{FSC Time Machine} podcasting in 2012

In 2012, we started the FSC Podcast, a dream of mine since FSC began. Christine made it a reality. I handed her a ‘podcasting’ audio kit that I had received for Christmas in 2010 and off she went; researching music, testing-testing-testing the microphones, Garageband’s ins & outs and finding interviewing programs. She was pumped and ready…

{weekend reading} regulation station

{FOOD NEWS} The 2012 Farm Bill is the newest topic for The New York Times’ Room for Debate Series. (link from last week- so good that I’m keeping it up another week!) Thank you Celia from On Cardamom & Cast Iron, forwarded me an update to Seattle’s planned Edible Forest. Its an NPR story that…

{food policy} 2012 Farm Bill & My Trip to DC

I have some exciting news to share. I will be one of two NYS constituents heading to DC for the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition‘s  “Farmer Fly In” lobby days on March 5-7th to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill. More specifically, The Local Farms, Food & Jobs Act and The Beginning Farmer & Rancher Opportunity Act….

{weekend reading} Back in the Saddle Again

For those of you who’ve been reading for a year or so, may remember my weekly food politics/recipe link love post, {Weekend Reading} National Edition on Sundays and {weekend reading} Local Edition on Saturdays. Well, those Nationa; posts have been absent from the blog for almost a year, the Local Editions since October, and clearly,…

{the new year} Fasting

Editor’s Note: This is our second week of reflective posts contemplating the start of a new year. We are putting these lists, reflections and helpful links out onto the interwebs to keep ourselves accountable and hopefully, to inspire your food/gardening/homesteady-related antics in 2012. Take it away Dianna! -Christina My New Year’s resolution is to fast…

{i am not a foodie} A Pledge to Simplicity

I have been shopping at food coops and farmers markets since the 1970s when I was a student in California.  I started a modest vegetable garden in high school, stopped during college, and resumed gardening when we bought our first house.  I did graduate research on the effect of crop rotation on insect populations in…

{hello} I’m Christine

Editor’s Note: You’ve met Erika T, Britin F, and Jillian E. To rap up this “new-contributor-meet-n-greet” is Christine H from Unspeakable Visions. She will be joining us as our token 20-something non-mom foodie (score!) We were dying for a slightly larger spectrum of viewpoints, and Christine’s humor, wit, D.I.Y. knowledge, urban design sense and social…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

It’s the first beautiful weekend in months… Its been a very long winter and it seemed like spring would never arrive in Upstate NY. I’m keeping this roundup short & sweet. Happy Sunday! Happy Sunshine! Happy Springtime! -Christina Dr. Marion Nestle tells us how to get involved in the 2012 Farm Bill. She also has…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

So.Many.Good.Links.Start.Reading.Now.It.Will.Take.You.All.Week. Enjoy. -Christina THIS WEEK IN FOOD Ohhhh Bittman. I love you. He reveals on his NYTIMES Opinionator Column why he is currently fasting…On his NYTimes blog he shares some of his fasting experience, Link-love on Hunger, Poverty & Budget Cuts and finally, his thoughts on Hunger as a Disease. Wonderful, wonderful pieces. Sooo if…

{Know Your Farmer} an announcement.

Things happen for a reason. After 35 years on the planet, I’m a believer. I lost my job at the end of February due to lack of funding. A “fresh” start…I could duck & weave in a new career direction. The problem is: I have a son with multiple health issues so full-time daycare is…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION*

NEWS/COMMENTARY/COLUMNS- all food all the time A great story on NPR this week on year-round growing featuring my friend Georgia and her husband Zach, owners of Tree & Leaf Farm in Unionville, VA. They sell to restaurants and at the Dupont Circle farmer’s market in DC. Congrats! Mark Bittman turns on the positivity this week…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

{The Produce Project, Capital District Community Gardens, Troy, NY} NEWS The news from Japan keeps getting worse, two stories broke on Saturday about Japan’s food supply. The first, high levels of radioactivity found in the food supply 90 miles from troubled nuclear plant. Immediately following the announcement, fear spread that the “brand” of Japan’s food…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

NEWS I’m gonna start with the only really “big” food story of the week; the UN report that I mentioned yesterday that states that the myth that only Big AG can feed the world is bullocks. The UN Right to Food Report in PDF format. Grist has a commentary. Bittman concentrated on the subject this…

{weekend reading} MEGA edition

There are a lot of links below; slow “big news story” week but many, many kick-arse articles, blog posts and commentaries on our food system. Before I commence, I must share a little fact with you. My husband is a public employee union rep, so the first link will go to the tense situation in…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

Let’s begin with what I hope is a weekly link- Bittman’s newest opinion & blog pieces. F-U-N! First up, Is “Eat Real Food” Unthinkable? Then his follow-up blog piece Beyond the Acronyms – he lists and discusses his sources, including giving major props to Dr. Marion Nestle… a major voice on this here weekly post….