Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Breakfast Links

Work, life, and the whole shebang have finally started to slow down around here, so I can catch up with my blog-reading and the like. And since I've been enjoying homemade pancakes (with local flours, egg, and milk) this week for my breakfasts, I might as well offer a serving of links to those of you who prefer something substantial on the side. Enjoy!

--I've been enjoying a couple of new blogs lately, including Organic To Be, a group effort from a number of writers, including Ohio writer and farmer Gene Logsdon. While I feel like the local foods movement has gotten me to think "beyond organic," it's still good to keep up with the news and trends on organic foods. ("Organic" is still a useful label, despite some of the controversy of government regulations, and it's especially good for those items you can't source locally.)

--My recent visit to the Children's Studio School garden in DC (written up over at The Ethicurean) has me itching to dig my fingers into the dirt again. Don't know if that will happen soon, but further inspiration pops up in my browser in the form of a series of online videos on composting by the Slow Cook AND the new Fedco Seeds catalog. I've got to find a little patch of earth to scratch next year... and I may even need to visit the Original Organic Farmer on her farm again before winter arrives.

--Upon my return at work last week, I was asked to serve on the campus Environmental Task Force, specifically the Local Foods Committee. And while I do feel like the work is up to my eyeballs these days, how could I pass up the chance to put my passion to work? Our first meeting this week brought up a number of issues -- composting, biofuels from recycled vegetable oil from the dining halls, seasonal menus in the dining halls, compostable carry-out containers, and so on -- so I'm very excited about the possibilities. Perhaps, after all my small and gradually more confident steps, the time has come to make a difference!

--And thinking of small personal choices building into bigger ones where local foods are concerned, Barbara at Tigers and Strawberries has written an eloquent post about Alice Waters, the well-loved and oft-derided founder of Chez Panisse and The Edible Schoolyard project. While some of her recent ventures have been questionable at best, a recent article takes her and other locavores to task for their "elitist" attitudes. Barbara wonders how making sure everyone has access to fresh, nutritious, and tasty food is elitist, and a number of the folks adding their comments to the post have equally thoughtful and thought-provoking ideas to consider.

--(ADDED 11/2) Just because the bulk of my food preservation season is over doesn't mean I'm not still thinking about it. And so are others: The Ethicurean points today to an article in the Toronto Star called "Preserves become ideology in a jar." There are oh! so many things right about this article and why folks like me are so keen on preserving food for the winter, right down to that long-felt impulse to feel most at home in the kitchen, be it my own, my grandmother's, or someone else's. (Pass the dishtowel or the knife and chopping board, please!) And to top that off, Expat Chef has a similarly inspiring article over at Eat Local Challenge that delves into those reasons, too.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I might go read some more...



At 11/02/2007 3:20 PM, Blogger Ed Bruske said...

love the Fedco catalogue, but wondering why my Fedco rutabaga seeds are having such a hard time germinating...

At 11/02/2007 3:31 PM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

That's a pity, Ed... I've not ordered anything from them yet so have no idea if that's a problem that happens with any regularity. Hope you have better luck soon!


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