Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cook for Good

This is interesting. Linda Watson from Raleigh makes home-made healthy meals for $1.16-$1.67 per person per meal. Linda Watson and her husband, who consider themselves "flexitarians", wanted to change the world. She decided to go 3 months only spending about $1.50 per person on each meal. It worked! Now she has created a fairly balanced diet using this scheme. She went a couple weeks only shopping at Whole Foods and the Durham Farmers Market, and said it only raised her costs about 50 cents per person per meal (she calls that her "green" diet).

her website is

here is the link to an article about her

Tips and notes (
Chickpeas produce an especially wonderful broth, better than any canned vegetable broth I've tried. Freeze this broth in a muffin tin, then pop out the little cups of broth to use for making rice, chickpea-noodle soup, or any recipe that calls for chicken broth.

NC Food Policy Council bill

The NC Food Policy Bill was passed in the senate recently. It will go into effect July 2009! It's goal is to have 10% of the food economy in NC be based on local food by 2020. Also, it will fund a council of 20 members (NC Sustainable Local Food Policy Council) in order to figure out how else our state is going to work to improve the local food economy.

The benefits of this bill are many, including: creation of jobs, it will stimulate statewide economic development, circulate money from local food sales into the local communities, preserves open space, reducing the use of fossil fuels and thus reducing emissions, increasing consumer access to fresh nutritious food, and it will provide greater food security for all North Carolinians.

Here is the link to the bill:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


This will be a place for me to post ideas that I am thinking about, plans for my future, plans for my present, books I am reading or would recommend to read, names of people or groups that I am interested in, concepts/subjects I am learning about, and links. Also It is a place for me to post pictures and updates on my life and family.

So, I have just read about the people we call New Urbanists. New Urbanist support renewable energy, electric transport and walkable cities. They focus on creating cities, towns and neigborhoods that are pedestrian centered. They focus on the neigborhood as a unit and favor local economies and local sustainability. New urbanist neighborhoods are designed to contain a diverse range of housing and jobs, and be WALKABLE. They focus on the physical design of urban places, as well as fostering a sense of community. Americans need to rethink the pros and cons of density vs sprawl.

New Agrarians should form an alliance with New Urbanists. This will encourage a sense of community and a local sustainable economy. Preventing suburban sprawl will keep the city dwellers in the city and leave the land to be used constructively. The farmers will have available land in close proximity to the city/market, and the urbanists will have local, fresh, delicious food available in close proximity. This will eliminate many costs involved in the shipping of food; including the environmental costs of the unneccasary use of fossil fuels and the emmisions they produce.

To read more about new urbanism check out these links: