Public Produce: Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets by Darrin Nordahl

By Darrin Nordahl

Plum and pear timber colour park benches in Kamloops, British Columbia. Tomatoes and cucumbers burst forth from planters at urban corridor in Provo, Utah. Strawberries and carrots flourish alongside the sunny sidewalks of a la neighborhood. 
the concept public land might be used creatively to develop clean meals for neighborhood voters used to be starting to achieve traction while Public Produce used to be first released in 2009, yet there have been few concrete examples of motion. at the present time, issues are varied: vegetables and fruit are thriving in parks, plazas, alongside our streets, and round our civic buildings.
This revised version of Public Produce profiles the various groups and neighborhood officers which are rethinking the position of public house in towns, and indicates how areas as diversified as parking plenty and playgrounds can maintain future health and happiness via clean produce. yet those efforts produce greater than meals. Revitalizing city parts, connecting citizens with their neighborhoods, and selling more healthy life are only many of the group items we harvest from turning out to be vegatables and fruits in our public collecting spots.
Taking readers from concept to implementation, Public Produce is chock jam-packed with tantalizing photographs and hearty classes for bringing agriculture again into our cities.

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This urban area has the highest concentration of fast-food eateries and the lowest number of grocery stores in the city. 8 Residents of South Los Angeles also have the highest incidence of diabetes in Los Angeles County (remember Ron Finley’s observation? ”). To the city council, the need to suspend fast-food eateries is obvious. The health of their citizens is at stake, and the moratorium buys the municipality time to attract healthier food outlets. As you might have expected, restaurant associations and representatives of fast-food chains were dismayed, claiming the moratorium on fast food is misguided, and does not guarantee the emergence of healthier food options.

1 And it also meant a very different way of eating. Beavan needed to eschew fast and processed foods, and only consume locally raised, organically grown foods to be honest to the No Impact Man project. ” Beavan has received criticism that his experiment was bourgeois, and he now understands why. 5822/ 978-1-61091-550-2_3, © 2014 by Darrin Nordahl. 43 44 Public Produce resources is no problem if a life of purchasing power has provided you with most of what you need,” he admits. It is quite perplexing that to live a simple lifestyle in America is beyond the financial means of many.

Smaller, localized agricultural efforts that do not rely on big, complex machinery, industrial agrichemicals, and vast systems of transport are needed in and around our cities. Fortunately, we already have an abundance of underutilized land within our communities—under public control— that can begin to return the agrarianism that Pollan and Kunstler contend is necessary for survival. Agrarianism and urbanism needn’t be mutually exclusive. Our centralized system of agriculture is eroding not only our environment and economy but our gustatory experience as well, erasing opportunities to enjoy fresh, fully ripened produce.

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