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Archives for February, 2012

Taming the Zoning Monster

For the last several years I’ve been working on the invention of “Urban and Suburban Right-to-Farm Laws” and have had some notable successes including a legal conference on the idea and a few municipalities that have implemented them. This is one of the reasons I think this is so incredibly important – zoning presumptions simply…

The 2%

Michael Ableman has written a lovely manifesto from the 2% – the tiny percentage of Americans who actually farm: There are far more people in prison than growing our food, more stockbrokers and lawyers than those of us who feed our neighbors. We are the 2 percent we call farmers. There is nothing more central…

I admit it, I’m a generalist in a world of specialists, and I always have been. Looking back on my career history, for example, I see the way I attempted to make the academic model of specialization adapt to my own taste for generalism – my doctoral project was a little bit insane, integrating demography,…

UMASS Permaculture Garden

I got to see it back in November when I gave a talk to a class at UMASS – next time I go there I’m asking for payment in cuttings ;-). Neat videos of how it came together:

Note: I wrote a slightly different piece under this title on ye olde blogge back in August, but given the emphasis on discussion of contraception going on, I thought it was worth reiterating and mulling over further. When your specialty as a foster family is taking large sibling groups, you hear a lot of stuff…

On a Brief Break

Did something unpleasant to my elbow the other day and I’m taking a few days off from typing – promise I’ll be back soon! Sharon

I loved, loved, loved this video! Hysterical.

The Report “The Potential for Urban Agriculture in New York City” reveals that there’s a lot more open land even in one of the most densely packed places in the US than most people think. This simply backs up what we know from other cities around the world which do much more urban farming than…

More on Comments and Censorship

Hi Folks – I’ve gotten (rightly) a number of emailed complaints about the number of comments that are disappearing, and more questions about whether I am censoring comments, or moderating them. Other than a few occasions for egregious attacks on other posters or sucking up my time until I had no other choice, I don’t…

Here’s the syllabus – I still have a couple of regular spots and one scholarship spot available, so please email me at jewishfarmer@gmail.com if you’d like one. The class runs six weeks starting tomorrow and is asynchronous and online. Cost of the class is $100. Hope some of you can join us! Week 1, –…