My recent foray into the world of social media to stay on top of the latest news in food and nutrition quickly turned into a method to interact with the farms and growers that have provided my weekly provisions. Check out the article on Greensgrow and Three Springs Fruit Farm at Farm to Table….
Social media is for all ages and backgrounds, all professions and interests. While it would seem counter-intuitive for an occupation that works primarily outdoors to be inside at a computer, farmers are coming into their own, creating extensive web sites and blogs, tweeting and linking with Facebook fans locally and across the country to grow their business. Social media is quickly becoming another tool in the farmer’s shed, and another way consumers and communities can learn more about their local grower.
Giving Back to the Community – Greensgrow Farms
Mary Seton Corboy is the co-founder of Greensgrow Farms, a veritable oasis for the urban gardener and farmer, located in Kensington, an inner-city neighborhood near downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. What started as a hydroponic lettuce production on an empty plot of land has expanded to rows of organic soil with a variety of vegetables and gardens. It is a community resource for local food, education and all things green.
Read the rest of the article here: Growing More than Food: Social Media and Philadelphia Farmers
This morning, as I eat my cage free eggs and walnut-raisin cinnamon bread, I’m elated that we are well into March; the sun shines as a harbinger of warm Spring days to come. It also dawned on me that March means National Nutrition Month (NNM), an annual reminder from the American Dietetic Association that nutrition is a key component to living life to its fullest. To think that we need a reminder. Hm.
Image from the American Dietetic Association
When I worked as a clinical dietitian in various hospitals early in my career, National Nutrition Month inspired educational campaigns in the cafeteria and in the community on the theme du jour. I loved to create educational pieces and presentations, watching eyes light up with understanding and motivation. This year’s theme, “Nutrition From the Ground Up,” aligns perfectly to this blog; a simple phrase affirming that good nutrition should be simple and varied, much like the food that is grown from the soil of American farms, which, unfortunately, are at risk, due in part to an industrial revolution fueled with political controversy.
I recently blogged about the benefits of ‘tweeting.’ A large reason I hopped on the Twitter bandwagon is to reconnect to a network of health promoters and dietitians that I have lost touched with after switching career paths. For me, “Nutrition From the Ground Up” is yet another opportunity to rediscover and promote sound nutrition principles and confirm my commitment to a more sustainable food system through my own behaviors. Key messages from this year’s campaign that are often reflected on this blog include:
- Look for locally grown produce that’s in season.
- Introduce new foods.
- Start with the basics – eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Continue reading