Transition groups plant the seed

Local Visionaries: Transition groups plant the seeds for a homegrown future By Rachel Trachten, photos by Nicki Rosario At Albany’s “Great Unleashing,” the talk was of growing food, going solar, and living more simply. On a Sunday in May, groups gathered inside the Veterans’ Memorial Building and on the lawn, posing such questions as: Can…

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The Shareable Food Movement Meets the Law

The Shareable Food Movement Meets the Law By Kelly Densmore and Janelle Orsi, Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) Adapted from a longer article originally published by Shareable on www.shareable.net/blog/the-shareable-food-movement-meets-the-law   The Health Department didn’t show up when I made dinner for my neighbors last night. Fortunately, our health and safety laws don’t usually dictate how…

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Give and Take: The East Bay’s Growing Food-Sharing Culture

Give and Take: The East Bay’s Growing Food-Sharing Culture By Sarah Henry Pictured: Some of the homemade goods offered at the East Bay Homemade Food Swap. (Photos courtesy of Becky Spencer.) Sharing has made a comeback. East Bay residents are now bartering, trading, exchanging, swapping, or simply giving away an abundance of homegrown produce or…

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Food Forward: The Feel-Good Food Series

Food Forward: The Feel-Good Food Series By Kristina Sepetys Berkeley resident and filmmaker Greg Roden and his long-time friend and collaborator, the food journalist Stett Holbrook, think that the myriad problems with the American food system have been depressingly well documented. They’re more interested in solutions. So they’ve made the pilot for what they hope…

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OLD BRICKS NEW MORTAR: Food Cart Meets Landmark Restaurant

OLD BRICKS NEW MORTAR: Food Cart Meets Landmark Restaurant By Rhasaan Fernandez with photos by Robin Jolin This is the Bay Area—the great melting pot of our agrarian state and home to a unique metropolitan fondness for craft in the kitchen. Rise and Fall of a Guerilla Marketing Concept Early in 2010, I became a…

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Start Me Up: Starter Bakery

Start Me Up: Starter Bakery By Stephanie Rosenbaum, photos by Stacy Ventura What’s better than Starter Bakery’s buttery, flaky, fresh-from-the-oven croissants, made in small batches, baked locally, and sold at the Temescal Farmers’ Market? Well, imagine that same stretchy dough layered with sugar and salted butter, folded in on itself to resemble the scrunchy face…

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Eichlers for Chickens?

One-of-a-Kind Chicken Coops by Just Fine Design By Stephanie Rosenbaum with photos by Stacy Ventura Here we are in Kensington, driving up winding streets named for Ivy League colleges and English prep schools, breathtaking Bay views on the left, tree-lined, lavishly landscaped houses on our right. It’s green and quiet, just what you’d expect from…

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Harvest 2011 Contents

EDITOR’S MIXING BOWL NOTABLE EDIBLES: Just Fine Design Starter Bakery Boffo Cart and Sam’s Log Cabin Food Forward PBS TV Show GIVE AND TAKE: The East Bay’s growing food-sharing culture The Shareable Food Movement Meets the Law LOCAL VISIONARIES: Transition groups plant the seeds for a homegrown future The Lazy Gourmet meets Transition Albany WHAT’S…

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Editor's Mixing Bowl

Editor’s Mixing Bowl When the current recession started back in late 2007, I remember thinking that we would have to fasten our seatbelts tightly for what could be a wild ride through a year or so of rough terrain. I also wondered if perhaps the roads would become safer as the monstrous SUVs proved uneconomical,…

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