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Gift of Tomato

Thanks to a reader for sending this article on the eco food movement in Oakland from the Wall Street Journal. The article says:

“Yet, amidst the snaking freeways and dilapidated buildings, a bit of green is growing. Since 2001, more than 80 urban farms have been cultivated in the backyards and vacant lots of West Oakland. Produce from zucchini to watermelon is grown for consumption by local residents; goats and chickens are raised on some farms. Last year, more than 10,000 pounds of produce was harvested, according to Oakland’s City Slicker Farms, which is at the epicenter of the neighborhood’s urban-farm push.”

Think anything of this scale would work in DC? (Have we talked about this before or am I losing my mind?)

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  • I don’t know, but as a new resident I was pleasantly surprised with the soil quality and my bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. More than enough to share with my neighbors.

  • There’s a great many community gardens around the city, and room for more!

  • We had some veggies growing in the garden in front of our house last year, and the day before we were going to pick them, they all got stolen! Same thing happened when we tried to subscribe to the Sunday Post—it got stolen off of our doorstep every single week.

    Oh, DC.

  • I heard there’s a big problem with lead in the soil here. If that’s true, get y’all dirt tested; I don’t need to be any more lethargic than I already am.

  • We moved to Shaw this spring, planted a vegetable/herb garden, and got our soil tested by the UMass soil lab (in that order)… the test came back with very low lead and extremely high nutrient levels. Guess all those years of not growing much were good for something. We are now eating: sweet corn, tomatoes, habaneros, jalapenos, cucumbers, and more herbs than I can keep up with. The tomato plants are mutant-sized. Sweet city life.

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