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It’s voting time again, until the end of August, for Saveur Blog Awards 2016.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if Michael Twitty were to win, in the category of Food and Culture, for his website Afroculinaria which takes as its subject the history, pain and possibility of food, race, power and identity.  If the world of food blogging is so often superficial and sybaritic, his writing is deep and important, and I always learn so much from his completely original ways of thinking.

The film above is also nominated in the Food Video category.  You could vote in both categories every day until the 31st of August.  Do it!  And share share share. Let’s have someone great win this award.

Just learned about this group called Depave.  They de-pave and spread the word.  “Asphalt be gone”: reclaim and reimagine community life; storm water absorption as climate chaos brings record rainfall; play areas; growing beds; “a better urban environment for all living things.” Of course the more soil that is living soil, the better for any hopes for the climate as well.

Sing it, switching the lyrics thus: “Depave parking lot, put up a paradise”

“I wanted to be kissed by hummingbirds every day,” says Ron Finley.  “I wanted to see butterflies.  I wanted to smell lavender, and jasmine, and rosemary. That’s where it started.”

In case you missed it, as I somehow did, you can watch his amazing TED Talk on his website.

“Funny thing, the drive-through is killing more people than the drive-by.”

He’s got a vision of cities and how people and plants can live in them.  He is all about health for people, for ecology, and for beauty.

“The problem is the solution.  Food is the problem, food is the solution.”

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus you get strawberries.”

“The funny thing about sustainability, you have to sustain it.”

Ron Finley has the gift of energy and the gift to inspire, and a boundless supply of fantastic one-liners.  He’s the kind of DIY-meets-Social Change that brings hope.

When I moved to New York City in the late eighties, there would be fading purple footprints of Adam Purple to follow, he who would paint his feet and walk.  It’s over half my life later and I’ve learned more about his life and work through videos as this one.  I’m inspired today by the Garden of Eden concept, hard-working utopians in urban areas imagining and creating a world of lushness and freedom and innocence and beauty and community.

Since encountering the idea of Food as a Commons, I’ve been determined to figure out how to communicate why this feels important, and how to bring it into more shared awareness, and consciousness.

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