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Digging the City


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Rhona McAdam is a poet, blogger and food writer. She has a master's in food culture and communications from L'UniversitA degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (Bra, Italy), writes a food and poetry blog (Iambic Cafe), and for several years taught an online course in urban agriculture and food security for St. Lawrence College. Rhona lives in Victoria, British Columbia.


This book helps us to understand how to become urban farmers and is a good source of inspiration for those who wish to change the world through food: a revolution that is good, simple and slow.--Carlo Petrini, President and Founder of Slow Food International-- (10/15/2012)
This book is beautifully crafted, moving seamlessly from wonderful and witty lyrical phrases to horrifying and shocking facts about the food we eat. Covering theory as well as practice, it may make you simultaneously angry, scared and inspired.--Jeanette Longfield, Co-ordinator of Sustain and former Co-ordinator of the National Food Alliance-- (10/15/2012)
From community gardens and small plot farms, to individual front and back yards, this book provides us with a glimpse into a movement that is changing our world one bucket of compost, one handful of seeds, one garden at a time.--Michael Ableman, Founder of Cultivate Canada and author of Fields Of Plenty-- (10/15/2012)
McAdam not only gives us hope for tomorrow but ample ideas for action and reminds us that often the simplest of things, like the humble act of planting a seed, can be the most powerful.--Linda Geggie, Co-ordinator of Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable and Founder of LifeCycles-- (10/15/2012)
You don't need to be a "Guerrilla Gardener" to enjoy reading Digging the City. The book is appealing for its personal narrative, informative analysis, and for its contribution to the growing literature on the sustainable food movement that seeks to change the way we eat.--Susan Hawkins, The Coastal Spectator-- (10/27/2012)
This book stands out from other attempts to solve environmental crises for being so engagingly written. It's a quiet book, a book of sadness even through its anger, so it reads a little like a manual, a little like a memoir, and a little like testimony. It's personal, in the end, for all its careful detail about global crises and about local crises from around the world, and I mean that as praise for how neatly McAdam manages in Digging the City to sound like she's chatting with her reader, rather than lecturing.--Book Addiction-- (08/27/2012)
McAdam's tone is impassioned and unapologetic. She covers a barrage of ideas and examples including spaces suited to growing, snippets of food history, food sovereignty, examples of food related community groups, and some of the challenges faced by urban growers, such as finding a veterinarian for urban chickens. Then, when considering the relationship of Canadians to their food, she talks about the addiction to big-box stores, and how this leads to decisions to purchase food on the basis of price alone. She boils these disparate yet related threads down to a very simple goal, saying, This manifesto is a less a breaking of new ground than a re-examination of the rightness of the garden. Digging the City seeds questions and shares ideas about the role urbanites can play in the food system and in facilitating change.--Steven Biggs, Small Farm Canada-- (10/15/2012)

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