URBAN STUDIES AND THEORY

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Paperback, 8.5 x 8.5 in. / 176 pgs / 86 color / 85 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 170   

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Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, 2nd Revised Edition

A Project by Fritz Haeg

Preface by Fritz Haeg. Text by Will Allen, Diana Balmori, Rosalind Creasy, Fritz Haeg, Michael Pollan, Eric W. Sanderson, Lesley Stern, et al.

Since the first edition of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn was published in 2008, interest in edible gardening has exploded across the United States and abroad. Even First Lady Michelle Obama is doing it! This greatly expanded second edition of the book documents the eight Edible Estates regional prototype gardens that author Fritz Haeg has planted in California, Kansas, Texas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and England, and includes personal accounts from the homeowner-gardeners about the pleasures and challenges of publicly growing food where they live. Ten “Reports from Coast to Coast” tell the stories of others who have planted their own edible front yards in towns and cities across the country. In addition to essays by renowned landscape architect and scholar Diana Balmori, edible-landscaping pioneer Rosalind Creasy, bestselling author and sustainable-food advocate Michael Pollan and artist and writer Lesley Stern, this edition features updated text by Haeg (including his observations on the Obama White House vegetable garden); a contribution from Mannahatta author Eric W. Sanderson; and Growing Power founder, MacArthur Fellow and urban farmer Will Allen's never-before-published Declaration of the Good Food Revolution. This is not a comprehensive how-to book, nor a showcase of impossibly perfect gardens. The stories presented here are intended to reveal something about how we are living today and to inspire readers to plant their own versions of an Edible Estate. If we see that our neighbor's typical grassy lawn instead can be a beautiful food garden, perhaps we will begin to look at the city around us with new eyes. Our private land can be a public model for the world in which we would like to live.
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FROM THE BOOK
"What is food security? And what is a local food system? They are interlocked. Food security is knowing that you have a reliable, year-round source of real nutrition. A local food system is a mechanism that ensures that security.
Almost no one, very few farmers even, attempts to grow all the varieties of food he wants and needs, nor do many have the luxury of living in either a climate or a neighborhood that would allow it. It is well to believe that you are self-sufficient enough to go it alone, but it is better to know that you can make it together. Anyone can suffer a catastrophic loss, and for the single gardener, that can be as large a catastrophe as a flood or hailstorm or as small as a single hungry woodchuck.
It is not enough, and you have not arrived at self-sufficiency, if a poor or damaged crop drives you back to the supermarket shelves, even though you may be lucky enough to afford to be there. If you are truly committed to Good Food and Good Food only, you need to be part of something larger than yourself--you need to be part of a local food system. Such a system comes into being when enough producers, offering enough quality, quantity and variety of foodstuffs to meet year-round consumer needs, form a co-op, a network, or a coalition capable of marketing and distributing their products as a significant proportion of the local food chain."

Will Allen, excerpted from the second, revised edition of Fritz Haeg's Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/19/2012

Edible Estates Author Fritz Haeg to Appear in Conversation with Agricultural Activist Annie Novak Sunday at MoMA PS1

Edible Estates Author Fritz Haeg to Appear in Conversation with Agricultural Activist Annie Novak Sunday at MoMA PS1

This Sunday, from 2-3PM, join ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 for a conversation with multidisciplinary artist Fritz Haeg, whose project Domestic Integrity Field Part A-1 features an organic garden—currently on view in the MoMA Sculpture Garden—which is being harvested to produce materials for an interior installation, opening September 24, for MoMA Studio: Common Senses . Haeg will be in conversation with Annie Novak, Head Farmer at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn and founder/director of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program. Haeg's bestselling book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, published by Metropolis Books, will be available for purchase at the event.
Featured photograph, of Haeg, Novak (both at left) and assorted volunteers installing the organic garden at MoMA last spring, is by Suko Presseau. continue to blog


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