What We're Reading This Week

 

Making homemade bread can be intimidating, but these recipes make it accessible, fun, and rewarding. [MUNCHIES

 

Local farmers oppose governor Cuomo’s proposal to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour at restaurant chains. [Grub Street]

 

Let your St. Patrick’s Day celebration continue into the weekend with these Irish Guinness floats. [Bon Appétit

 

What it takes to produce brighter, tastier, more nutritious eggs. [Modern Farmer

 

From crabcakes to kimchi to sage and chocolate ice cream, these seven cookbooks are guaranteed to... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

Prince Charles fought to protect French cheese and wine from a mass-produced, genetically-engineered future during this week’s climate conference. [MUNCHIES

 

The National Restaurant Association and New York City butt heads once again, this time over new sodium warnings on menus. [Eater]

 

Defying statistics: Vanessa Hanel’s story and how she’s paving the way for the next generation of female urban farmers. [Modern Farmer]

 

E. coli can’t stop: outbreaks first Chipotle, and now Starbucks. [FWF]

 

Use your food scraps in new ways... Read more >

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What We're Reading: May 26, 2015

 

With Memorial Day behind us, it's officially grilling season, so bust out your charcoal for these recipes. [Huff Po

 

Urban farms are giving away their fruit for free. [NPR

 

Make your food dreams a reality: a new site promises recipes from your favorite films, TV shows, and books. [The Kitchn

 

Hold onto your prosecco glasses: there might be a bubbly shortage. [Yahoo!Food

 

Would you fly for food? [... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Urban Agriculture

urban gardening

Test your agricultural knowledge with this Eat-Q quiz from the August/September 2011 issue of our member newsletter, JBF Notes. These terms crop up frequently when talking about urban farming. Can you match each word to its meaning?

1.  Planter
2.  Compost
3.  Hydroponic
4.  Potting Soil
5.  Community garden
6.  Locavore
7.  Seedlings
8.  Greenhouse
9.  Apiary
10. Irrigation

A.  Decomposed scraps that are very high in nutrients and can help fertilize soil in an urban garden.
B.  A structure where plants are grown that traps heat indoors even during cold weather.
C.  A person who values eating foods that come from within a certain radius of his or her location.
D.  A place where beehives of honey bees are kept, also known as a bee yard.
E.  A method of growing plants without soil, using

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Urban Farming Takes Root

A report on urban farming by the James Beard Foundation

 

A new breed of farmer is cropping up in the most unlikely of places: city centers. Industrial rooftops, once-vacant lots, and the backs of eighteen-foot box trucks are now home to food-bearing farms—and their bounty can be spotted everywhere from farmers’ markets to top kitchens.

 

“Urban farming is one of the most exciting areas for new farmers because it’s happening in so many places, expanding so rapidly, and there is so much innovation and passion behind it,” explains Taylor Reid, founder of BeginningFarmers.org, an online database of urban farming opportunities around the country.

 

According to Liz Carollo, publicity manager for New York City’s Greenmarket program, urban farming and gardening has been on the upswing in recent years. “The more time urbanites spend at their desks and in front of their screens, the more inclination they have to give back and work in a more traditional way, to really get their hands dirty,” she says, “People are... Read more >

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