Lindsay -- April 19th, 2010
With increased popularity of the national Slow Food movement and Virginia’s Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign, many Harrisonburg and area residents are actively finding ways to decrease their own food miles and be more connected to the food they eat. Signs that this movement is taking hold locally include the success of various new restaurants offering locally grown fare, and the always bustling Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market which this month kicked off the 2010 market season, with customers eagerly stocking up on local produce and other goods. The market is even adding Thursday afternoon/evening hours starting in June.
However, it seems that in addition to buying local food, there may also be a growing trend in our city (pun intended), along with communities nationwide, toward growing local food – also known as urban agriculture.
Vegetable plants have appeared everywhere the last few growing seasons, from the City’s community garden, to Liberty Park – even sidewalks have been host to veggie plants. Maybe your own kitchen garden is already started in a windowsill or the backyard. Side note: Abandoned refrigerator produce sprouting “legs” typically doesn’t count.
So with our last frost date on the horizon – likely around the end of this month – we want to know from our hburgnews readers, how does your garden grow? Are you growing any of your own food, and if so, how? Where? In the City? In a former flower bed turned lasagna garden? Containers on the patio? Do you have a plot in the community garden? Do you start your own seeds, or buy seedlings? Do you make and use compost, or could you not imagine gardening without your trusty Miracle-Gro? Whatever advice you want to share, or interesting gardening projects you want to tell us about, feel free. If you just want to profess yourself a failure at gardening and tell us about your latest houseplant casualty, we want to hear from you.
Photos used with permission from Lindsay and Renee.