The Naked Apron

HOW food is grown matters.

The Secret Garden

Why does the idea of a secret garden sound so appealing? This was one of my favorites as a kid. In case you have forgotten its message or missed this one I found this review of this book:

First published in 1909, The Secret Garden is very much a product of its time, but its message of hope and the power of positive thinking have made it an enduring classic. Mary, a sickly girl orphaned during a cholera epidemic, faces a bleak future being raised by an uninterested uncle who has all but shunned his own bed-ridden son. So far, so bleak, but Mary then discovers a secret walled garden, abandoned by her uncle when his wife died, and starts bringing it back to its former glory.

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Looking for a Pittsburgh organic market?

... farm and non-farm public The Farm

Pittsburgh is known for several things: Steelers, steel bridges, and, well, the steel industry. Did  you know that is home to a growing green economy? Locals like to reference what President Obama said about Pittsburgh:

"Pittsburgh stands as a bold example of how to create new jobs and industries while transitioning to a 21st century economy. As a city that has transformed itself from the city of steel to a center for high-tech innovation –including green technology, education and training, and research and development – Pittsburgh will provide both a beautiful backdrop and a powerful example for our work."

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A White House Chef Who Wears Two Hats

By RACHEL L. SWARNS Published: November 3, 2009

TWICE a month, President Obama’s senior policy advisers gather at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to hash out strategies for improving the health of the country’s children. Among the assistant secretaries, chiefs of staff and senior aides sits an unlikely participant: a bald, intense young man who happens to be the newest White House chef.


His name is Sam Kass. And when he’s not grilling fish for the first family or tending tomatillos in the White House garden, he is pondering the details of child nutrition legislation, funding streams for the school lunch program and the best tactics to fight childhood obesity.

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The Garden of good and healthy, and glamour?

Our First Lady, Michelle Obama, has made huge contributions to our country since January, including, reinventing a “cool” White House, obliterating racial stereotypes, being fiercely intelligent AND gives great hugs,  and we can’t forget what she did for women’s arms. Though my favorite Michelle Moment was her Victory Garden. The White House chef is pictured below harvesting the garden before preparing the First Family’s organic meals.

Though “sustainability” has been espoused from many podiums and has integrated into our vernacular, actually seeing the First Lady toiling away (in a cute outfit, no less) with local students transformed hippie hyperbole into everyday reality. Her gardening was a call to action for non-agriculturalists to experiment with seeds and begin growing their own. My parents, for example, were so inspired and excited about the cost savings in comparison to store-bought organic fruit and vegetables, they tried and succeeded beyond their expectations as a couple with “brown thumbs.” So proud of last season’s haul they are planning how to ramp up their Spring ‘10 operations (albeit from 2 foot plot to 4). Perhaps suburban farming’s appeal lies in part in its history, when until recently, Americans kept small gardens for family consumption. My mom has fond memories of her grandmother growing backyard veggies and has told me many times that no tomato is like a fres freshly picked one.

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