Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

Organic Consumers
Organic Consumers is truly an activist site. It covers all aspects of life, including a great amount of information about growing and finding local sources for organic foods. Their newsletter, Organic Bytes, is available through subscription from the site. It carries the latest news in all things organic. One of the interesting features of the site is a listing of causes for which they are fighting. They give you the information about the activity, along with plenty of tips on how to join others in developing strategies and taking action to make this a better, more organic world.


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Collins, 2007) has been on my "to-read" list for months. So it is not a new book but definitely one worth reading. Kingsolver is an absolutely delightful writer, and her story is told with humor, grace, and a kick in the pants for all of us who buy peppers and tomatoes out of season. She takes us on her journey through a year of trying to eat only local food, much of it grown in their own garden and chicken coop. Her eighteen-year-old daughter weighs in with comments about individual foods and recipes. The year wasn't an idyllic one by any means, but her family came away from the experiment with a new-found appreciation of the costs of transporting foods and especially of the value of foods grown locally.


Today's site banner is by mcash70 and is called "Daylily 'Macbeth'"