Must-Read News Articles: Urban Farming, Local Food

Urban farming gets a boost

The San Diego City Council has opted to whip out the Miracle-Gro for urban farms, voting this week on myriad changes that allow residents to raise goats and chickens on their property, while enabling groups to grow crops on vacant lots in commercial zones without having to cut through a thicket of red tape.

The changes came on a unanimous vote that Councilwoman Lorie Zapf called regulatory relief and Councilman Todd Gloria called common sense.

“It’s going to add to the quality of life in our city,” Gloria said.

“As we become denser and more vertical in our communities, were going to need more opportunities to expand urban agriculture and grow our own food where we can.”

Read the rest of the article at U~T San Diego


White House Seasonal Eating: Presidential Chef Cristeta Comerford Focuses On Produce Availability, Health

“The White House kitchen has really evolved tremendously in a positive way, having a garden out there,” Comerford said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It really has focused me on reworking my menu based on seasonality.”

Comerford says the garden has also inspired her in her own home, where she planted a plot and she and her 10-year-old daughter, Danielle, cook together. Comerford herself lost 15 pounds last year.

Read the rest of the article at Huffington Post