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Fleet Farming – A Portal to the Future of Food

Touch the Soil News #174 As luck would have it, we were able to connect with Heather Grove, program director of Fleet Farming – thanks to introductions facilitated by Roxanne Christiansen of SPIN Farming. Normally, we try to keep our news pieces quite short. However, something comes out of this story on Fleet Farming that has “geometric” potential to evolve humanity in many arenas, not just food. Thus we have a little longer piece. The theme of food organized around not-for-profit endeavors is one we have covered before. This does not mean efforts at food production should go uncompensated. It means organizing something solely around financial considerations is not broad…

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What’s the Food-Value of your Lawn?

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This is a subjective question whose answers swing depending upon the point wanting to be proved. Recognizing these pitfalls, let’s give it a try anyway. It was in Europe during WWII when my mother was a teenager growing up in Switzerland. My grandfather, in order to feed the family of five, walked several blocks each day to tend a small subsistence vegetable garden. The city parks had been plowed and planted into potatoes. When school let out for the summer, my mother was sent out to help a local farmer. While most Swiss urban people did not have a yard, the food value of land with water was equivalent to…

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