Uber-Urban Gardeners and Lazy Locavores

Urban farms and victory gardens are sprouting up all over the US, reports TIME magazine, which notes that these city farms are "waging lots of different wars -- against global warming, foreign-oil dependence, processed food, obesity and neighborhood blight." TIME covers everything from the gardens on the front lawns of San Francisco to the estimated 600 small-scale farms in New York City -- and provides an accompanying photo essay to boot.

Along with would-be gardeners, lazy locavores are a growing population -- at least according to Kim Severson of the NY Times. "Call them the lazy locavores — city dwellers who insist on eating food grown close to home but have no inclination to get their hands dirty." A business has sprung up around these people: "For a fee, Mr. Paque, who lives in San Francisco, will build an organic garden in your backyard, weed it weekly and even harvest the bounty, gently placing a box of vegetables on the back porch when he leaves."

Even lazier are the luxe locavores, who can't really be considered locavores because, although their landscape architect-designed elaborate vegetable gardens boast "manicured beds of baby bok choy and Japonica maize," their rich, multiple-residence dwelling garden owners may not even be around to enjoy the bounty. "Before a recent three-week trip to China with his wife, Mr. Norling, the chief executive of the nonprofit-hospital alliance Premier, invited his landscaper to harvest the vegetables and eat them himself. "He thought it was real heaven," he says."




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