As I prepared to write this post, it struck me how much things have changed in the past few years. Phrases like urban gardening, local food, sustainable living (even composting!) have become a part of out life. Just looking out of my backyard, I see many more hopeful planters with future tomatoes and lettuce and little pots of herbs on window sills, than I did in the past. Schools are embracing the new trend and this will have important consequences, children who are involved in the growing of vegetables will be less likely to reject them on the dinner plate and less likely to reach out for processed foods. And all this planting and growing is transforming the urban landscape making cities greener and more livable. Urban design and gardening are explored in the Grown in the City website which has useful tools and tips for the urban gardener. A couple of summers ago we were all worrying about tainted tomatoes and avoiding salad, this year we might well be preparing salad with something we grew in a corner of our deck or balcony or backyard: something good came out of it after all.
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