In No Particular Order…

…here are some things floating around my head.

Craig Goodwin noticed an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal about urban sharecropping, where a local property owner contracts with a gardener to plant, tend, and harvest a vegetable garden on the property owner’s land in exchange for a cut of the harvest. It sounds like a brilliant idea, despite the snarky tone of the WSJ. I must admit, though, that there’s a grain of truth to the stereotype of people

“…whose members eschew food grown outside a 100-mile radius of their homes. With copious outputs of money and labor, locavores earn bragging rights (we put up 50 jars of beets!), complaining rights (we went without wheat all winter!) and the right to believe they are doing their part to save the planet (we support local farms by paying $10 a pound for cherries!).”

Hyperbole aside, the cultural appropriation of good, healthy food by well-heeled urbanites is problematic, and I’m working on an essay which will further address the issue.

Meanwhile, I’m currently running just within my new, enlarged budget. We’ve been shopping at The Co-Op more and taking advantage of some volume specials here and there; we also had to replenish the pantry after nearly running out of everything at the end of last month. Hopefully things will average out by the end of the month.

I’m finding out some interesting things with the price book, too. For instance, locally-sourced, natural bacon without nitrates (to which My Dear Wife is allergic) costs slightly less at the Co-Op than a national brand’s nitrate-free bacon costs at the local IGA.

There’s more, but it involves pictures, which involve the functioning camera (whose software is actually installed on my computer,) which my wife currently has (I mean the camera), so…it will have to wait.


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4 Responses to In No Particular Order…

  1. Around the corner from me there is a small orchard/farm that sells its produce in its store-in-a-barn. During the season just ended, I also saw people working their own plots on this farmer’s land, which is near the road and easy to see. They drive their vehicles up to their plot and work their garden. I estimate 6 to 8 plots growing things like tomatoes, green beans, etc. I don’t know for sure, but I am assuming they paid the farmer for this privilege. Many people here grow their own vegetables in this area, and those who don’t often buy from the local farmstand. Some put up their own produce. There are also many farmers’ markets in the region. Supermarkets claim to sell local produce. Eating local is popular here. This is southern New England.

    • poorlocavore says:

      The article is referring specifically to urban neighborhoods; in fact, the author profiles two Seattle residents. There is a big challenge in getting affordable, fresh food to city dwellers, especially those with low incomes, so hopefully this idea can get traction and help with the fresh food supply in cities.

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