Food In the News

Recent news items about topics related to this year's Reading Together program.

Author Novella Carpenter on the success of 'Farm City,' being a mother and her newest book (Kalamazoo Gazette)

A lot has changed for author Novella Carpenter since the release of her groundbreaking memoir, "Farm City," in 2010.

She purchased the 4,500-square-foot plot of land that served as her urban farm in her neighborhood of Oakland, Calif. she described as a "postcard of urban decay."

Her "GhostTown Farm," where she grows fruit, vegetables and raises animals, has become somewhat of a tourist attraction. She now runs workshops there and invites people to volunteer to help on the small farm.

She also has a daughter, Francis, or Franny, and teaches at the University of San Francisco. (More...)

—Kalamazoo Gazette, April 12, 2014


Voices for Food (MSU Extension)

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 15 percent of American households are food insecure. This includes 50.2 million homes, where nearly 1 in 4 of the nation’s children lives – 17 million youngsters in all and 9.6 million of them under the age of 6.

A six-state, federally-funded research project called “Voices for Food” has been launched to address food security in isolated communities known as “food deserts”. In Michigan, four communities will be selected to take part in the project. (More...)

—MSU Extension, March 27, 2014


Farm-animals-in-residential-areas issue goes to Michigan Commission on Agriculture (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Just minutes after US Senator Debbie Stabenow is scheduled to speak to the Michigan Commission of Agriculture Thursday morning about the 2014 Farm Bill's hard-won support for small farmers, some Michigan small farmers are planning to make their own last ditch public plea to the commission. (More...)

—Kalamazoo Gazette, March 20, 2014


America's New Generation of Farmers (Slate Magazine)

All across the country, young people who were not raised in agricultural environments are getting involved in sustainable food production. Aliza Eliazarov, a photographer who has long had an interest in environmental issues, decided to document the various manifestations of this movement in her series, “Sustain.” “I was curious to see what it looked like, to see what was happening with young college graduates starting CSAs and leasing plots of land or starting urban farms and rooftop farms,” she said. (More...)

—Slate Magazine, March 9 2014


Of Kale and Capital: How Greens Grow Year Round (Southwest Michigan's Second Wave)

The air is cold and the snow is deep, but inside the hoop houses at Green Garden Community Farm the greens are growing. Donna McClurkan talks to Trent and Ruthie Thompson about their year round operation and the slow money that made it possible. (More...)

—Southwest Michigan's Second Wave, March 6, 2014


Support Your Local Slaughterhouse (New York Times)

LATE on Saturday, Feb. 8, news broke of the recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef that had come through a Northern California slaughterhouse. Social media buzzed with tweets and posts pronouncing it the latest example of a dysfunctional industrialized food system incapable of producing safe meat. “Buy local!” “Know your farmer!” “Eat grass-fed beef!”

The problem was that this slaughterhouse, the Rancho Feeding Corporation, didn’t handle only commodity beef. (More...) 

—New York Times, March 2, 2014


Grant Bringing Ann Arbor Symphony to Farmers Markets (Ann Arbor Journal)

"The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has announced that the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan will support a three-year project, “A Taste of Music: The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Goes to Market,” with a $50,000 grant.

'A Taste of Music' combines two notable components of the A2SO’s Education and Outreach programming – its ensembles composed of professional A2SO musicians, and its Instrument Petting Zoos." (More...) 

—Ann Arbor Journal, February 13, 2014