Tuesday, May 13, 2014

At Chapter 16, Scene Food Critic Carrington Fox Opines on Urban Gardening

Posted By on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

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As some of you may know, Scene food critic Carrington Fox has been trying her hand at urban farming for about five years now, and it's been an enlightening experience for her — but not in the way she hoped. While the edible fruits of her efforts may have been scant, the experiment did yield a damn fine essay, "Spring Theory: An urban farmer reconsiders the experiment," which you can read at Chapter 16.

Here's an excerpt:

Five years in, my original question mocks me. “Why don’t we just grow our own food?” Because it’s hard as hell.

In an imperfect — nay, absurd and bloated — analogy, I liken my quest for urban agricultural self-sufficiency to C.S. Lewis’s scholarly exploration of atheism and myth, which led the author straight back to orthodox theology and renewed devotion. With a similar (though more begrudging) conviction, I have re-embraced the industrial food chain after five years of — let’s be honest — farming failure.

Don’t misunderstand me: I do my best to eat local and support regional farmers. In my children’s eyes, our CSA farmer is Demeter herself. But a homegrown January in Middle Tennessee means frisée with a side of kale, if you’re lucky. No avocados. Let her who is without guacamole at a Super Bowl party cast the first stone at Big Ag. I’m not there yet.

Read the whole piece here.

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