Book Review: Sewing Green

Sewing Green: 25 Projects made with Repurposed & Organic Materials
by Betz White
STC Craft, A Melanie Falick Book, 2009, $24.95

The stitch ‘n bitch scene has been making your grandma’s favorite hobby hipper over the years. But in this latest DIY guide to needle and threading, author Betz White showcases how crafty designers can rethink wardrobes and home goods using eco-friendly materials, many of which are rescued right from your own trash can.
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Book Review: the Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma
by Michael Pollan
Penguin, 2006 $26.95

When The Omnivore’s Dilemma came out in ’06, it was not the first book to take a look at our industrial food system with a critical eye, but it quickly became one of the most well-known. Part of that is due to the interesting structure of the book, where Pollan reports on the origins four different meals available in America: factory-farmed fast food, mass-produced but technically organic fare, small production beyond organic goods, and even hunting and gathering a meal.
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Feature: Food Power

A Lancaster County Farmers group show how local, organic food makes strong farms and healthy food
by Will Dean


Lancaster County is full of rolling hills, plowed fields and the occasional tall, silver silo; to the average observer, it can all seem the same. With a closer look, though, one plot of turned soil can be radically different from another 50 feet away.
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Feature: Food Desert

North Philly still lacks fresh food access
by Tenaya Darlington


Kensington, one of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods, has undergone significant revitalization over the last few years, especially along the southern corridor that borders Northern Liberties. You’ll now find a coffee shop, a Spanish imports store and even a sustainable fish merchant amid the tattoo parlors and check cashing stores that dot Girard Avenue between Front Street and 5th, the loosely defined borders of what neighbors call “South Kensington.” Keep moving north, though, toward Cecil B. Moore Avenue, and you’ll find yourself in something of a nutritional wasteland.
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