Filed under: Austin, books, food, Heath + Beauty, lifestyle, politics | Tags: austin book clubs, book clubs, food & politics book club, food + politics, food culture, Johnson's Backyard Garden
Thought I’d pass this on –
Tyler & I are doing a workshare day on the farm next weekend(http://www.johnsonsbackyardgarden.com/) and I just happened to find out about the book club through the farm newsletter. They just finished reading a book called “Banana – the fate of the fruit that changed the world”. Even if you don’t want to join a book club, this could be a good resource for finding good food/politics related books… which lately, I can’t seem to get enough of. On the docket for this weekend: “Honey spinner - On the Trail of Ancient Honey, Vanishing Bees and the Politics of Liquid Gold ‘ by Grace Pundyk.
Filed under: food, go green, Heath + Beauty, lifestyle, movies | Tags: farms, food culture, food independence, greenhorns documentary, local food, localvore, locavore, regional farming, urban farming, young farmers
In the past few months I’ve taken a bigger interest in regional farming & local eating (a quick search of this blog would probably turn up quite a few posts on the topic).
This afternoon I came across a documentary that I absolutely can’t wait to watch. It’s called “Greenhorns” and profiles young farmers across the U.S. who are leading a resurgence of local small farms. Why is this remarkable? Because for the past few decades, small farms have been drained of their youth as children move to the suburbs & cities to find office jobs, discouraged by the sinking value of good, local food in our economy.
With the energy crisis looming and much talk of independence from foreign oil, there is a similar culture that is rising in the food industry: independence from foreign foods & grocery store produce. More and more young people are returning to an agricultural focus, and there is thought that this trend is going to continue to grow in the coming years, to a point where it will be common to have a backyard garden.