Book Your Kid’s Summer Vacation Now: Culinary Camps and Farm Schools

Once school is out for the summer, even the most dedicated after-school farmer will turn to sugary popsicles and video games in the comfort of an air-conditioned living room if left to his or her own devices. The good news is parents looking to avoid this now have a plethora of summer camps geared toward food, cooking and farming to choose from.

Candid Camara (Woman): What Does Our Photo Editor Do When it’s Sunny and 70?

Was it just yesterday it was 72 degrees and so sunny we needed SPF 30? Luckily our intrepid photo editor, Rebecca McAlpin, had an outdoor assignment. Working on our next issue–Eat, Drink, Local-themed–she tracked Daniel Bowman Simon to the greenmarket to buy seedlings and then to a community garden where they were planted in raised beds.

Last Call–The “Art Pack” Heirloom Seed Exhibit at the Hort

Each year the Hudson Valley Seed Library commissions New York State artists to design the packaging for a special line of heirloom seeds called Art Packs. Until March 2, you can see the packs next to the original works–and buy both the seeds and reprints of the art–at the Horticultural Society of New York on West 37th Street. If you do miss it, don’t worry–you can get a glimpse of the 23 packs and the 23 works of art on our most recent NY1 segment. Watch it right here.

More Good Food Jobs Than You Can Imagine (or Five Tips for Job Seekers from the Just Food Conference)

We’ve been making the rounds of winter farming conferences in the region–from NOFA to PASA–and we just got back from the most urban of these, Just Food’s 2012 conference at the High School of Food and Finance in Hell’s Kitchen, which included a job fair organized by Good Food Jobs and workshops advising on how to start a career as a farmer, raise money for your food startup, or launch your food-related nonprofit.

Benefits Package: Sign up for a Workplace CSA Now

The owners of Great Performances and Katchkie Farm–the Manhattan catering company and not-for-profit upstate agriculture center we wrote about last year–are launching a workplace CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program for those who work too late to hit their neighborhood pickups, and the sign-up season is starting now. All you have to do is get 20 co-workers to sign up and they’ll create a pick up site at your office. For more information call 212.727.2424 and ask for Brooke or send an email to You can sign up for a regular non-office CSA at one of their four other Manhattan pick up locations.