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Insignificant or Tip of an Iceberg?

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Touch the Soil News #601 (feature photo courtesy of gorilla gardening)   “Planting gardens – that are free for everyone, in space that belongs to everyone – shows people that our neighborhoods can be so much better. Our mission is to cover San Diego head-to-toe in free food.” Devon Lantry, a founding member of Eat San Diego     Growing food in public spaces has been a simmering social movement for several years. Decades ago, when my mother was a teenager living in Switzerland during WWII, city parks where planted into potatoes. It was a public project to stabilize access to food during difficult times. In an interview with Devon…

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Public Orchards – A New Kind of Investment

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Touch the Soil News #448 (feature art work courtesy of Louisville Grows) The industrial food chain is a reflection of massive investments whose ability to drain family food enterprises of their cash flows is legendary. As a result, most neighborhood grocery stores are gone, most family farms are gone and the largest grocery chain is the nation’s food banking network with over 50,000 partners that have a charitable feeding program. On the horizon, however, is a new kind of food chain struggling to emerge. Investments in this new food chain are building blocks that stay in place and serve humanity via food, jobs and environmental stewardship. Human-oriented investments have been…

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