForesters ever come to visit me during market season I would be happy to show it to you!

It is just so fantastic to be able to enjoy fruit that is locally-grown and not shipped in on trucks from miles away. What are you enjoying these days from your local market? Please share a photo or a recipe :)

Yours in local food goodness,

SuperForester Heather

Community Supported Agriculture



National Public Radio aired a great story on Community Supported Agriculture recently. Whether you are a raw, vegetarian, meatatarian, beanatarian, omnivore, vegan, pescatarian, or dairytarian foodie, it all just tastes so much sweeter to get your sustenance from the locals.

Local Love,

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Locavoring Gets Easier!

Eating locally is getting easier and easier as more companies pick up on the fact that that’s what people want.

The NY Times has a great piece up right now about being a locavore, remote gardening, cow-pooling, and other great new terms.

Dig it:

NY Times: A Locally Grown Diet With Fuss but No Muss.

So, we think we have a winner in the ongoing Local vs. Organic debate.

And it’s:……

Local, by a judges decision in the fourth round.

Local if you can get it, near if you can’t. Organic if possible, and eat the rest with the awareness of what you’re getting into.

Love to All,

Team SuperForest

SuperForester P.J. Responds to Local vs. Organic!

Niki posted a great thought this week about the dilemma of choosing between locally grown food and organically grown food.

It is a very interesting topic, and one that eludes easy answers. SuperForester P.J. has commented and aims to simplify.

Here are her thoughts…

P. J. said…

Hi Niki,

I agree, in the fight of Organic vs. Local Food, yeah it’s too close to call. But at least you and your baby are eating healthy and aware of what you put in your body.

Here’s what I think:
Of course local organic food is the best, hands down! Especially if you grow your own food! But when it comes to the everyday conscious consumer, it’s a tough decision.

I personally go for the local farm foods when possible, I don’t have a Whole Foods store anywhere near me, but I do live in Central California, so I can’t really complain, the fruit here is great.
I grow my own fruits and some herbs and exhcange some of my bounty with family, friends and neighbors. But I think local is better, at least you know who’s door to go knock down, I mean knock on if there is some type of chemical poising or salmonella outbreak. It(local farming) allows itself for change at the ground (grassroots)level (pun intended).

Don’t get me wrong, I like and buy organic too (only if its from CA), the food is simply more beautiful when its all natural, especially broccoli! And we eat with the eyes first, right? But if it is flown in from another country, I think … hmmm.. some native farmer’s land was taken away (United Fruit Company, ring a bell?) to grow “Organic” produce, to be shipped miles and miles away so a pretentious shopper(me)can buy one bunch of broccoli and feel she has done a good deed, a person that lives in a land of excess and can afford to shop for quality. Then I think, those people in that community could be enjoying it right off the tree. I know I feel proud when I eat fruit from my hometown and from my garden right off the tree, I think everyone should know that feeling. But again I am fortunate and biased, I live in California. But I know there are various edibles that are native to each region, it’s time to start cultivating those gifts and start working within our communities to bring quality, local and safe food to the table.

Isn’t organic supposed to mean simple?

Definitions of Organic:
-”Simple, healthful, and close to nature”
-”Resembling a living organism in organization or development; interconnected”
-”Constituting an integral part of a whole; fundamental”

oh, and
-”Raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals”

local it is!

just my two cents,

Niki, please continue writing about this.

all the best!

-PJ

June 12, 2008 9:39 PM

Broadway East, NYC restaurant!

Hey Everyone!

In the NY Times Style Magazine this weekend there was an article on the popularity of green walls. They seem to be the latest trend in restaurants and retail shops.

Why not? We of course know all the benefits plants have on the air quality, our moods etc….so, if you can’t get to a garden, let’s bring the garden to you!

They mentioned a new restaurant on the Lower East Side, Broadway East that has a vertical garden. I checked them out and not only do they have a “green wall” of plants, but they do tons of other cool stuff. They are mostly vegetarian (but do offer a few fish dishes) and get most of their produce locally from the Hudson Valley and Long Island. They use biodegradable take-out containers. They filter and carbonate their own water. The tabletops, ceiling beams and one of the restaurants two bars are constructed from redwood reclaimed from an old water tower from the neighborhood.

I haven’t been there yet, so I can’t comment on the food, but next time I need a place to eat, I’m going to check them out.

If you’ve been, let me know what you think!

Eat well!
Niki

Organic (Local!) Baby Food

Hello, Niki here!

When feeding my son, Ethan, I try to use organic food whenever possible. Even better, is local and organic!

I have found it really convenient to have some pre-made baby food on hand when I just don’t have time to make him something homemade (although I do recommend trying to make your own homemade baby food, if you have the time–it is really fun and easy!). But, there are times I’ve just ran out of food. What better than organic baby food that was made in a kitchen right in New York!

Plum Organics, started by a NYC mom, flash-freezes all the of food to lock in flavor, freshness and nutrients. I love the use of cinnamon in the Banana Peach Rice Pudding! Whatever Ethan doesn’t finish, I lick the bowl clean!

Awesome that it didn’t need to travel that far to get into Ethan’s belly….YUMMY!

Have a delicious day!
niki