With the economy tanking, one begins to think about things even more elemental than whether a business district is built for humans or for cars. (I can hear a few developers breathing a sigh of relief…) Yeah, I’m thinking it might be a good idea to grow food. We already know, thanks to Karen, that it’s possible to grow a lot of food in Eastwood.
There are lots of people in Syracuse thinking the same thing about their neighborhoods, too. Look at the websites that have sprouted just this winter (disclaimer – I’m the webmaster of the last two):
- Syracuse Grows “…is a grassroots network cultivating a just foodscape in the City of Syracuse. Syracuse Grows provides coordination, programming, education, and resources to support equitable local food production, distribution and consumption through community gardening and urban agriculture.”
- Community Supported Agriculture of Central New York “Since 1998, CSA-CNY has been bringing people together to safeguard, promote, make available, and enjoy locally grown organic foods.”
- Slow Food CNY is a new chapter in the Slow Food USA network. Slow Food is “a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”
With this flowering of organizations interested in very local food, it doesn’t seem quite so daunting a task to imagine the kinds of food we can grow in Eastwood. It’s the last day of February, high time I got some seeds and started them in the sunny southern window. My first shopping stop will be the Seed Savers Exchange. Why not just shop the Burpee catalogue or Lowes for seeds? Well, we’re losing biodiversity at a tremendous rate and I feel I can just as easily do my part to help maintain it, for the sake of my kids and grandson.
If you’re growing a garden this year, let us know what you’ll be planting and how you’ll cook it. I could use a little inspiration. For instance, I just learned that I don’t have to go to the trouble of breading and frying eggplant – it can easily be cut up and roasted with some olive oil and the fresh rosemary from the garden. So let us know what your favorite preparations are for the veggies you’ll be growing!
Here’s what my compost pile looked like today. The sun shone through the slats and melted only some of the snow: