Archive for the ‘Local’ Category

Books to Grow By

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Those who don’t have a natural green thumb can still succeed in growing fresh, delicious produce at home thanks to the dozens of well-written, informative how-to books on the topic. In this round up of gardening books, we’ve done the research for you to find out which books are the best for the area and which books come highly recommended by local food producers and successful backyard gardeners.

Sarasota Gives Peeps a Chance

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Now that chickens are legalized in the City of Sarasota, Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken Keeping (CLUCK) is focusing its efforts on educating potential and current chicken owners about successful chicken husbandry and working toward legalizing chicken keeping in Sarasota County.

Lobbying to Legalize Beekeeping in Sarasota

Sunday, April 10th, 2011
Kevin Lausman, UF Apprentice Master Beekeeper, left, and Tim Adams, both of Honeybee Rescue, prepare to lure bees into a plastic bucket, customized with a screen at the bottom, outside the Sarasota home of Andrea and Tom Michalik on Wednesday. A hive was discovered inside an owl house. Lausman is pushing the city of Sarasota to end its ban on backyard beekeeping.

Kevin Lausman, a master beekeeper and member of the flourishing Suncoast Beekeepers Association, says he plans to lobby city commissioners this month for an end to the city’s ban on backyard beekeeping.


Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Here in sunny, fertile, Southwest Florida, locovores seem as common as orange trees. Chefs report that customers are asking for regional flavors and dishes; small farms are proliferating; and sales of Earthboxes and other home-growing supplies are brisk. And the crowds keep growing at Sarasota County’s six major outdoor markets—and at all sorts of smaller markets and seasonal stands as well.

How Community Thrives in a Garden

Saturday, April 9th, 2011
orange blossom

What grows in community gardens goes way beyond plants. Just ask Rano Stankevskaya from Moscow, who is growing herbs and beets in Sarasota’s Orange Blossom Community Garden to make Russian borscht for her fellow gardeners. Or Sharon Carr, who visits the garden to purchase fresh vegetables and greens grown by the McBean Boys & Girls Garden Group for the nearby Carr’s Corner Cafe. Or Shelley and William Ramage, whose plot has become part of the curriculum for the five of their nine children who are home-schooled.

Slow Food Movement Catches On

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Supporting locally grown or raised food – whether at a locally-owned restaurant or at your own table -  is at the heart of the slow-food movement. So is seeking out “clean” food, or produce grown without the use of pesticides or hormones. Promoting “fair” practices, including fair labor, is also part of the movement. And ensuring all parts of a community have equal access to good food is another key concept.