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First We Eat: Putting food security to the test in the far North of Canada

Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker, living just 300 km from the Arctic Circle, removes absolutely all grocery store food from her house.

Suzanne Crocker: Director
The 104-minute documentary, 2020
Dstributed in Canada by Blue Ice Docs

For one year, she feeds her family of five, only food that can be hunted, fished, gathered, grown or raised around Dawson City, Yukon.

Add three skeptical teenagers, one reluctant husband, no salt, no caffeine, no sugar and -40 temperatures.

Ultimately the story becomes a celebration of community and the surprising bounty of food that even a tiny community in the far North can provide.

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September 28, 2020   Comments Off on First We Eat: Putting food security to the test in the far North of Canada

Can kitchen gardens combat climate change?

Growing fruit and veg in the garden is already seen as environmentally friendly, but it could also be a weapon in the fight against climate change.

By Caroline Parkinson
Health editor, BBC News website, Berlin
Dec 14, 2019


The team had already begun educating the community to grow their own food in their gardens, on higher ground, where they could grow a more nutritionally varied crop of fruit and vegetables, and keep chickens.

Prof Gabrysch said: “I don’t think it can compensate for the loss of the rice crop honestly, because that’s their livelihood, but at least it can help them to some degree.”

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December 19, 2019   Comments Off on Can kitchen gardens combat climate change?

Our Veggie Gardens Won’t Feed us in a Real Crisis

When I think about the possibility of some kind of food supply crisis in the US, all I can do is shake my head. We do not have a safety net to catch us if we fall.

By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
Aug 7, 2019


When my friends and I tried the grow-all-your-own-food challenge, we quickly got educated about the difficulties of grains and other staple crops. I’m not just talking about planting and raising, which are hard enough, but harvesting and processing. Wheat, for example, is easy to grow, but there’s a number of steps from mature spikelets in the field to flour in the kitchen, including threshing and winnowing. In 2008, we attempted to harvest and process a third of an acre of wheat entirely by hand. Over two dozen people participated during a two week period. I kept careful notes and after all was said and done, each hour of labor produced 2.6 lbs of wheat berries, cleaned and ready to grind. To put that into perspective in the context of our current Capitalist mode, if you were paying people $15/hour, the labor cost of each pound would be $5.77.

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August 14, 2019   Comments Off on Our Veggie Gardens Won’t Feed us in a Real Crisis

Canada: Cyclist-Adventurer-Photographer Visits City Farmer

Three Years – 46,000 Kilometres – Patagonia to Alaska

By Julien Defourny
June 26, 2019

My name is Julien. I am an adventurer-photographer doing a documentary about the future of our planet. For three years I have been crossing the whole American continent, from Argentina to Alaska, with a bike and a kayak for the purpose of making this documentary.

On the road, I have already filmed a lot of different topics about improving our society by reversing climate change. I would really like to dedicate one part of my future movie to your project [urban agriculture], which is for me so fundamental in our new society.

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June 28, 2019   Comments Off on Canada: Cyclist-Adventurer-Photographer Visits City Farmer

UK: Growing pains: how the climate crisis is changing British gardens

Across Britain, gardeners are facing the challenges of an unstable climate: extreme weather, unpredictability and prospering pests – and trying a range of solutions to cope

Patrick Barkham
The Guardian
14 Jan 2019


Allotment holders are also adapting to the increasingly capricious climate. Mandy Barber has turned to growing perennial produce on her plot in Ashburton, Devon. “Annual vegetables needed a lot more watering and it was touch and go whether they would make it last summer, but perennial vegetables have a lot more resilience to temperature changes,” she says. Barber is experimenting with crops including Taunton Deane kale; poireau perpétuel, a perennial leek; and Hablitzia tamnoides, or Caucasian spinach, which is grown in Scandinavia and can survive -25C. “The Hablitzia tamnoides plants go on for decades, they are like a rampant triffid, but you get a crop between February and June every year and the leaves are a bit like baby spinach,” says Barber. She also propagates and sells these perennials.

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January 21, 2019   Comments Off on UK: Growing pains: how the climate crisis is changing British gardens

Martha Stewart: A Winter Harvest from My Vegetable Greenhouse

Here’s Ryan harvesting some cutting celery, another ingredient of my green juice. This hardy annual can be used in place of celery and is easier to grow. The fine green leaves and thin hollow stems are especially good to flavor soups and stews.

Photos from her food producing greenhouse

Martha Up Close and Personal Blog
Feb 7, 2017


My expansive outdoor vegetable garden is bare, but I’m fortunate to have lots of wonderful vegetables growing in the ground in a special greenhouse located behind my Equipment Barn. As many of you know, its design was inspired by Eliot Coleman, an expert of four-season farming.

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February 14, 2017   Comments Off on Martha Stewart: A Winter Harvest from My Vegetable Greenhouse

Webinar: ”Creating Cool Roof Zones: City Greening and Urban Agriculture for Heat Island Mitigations”


Noon on Aug. 17. Presenting the 75-minute webinar will be Gabriela Steier, an attorney with the Vermont Law School.

Penn State Extension’s Economic and Community Development Team

Sixty percent of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2050, challenging local governments’ institutional capacity to improve urban livability and maintain food security,” Steier said.

“Therefore, greening of a city through urban agriculture zoning ordinances provides an opportunity to mitigate the environmental impacts of climate change as well as provide agricultural products to the residents of the city.”

Urban rooftop farms combine greening and agriculture techniques that reduce environmental impacts associated with urban areas, Steier noted, adding that cities in Europe have benefited from integrating them into building plans. The webinar will address how agricultural zoning laws could promote urban rooftop farms in this country.

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August 17, 2016   Comments Off on Webinar: ”Creating Cool Roof Zones: City Greening and Urban Agriculture for Heat Island Mitigations”