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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:05 am Tanya Denckla Cobb, associate director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia, discusses the benefits of increased rural and urBumper Crop of Ideas for Local Foodban gardening, as well as innovations and success stories in the local food movement, as part of her remarks at a Greater Virginia Green Building Council luncheon Tuesday at City-Space in Charlottesville.
Daily Progress, Charlottesville Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:05 am Tanya Denckla Cobb, associate director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia, discusses the benefits of increased rural and urban gardening, as well as innovations and success stories in the local food movement, as part of her remarks at a Greater Virginia Green Building Council luncheon Tuesday at City-Space in Charlottesville. Photo Credit: Andrew Shurtleff/ The Daily Progress
In a strange twist of fate, obesity may be the tipping the scales towards local foods. With the dubious distinction of becoming the fattest nation in the world in 2012, U.S. leaders are galvanizing action at all levels to address obesity…. A 2012 Cornell study reports that obesity now accounts for a whopping 21 percent of U.S. health-care costs, estimated at $190 billion per year…. A growing body of evidence even suggests that a host of everyday products are also culpable. Read more in my Edible Blue Ridge Fall 2013 column
Read Edible Blue Ridge, Spring 2013, see P14 “Imagine this: You are eagerly anticipating a heritage food festival that lasts an entire month. Friends are buzzing. Out of-state relatives are descending on your guest room. Festival banners are ﬂapping on main streets from Scottsville to Staunton, Louisa to Lexington. he region is about to welcome several hundred thousand foodies, who, by spending two and a half times more than the average tourist, will boost the region’s economy by nearly $300 million. Another year of Central Virginia’s ViTTLE Fest (Virginia Tasting the Terroir of Local Edibles Festival) is underway, and our region is held up as an enviable … Read More
This small Kentucky nonprofit has saved over the past three years over 170,000 lbs of fresh vegetables and fruit from going to waste, redirecting this good food to feed the hungry in Kentucky communities. If you’re interested in learning how to do this in your community, Faith Feeds has a few simple guidelines easy enough for anyone to follow. For more information on gleaning, how we could glean enough food to feed all of America’s hungry, and how different organizations are using different methods to do just this, check out Chapter 9 of my book, Reclaiming Our Food.
It’s a rare privilege for a writer to learn that a book has changed someone’s life. Over the years, I’ve received everything from profuse thanks to cranky complaints about my books. Most anyone who takes the time to write an author is usually doing it because they were moved in some way. For example, the few complaints I’ve received are usually something like: “Love your gardening book, but why didn’t you include artichokes?!” or “I can’t believe you didn’t include rhubarb! How can you consider yourself a real gardener if you don’t grow rhubarb!” Yes, I welcome even these complaints, … Read More
Polyface Farm: Ethics-Based Anti-Wall Street Contrarian Business Practices Excerpt from Reclaiming Our Food: “No sales targets: A classic business might set a goal for selling a thousand widgets every month. And then it strives to create markets to achieve that target. Polyface Farm has decided never to set a sales target. A classic business model might suggest that Polyface should set a target to expand by 2015 to supply three Chipotle restaurants. Polyface takes a different attitude…. ” Read Full Excerpt
“Local-washing” was probably only a matter of time. Call me naïve, call me hopeful, or call me trusting. Whatever I was, I no longer am. My understanding of the local food movement was turned upside down last week, when I visited a small bucolic farm off a dirt road leading down to the James River. There, a premier artisan cheese maker turned my head when she asked, “You’ve heard of local-washing, haven’t you?” Local-washing is a simple concept, and amazingly easy to execute. Steal the name of one or more local farms, and use it to gain street cred for your … Read More
Pete Williams – a UVa alumni (wahoowah!) – interviews Tanya about the health impacts of eating more locally, and 5 easy ways most people can choose to eat locally and make a difference. Pete Williams is a contributing writer for CorePerformance.com and the co-author of the Core Performance book series. Listen to the podcast here. And read about the 5 ways to eat local here.
Increasing awareness of how closely Central Virginia’s history is tied to farms and produce was the topic of discussion at the first Central Virginia Food Heritage Gathering. 1d9f970b-pi”> Monday’s event welcomed those invested in increasing local food efforts to share stories and recipes, and to even swap seeds. “The hope of this project is that by building what we know about our food heritage we will be able to grow a local food system that promotes our food-based heritage,” said Tanya Denckla Cobb, associate director for the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia and one of the … Read More