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urban farming

Truly Farm to Table

March 28, 2016 edible east bay magazine

Edible East Bay four-part series on farmer-restaurant ties.

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Harvest Highlights

November 1, 2013 baking

Reporting news from the East Bay on oysters, urban farms, a bakery business with a conscience, a destination restaurant and more.

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Urban Farm Tours: The Dirt on City Homesteading

June 7, 2012 berkeley bites

True to its new name, Tiny Berkeley Garden, is a small edible landscape located in the heart of Central Berkeley. But don’t be deceived by its diminutive size. The lot may only amount to 3,500 square feet (with just 1,750 feet for farming) but it’s chock full of trees, plants, and herbs that supply Kristin Stromberg […]

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Growing Cities: An Edible Field Trip and Urban Farm Film

May 25, 2012 food films

Perhaps the coolest post-college road trip: Finding and filming urban farms around the country for the forthcoming documentary Growing Cities.

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Growing Demand: Crop Swaps Gaining Ground

October 28, 2011 berkeley bites

Crop swaps – meet ups where people exchange surplus backyard bounty – are thriving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Boston in city and suburban enclaves and online, too.

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Give and Take: The Growing Food-Sharing Culture

August 15, 2011 canning & preserving

Sharing has made a comeback. People are now bartering, trading, exchanging, swapping, or simply giving away an abundance of homegrown produce or homemade food in a variety of creative ways. In the Harvest 2011 edition of Edible East Bay, I profile a couple who share their backyard with a pair who have created a demonstration […]

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Heads Up Homesteaders: Crop Swap Begins in Berkeley

July 18, 2011 berkeley bites

Urban homesteaders trade lemons for lettuces in the latest food swapping phenomenon in communities around the country, including Berkeley.

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Faith-based Urban Farm Opens in Berkeley

June 21, 2011 bay citizen

Urban Adamah, the community urban farm in Berkeley founded by Adam Berman, marries his interests in food security, environmental stewardship, and spirituality. Meet the man who founded the Jewish Sustainability Corps.

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Urban Homesteader Challenges City on Sale of Edibles

April 15, 2011 berkeley bites

Berkeley resident Sophie Hahn wants to sell her surplus greens to neighbors. She’s challenging the city to change its zoning codes to allow for such urban agriculture.

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Food Swaps: Sharing Goodies, Stocking Pantries, One Trade at a Time

April 13, 2011 baking

Find out why food swapping is the latest D.I.Y. trend around the country. Wanna trade?

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Urban Farmer Willow Rosenthal Plants Seeds in Berkeley

March 4, 2011 berkeley bites

A pioneer of the urban farm movement, Willow Rosenthal founded City Slicker Farms in West Oakland and now tends a thriving backyard edible garden in Berkeley.

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Joy Moore: Community Food Reformer

February 11, 2011 berkeley bites

Fresh food advocate Joy Moore on school food reform and getting good food to under-served Berkeley residents.

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Garden Teacher Kim Allen Offers Youth Space to Grow

January 21, 2011 bay citizen

Garden teacher Kim Allen offers youth space to grow.

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Ten Top Food News Stories of 2010: Part One

January 2, 2011 bay area bites

Five of the biggest food news stories in 2010: school food, street food, food politics, food safety, and DIY eats.

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Farm Together Now

December 20, 2010 bay area bites

Amy Franceschini, Daniel Tucker, and Anne Hamersky provide a portrait of the people, places, and ideas in the American New Food Movement in their recently-released book Farm Together Now.

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Urban Farmer Jim Montgomery of Green Faerie Farm

October 29, 2010 berkeley bites

Getting to know urban farmer Jim Montgomery of Green Faerie Farm.

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Shakirah Simley: Preserving Food, Seeking Justice

September 21, 2010 farmers' markets

One aspect of the food-writing world I don’t care for so much: It’s a mostly white crowd. The homogeneity doesn’t sit well with me and, I feel, is reflected in the stories I read. Where are the pieces on (and by) people representing voices from this country’s diverse ethnic communities? So when I heard Shakirah […]

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Fermented Food Fans: Meet The Folks From Cultured

July 9, 2010 bay citizen

Alex Hozven and Kevin Farley of the Cultured Pickle Shop talk up fermented food.

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Farmer Jane: Females in the Fields

May 4, 2010 civil eats

A queen of green focuses her first book on female farmers, a subject author Temra Costa comes to organically. Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat, grew out of Costa’s career in sustainable food, and her passion for eating locally and seasonally.

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Grow Your Own Row

December 2, 2009 fruit

Meet my friends Leigh Raiford and Michael Cohen, typical nomadic academics who put down roots in Berkeley six years ago with their children Maya and Maceo. (Maya is in the same class as my son.) These two transplants passed on their recipe for roasted kale and inspired me to start my own little backyard raised […]

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Book Giveaway: Farm City by Novella Carpenter

August 31, 2009 food book giveaways

In conjunction with the Eat Real Festival in Oakland last weekend, urban farm gal Novella Carpenter hosted an all day soiree at Ghost Town/Goat Town Farm, the one depicted in her very funny food memoir released earlier this summer. I swung by the event, which drew a steady crowd, to see what’s growing in the […]

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Adventures of an Urban Farm Gal

August 20, 2009 food books

Uber-funny urban farmer Novella Carpenter has gone from indie garage band status to full-fledged rock star of the urban homestead movement in a matter of months. In part, perhaps, because of zingers likes this one, about the lengths she and her partner go to — including nightly dumpster diving sporting head lamps — to keep […]

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The Urban Homestead: An Old Idea is New Again

July 20, 2009 growing greens

You know how right after you first learn the meaning of a word or hear an unfamiliar expression you find yourself running across that word over and over again? Maybe it pops up in a book, on the news, or in conversation. It’s like the term was floating out there in the universe all the […]

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