Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows I like to tend plants. I’m no longer in the city (where I had a small back yard garden) but I still became engaged with this book. As a sometimes gorilla artist, I felt linked to Novella Carpenter’s command of someone else’s space that is really no ones space. Her energy of giving to the community is wonderful. Her foodie-ness was fun to follow.
There are animal rights issues to grapple with in this book.
Never a big water drinker (ie: plastic bottled water every day...) I recently tried one of the umpteen plastic bottled coconut waters on display. It was one that I ended up really really liking - too much sugar but YUM! Its cost kept me from purchasing it daily and then there was the nagging feeling that it was kind of obscene to be buying a fruit water from halfway around the world on a regular basis. The other day this coconut production story caught my attention and I have to confess - it was news to me. I had heard about the devastating environmental toll regarding palm oil (and since reading this story now - the attendant animal atrocities too!). I queried one company about their sourcing only to be told their palm oil "was proprietary", and when I pressed further: SILENCE. Never bought that item again! Maybe this article will change your mind about that coconut water (or coconut product) that you just "have to have". I'm gonna have to work on taking some extra time to choose companies wisely and entertain that antiquated and currently anti-american concept of "a very special occasion".
No Impact Man Trailer (2009)