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A few Cambridge residents are talking about how Cambridge, MA (pop 100,000) could become more self-sufficient in food, following the example of Todmorden (pop 15,000) (http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/ and an article in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/...)

This group has met once and is meeting again.  Their initial discussion produced 3 general tasks:
Adding to an existing survey of fruit trees/bushes
Planting something to start off, possibly at City Hall on a spot where raspberries once grew
Mapping and connecting the existing local agriculture and food network to begin thinking, together, about producing 100% of our food (and fuel?) in Cambridge

I've been working on mapping the existing local food network and found Northeast Local Harvest  (http://www.farmfresh.org/) to be a great help.  My preliminary results follow.

Cambridge has

7 Farmers' markets, one on every day of the week during the season and, this year, a Saturday winter market.

13 Community gardens

12 School gardens - one in every middle school

13 Feeding programs - at least one free meal every day of the week

10 Community Supported Agriculture programs

3 Retail outlets for locally produced food

17 Restaurants which buy locally produced food

This is not an exhaustive search and I suspect there are many more resources to be mapped.

More on this theme:
Integrated Urban Agricultural Systems
Occupy Green
Urban Fruit Harvesting
Raspberry Gobble
City Sunday Garden Story
Recycled Solar Garden Cloche
How to Heal the World

Originally posted to gmoke on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:11 PM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

    by gmoke on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:11:42 PM PDT

  •  Check out Local Harvest, (4+ / 0-)
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    gmoke, cfk, Siri, mollyd

    here, they may have more info.

  •  work with transition here and now (2+ / 0-)
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    gmoke, Siri

    working with GROW local sustainability garden and community garden project.
    Thanks for sharing, Gmoke:)

  •  I wholeheartedly support (2+ / 0-)
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    mollyd, gmoke

    But for god's sake be careful...I saw the analysis of some soil samples, while trying to start a community garden in east Cambridge back in the 80's. At least that site was totally toxic, mostly with heavy metals...Get a soil lab on your team ASAP.

    "I took a walk around the world, To ease my troubled mind. I left my body laying somewhere In the sands of time" Kryptonite 3 doors Down

    by farmerchuck on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 04:59:05 AM PDT

    •  Farmerchuck (2+ / 0-)
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      so nice to see you. How are you feeling? How goes the solar project?

      fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

      by mollyd on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 07:57:28 AM PDT

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      •  little setback with the cancer, (1+ / 0-)
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        but we are finally moving ahead on a couple of different fronts

        In the samples I had, the major contaminants were cadmium and arsenic, if that helps. Luck man.

        "I took a walk around the world, To ease my troubled mind. I left my body laying somewhere In the sands of time" Kryptonite 3 doors Down

        by farmerchuck on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 04:18:34 PM PDT

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    •  Soil Testing (1+ / 0-)
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      I used to collect samples for soil lead tests back in the day, the Food Project in Boston has done some great work with reducing soil toxicity risks, and we are listening to Will Allen of Growing Power that the key is to grow our own soils through composting.  We're well aware of the problem but thanks for the reminder.

      Hope you are doing well.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

      by gmoke on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 01:41:31 PM PDT

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  •  Good project (1+ / 0-)
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    One question I have is whether Cambridge isn't a bit large for this model thpuogh the large number of young folk might be an advantage.

    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 08:00:47 AM PDT

    •  Enough Land (0+ / 0-)

      We'll see.  People are not only talking about yards but also containers and roofs and green walls and windows.  First we have to figure out what we have and then we have to decide what we can reasonably do.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

      by gmoke on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 01:43:11 PM PDT

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  •  Aside from the campuses (1+ / 0-)
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    there isn't that much open space in Cambridge.  When I lived there we had a total of 30 sq ft of outdoor space.  And we were on the high end.

    •  Open Space (0+ / 0-)

      We're also thinking about green roofs and green walls and windows.  Sprouting provides good food and requires only a little counter space.  Mushrooms can grow in a basement.  Lots of possibilities not limited by open space.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

      by gmoke on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 01:45:03 PM PDT

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  •  More would be great (1+ / 0-)
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    but 100% local (let alone grown in Cambridge) is totally unrealistic and not worth talking about. If we increase Cambridge-grown 10-fold, I doubt it would even be 1% of local consumption.

    I think there needs to be a clear rationale for producing say 2 or 3% of local consumption even if it's not a baby step toward 100%.

    Since plague became in this way some men's duty, it revealed itself as what it really was; that is the concern of all. --Albert Camus

    by Neighbor2 on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 11:35:48 AM PDT

    •  Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible (0+ / 0-)

      We may never get to 100% or even 10% but the thought experiment can be quite educational.  Already, I've learned a lot from the few hours devoted to the idea.  It looks like we are going to concentrate on getting healthy, local food to schoolkids and the food pantries and free meals first.  If we can cover that, I'd be happy.

      But why not shoot for 100%?  Why settle for less.  I think that a city like Cambridge could produce 100% of its food and perhaps even export to other towns but it would require a severe redesign of our urban systems.  Let's imagine that and take what's easiest first.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

      by gmoke on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 01:49:10 PM PDT

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