Meeting Community Food Developer Ian Marcuse (above) and finding out about Grandview Woodland Food Connection turned out to be one of my 2015 highlights. I found myself thinking about it again this week, especially given the spiralling cost of food (including ‘cauliflower wars’), and how the real cost of living hits home hardest to those who can least afford even the most basic of nutritional necessities.

I’m a pretty thrifty grocery shopper at the best of times. Even more so when the economy takes a dive. These days we grow more and more of our own vegetables. And I’m seriously considering converting our window boxes to full time kale production…

Here’s an excerpt from my piece, a bit of background on Grandview Woodland Food Connection…

“It all began 20 years ago, when a group of concerned citizens, ranging from nutritionists to artists and food activists, launched the Stone Soup Festival in order to raise awareness about food security and healthy eating. In 2002, a community forum agreed to create some type of food network, and the current name eventually emerged, with funding forthcoming in 2006. Grandview Woodland Food Connection’s impact encompasses almost every facet of nutritional awareness, from seed programs to nutritional mentorship through community kitchens, gardening workshops, and more.”

Thanks so much to Montecristo editor Jim Tobler for introducing me to this project.

Read the story here.

flower beds and mosaic at Grandview Woodland Food Connection

Flower beds and mosaic at Grandview Woodland Food Connection