Underway for about three years, FoodCorps connects young food/farm-oriented people with communities where the connection between "real" food and children is weak. Somewhat like Americorps--from the start the two groups have been collaborating--attractive to the same idealists drawn to the Peace Corps, FoodCorps people aim to engage children in school with food-related lesson plans, to create vegetable gardens, and to encourage improvement in school lunch programs.
And much more. Read about FoodCorps here.
The Great Hunger Museum in Hamden, CT, at Quinnipiac University, just came to our attention. It opened end of 2012. How we missed this, we do not know. But clearly the story of the Great Hunger, the catastrophic event sparked by the failure of the Irish potato crop in the 1840's, is one rich in content. This museum intends to explore the failure of the powerful to aid the powerless.
"Abandonment," by Charlotte Kelly,
"...George F. Will, (was the) anthropologist son of Oscar Will, the Bismarck, N.D., seedsman who promoted Native American varieties in his catalogs. George F. Will co-authored Corn Among the Indians of the Upper Missouri in 1917, and this book remains one of the best sources on traditional Great Plains corn. Will collected and grew more than 100 corn varieties, which the catalogs describe in great detail. Sadly, many of those varieties are no longer available."
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/native-american-seed-zm0z13fmzsto.aspx#ixzz2LOSlbT00
Corn and cacao may have gone hand in hand from Mexico up into the American West, into Utah, earlier than thought, centuries before traces of cacao were found on pottery at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
The latest on 8th century food in the April 2013 issue of Journal of Archaeological Science.
Image via Peabody Museum.
Food-appreciative artist Cynthia Tollesfrud's work--this one is "Cherishing a Chunk of Cheese"-- appears in Alimentum, a journal devoted to "the literature of food." The publication based in Nashville, TN is now a monthly.
The thinking foodie's think tank. Established by Danielle Nierenberg, a globalist who has traveled and researched food system issues in over 35 countries, and Ellen Gustafson, an entrepreneur with a parallel interest and expertise who has zeroed in on the odd fact that the planet is home to 1 billion obese and 1 billion hungry people at the same time.
You know you want to! Grow your own food, in gardens, pots, large containers, rusty bathtubs. Just do it. This tome by Robyn Jasko might help.
Take a look at foodstuff. It's into food policy, changing minds, invigorating dialog. Go see.
The grain and flour guy, Bob, of Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, is handing over the company to his employees via an Employees Stock Ownership Program.
Read more here.
Yes, it's an edible/degradable spoon made from corn, wheat, and such. It comes in three flavors! So go get: Via Triangle Tree.
Eat veggies, drink wine, nap, chat, garden and live long on Ikaria.
By Dan Buettner, from the NYTimes magazine
Michelle Hansen rants, in the Guardian:
"Is there nothing we will not eat, never mind how we get hold of it? Shark's fin, tiny skewered song birds, bull's dick, monkey's brain, pig-snout, warthog's anus? All right if you're hungry and there's nothing else available, but not just because you're a poncy-dick gourmet/foodie, toss-potting about with your dinner, drizzling, injecting, wilting, sweating, couli-ing, pulsing and diddling with some strange bit of possibly tormented animal on the way to extinction."
Since 1792!! Still the planting Bible for gardeners. The Farmer's Almanac.
Brit ice cream vans, by photographer Luke Stephenson
By The FOOD Museum's Meredith and Tom Hughes.