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Eagle Heights Community Gardens: Visit on Campus Transit!

Fall is an ideal time to visit the beautiful Eagle Heights Community Gardens. With a patchwork of nearly 500 garden spots, the diversity in plantings, harvests, cultures, and farming techniques is amazing.

The gardens, which are planted voluntarily by the residents of Eagle Heights, have become a social hub of the community, bringing together people from nearly every nation on earth-speaking as many as 60 different languages!

In addition to the people and the crops, you’ll also see a variety of wildlife. Species from sandhill cranes to minks have been spotted feasting on the sunflowers, raspberries, and other plentiful crops.

Have we piqued your interest? If so, consider visiting the gardens for yourself! You can easily ride the free campus bus (Route 80 or 84 to Eagle Heights) or bike or walk along scenic lakeshore path for a more leisurely commute. If you would like assistance in planning your route, contact UW Commuter Solutions!

Find out more about the Eagle Heights Community Gardens on their website

This News item reprinted with permission from UW Commuter Solutions. Go to http://www.wisc.edu/trans/ and click “UW Commuter Solutions.”

Food, Inc. (the movie)

Hungry for Change?

“In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA….Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here…”

http://www.foodincmovie.com/

Urban farming movement ‘like a revolution’

By Dave M. Matthews
CNN

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — On a plot of soil, nestled against the backdrop of skyscrapers in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, a group of residents are turning a lack of access to fresh produce into a revival of old traditions and self-empowerment.http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/06/29/bia.urban.farming/index.html