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There’s a garden growing at the White House, and another in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Different home bases, with remarkably similar goals: to educate people about the benefits of growing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables. We met up with the organizers of each garden at the IACP Regional NY Conference to learn why gardens are such powerful resources in communities starved for fresh foods.
Nationwide, 2.3 million Americans live in a food desert: they are more than a mile from a supermarket without an easy mode of transportation to get there. Not coincidentally, the neighborhoods that have the least fresh food available are the same neighborhoods where cases of diet-related health problems like diabetes and obesity are high.
Over the past 30 years,obesity rates in the U.S. have tripled, and today, one in three kids is overweight or obese. In African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods, around 40% of all children are overweight. Fresh fruits and vegetables are cornerstones of a healthy diet, but so many Americans don’t take the time, don’t know how to cook, can’t afford or can’t find the fresh produce needed to make a healthy meal.
Sam Kass (White House Assistant Chef & Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives) worked with Michelle Obama to plant the first kitchen garden on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt built her Victory Garden during WWII. It’s part of the Obama/Kass team effort to battle rising national obesity rates and increase fresh food access through initiatives like Let’s Move! and Chefs Moves to Schools.
The White House garden has produced 2,000 pounds of food so far from over 50 varieties of produce, including familiar things like spinach, peas, and raspberries, and the less familiar mizuna lettuces and anise hyssop herbs.
There are beds of heirloom vegetables like prickly spinach and tennis ball lettuce grown from seeds from Monticello (the country estate of garden-obsessed Thomas Jefferson), and bee hives that produce honey for things like White House brewed beer. Much of the fruits and vegetables get cooked in the White House kitchen; the rest is donated to local area food banks.
More than anything, the garden is a symbol and a conversation starter. Anyone passing by can witness the bounty of kale and lettuces growing in the raised beds, or the green beans climbing up the corn stalks. Local students are invited in to get their hands in the dirt and taste unfamiliar things like kohlrabi and leeks.
Kass claims that when the First Lady goes to international summits, the kitchen garden “is all they want to talk about.” He says that the White House garden is helping to reestablish “a connection that’s been lost,” and that community gardens and school farms are cropping up all over the country.
Like in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for instance. Stacey Murphy (BK Farmyards) is trying to reestablish a connection to growing and eating fresh foods in a neighborhood where much food comes out of boxes and cans, and where fried chicken and pork rinds are more readily available than apples and oranges.
In the spring of 2010, Murphy helped build the High School for Public Service Youth Farm, a garden less symbolic than it is utilitarian: it’s bringing fresh produce into a neighborhood starving for it.
In its first year, over 100 students cultivated ½ an acre to grow more than 50 varieties of produce—foods many of the students had never even tried.
The benefits are startling: some students have lost weight, while others have become vegetarian. All are eating more fresh foods and vegetables, and are introducing new flavors and recipes to their families at home. The produce is sold at a weekly farmers market, where fruits and vegetables sell out immediately, and through a CSA, where community members can buy “shares” in the farm, entitling them to fresh produce every week. In the next two years, the plan is to cultivate twice as much land, growing twice as many fruits and vegetables for their produce-starved neighborhood.
Both the White House kitchen garden and the High School for Public Service Youth Farm are banking on the premise that getting kids excited about growing their own foods, and the deliciousness that comes from eating fresh fruits and vegetables, will help stem the rising tide of obesity and food-related diseases with the next generation. These gardens symbolize the benefits of fresh, unprocessed whole foods, plucked straight from the ground, not out of package.
For more on the White House kitchen garden, check out Obamafoodorama, an exhaustive and entertaining blog covering White House food initiatives (it also include recipes!)
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“Society does not generally expect its farmers to be visionaries.” Perhaps not, but longtime Maine farmer and homesteader Will Bonsall does possess a unique clarity of vision that extends all the way from the finer points of soil fertility and seed saving to exploring how we can transform civilization and make our world a better, more resilient place.
In Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening, Bonsall maintains that to achieve real wealth we first need to understand the economy of the land, to realize that things that might make sense economically don’t always make sense ecologically, and vice versa. The marketplace distorts our values, and our modern dependence on petroleum in particular presents a serious barrier to creating a truly sustainable agriculture.
For him the solution is, first and foremost, greater self-reliance, especially in the areas of food and energy. By avoiding any off-farm inputs (fertilizers, minerals, and animal manures), Bonsall has learned how to practice a purely veganic, or plant-based, agriculture―not from a strictly moralistic or philosophical perspective, but because it makes good business sense: spend less instead of making more.
What this means in practical terms is that Bonsall draws upon the fertility of on-farm plant materials: compost, green manures, perennial grasses, and forest products like leaves and ramial wood chips. And he grows and harvests a diversity of crops from both cultivated and perennial plants: vegetables, grains, pulses, oilseeds, fruits and nuts―even uncommon but useful permaculture plants like groundnut (Apios).
In a friendly, almost conversational way, Bonsall imparts a wealth of knowledge drawn from his more than forty years of farming experience.
“My goal,” he writes, “is not to feed the world, but to feed myself and let others feed themselves. If we all did that, it might be a good beginning.”
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Our ancestors had never used pills or injections and they were healthy. They knew natural remedies. Herbs were used for everything – as seasons and as medicinal plants. People were aware which healing herbs where and when to herbalize. Using herbal remedies, they did not only treat illnesses but prevented different their types.
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I’ve just finished editing the 2nd edition. If there is any fault to this video it is that I included too much. I should have shown just two designs rather than three.
This means that there is a lot for the viewer to absorb.
This video includes a little bit of everything in the skill department. A bit of forging, brazing, gas welding, annealing, some sheet metal work, drilling and copper forming.
If you are going to do the arrow sculpture or any geometric designs I’d suggest getting an inexpensive brake like the one below. These are about $25.00 and you’ll find that they are useful on these arrows and other sculptures you may want to do in the future.
None of this is particularly difficult.
I was pleased with the mechanics of these sculptures. I’m even more pleased with what I’ve come up with for the second edition. The mechanics are so the sculptures will move with the wind.
There is some work involved but as in all the sculptures that take some work, the end results are worth the effort.
I’d suggest using the designs in the video as starting points then moving into your own designs.
Taking a look at the Duck and Cattail lawn sculpture you’ll immediately recognize the possibilities. It could be a bird with the cattails or a fish leaping out of the water.
On the duck and cattail sculpture I tried a different finish, so there are a lot of options in just the finishing.
For those of you doing arts and crafts festivals these are easy to pack in your truck or van. They break down so that they can be stored flat meaning that they are not taking up a lot of room in your truck.
Also they are self explanatory to your customers. All they have to do is hammer the main rod in the ground and put the sculpture part on top. Pretty much a no-brainer.
I hadn’t thought of it before, but for as large as these sculptures are the material costs are quite modest.
I think you’ll enjoy making these lawn and garden sculptures and I must admit it’s a pleasure to walk out into the yard and see them moving with the breezes.
I was just looking out at these three lawn and garden sculptures. They have been up for several years and have performed beautifully. We have had some very heavy winds but they have not been effected.
The simple “mechanism” for rotating has worked flawlessly. After seeing how these have worked throughout the year, I would not even consider using bearings.
Bearing would only complicate and I like to keep things simple.
Running time 67 minutes.
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A great little video made in Lesotho, showing how a group of schoolchildren made a keyhole garden. The charity Send a Cow showed them how to make it and the children can now make their own at home and have more food. Help support African families and buy the charity gift of a Keyhole Garden for a friend at www.sendacowgifts.org.uk/build-a-keyhole-garden
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