Food Not Lawns

New from the Urban Farm: Podcasts

The Urban Farm I was interviewed by Greg Peterson of The Urban Farm in Phoenix, Arizona.  He’s great. I hope you decide to check out his upcoming free webinar series starting June 1st. I’ll (Albert) be featured on an upcoming podcast at the end of May.  More on that to follow. My friend Greg Peterson is an urban farmer in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s an educator and longtime food­grower offering a webinar coming up soon called 3 Simple Steps To Grow Fruits And Veggies For A Healthier Life (click HERE for more information). He has dedicated his life to learning how to grow healthy, nutrient­ dense food and transforming the global food system. He is one of the leaders in the Food Revolution and I absolutely love what he does. Below is an article that he wrote about a day on his farm: “There is something to eat in my yard…

Backyard Sharing

THE AMERICAN LAWN NEEDS TO DIE

From the Dallas Observer, 9.30.15 Link to article and comments. My first inkling that America’s lawn obsession might not be terribly healthy came around 1995. We’d just moved into a new house in Far North Dallas, and 10- or 11-year-old me decided that the next-door neighbor’s lawn — green and smooth and as flawless as a golf-course fairway with manicured grass to cushion falls — was the perfect spot for football. The neighbor, a hard-nosed high school track coach, promptly ran us off and upbraided my father for letting me trespass. This struck me as backward. What good was such cushiony grass if not for play? At the time, I chalked this up to my neighbor being an uptight jerk, an assessment I stand by. But that explanation is incomplete in that it overlooks the bigger picture: Lawns are awful. This conclusion is admittedly self-serving. Two years ago, in one…