Since the rainy season has officially begun, it seems like a good moment to try incorporating a little more reading into my life. Granted, we can work inside the greenhouses at the farm, but there's more rain these days than work. In support of that notion, I'm trying my hand at a new feature: a weekly round-up of nifty articles, websites, reviews, and more. When I do get a chance to spend some time with my Reader, I find massive numbers of things I think would be of interest to others. I share them on Twitter or Facebook, but offering them here is an opportunity to dig out the best of the best as well as develop a longer listing of resources and learning. (Another Blogathoner also suggested reading and research as a means to get my Muse back, and so this seemed like a way to get that ball rolling, too.)
Pure Chemistry by Laura Wright Treadway at OnEarth covers a new way that universities are beginning to think about and study chemistry from the chemist to the product to the user to it's impact on the environment.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Small Farmers are the Answer Challenge is looking for people to submit ideas that encourage investment in small farmers for the future of our world. Deadline: Tuesday, May 31st.
Chock full of good reading, Grist can be hard to keep up with unless one only reads their site exclusively (I'm sure they wouldn't complain) or did nothing else all day. This story went up on Grist in April and while I've tweeted and Facebooked it's worth one more mention. Laskaway's article about Ali Partovi's thoughts on investing in sustainable agriculture point out that the sustainable production of food is integral for our futures not just as eaters but as people living on a healthy (or healthier, perhaps) planet.
Finally, here are two books I'd like to see on my shelf. Eliot Coleman's Organic Agriculture: Deeply Rooted in Science and Ecology should offer sound thoughts on the science of organic growing from one of the movement's gurus. The other, Garden Your City by Barbara Holdens Feldt, sounds full to the brim with practical information for urban gardeners. both sound about right for the farmer-gardener working any size plot or pot.
Got some recommended reading - a favorite blog, book, article, website or video - to share? I'd love to hear about it!