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Child of a Farmworker

My mother grew up in Jackson County on a small farm. Her family grew cotton, corn, and peanuts like everyone around them. Unable to pay the mortgage, her family planted crops in the spring; laid them by; headed to Michigan for the summer to pick cheeries, strawberries, peaches and the like before returning to harvest their crops in north Florida. With the onset of winter, the family loaded up for...

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Post Industrial Cities and Food Movement Roles Models

Amidst the growth and details of plants, gardens, recipes, farmers' markets, kids' gardens, workshops and the like, I am sustained by encountering and re-encountering a few of my food movement role-models.  Let me introduce (or re-introduce) you to three people/organizations that I draw on regularly.Last Thursday evening, I joined the FAMU Environmental Sciences Student Organization for a...

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'Tis the Season

It's that time of year: Folks ask me what I've been up to, and my consistent response is: "Gardens, gardens, gardens." Whether building and planting raised beds for folks who purchased Future Garden Coupons or top-dressing and replanting with repeat customers, it's a wonderful whirlwind of business and plant growth. Here's a couple few pictures from the past week: Wendell, Nathan, and Bill - Piney...

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Will Allen's Coming to Town: 12-6:30pm, Sun., Mar. 6th

Registration Info Here. "2011 Thriving, Beyond Sustainability Workshop"Featuring Growing Powers’ Will AllenDATE:   March 06, 2011HOURS:    Noon- 6:30pmLOCATION:   FAMU Center of Viticulture and Small Fruit 6505 East Mayhan Drive (Hwy 90)Tallahassee. FAMU StateWide Small Farm Programs, local small farmers, and a coalition of sustainable food advocates including Tallahassee Sustainability Group, Man...

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A Note on Organizing or the Way I've been looking at things recently

Over the past year, I've received a good-handful of emails from well-meaning folks that want to contribute to Tallahassee's food movement. The messages go something like this: "I'm a young person excited about growing my own food and am looking for a way to give back. I'm thinking that I'd like to start a community garden for a ________ [insert: poor, Southside, Frenchtown or other lower...

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