Last spring, U.S. Catholic magazine decided to investigate the urban gardens movement from the standpoint of Catholic spirituality and contacted me to write a story. I talked with several urban gardens program directors from across the country and wrote the following article: Urban planting: Turning blight into bounty in the inner city--which turned out to the be cover story for the October 2011 issue of the magazine!
Also included is a sidebar on Parish resources for growing a community garden and one on Resources for urban agriculture.
Another story in this same issue features Chef Kevin Gillespie that was done by U.S. Catholic staff called "Eating is Believing." Gillespie is a gourmet chef and known for his appearance on the Bravo reality TV show Top Chef. He says that what you put on your plate says something about the kind of person you are.
The prominence given to these stories is significant for the urban gardens movement, which are now being recognized as a mainstream grassroots effort in transforming our cities and our broken national food system. It is also significant for me since it was my first cover story in a magazine. I am grateful to U.S. Catholic for the opportunity to write for them!