Synopses & Reviews
Public Produce makes a uniquely contemporary case not for central government intervention, but for local government involvement in shaping food policy. In what Darrin Nordahl calls andldquo;municipal agriculture,andrdquo; elected officials, municipal planners, local policymakers, and public space designers are turning to the abundance of land under public control (parks, plazas, streets, city squares, parking lots, as well as the grounds around libraries, schools, government offices, and even jails) to grow food.
Public agencies at one time were at best indifferent about, or at worst dismissive of, food production in the city. Today, public officials recognize that food insecurity is affecting everyone, not just the inner-city poor, and that policies seeking to restructure the production and distribution of food to the tens of millions of people living in cities have immediate benefits to community-wide health and prosperity.
This book profiles urban food growing efforts, illustrating that there is both a need and a desire to supplement our existing food production methods outside the city with and#160;opportunities inside the city. Each of these efforts works in concert to make fresh produce more available to the public. But each does more too: reinforcing a sense of place and building community; nourishing the needy and providing economic assistance to entrepreneurs; promoting food literacy and good health; and allowing for andldquo;serendipitous sustenance.andrdquo; There is much to be gained, Nordahl writes, in adding a bit of agrarianism into our urbanism.
"9781597265" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Darrin Nordahl, director of Iowa's Davenport Design Center, has written a paean to urban agriculture in Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture
. Nordahl is an advocate of 'fresh produce grown on public land, and thus available to all members of the public-for gathering or gleaning, for purchase or trade.' Nordahl deals effectively with issues such as food literacy, maintenance, and aesthetics."
"Nordahl is a visionary who shows how easily cities could promote urban agriculture to the great benefit of all concerned. This book is at the cutting edge of today's food revolution. Read it and get your city council to sign up!"
"What Darrin Nordahl envisions in this lively book is nothing short of a revolutionary way of seeing cities, a kind of 'edible urbanism.' This is a book that will likely shape the urban agenda for years to come."
is a wonderful primer for students, planners, designers, and activists for food security and urban produce. Nordahl's personal and down-to-earth style will educate and inspire the average citizen interested in food policy or urban design, and his expertise in urban issues will give clarity to professional planners and designers on this complex subject."
"This vital book shows how growing food on public land can transform our civic landscape, sprouting the seeds of biodiversity, sustainability, and community."
"A thought-provoking work about the food-producing potential of urban public space, and a worthwhile read for everyone who does food policy work."
“A thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking journey through an undeservedly overlooked region of the country. Nordahl comes away not only with a harvest of rediscovered ingredients and a reconnection to America’s original pantry, but also a network of genuine friendships.” —Simon Majumdar, author of Eat My Globe and Fed, White, and Blue, and judge on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef America
“As a native West Virginian, this book transported me back to the amazing meals of my childhood, high in the Appalachians. Join Nordahl as he demystifies the mountains, taking a walking tour of America’s best-kept culinary secrets.” —Forrest Pritchard, professional farmer and author of Gaining Ground and The Farmer in Your Kitchen
“With this entertaining and enlightening book, Darrin Nordahl shines a light on the native foods of Appalachia and the colorful locavores who celebrate them. A fascinating read for anyone curious about regional American foodways.” —Marisa Bulzone, cofounder 150ish.com
“The book is lively and conversational, and is an excellent beginning point for discovering—or rediscovering—America’s most unique culinary storehouse.” —Eat Kentucky
Dozens of indigenous fruits, vegetables, nuts, and game animals are waiting to be rediscovered by American epicures, and Appalachia stocks the largest pantry with an abundance of delectable flavors. In Eating Appalachia
, Darrin Nordahl looks at the unique foods that are native to the region, including pawpaws, ramps, hickory nuts, American persimmons, and elk, and offers delicious and award-winning recipes for each ingredient, along with sumptuous color photographs. The twenty-three recipes include: Pawpaw Panna Cotta, Pawpaw Whiskey Sour, Chianti-Braised Elk Stew, Pan-Fried Squirrel with Squirrel Gravy, Ramp Linguine, and Wild Ginger Poached Pears, among others. Nordahl also examines some of the business, governmental, and ecological issues that keep these wild, and arguably tastier, foods from reaching our tables.
Eating Appalachia profiles local chefs, hunters, and locavores who champion these native ingredients and describes food festivals—like the Pawpaw Festival in Albany, Ohio; the Feast of the Ramson in Richwood, West Virginia; and Elk Night at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky—that celebrate them.
About the Author
Darrin Nordahl is the city designer at the Davenport Design Center, which was formed in 2003 as a division of the Community and Economic Development Department of the City of Davenport, Iowa. He has taught in the planning program at the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of My Kind of Transit.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Food Security
Chapter 2. Public Space, Public Officials, Public Policyand#160;
Chapter 3. Toand#160;Glean and Forage in the City
Chapter 4. Maintenance and Aesthetics
Chapter 5. Food Literacy
Conclusion: Community Health and Prosperity