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Meet & Eat: Taja Sevelle, Executive Director of Urban Farming in Detroit

Solving issues of food security and environmental deterioration is tough work. Internationally active organizations like Urban Farming seek to tackle these issues through advocating for lively agricultural development in the heart of America's most populated cities. Since 2005, this group has been expanding their operations, from planting small community gardens to building edible walls. I spoke with Taja Sevelle, executive director and founder of Urban Farming, about how she got to where she is and how we can all start urban gardens of our own. More

How to Start Your Own Herb Garden

Would I consider myself a green thumb-obsessed environmentalist who loves the planet? Not really. All this started from the fact that I'm just cheap. Keeping a small herb garden and growing some even from seed isn't difficult. For the most part, the herbs one uses in almost daily food preparation are ones that are hearty enough for the even the most questionable green thumb. Here are some herb-growing basics for the no-muss, no-fuss crowd. More

Video: Inside the White House Garden

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass give us a tour of the first White House garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden during World War II (which technically was only the size of a bed, and didn't qualify as a feeding-lots-of-people garden like this one). Planted in March with the help of Bancroft Elementary School students, the White House vegetable garden has already yielded hundreds of pounds of food. Fun fact: the seeds came from Monticello's head gardener, originally passed down from Thomas Jefferson himself. Watch the video after the jump.... More

How Much Did the White House Garden Cost?

A group of students who helped seed the new 1,100-square-foot plot on the South Lawn guessed $100,000, the Washington Post reports. "My husband would go crazy if he thought we were spending that kind of money," Michelle Obama said. The actual price: $200.... More

Six-Foot Zucchini Grows in Queens Backyard

New York Daily News It's exactly the kind of thing you would expect to see in a county fair contest—a giant 6-foot-long zucchini. But while some farmers spend months carefully cultivating their prize-winning fruits and vegetables, a Queens woman says fertilizer, water, and a little TLC is all it took for her to grow this giant vegetable (technically an immature fruit, in proper botanical terms) in her backyard. At just over six feet, this zucchini is a foot taller than its owner Apollonia Castitlione, and it's just shy of the world record of a 7-foot, 10-inch zucchini grown in India three years ago, reports the New York Daily News. Although this zucchini could be used in a lot of... More

'New York Times' Dining Roundup

How to live a less meat-centric life: Mark Bittman writes, "The arguments for eating less meat are myriad and well-publicized, but at the moment they’re irrelevant, because what I want to address here is (almost) purely pragmatic: How do you do it?" His answers are pretty simple: buy less meat, buy more vegetables. Ago is a mess: Frank Bruni visits the self-proclaimed "hot spot" Ago, an Agostino Sciandri and Robert DeNiro venture in the new Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa. It gets zero stars and some artful prose detailing Bruni's multiple meals gone awry. Gardening as economic strategy: There hasn't been such an interest in growing food at home since the 1970s. Marian Burros points to higher grocery costs and... More

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