Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Urban Farm and Forage

Even though I've never done anything about it besides dream, I would love to live with more self-sufficiency. Primarily I'd like to make my own wine, but growing my own vegetables comes a close second, and can be accomplished anywhere. Since we're not moving to a farm anytime soon, urban farming and foraging are the next best thing, and I've started educating myself with the hopes I'll actually put it into practice.

Eat the City book cover

Robin Shulman's Eat the City (New York, NY: Crown Publishers, 2012) is a well-written, inspirational book for those that want to grow their own food (or eat more local). if they live in the city. Chapters on Honey, Vegetables, Meat, Sugar, Beer, Fish, and Wine are presented not only historically, but what is happening now. The examples are are all based in New York City, but can certainly be adapted to your own city.

The Feast Nearby book cover

Robin Mather's The Feast Nearby (Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2011) spans four seasons of a woman's progress from abject defeat to comfort in her own skin. Sharing recipes made with ingredients purchased or bartered from local connections, this is a nice primer on being cognizant of what's around us and the benefit of eating (and being) local.

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