Ideas. Cities. Social Innovation.

The idea is to increase access to locally grown food and get people “more connected and more aware of where their food comes from,” said Council Member Gary Schiff.

That is, if we are not throwing homegrown tomatoes at each other.

The ordinance establishes market gardens, where crops grown in a yard could be offered for sale. Gardeners would have to pay for a city license and adhere to strict rules about the farm stand from which they would sell their food.

The nonprofit Soul Kitchen is located on the site of a former auto body shop in Red Bank, N.J. that has been converted into a pay-what-you-can restaurant for the hungry and the whole community. There’s an herb and vegetable garden on site, linen cloths on the tables, and a formal policy to “sit with people you may not know.” The goal is both nourishment and community building, and according to the restaurant’s website, “Friendship is the Daily Special.” Like the Panera Bakery chain’s café project previously profiled by NPQ, the menu has no set prices. Those who cannot pay for their meal can volunteer at the restaurant or on other community projects.

Can a 17 story vertical greenhouse make a Swedish city self-sufficient? I’m intrigued, and think it would be amazing if this model works.

Can a 17 story vertical greenhouse make a Swedish city self-sufficient? I’m intrigued, and think it would be amazing if this model works.

“In every kind of testing to see where I’m at, strength, speed, conditioning, I’m either right at or well ahead of the best marks I’ve ever had at this stage of training,” Fitch said. “A few weeks ago, we were concerned I was peaking too fast. I’d kick the [expletive] out of myself at the same stage of training for any of my previous fights.”


“The biggest thing is better recuperation from training,” Fitch said. “I don’t have the days where I came in flat. It’s made for the best training camp of my career.”

Food stamp rolls exploded during the downturn, which began in late 2007. Even after the recession came to its official end in June 2009, families continued to tap into food assistance as unemployment remained high and those lucky enough to find jobs were often met with lower wages.

US scientists have developed a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, and the lead developer told that it could hit the market inside 12 months.

The entire project will be built around the concept of permaculture — an ecological design system, philosophy and set of ethics and principles used to create perennial, self-sustaining landscapes and settlements that build ecological knowledge and skills in communities. The concept of a food forest is a core concept of permaculture design derived from wild food ecosystems, where land often becomes forest if left to its own devices. In a food forest, everything from the tree canopy to the roots is edible or useful in some way.

The average American family of four throws out an estimated $130-175 per month in spoiled and discarded food. That’s real money going straight into the garbage or compost bin instead of paying off your credit card bills.