By Joe Wilson reporting from Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2013
The first Zimbabwe Traditional and Organic Food Festival took place in Harare on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Farmers groups from around the country, NGOs, Government ministries, and small businesses all had stands displaying a variety of traditional and organic foods. The rain held off and we had a cool, cloudy day which saw many traditional food enthusiasts come flocking to the Botanic Gardens where the festival took place.
May 15, 2013
Over a hundred years ago, my family lost their coffee farm in Puerto Rico when Hurricane San Ciriaco destroyed the crop and the bank refused an extension on our production loan. On the heels of the U.S. military occupation, it was a land grab (like the ones tearing up the continent today) and it eventually drove my young grandmother to immigrate to New York City. She was part of a large, painful agrarian transition that transformed Puerto Rico—an island of rich soil, abundant water and a 12-month growing season—into a food-dependent nation.