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A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities. The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents. In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country. An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.
Creating Urban Agriculture Systems provides you with background, expertise, and inspiration for designing with urban agriculture. It shows you how to grow food in buildings and cities, operate growing systems, and integrate them with natural cycles and existing infrastructures. It teaches you the essential environmental inputs and operational strategies of urban farms, and inspires community and design tools for innovative operations and sustainable urban environments that produce fresh, local food. Over 70 projects and 16 in-depth case studies of productive, integrated systems, located in North America, Europe, and Asia ,are organized by their emphasis on nutrient, water, and energy management, farm operation, community integration and design approaches so that you can see innovative strategies in action. Interviews with leading architecture firms, including WORKac, Kiss + Cathcart, Weber Thompson, CJ Lim/Studio 8, and SOA Architectes, highlight the challenges and rewards you face when creating urban agriculture systems. Catalogs of growing and building systems, a glossary, bibliography, and abstracts will help you find information fast.
Good Food, Strong Communities shares ideas and stories about efforts to improve food security in large urban areas of the United States by strengthening community food systems. It draws on five years of collaboration between a research team composed of the University of Wisconsin, Growing Power, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and more than thirty organizations on the front lines of this work. Here, activists and scholars talk about what's working and what still needs to be done to ensure that everyone has access to readily available, affordable, appropriate, and acceptable food. This book helps readers understand how a food system functions and how individual and community initiatives can lessen the problems associated with an industrialized food system.--Back cover.
Each week during the growing season, farmers’ markets offer up such delicious treasures as brandywine tomatoes, cosmic purple carrots, pink pearl apples, and chioggia beets—varieties of fruits and vegetables that are prized by home chefs and carefully stewarded by farmers from year to year. These are the heirlooms and the antiques of the food world, endowed with their own rich histories. While cooking techniques and flavor fads have changed from generation to generation, a Ribston Pippin apple today can taste just as flavorful as it did in the eighteenth century. But how does an apple become an antique and a tomato an heirloom? In Edible Memory, Jennifer A. Jordan examines the ways that people around the world have sought to identify and preserve old-fashioned varieties of produce. In doing so, Jordan shows that these fruits and vegetables offer a powerful emotional and physical connection to a shared genetic, cultural, and culinary past. Jordan begins with the heirloom tomato, inquiring into its botanical origins in South America and its culinary beginnings in Aztec cooking to show how the homely and homegrown tomato has since grown to be an object of wealth and taste, as well as a popular symbol of the farm-to-table and heritage foods movements. She shows how a shift in the 1940s away from open pollination resulted in a narrow range of hybrid tomato crops. But memory and the pursuit of flavor led to intense seed-saving efforts increasing in the 1970s, as local produce and seeds began to be recognized as living windows to the past. In the chapters that follow, Jordan combines lush description and thorough research as she investigates the long history of antique apples; changing tastes in turnips and related foods like kale and parsnips; the movement of vegetables and fruits around the globe in the wake of Columbus; and the poignant, perishable world of stone fruits and tropical fruit, in order to reveal the connections—the edible memories—these heirlooms offer for farmers, gardeners, chefs, diners, and home cooks. This deep culinary connection to the past influences not only the foods we grow and consume, but the ways we shape and imagine our farms, gardens, and local landscapes. From the farmers’ market to the seed bank to the neighborhood bistro, these foods offer essential keys not only to our past but also to the future of agriculture, the environment, and taste. By cultivating these edible memories, Jordan reveals, we can stay connected to a delicious heritage of historic flavors, and to the pleasures and possibilities for generations of feasts to come.
The first guidebook of its kind for the Peach State, Farm Fresh Georgia leads food lovers, families, locals, and tourists on a lively tour of almost 400 farms and farm-related attractions, all open to the public and visited by travel writer Jodi Helmer. Here are irresistible opportunities to find farmers' markets, dine at a farm-to-table restaurant known for its chicken and waffles, buzz by an apiary, stay at an Arabian horse ranch and bed and breakfast, and visit an urban farm in Atlanta where kids build entrepreneurial skills. Organized by six state regions (Atlanta Metro, Upper Coastal Plain, Lower Coastal Plain, Piedmont, Appalachian, and Blue Ridge) and nine categories of attractions, the listings connect readers with Georgia's farms and reflect agritourism trends burgeoning in the South and the nation. Highlighting establishments that are independent and active in public education and sustainability, the book taps local food initiatives and celebrates the work of local farmers. Thirteen recipes gathered directly from farmers and chefs offer the farm-fresh tastes of Georgia.
Oil is the lifeblood of modern industrial economies. Petroleum powers virtually all motorized transport, which in turn enables most economic activities and provides mobility for citizens. But oil is a finite resource that is steadily depleting. In the past decade, the phenomenon of global peak oil – the fact that annual world oil production must at some point reach a maximum and then decline – has emerged as one of the twenty-first century’s greatest challenges. South Africa imports over two-thirds of its petroleum fuels, and history has shown that oil price shocks generally translate into a weakening currency, rising consumer prices, increasing joblessness and a slow-down in economic activity. This book examines the implications of peak oil for socioeconomic welfare in South Africa and proposes a wide range of strategies and policies for mitigating and adapting to the likely impacts. It contains a wealth of data in tables and figures that illustrate South Africa’s oil dependencies and vulnerabilities to oil shocks. The material is presented from a systems perspective and is organized in key thematic areas including energy, transport, agriculture, macro-economy and society. The study highlights the risks, uncertainties and difficult choices South Africa faces if it is to tackle its oil addiction, and thereby serves as an example for researchers, planners and policy-makers in the developing world who will sooner or later confront similar challenges. This case study brings a fresh southern perspective to an issue of global importance, and shows how the era of flattening and then declining global oil supplies may be a pivotal period in which either the project of industrialization progressively runs out of steam, or societies are able to undertake a proactive transition to a more sustainable future.
"إن كنت ترغب في أن تعي مجدداً متعة الأكل، معجزة الطعام، والقوة التي يملكها كل واحد منا من خلال الطريقة التي نحيا بها حياتنا، قدم لنفسك خدمة. احصل على نسخة من كتاب (حصاد من أجل الأمل)؛ أنا أعدك بأن حياتك سوف تتغير بطرق لا تحصى، وجميعها للأفضل... إنه أحد تلك الكتب العظيمة النادرة بحق والتي بإمكانها تغيير العالم. - جون روبنز، مؤلف كتاب (ثورة الطعام) وكتاب (غذاء من أجل أميركا جديدة). تقوم جين غودول في كتاب (حصاد من أجل الأمل) بإقناعنا بأنه يتوجب علينا أن نقيم علاقة جديدة مع الطعام، علاقة تكون ملهمة ولذيذة، وتحافظ في الوقت ذاته على التقاليد وتشكل عملاً من أعمال الحماية. - أليس ووترز، مؤلفة كتاب (فاكهة شي بانيس) وكتاب (خضراوات شي بانيس). أُحب هذا الكتاب؛ إن روح جين غودول السخية والمرحة تطغى على كل صفحة آسرة منه. (حصاد من أجل الأمل) حافل بالملاحظات التي توسع آفاق العقل... إنه نداء شخصي لطيف لإيقاظنا وهو يقول لنا أن بإمكاننا استعادة حكمة أجسادنا. - فرانسيس مورلاپي، مؤلفة كتاب (حد الأمل) و(غذاء من أجل كوكب صغير). إن لم تكن قد فكرت في الطعام الذي تتناوله والخيارات التي تقوم بها - وحتى وإن كنت قد فعلت - فهذا كتاب مهم يجب أن تقرأه. - ديبورا ماديسون، مؤلفة كتاب (الطهي النباتي للجميع) و(نكهات محلية: الطهي والأكل من أسواق مزارعي أميركا). مدخل شفاف إلى عالم الطعام، حافل بالحكايا، يكشف كيف يؤثر إنتاج طعامنا علينا وكيف تؤثر خياراتنا على البيئة... اعتبر هذا الكتاب قائمة التسوق الخاصة بك. - بول هوكن، مؤلف كتاب (علم بيئة التجارة) أنت تسنح لك الفرصة لتغيير كوكب الأرض ثلاث مرات يومياً. أنت بوسعك أن تغيره باعتماد طرق مهمة، إذا ما اتبعت فقط بعض النصائح الحكيمة لهذا الكتاب. - بيل ماكبين، مؤلف كتاب (البيت المتجول: مسيرة طويلة عبر أكثر المشاهد الطبيعية مدعاة للتفاؤل) جين غودول: هي المرجع الأول في العالم لقردة الشمبانزي. وشخصية عالمية معروفة من دعاة المحافظة على الموارد الطبيعية. أنشأت مؤسسة جين غودول، وحازت على جوائز متميزة عدة في المجالات العلمية. والدكتورة غودول هي أيضاً مؤلفة كتب كثيرة لاقت استحساناً بما فيها الكتاب الأكثر رواجاً (داعٍ للأمل). المؤلفة الرئيسة لهذا الكتاب هي ( جين غودول) المعروفة دوليًّا بأم الشمبانزي؛ نظرًا لدراستها المتعمقة له ولاهتمامها الكبير بمصيره. وإذا كان الشمبانزي هو مدخل هذه الناشطة والعالمة الكبيرة للاهتمام بالبيئة والغذاء، إلا أنها في هذا الكتاب ـ ومعها مؤلفان مشاركان ـ تتقدم خطوات أبعد لتطرح السؤال البيئي الأشمل: (كيف يمكننا تغيير عالم تُتَّخَذ فيه القرارات التي تؤثر في صحتنا وصحة كوكبنا من أجل أن تقدم الشركات الجشعة بيان النمو الاقتصادي في الاجتماع القادم لحملة الأسهم؟). والكتاب بأسلوبه البسيط، المفعم بالمشاعر، وعبر 19 فصلاً، هو محاولة للإجابة عن هذا السؤال المهم وعن عشرات غيره، وهو نداء صارخ للملايين من اللامبالين. وبرنامج عمل عام، أو نافذة وعي لنا جميعًا؛ لعلنا نستطيع أن نعيد ارتباطنا بالطبيعة التي نحن جزء منها، وبالطعام الذي نأكله بوصفه نظامًا غذائيًا يعتمد بصورة أكبر على الطبيعة، ولاسيما في هذه المرحلة الحرجة من التاريخ البشري حيث نوشك على تبديد أو تسميم جميع الموارد الغذائية التي تمدنا بالحياة خلال نصف القرن المقبل. العبيكان للنشر

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