August 23, 2013 |
The gig: Alex Weiser, 49, of Weiser Family Farms grows some of the Southland's most sought-after fruits and vegetables on three farms in Kern and San Bernardino counties. Weiser potatoes can be found on the vaunted Providence restaurant menu in Hollywood. His melons are picked ripe and sold at Whole Foods Markets. You can find him every Wednesday and Saturday at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Family business : Weiser is co-owner of a family operation started by his father, Sid Weiser.
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August 13, 2013 |
Los Angeles residents who grow fruits and vegetables near their front curb will get a respite from the city's code enforcement officials, under a measure approved Tuesday by the City Council. The council voted unanimously to ask city agencies to temporarily suspend rules that restrict the cultivation of gardens in the parkway, the area between the sidewalk and the curb. While enforcement is suspended, city officials will continue to work on new rules governing parkway landscaping, said Council President Herb Wesson.
August 1, 2013 |
Giants Garden, the edible garden that's planned for AT&T Park in San Francisco and billed as the first of its kind at a major American sports facility, is already generating an early public reaction that has its designers a little overwhelmed. The cold and foggy San Francisco weather has skeptics convinced that the edible garden, announced by President Obama earlier this week , will be problematic when it opens next season. “People think tomatoes won't grow in the fog,” lamented Silvina Blasen, the plant expert who designed the landscape with her husband, Eric Blasen.
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July 31, 2013 |
First it was the rebel Abbie Zands, in Los Feliz, who ran afoul of L.A. City Hall. A few weeks later, Angel Teger of South Los Angeles incurred the wrath of the great bureaucracy. Their crimes? They planted lush vegetable gardens in front of their homes, and they shared their bounty -- eggplant, melons, tomatoes, squash and more -- with their neighbors. And the city said cease and desist. Does this sound familiar? It should. Almost exactly two years ago I told the tale of Ron Finley, who took an urban gardening class and turned his South Los Angeles curb strip into a fabulously bountiful Eden that brought neighbors together and provided free, nutritious food to a neighborhood with too few healthy options.
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July 6, 2013 |
Karen Segura dug her hands deep into the soil of an onion patch at Bell Gardens Intermediate School as cars zipped past the nearly empty schoolyard. The 14-year-old was busy uprooting weeds in the school's edible garden, while around her five other students watered, tilled and pruned a lush assortment of fruits and vegetables. There were tomatoes, avocados, apples, pineapples, pumpkins, zucchinis, lavender, lettuce, Swiss chard and artichokes. Every public school in Bell Gardens has just such an urban farm run by members of the Environmental Garden Club, an after-school program that started at the intermediate school and now includes a rotating roster of 8- to 18-year-olds.
June 21, 2013 |
Want to get more health benefits from green leafy vegetables? Then don't keep them in the dark, say researchers at Rice University. In a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, researchers suggest that consumers can maximize the anti-cancer properties of their veggies by exposing them to light for 12 hours a day, and by eating them four and eight hours after first exposing them to the light. Why, you ask? Well, it might come as an unsettling surprise to know that the cabbage you just tossed into your refrigerator crisper drawer is still alive, and will probably remain so for about three days after you take it home from the supermarket.