Permaculture

6:00pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

The food that grows from concrete

Philip Stark looks at mallow growing in West Oakland with leaves as big as his hand
Olivia Cueva

Imagine eating at your favorite restaurant and being told that the salad on your plate was harvested from the cracks in the sidewalk in West Oakland. Would you eat it? Two professors from UC Berkeley think you should. Their project is called Berkeley Open Source Food. To get these weeds from the ground to your dinner plate, they’re commissioning high end restaurants like Berkeley’s Chez Panisse to use these greens and show the public that they are not only safe to eat, but have lots of nutritional value.

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4:38pm

Wed January 9, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Planting a permanent culture in San Francisco

Carries Hughes stands on the sidewalk, near a chain link fence, on the corner of Fell and Laguna streets in San Francisco. Behind her, cars roar past the rows of tidy Victorians. But Hughes is more interested in the wide, sloping lot in front of us, on the other side of the fence. 

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