reflections on food

growing, cooking, eating, and thinking…

F5 = 5 := Gardening, Cooking, and Sociological theories

I garden following some fairly abstract principles. A garden is already a very specific representation of a large set of beliefs the gardener holds on what is proper, what is … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

F4 = 3 := Principles for Gardeners, Cooks, and Sociologists- Plan ahead, and expect things to go their way.

The Michigan climate and the soil in my garden constrain what I can grow. The needs of my family and the physical location define the limits of how far I … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

F4 = 3 := Principles for Gardeners, Cooks, and Sociologists- Work with what you have.

Work with what you have: soil, location, reused materials, old and new knowledge. These are basic permaculture principles, which again work well for many purposes. The knowledge we accumulate shapes … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pesticide Drift and the Politics of Scale

From Sociological Images, on the fight for a cleaner agriculture… Pesticide Drift and the Politics of Scale.

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Tomato Tariff: The Politics of Fruits and Vegetables

The Tomato Tariff: The Politics of Fruits and Vegetables.

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

F4 = 3 := Principles for Gardeners, Cooks, and Sociologists- The Compost Pile

Leave the soil better than you found it.  This is one of the fundamental rules of organic gardening, and an easy one to apply when gardening in the suburbs. As … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security

Originally posted on Food Governance:
I am most excited that my book Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security is now available for pre-order!…

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

F4 = 3 := Principles for Gardeners, Cooks, and Sociologists, or the art of composting

Gardens mirror our culture: what we grow reflects our worldviews, our memories, and our hopes. One plant reminds us of our beloved grandmother, another reflects our current fascinations. Then there are … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

F3 = 2 := In My Life Now

This is my family: my husband of twenty years, with whom I share unspoken words and deep friendship, and my two teenagers: Anna and Daniel. We are our better selves … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

F2 = 1 := Good Food Brings Good Company

I discovered early in life that food has powers. It can soothe emotional pains, and bring to your table people that would not otherwise talk to each other. For many … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment