Repairing the Land on Java Street

Greenpoint, Brooklyn sits on top of an estimated 17 million to 30 million gallons of oil (read about it here and here), so starting a community garden in the neighborhood requires more than just tossing some seeds into the ground and reaping a quick harvest. Despite all we’ve done over the last 150 years or … Continue reading

The Corner of the Field: First Harvest

Note: This article was first posted on Construction Lit Mag. See the original article here. It is the first article of my column, entitled The Corner of the Field, which will be posted monthly.¬† Leviticus 19:9-10 commands: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not fully reap the corner of your field, … Continue reading

Corporate Influence in Organic Food

Last Sunday, the New York Times ran an article asking whether the organic food industry has been oversized — whether corporate influence in the industry has changed the meaning of organic beyond its initial intent and purpose, both co-opting and corrupting the process of setting organic standards and of shaping the direction of the industry. … Continue reading

NYC Food Policy Notes

Health Bucks is one of a number of innovative anti-obesity and food access policies (Healthy Bodegas Initiative, Green Carts, etc.) that New York City has implemented in recent years¬† to increase access to healthy food all across the city. Today the city announced that this season, Health Bucks will be accepted at all 138 farmers … Continue reading