The news program 60 Minutes recently featured Alice Waters and the locally grown food movement, visiting the Edible Schoolyard that Waters helped create. The school garden offers a great example of connecting kids to the growing and making of food. Also, Citiwire recently featured an article from Farley Peters on an increased government role in gardens. The pieces reminded us of two articles from Parks & Recreation magazine on community gardening (and parks).
- Most recently, last fall the magazine had an article (pdf) about how cities can create new community gardens and how parks departments and related agencies can address them.
- An article from 2006 also addressed these issues and more specifically how cities have set up gardening programs.
Lastly, somewhat unrelated to community gardens, but to the larger food policies in the U.S., is the long-form article Michael P0llan wrote for the New York Times magazine last fall. Pollan sees an entirely different set-up for how food is grown and provided to consumers – mentioning a need for more farmers’ markets, crop/grazing rotations that reduce dependence on oil and locally grown food.