It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
In a former bomb shelter beneath the streets of London, Zero Carbon Food is growing leafy greens, herbs and microgreens. And, believe it or not, this dark, dank underground farm is an energy efficient way to grow fresh produce.
From Connecticut to Minnesota to California, correctional authorities are finding all kinds of reasons to produce food inside prison walls. A new video provides a glimpse of one of these projects, a vegetable garden inside San Quentin State prison outside of San Francisco.
Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California’s bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state’s Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can’t be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.
When Bison Brewery decided to grow hops in Oakland they didn’t expect to end up with plants all over the city, 40 kegs of specially-brewer beer and a festival this weekend. But, that’s what they harvested.
Fruits and vegetables are undeniably important to a healthful diet. But there’s another side to some of these plants that, thankfully, most people never see: the tiny amounts of toxin within them. Lucky for us, healthy human bodies are remarkably good at filtering out toxins from everyday foods.
The unharvested food in the White House kitchen garden serves as a high-profile reminder of the shutdown’s effects on food producers. And across the country, farmers are wondering when they’ll receive the permits and government support they count on to stay afloat.
A new California law just signed by Governor Jerry Brown might take some of the risk out of the equation for urban farmers by making longer-term leases an appealing proposition for landowners.
September 10 through 12, you can explore the wide world of heirlooms at the Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. With a full line up of workshops, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, and educational speakers, the three-day expo is a kind of Disneyland for home gardeners, organic farmers, food activists, and eaters of all stripes and ages.
Imagine corn on the cob that naturally tastes creamy and buttery — no added fat required. Native Americans bred such a variety, but its kernels were almost lost to history. Now one chef is bringing back the heirloom corn — and hoping it will serve as a lesson in what can happen when crops are bred to be flavorful and colorful, not just big.
At the farmers market this time of year, tomatoes are strutting their stuff in all sorts of glorious and quirky colors: green striped, white, pink, purplish-brown. Consumers have seed savers and amateur breeders to thank for discovering and sharing some of these heirloom varieties, like the Cherokee Purple.
The rise in urban beekeeping could end up resulting in too many bees with too few flowers to feed on, two U.K. scientists warn. That’s already the case in London, where the number of urban hives has doubled over the past five years, they say.
As the number of people seeking emergency food aid continues to grow, food banks have started thinking about what more they can do to help their clients become more self-sufficient. Some, like the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, are teaching people to grow food at community farms and helping them set up home gardens.