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Food and the City


Nicola Twilley (founder and author of the blog Edible Geography) and Sarah Rich (a former senior editor of Dwell who writes about food, sustainability, and design) are collaborators on The Foodprint Project. They hosted Foodprint NYC— “the first in a series of international conversations about food and the city” —on February 27, 2010. In “Food and the Shape of Cities,” they talk about the perhaps surprising relationship between urban architecture and food systems. (Note: The article appears in Urban Omnibus, an online project of the Architectural League of New York. Thanks to Slow Food Seacoast’s Outreach Coordinator Amy Pollard for bringing the article to our attention!)

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The Foodprint Project is a contextual exploration of food. From the cartography of food supply chains to the molecular anatomy of flavor, from the migration of ethnic recipes to the future of urban agronomy, foodprints look beyond the plate to the social, political, artistic and economic forces that shape the way we eat.”

Foodprint NYC [was] the first in a series of international conversations about food and the city. From a cluster analysis of bodega inventories to the cultural impact of the ice-box, and from food deserts to peak phosphorus, panelists will examine the hidden corsetry that gives shape to urban foodscapes, and collaboratively speculate on how to feed New York in the future. The free afternoon program will include designers, policy-makers, flavor scientists, culinary historians, food retailers, and others, for a wide-ranging discussion of New York’s food systems, past and present, as well as opportunities to transform our edible landscape through technology, architecture, legislation, and education.”

The program schedule for this free public event included four thought-provoking panels:

  • Zoning Diet (How do zoning, policy, and economics shape New York City’s food systems?)
  • Culinary Cartography (What can we learn when we map New York City using food as the metric?)
  • Edible Archaeology (How has today’s food culture in New York been shaped by social changes, economic fluctuations, and technological innovations throughout the city’s history?)
  • Feast, Famine, and Other Scenarios (What are the opportunities and challenges of New York City’s possible food futures?)

Interview with “Father of the Local Food Movement”

An interview with Gary Paul Nabhan (text, interspersed with short videos) from Indiana Public Radio’s EarthEats contains many great definitions for terms that mean a lot to people who care about good, clean, fair food: GMOs, monoculture, “local eating”, and heirloom seeds. This particular video is about Slow Food and eating locally; read the entire interview and see other videos at Questions for Gary Paul Nabhan “Father of the Local Food Movement”.

(Nabhan has been called a “bio-terroir”-ist. Love that!)

How to Choose a CSA

Photo credit: Culinary Delights Farm

Photo credit: Culinary Delights Farm

From Local Harvest, just in time for CSA/CSF Day at the Wentworth Greenhouses Winter Farmers’ Market in Rollinsford this Saturday, 2/27 (and 12+ other CSA fairs around the region on Sunday, 2/28), comes an informative article entitled How to Choose a CSA.

More resources:

List of all Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Markets:

Slow Food Seacoast blog post on local 2010 CSA fairs, Feb. 27 and 28:

Winter Farmers’ Markets: Writeup and Reminders

Take a virtual tour of a Seacoast Winter Farmers’ Market in this story from Seacoast Online!

For some of us, the farmers’ market is the social event of the week … or fortnight, or month, as the case may be. So come to EXETER tomorrow (2/13) and ROLLINSFORD in 2 weeks  (2/27—also community-supported agriculture [CSA] day at the market) to get your goodies! See the full market calendar on the Seacoast Eat Local website.

Other markets will be held next Saturday (2/20) in RYE (info on Local Harvest) and NEWMARKET (info on Local Harvest).

See you at the market!