Quick Hits: The Atlantic Talks Plants and Plots

My peppers, againThe Atlantic has a rundown of foraging books today. Ever since my virgin experience in the woods, I've been fascinated by found food. 

Also worth checking out, Rachael Brown's most recent update from her community garden plot in Washington, D.C. This time she's talking about the distance between the community and the community garden:

But despite the friendly group within Twin Oaks, it can still feel a little cut off from the area immediately surrounding it. Yes, all of the gardeners live nearby, but our demographics aren't representative of the largely black and Latino neighborhood as a whole. Even though the almost 50-year-old garden is on public land, both the north and south lots are kept locked to protect the tools and equipment onsite. There's no signage displaying the garden's mission or website, or how one can get involved. It's not uncommon for passers-by to stare, or shout through the fence as we work, wondering what we're doing. Some ask if there is any room for them to garden too. Unfortunately, right now, there isn't. 

Though we do have a sign at Bouvier, this is a disconnect I've also experienced at my plot in the Newbold neighborhood. Passersby have been known to ask, "What are you doing in there?" I'm always happy to have the opportunity to talk about my tomatoes.

Also, she says she has no peppers yet. Victory!