Check out this amazing story in the New York Times about a community in Vermont that is creating an strong & sustainable economy thru local agriculture and food.

We can and need to establish alternate econonomies!

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Help in the building of a new community garden! Planning is under way. Regular meetings will be held the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month, 7pm, at the Humphry Calder Community Center, 414 N. Thompson Street. This garden is in partnership with Ellwood Thompson’s and the City’s Dept. of Parks, Rec. and Community Facilities, and Tricycle Gardens. Meetings are open to all. For more info, please email Cyndi Watkins at or Lisa Taranto at


Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power wins a 2008 MacArthur Fellow Award. A fellow urban gardener! Check out their Community Food Center.


Title: Fan Community Garden Meeting
Location: Humphry Calder Community Center, 414 N. Thompson St.
Description: Planning & organizing meeting for new garden at the corner of Thompson & Patterson
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2008-09-25
End Time: 20:30


From Independent Lens/PBS

Behind America’s dollar hamburgers and 72-ounce sodas is a key ingredient that quietly fuels our fast-food nation: corn. In KING CORN , recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis leave the east coast for rural Iowa, where they decide to grow an acre of the nation’s most powerful crop.

Alarmed by signs of America’s bulging waistlines, the filmmakers arrive in the Midwest enthusiastic about their new endeavor. For their farm-to-be, they choose a tiny town in Floyd, County, Iowa is a place that, coincidentally, both Ian and Curt,s great-grandfathers called home three generations ago. They lease an acre of land from a skeptical landlord, fill out a pile of paperwork to sign up for subsidies and discover the U.S. government will pay them 28 dollars for their acre. Ian and Curt start the spring by injecting ammonia fertilizer, which promises to increase crop production four-fold. Then it’s planting time. With a rented high-tech tractor, they set 31,000 seeds in the ground in just 18 minutes. Their corn has also been genetically modified for another yield-increasing characteristic: herbicide resistance. When the seedlings sprout from Iowa’s black dirt, Ian and Curt apply a powerful herbicide to ensure that only their corn will thrive on their acre.


Are you interested in a building a new community garden?

Tricycle Gardens is heading up the planning and development of a new community garden, in partnership with Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market and the Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities, located next to the Humphry Caulder Community Center, at the corner of Thompson St. & Patterson Ave. The first planning meeting will be held Thursday, September 11, 7pm, in the community center and is open to all! Please join us. Call 231-7767 or email for further information.


Where does your food come from? Here is a great website to browse, and learn more about the buy fresh, buy local movement, and learn about the impact of your dollar!

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Rapid carbon storage and lipid production which has potential to be refined into carbon based fuels…