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Urban Gardener Ron Finley

Monday, May 27th, 2013

I first learned of Ron Finley, and his mission to transform South Central with community gardening, by way of his appearance on Russell Brand’s “talk show” Brand X.

Turns out his more informative presentation at TED 2013 actually came before that. Definitely worth sharing and especially apropos on the heels of the March Against Monsanto.

His later talk at Santa Monica College allowed him more time to expand on his thoughts, including the sad state of our food system and how growing your own food is not only good for your physical health, but also serves as a buffer against economic hard times.

Resources:
Lawn Wars: The struggle for a New Lawn Ethic Urban Farming

Growing Power

Detroit Black Food Security

Urban Homestead

Oak Park Hates Veggies
(Julie Bass’ blog)

Vejibag Review

Monday, May 13th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I received a beautiful gift in the mail from Sally Erickson, founder of Vejibag. It was one of their organic cotton produce storage bags designed to keep vegetables, especially greens, crisp and fresh, and I’ve now had the chance to try it out on a couple different leafy greens.

The handcrafted quality is immediately evident when you handle the soft bag. However, I was somewhat skeptical when I read the directions to get and keep it moist. I’m so used to the ‘ole trick wasteful practice of wrapping paper towels around greens that it seemed counter-intuitive, like I’d be setting them up for exactly the opposite of the Vejibag’s intended purpose and claim of “no more slimy vegetables.”

Nevertheless, what nutritarian doesn’t need a way to keep their copious amounts of veggies from going bad before their time? So, I was definitely game…

I found the spacious bag easily accommodated a rather large bunch of chicory greens and even more easily a big head of romaine lettuce. Both remained crisp and unslimy for the week it took to eat them.

Needless to say, when I get some money together, I’ll be buying a few of these from their online store.

Also, it should be noted, at the time of this writing, they currently have an Indiegogo campaign, so that would be another way to support them.

Here’s the video they created explaining the materials and process used in the creation of the bags.


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