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Newsweek: Why Gardening Got Popular in 2009

July 28, 2009

Name-checking urban farms like Added Value here in Brooklyn, Greensgrow in Philadelphia, and other urban garden enterprises from Detroit to St. Louis, Newsweek takes on urban gardeningfreud, puts it in historical, socioeconomical, and psychological (!!!) context:

Gardening may be a subtle form of control as people face dwindling 401(k)s and shaky employment prospects. “These are often symbolic actions,” says Erik Knutzen, co-author of The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process, 2008). “It leads to a sense of empowerment,” he says.

Never thought of it that way, how bout you, Freud?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kat permalink
    July 28, 2009 2:33 am

    We are going to have to start doing something aren’t we….? But they’ve already passed a rather silent bill to control even our gardening….bill HR 875

    • anitasvv permalink*
      July 28, 2009 10:30 am

      Hi Kat:

      Thanks for bringing up Bill HR 875 – the Food Safety Modernization Act. This bill was introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto, and is said to benefit agribusiness giants at the expense of small farmers.

      I’ve been searching for some reliable information about this bill, but have found it challenging – could you post more info?

      Thanks!

      Anita

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