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Posted on 03 February 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

The 100 Mile Diet

100-mile-dietBy Cindy Naas

The more I get involved in growing my own food in a city garden, the more I start to change other aspects of my life.

A lot of people involved in the urban farm movement are staunch supporters of the 100 mile diet, and I am investigating this further, too.

The 100 mile diet- When you buy food at your local grocery store, chances are the produce has traveled 1000 miles or more from farm to your table.

The advocates of the 100 mile diet try to eat only food which is grown within 100 miles of their homes. They claim there are many benefits to buying and eating locally. Here is a list of reasons to do so, from 100milediet.org:

1. Taste the difference.
2. Know what you’re eating.
3. Meet your neighbors.
4. Get Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 30 August 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

CSA Farms: Another Option for Urban Gardeners

By Cindy Naas

If growing a few kinds of tomatoes, a couple of pepper plants and maybe herbs has inspired you to want to be involved in a larger farm, why not consider CSA, or community-supported agriculture?

It’s a great way for city dwellers to experience farm life and support farmers, too.

CSA is a way of spreading the risk of farming amongst a group of people, and of sharing the produce of the farm as well.

Members subscribe to each growing season, paying a set fee for a share of each week’s produce. In a good year, a subscriber might get several bags of fruit and veggies, but Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 31 July 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

The Rise of the Localvore (Eating Local)

By Vanessa Richins

As gas prices soar, raising the cost of food along the way, a new breed of enthusiasts has been born.

Dubbed ‘localvores,” these people strive to only eat food that has been grown or produced locally.

Where can you get local food?

Obviously, the first place you could try is your own backyard or patio. If you have the space, this is the absolute best way! You know exactly how your produce was grown.

If you don’t have the space, try your local farmers’ markets and stands. You could also try a CSA – a Community Supported Agriculture organization.

I belong to a food co-op. Once a month, I place an order for shares of food. For example, I can pay $23 and get 4 different kinds of Read the rest of this entry »

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