reflections on food

growing, cooking, eating, and thinking…

F5 = 5 := Embeddedness

Embeddedness is an abstraction that speaks to connections: the ones we know and accept, we cherish or loathe; the ones we are not aware of; the ones we want or … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

My friend Jess Duncan just came out with her new book. Congratulations!

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