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Urban Self-Sufficiency, One Crop At a Time

Urban Self-Sufficiency, One Crop At a Time

Here’s one way to go about making a city more self-sufficient, food-wise:  Start with just one crop. Once you get that one right, move on to the next one.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Friends of the Urban Forest is doing just that:  They are mapping every Meyer lemon tree in the city, with a view to planting enough to meet the city’s entire Meyer lemon needs.  They estimate that a few thousand lemon trees are already in place; 12,000 is the goal.

I just hope they’ve checked with the bartenders and the bakers. 12,000 trees might be enough to supply the city with  Meyer lemon and proseco cocktails, but what are the rest of y’all gonna have?

 

Posted by

Amy Stewart
on January 11, 2012 at 8:54 am, in the category Drink This, Eat This.

8 Comments

    • admin
    • 17th December 2016

    I’ll have pie, please!

    • admin
    • 17th December 2016

    Here in Bend, Oregon, we have enough fresh (and dried, this time of year) sagebrush for not only our town of 90,000 but (and I’m only guessing here) probably for not just the rest of the USA but also possibly for the entire known universe.

    • Kaviani
    • 17th December 2016

    I’m so jealous. I visited the area last May and was gutted at how effortlessly chamomile and hollyhocks just GREW anywhere, like common dandelions. Unbelievable. I have to offer a few human sacrifices to Chaac Mul on top of weekly seaweed treatments and bi-daily waterings just to keep a rose bush alive a full summer.

    • tropaeolum
    • 18th December 2016

    Just wait until a disease or new pest comes through and wipes out the entire lot of ’em.

    • Jason G
    • 18th December 2016
    • Aviaries
    • 18th December 2016

    Brilliant idea! Thanks for the post.

    • Laura S
    • 19th December 2016

    They could do aerial population counts, like a lot of ecologists do. For my locale (metro-east St Louis)I would say- grow kale! It grows nearly year-round here and when it isn’t good (middle of summer) there is plenty of Lamb’s Quarter to substitute. Great idea. Thanks for the post.

    • Urban Artichoke
    • 19th December 2016

    You may be surprised at how popular the Meyer Lemon is as a suburban garden tree in the SF Bay area. I live 40 miles south of SF in Silicon valley and almost everyone seems to have one! We certainly love ours-

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