KC Olive Branch covers faith, peace and justice topics. This “Seed to Plate” series was intended to introduce the concept of a food system to Olive Branch readers and to encourage them to be more engaged in Kansas City’s local food movement.
Seed to Plate: Care where your food comes from
March 12, 2009
“You can’t grow a pizza!” said my three-year-old daughter at dinner one night. She thought that in the movie WALL-E, the captain of the Axiom had made a mistake when, excited by the prospect of returning to a blighted Earth, he said, “You kids are gonna grow all kinds of plants!”
Seed to Plate: Urban farms provide more than produce
April 9, 2009
Last week I visited the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture (KCCUA) for the first time. Just five minutes away from the Metcalf/I-35/I-635 interchange, I transplanted lettuce, folded row covers, and tried to resist climbing on the straw bales. A few days later, I sat down with Katherine Kelly, KCCUA’s executive director and farmer, to talk about how she created a land-based lifestyle within an opportunity-based metropolis.
Seed to Plate: A real food antidote for a childhood crisis
May 14, 2009
It’s proven that healthy kids learn better, and this generation of children will need to be well-educated, competent problem-solvers in order to continue to respond to the economic and environmental crises currently facing our nation and our world. We have not gotten them off to a good start. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and behavior disorders are standing in their way.
Seed to Plate: Refugee women harvest new beginnings
June 11, 2009
They came from cultures that have farmed for centuries, from Somalia, Burundi and Liberia, to the same spot of earth in Kansas City, Kansas. They came because their home countries were intolerant, even hostile, toward people of their race, religion or tribe. They risked their lives to leave; they might have died if they had stayed.
Seed to Plate: Food deserts in the Heartland
July 8, 2009
In a report released last week, the United States Department of Agriculture said that “access to a supermarket or large grocery store is a problem for a small percentage of households.” According to the study, about 11.5 million low-income people in the United States live more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.
But for that “small” population, the social, financial, and health impacts are a big problem.
Seed to Plate: Remaking our food system for a happy ending
September 3, 2009
In this series, I’ve written about some of the people working to move Kansas City toward community food security. These urban farmers, advocates, educators and community organizers are leading the fight to keep our food system from becoming more of what film reviewer Mark Dujsik called The Final Destination: A quick, cheap cash-in.