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Well, as it turns out, the â€œnon-Catholic Popeâ€? error in the Oct. 16, 1978 Athens Banner-Herald really was just in a photo cutline and not in a big headline, and it referred to the cardinal who was elected Pope. This copy, supplied by former reference librarian Theresa Flynn, provides the evidence. Why do we all remember it as a giant headline? Ms. Flynn has a good answer: â€œI think everyone remembers it as â€˜a 90-point headlineâ€™ because the error was that large, if not the typeface.â€? The Pope reminiscence reminded former Flagpole Managing Editor Robin Littlefield, now a Nashville lawyer who also worked in pasteup at the Banner-Herald, of a B-H story about citizens lining up for shots in which an â€œiâ€? got substituted for an â€œo.â€? I also remember a B-H wedding writeup in which the bride left for the wedding trip wearing a three-piece suit, except that, well, you know, that old â€œhâ€? took the place of the â€œu.â€? I was told at the time that one was intentional, by a disgruntled pasteup person, for indeed the pages were actually put together by human hands at that point in our typographical history. Truth to tell, nobody in the newspaper business can gloat over anybody elseâ€™s error, because we are all prone to making them, and the suit may hit the fan in our pages next time.
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Big Ideas: University of Georgia College of Occupy Athens Overreaction: Last year’s out on the sidewalk where people would have Environment of Design professor Jack Crowley Occupy Athens protesters, who camped for to walk around them.” The Occupy Athens pro- is meeting with community groups and showfour days outside City Hall and spoke or testers might have been more concerned with ing them maps of “big ideas” in the downtown chanted out of turn during one or two comcreeping—or perhaps onrushing—corporate master plan he’ll unveil later this spring. Some mission meetings, were tame by most standomination. In any case, they were not of the highlights include: dards. No one was arrested, the protesters aggressively blocking anyone’s way. • a park around City Hall. took their tents down when requested, and Especially since a January fire under the • a greenway running along Jackson Street they never seemed to block or accost anyone. North Avenue bridge threatened a gas line, to the Lyndon House and Lay Park. Despite that, Athens-Clarke police and comofficials have cited camping by homeless • rebuilding the Murmur Trestle as part missioners apparently felt threatened enough people as another risk. In Atlanta, some who of the Firefly Trail from downtown Athens to to consider a new law to bar Winterville to Union Point. even such peaceful protest• a traffic circle at the Thomas ers from public properties like Street-North Avenue intersection. City Hall. After setting it aside • reviving the river district last summer, the commission’s with art studios and entertainLegislative Review Committee ment, including an amphitheater, started discussing the ordinance between Foundry and Willow again last week. streets. It could be difficult to craft • a walkway between the an ordinance that will allow News Building and the Classic favored activities like parade Center connecting Thomas and watching while barring protestFoundry streets, which were cut ers or homeless campers without off when Hancock Avenue was the law being struck down as closed for the Classic Center violating constitutional freeexpansion. speech rights. County Attorney • a passenger rail line not Bill Berryman offered Atlanta’s only to Atlanta, but also through “urban camping” law, which has the UGA campus to the Botanical been copied in other Georgia citGarden. ies, as a model. It defines places • a median and plantings like City Hall as “parks,” then Occupy Athens protests spurred ACC officials to look for ways to keep those they along Oconee Street. deem undesirable off public property at night. sets specific opening and closing • replacing the public houshours for these new “parks.” ing just west of campus and Because such an ordinance would effecwork with the homeless have been highly realigning Florida Avenue with Pulaski Street tively be closing off most public spaces at critical of that city’s insistence on clearat Broad Street. (This would make up for a night, a list of exceptions should be added, ing homeless people from public spaces. But connection lost when part of South Hull Street Berryman said. Atlanta’s ordinance exempts Commissioner Doug Lowry said “this stuff is in was closed for the UGA Special Collections parade-watchers, bench-sitters, sidewalk cafe no way intended to run off homeless people,” Library.) patrons, “persons lying down or napping” and Commissioner Kelly Girtz said “we tend • making Meigs Street one way going while attending performances or festivals, not to have a problem” with homeless people toward downtown and closing the alley near people waiting for buses, people waiting for camping downtown because they prefer more The Grit for outdoor dining. tickets, and children sleeping in strollers or secluded areas. Many of these ideas have been hanging baby carriages. It would be a shame if last year’s harmaround for awhile, but finally someone’s put What, exactly, is the problem this ordiless and mostly respectful Occupy protests them all in one place so we can see the big nance is supposed to solve? “What we were were to frighten local government into such picture. The reaction so far: WANT. A public worried about was the creeping occupation,” a headlong overreaction as to close all our hearing on the draft plan is tentatively schedAssistant Police Chief Alan Brown told a group public spaces at night in order to solve a uled for sometime next month; we’ll let you of commissioners last year. “They would creep problem that doesn’t really seem to exist. “I’m know when an exact date is set.
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The More Things Change: We recently happened across our Dec. 7, 1994 issue, which included an item by Editor Pete McCommons urging Normaltown, Boulevard and Buena Vista residents to fight medical-related development along Prince Avenue. It just goes to show that we’ve been talking in circles— gentrification related to the new UGA Health Sciences Campus was one of the main issues in the recent Buena Vista Historic District debate. Speaking of Buena Vista, Mayor Nancy Denson allowed the historic district to take effect last week, but without her signature. She called the odds of her vetoing it “very insignificant,” but she was “still uncomfortable with the whole process.” School Secrecy: The ACC Commission signed off on a $40 million bond issue last week for Clarke County School District ELOST-funded construction projects. It was a mere formality that was already approved by voters and the school board, and the district got a great interest rate. But as James Garland told commissioners, CCSD only gave 24 hours notice for the called school board meeting to approve the bonds, board members didn’t see the numbers until just before they were asked to vote, and some of them clearly didn’t understand what they were voting on. The district followed the law, ACC Attorney Bill Berryman told commissioners. He also noted that brokers want to move fast to lock in favorable interest rates. But still, the public needs time to look at this stuff. It’s our money. The commission unanimously approved the bond package with Classic City High School principal Kelly Girtz abstaining. In the Hoop: A few weeks ago, Flagpole started Culture Briefs, a new blog dedicated to bringing you the latest news on art, film, theater and literature. Music editor Gabe Vodicka and I had a better idea—we commandeered it to talk about the NCAA Tournament. Check it out, fellow basketball junkies. Correction: Last week’s City Dope incorrectly stated the amount of money Jared Bailey requested from the Athens Downtown Development Authority for AthHalf. It was $10,000. Blake Aued email@example.com
How â€˜Historicâ€™ Is Ethics Legislation? reform packageâ€? the state had ever seen. This bill was needed to clean up the mess left by the former House speaker, Glenn Richardson, who had been in charge when the last ethics measure was passed. Richardson, youâ€™ll remember, was encouraged by his colleagues to resign immediately after his former wife told a TV interviewer that Richardson had had an affair with a female lobbyist. Richardsonâ€™s successor, Speaker Ralston, helped write the 2010 ethics bill and urged the House to pass what he called â€œone of the more important propositionsâ€? of the session. â€œWe had to respond to some problems we had in a very forceful way. This bill does that,â€? Ralston said. â€œWe had to change some of the ways we did business in this House, and weâ€™ve done that. This bill gets it right. Letâ€™s show the people of Georgia we heard from you and we can deal with our own issues here.â€? Oddly enough, Ralstonâ€™s bill didnâ€™t seem to â€œget it right,â€? either. As the media reported on numerous occasions over the next two years, lobbyists continued to spend heavily in their efforts to persuade legislators to pass whatever the lobbyists requestedâ€“which our lawmakers were only too happy to do. This distressing practice became so widely known that the voters finally said, â€œEnough!â€? In last yearâ€™s primary elections, Republican and Democratic voters overwhelmingly endorsed straw vote issues calling for a restriction on lobbyist gifts to legislators. That brings us to this yearâ€™s General Assembly session and the latest attempt to pass a bill that really will fix the problem this time. At least, thatâ€™s what theyâ€™ll tell you if the House and Senate are able to agree on a compromise ethics bill. If that bill passes, youâ€™ll forgive me if I donâ€™t get very excited about it. Iâ€™ve heard all this beforeâ€”many times. Tom Crawford firstname.lastname@example.org
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One of the major questions left in this yearâ€™s legislative session is whether the House and Senate will agree on some kind of bill to limit what lobbyists can spend on lawmakers. There is a basic disagreement between the two chambers over how this issue should be handled. Speaker David Ralston and his House colleagues want to prohibit lobbyist gifts to individual legislators completely, although their bill has large loopholes that allow lobbyists to spend money on groups of lawmakers. The Senate wants to limit lobbyist gifts to $100, although that chamberâ€™s bill would allow lobbyists to bestow an unlimited number of these gifts upon legislators. Itâ€™s impossible to say whether the House version or the Senate version will prevail. If an ethics bill does manage to pass both chambers, the leadership will call it â€œhistoricâ€? and claim that the bill will change the culture at the capitol for a long time to come. If that sounds familiar, it should. We hear it every few years when legislators try to deal with the pesky issue of ethics. After Rep. Ken Poston succeeded in getting a bill passed in 1992 that required lobbyists to disclose how much they spend, Gov. Zell Miller said, â€œIt is going to change the face of Georgia politics for many years to come.â€? In this case, â€œmany yearsâ€? amounted to 10 years. When Sonny Perdue won the governorâ€™s race in 2002, one of his campaign promises was that he would work to strengthen the stateâ€™s ethics laws. In 2005, the new Republican majority in the Legislature adopted an ethics revision bill supported by Perdue. â€œYouâ€™re going to make history tonight by passing the strongest ethics reform package Georgia has ever seen,â€? Perdue told legislators shortly before they voted on the bill on the last night of the session. Five years later, lawmakers found themselves compelled to fix â€œthe strongest ethics
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Selling What You Sow
Fenwick Broyard, community agriculture program manager for the Athens Land Trust, looks on as Classic City Performance Learning Center students (from left) Erika Arrecis, Corey Turner and Marcus Peek work in a West Broad Street community garden.
thel Collins grew up on a farm. When her parents were eating traditional Southern breakfasts of sausage, ham, bacon and biscuits, she’d always go out to the garden, pick some greens and stir-fry them with onions for her morning meal. “That’s what I had a taste for at 12 years old,” she says. But Collins got away from healthy eating. Then, one day she fainted and was taken to the hospital, where doctors told her she had leukemia. “I was put on a special diet,” she says. “I got back to my vegetables. I’ve been doing better ever since.” An energetic 77-year-old with a quick laugh, Collins is a driving force behind a year-old community garden the Athens Land Trust started last March near a long-closed West Broad Street school, turning soil and pulling weeds several hours a day, six days a week. “I come out here to find out what organic was,” she says. “They gave me a key and put me in charge, put me on the payroll. “What can I say? It’s just that simple. They’re doing something good. I wanted to be part of it.”
The Exception to the Rule When the Athens Land Trust received a nearly $300,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant in 2010 to plant community gardens and teach gardening techniques to local residents, the primary goal was to provide inexpensive and healthy food for low-income families, who often live in neighborhoods known as food deserts where anything but junk food is hard to come by or prohibitively expensive, putting them at higher risk for diabetes and other obesity-related diseases. The nonprofit also started scouting for a farmers market location where gardeners could make a little pocket money
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by selling the fruits of their labor, but local zoning laws don’t allow commercial agriculture in most areas. It wasn’t until 2012, when director Heather Benham approached the Clarke County School District about using the abandoned West Broad Street School, that the land trust could make it happen. Superintendent Phil Lanoue suggested not just a garden on the old school grounds, but a market as well, says Fenwick Broyard, community agriculture program manager for the land trust. “It was about a year, year-and-a-half negotiation with Athens-Clarke County before it was pointed out to us that several entities weren’t subject to zoning, one of them being the school district,” Broyard says. The school district isn’t subject to Athens-Clarke zoning laws, but in most of the county, it’s illegal to sell the food you grow. ACC commissioners recently started considering whether to allow residents to sell food from their gardens in stands or at farmers markets or allow them to band together to start larger community gardens on vacant lots. Fruit and vegetable gardens for personal consumption are defined as “horticulture” under ACC law and are allowed anywhere, according to Planning Director Brad Griffin. But raising animals for food—chickens, cows, goats, even bees—as well as plants grown for commercial purposes count as “agriculture.” Agriculture is only allowed in areas on the outskirts of the county zoned for agriculture, as well as—with limitations— industrial zones and single-family neighborhoods with acre lots or larger. It’s completely banned in denser intown neighborhoods where people are more likely to want to start community gardens, Griffin says. He adds, though, that officials have no interest in whether people sell a bounty crop of tomatoes to someone down the street. Athens Farmers Market manager Jan Kozak, an advocate for organic and locally grown food, calls the discussion a step in
the right direction. But he wants to see comprehensive reform of local, state and national agriculture policies—such as an end to corporate subsidies for large-scale corn, wheat and soybean producers—to encourage small-scale farming. “Ultimately, I think Athens and the rest of the state of Georgia have really poor policy when it comes to food production,” Kozak says. “It’s laughable that we have to go through this process to sell food from our own backyards.” Griffin, however, warned commissioners during a committee meeting last week that the issue is more complicated than it seems: Where is agriculture appropriate? What if neighbors objected? What if out-of-towners started farming lots in Athens? How would code enforcement officers know if the food sold at a streetside stand came from a backyard garden or Kroger? “I think the sales part of it complicates it very quickly,” Griffin says. “All of a sudden, you’ve got small mini-farms that are being set up and run out of neighborhoods.” Commissioners say they want to encourage community gardens, but they’re proceeding cautiously, asking ACC staff for more information on how other cities deal with the conundrum. “I love the concept, and I want to see more of these, but I want to make sure we look at all aspects before we [decide],” Commissioner Kathy Hoard says.
Demand Shoots Up for Local Food The issue crops up at a time when Athenians, and Americans in general, are taking a growing interest in locally produced food, rejecting the corn-syrup culture of pesticide-laden produce transported thousands of miles to grocery store aisles. Through the USDA grant, the Athens Land Trust has set up 13 community gardens at retirement homes, churches, apartment
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complexes and other community centers, with two more on the school garden. He also gardens on property in Madison County way, Broyard says. his grandmother left him and his two sisters. He doesnâ€™t want â€œThese are starting to become common,â€? Commissioner to be a full-time farmer, but he hopes to one day supplement Harry Sims says. â€œThese are starting to pop up all over the his income by farming. place.â€? â€œI think our purpose is to be a little bit of a guardian for At the same time, local restaurants serve food harvested the ecosystem,â€? Easton says. yesterday from farms just a few miles away, often by a new Easton would be like the two-thirds of farmers who must generation of young people trying their hand at agriculture. work a second job to survive, according to Kozak. â€œBeing a Public school students now small-scale farmer in America learn about raised beds is not yet at the point where alongside reading, writing you can make it into a fulland arithmetic. time living and sustain yourThereâ€™s room for more self,â€? he says. farmersâ€™ markets in Athens, The land trust program, according to Kozak, who called the Young Urban also sits on the West Broad Farmer Development Project, Farmers Marketâ€™s board of teaches business as well as directors. He hopes busigardening skills. One particiness at his organizationâ€™s pant, Marcus Peek, says his Wednesday afternoon market dream is to open a skateat City Hall will pick up, board shop. especially if the downtown The land trust also offers master plan now underway workshops on composting, recommends turning College pest control and other topics, Square into a pedestrian including an eight-week busiplaza. ness class for farmersâ€™ market Since its founding six vendors. (Collins, once she years ago, the Athens Farmers completes it, says she plans Market has grown steadily to to open a healthy Southern 2,000 customers at Bishop restaurant down the street.) Park on Saturday mornings, Skelton, who recently comKozak saysâ€”an impressive pleted cosmetology school number in a city of 120,000. at Athens Tech, says she can (The market starts up again apply lessons she learned at Apr. 6.) The land trustâ€™s farmthe community garden about ersâ€™ market at the old West health to her new career. Broad Street School will sell â€œYour hair is what you produce grown in its comfeed it,â€? she says. â€œYour skin munity gardens, as well as is what you feed it.â€? local meat, eggs, honey and Thatâ€™s why Skelton canâ€™t Ethel Collins, 77, helped start a community garden off West Broad Street other products, on the first understand why most of her last year. Saturday of the month startneighbors wonâ€™t garden or ing May 4. A tailgate market buy fresh, local produce. every Tuesday afternoon begins May 7. â€œThereâ€™s nothing like it on Earth,â€? she says. â€œIt gets rid of all Not everyone in the neighborhood near West Broad Street the toxins in your body. Youâ€™re losing weight. You wonâ€™t get School is enamored with gardening, though. â€œUnless there is a sick. Itâ€™s the best.â€? large group of people committed to the garden over time, garKozak hopes more people from the Hancock Corridor, dens can easily fall into disrepair,â€? Broyard says. Rocksprings and Baxter-Broad neighborhoodsâ€”for whom Collins and another neighborhood resident, Mamie Skelton, downtown and Bishop Park might not be convenientâ€”will start say theyâ€™ve had a tough time convincing other residents to join shopping at the West Broad Street market. them. â€œI had a few neighbors inquire about it, but they werenâ€™t â€œGood, healthy food needs to be as accessible as cheap, serious about it,â€? Collins says. â€œItâ€™s mostly the students.â€? high-calorie, nutritionally deficient food is,â€? Kozak says. Elijah Easton is one of about dozen Classic City High School students employed by the land trust at the West Broad Street Blake Aued email@example.com
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Photographer Focuses on Fancy Fowl
nyone who has ever tried to take portrait photos of a toddler or a dog knows how hard it can be to get them to stand still—much less look at the camera. Now imagine trying to keep the attention of a chicken. Now imagine 250 chickens. Patience-trying? Feather-ruffling? Not for Tamara Staples. Staples makes her living shooting still-life photos for book covers and editorial compositions for magazines, but her passion is shooting portraits of chickens. “There are specific birds that have a personality, and you just don’t know which bird that’s going to be,” she says. “When you put it on set, that’s when you find when they [have] personality—just like people.” Staples will be in Athens from 6–7 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 28 signing copies of her newly released book, The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl, at the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation next door to Avid Bookshop. Staples grew up in Atlanta, but spent a lot of time in Athens, and that’s where her fascination with our avian friends began. Her uncle, nowretired professor Ron Simpson, had chickens at his home in Athens. “He would just sit with me and chat,” she says. “After we were finished talking about my pathetic, 20-year-old problems, we would end up talking about chickens.” Her uncle took her to her first poultry show in Jefferson in the late 1980s, and from there she was mesmerized. “They were gorgeous; they were beautiful,” she says. “And there were these people who bred them, and this whole subculture.” If you’ve never been lucky enough to attend one of these shows, just know that the broilers we see in the cages packed onto the back of semi-trucks are a pale facsimile of what is on display at “fancy poultry” competitions. Chickens come in a whole range of patterns, shapes, sizes and colors, with more decorative plumage than a Sunday-hat shop. People who show chickens are a breed of their own as well, and there’s a camaraderie and kindness that Staples finds engaging. She started making portraits of the fancier birds at chicken shows across the Midwest in the early 1990s and released her first book,
The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens, in 2001. Back then, that book was one of only a handful of chicken publications out there. A few people might have had a few hens in their backyards, but certainly no one intown anywhere. “Since that time people have gone crazy for chickens, and I’d like to think that my book may have had a hand in that,” she says. Staples decided to revisit her favorite subject to celebrate the public’s new interest in fancy chickens—stemming from the urban homesteading movement and changing municipal laws regarding backyard flocks—and because she’s better at what she does now. “My skills have improved; I’m better at what I do,” she says. “And I thought I could do a better job of showing the chickens in the way I wanted to show them.” For her latest book, Staples traveled in a van outfitted with a small version of an Olan Mills-style portrait studio in the back, complete with interchangeable backdrops and glamor lighting. She shot about 25 birds per show at 10 shows across the Northeast and in Ohio, trying to capture their distinct personalities. Birds are difficult to photograph. They scratch. They’re easily distracted, and they’re bound to poop on a set. Despite the challenges, Staples captured each bird looking straight into her camera—something she’s very proud of. There was never one breed or one type of bird that made good pictures, she says. “I don’t really have a favorite breed,” she adds. “It’s more of an individual bird’s presence or a pose than the type of bird.” She remembers one older bird, an Ameraucana, who stood tall and straight despite his messy feathers. “He was a little bit tattered,” she says. “But he posed in such a way that you can tell he’s a thoroughbred.” Staples, who is based in Brooklyn, is looking forward to her homecoming and to introducing Athens to her world of feathery models. “I wish everyone could know a chicken,” she says. “They’re great creatures. They really are.”
News from the Juice Box Set A pediatrician once told me that he looks for skinned, bruised knees not because there might be trouble in the home, but because it’s a sign the child is getting outside and playing. I agree with the sentiment, but for me, the signature look of a child who is getting fresh air is dirty fingernails. It’s a tricky thing to get your children interested in working in the garden. That said, if you leave them to their own devices in the backyard, they’ll inevitably dig something up, so you might as well focus that energy on something you can later eat or put in a vase. This is how I met 12-year-old Jorge Pascal. The seventh-grader takes agriculture classes at Hilsman Middle School, and while he’s cool with the chickens and the blueberry bushes, his eyes light up when he talks about tomatoes. Wait. Back up. Did I say chickens? Yup. Turns out Hilsman has two little “chicken tractors,” which are pens that you can move around a yard. One student will be testing the soil under the chickens as part of a project to see how the chickens may help it. The school also has two greenhouses, three dozen raised beds for gardens and an orchard with blueberries, muscadines, figs, plums, apples, pears and pecans. The idea, says Pam Stratton, agriculture teacher at the school, is to introduce
at schools isn’t a new thing, for a while it was a patchwork of infrastructure. “People would come in and out of the schools; gardens would pop up, get used, then disused,” Smith says. “So really, the angle we’re trying to work here is more sustainability—keeping a record of the garden, getting resources to them, trying to engage more people in trying to take care of the garden.” Students at the University of Georgia are a big part of this, too. Matt Tyler, a junior political science major from Atlanta, has been working to get more volunteers for the after-school gardening programs at Gaines School Road and Chase Street elementary schools. Tyler also helped secure a $2,900 grant from the Office of Sustainability at UGA for Junior Master Gardener lesson plans and other educational materials for the raised bed gardens there. For Tyler, the work is about educating kids about the natural world. And as he gets the word out about volunteering at the schools, he’s finding that there are a lot of students with a similar passion. “The main aspect is not only gardening but an academic portion, to make sure the students are getting more out of it,” he says. “We’re really trying to focus on volunteer development and a lot of meaning for the kids in the project.” Kristen Morales
“I wish everyone could know a chicken.”
Jorge Pascual, 12, repots tomato plant seedlings in the heated greenhouse at Hilsman Middle School. students to various aspects of agriculture, giving them practical applications for the math and science lessons they get in other classes. But I digress. Jorge says he keeps a garden at home, too, and is the proudest of his tomatoes. The class has been transplanting seedlings into larger pots, and over the summer teachers will keep the crops watered. Last year, Stratton says, she took extra produce to the homes of kids who worked extra hard in the garden during the school year. Don’t think Hilsman is unique. In fact, every single school in Clarke County has some kind of agricultural component going on, whether it’s raised-bed vegetable gardens at the elementary schools or greenhouses and orchards for the older kids. Thanks to a recent grant secured by the Athens Land Trust, which solidified the Community Garden Network, there is now continuity and communication between the various garden programs at the schools, says Stacy Smith, program assistant at Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful and chair of the school garden committee for the Community Garden Network. While gardening
But what’s the benefit to getting your hands dirty if you’re a kid? Smith feels part of it is simply about getting outside and seeing where their food comes from. It also gives kids a chance to learn from something that’s not in a workbook. And from a school nutrition aspect, it’s important because “students who grow their own food are more likely to try new things,” Smith adds. Kids are fickle. One day they will be your best helper, and the next day they won’t want anything to do with you. But, they also can’t resist being outside. And you can start small—some flowers they water, or their own little plot in a vegetable garden, for example. Before you know it, you’ll have a scene like what Stratton described to me, when her classes started pulling out baby carrots and discovered their sweet flavor. “They were pulling out baby carrots and yelling, ‘Gucci!’” she says (apparently that’s the new “cool”). “To hear kids yell out Gucci for carrots, you know you’re doing something right.” Kristen Morales
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Farm to Cart: For this issue of Flagpole, focusing as it does on local agriculture, I felt the time was right to return to Farm Cart, Athensâ€™ most famous food truck and the one that has tied itself most strongly to produce from the area. Originally set up on the patio of Farm 255, itâ€™s since been cut loose, a move that makes it more accessible to the community in some ways (i.e., more places, more times) and less in others (no regular spot at lunch). Farm Cart does have a mostly reliable gig at Normal Bar (1365 Prince Ave.), on Thursday nights, when it sets up sometime between 5 and 5:45 p.m., depending on whether its technical side is on the fritz or the proprietor is by herself and stressed out as a result. Then again, if you are not starving and are happy to hang out on the back patio with a beverage, you can wait until itâ€™s all ready to go. The menu at the moment seems to alternate between burgers and more experimental fare (an Indian night, a St. Patrickâ€™s Day minishepherdâ€™s pies, Japanese noodles), but the night I made it by was the basics. As ever, the cart serves a mix of veg and meat options, generally priced between $6 and $8. The â€œNormal Burger,â€? made with grass-fed Moonshine beef, cheddar, pickles, onion and â€œspecial sauce,â€? is a nice thing, a cut above the average burger. The pickles, in particular,
blustery pre-spring day, even with little hint of greenery poking up from the earth, there were still some options. Two pleasant fellows, one chattier than the other, were set up outside in the parking lot, retailing free-range meats and chemical-free if not certified-organic veggies. Big, pretty turnips rang up at $2 a pound and came with a family recipe that braised them in butter, sugar and white wine vinegar. Rutabaga beckoned as well. Dogwood Road Farm (the chatty fellow) also makes and retails its own line of pearbased preserves, due to a bumper crop of the fruit. Of the three optionsâ€”pear butter, pear jam and a hot pear jellyâ€”the last was the best, mimicking the pepper jelly of the Northwest and erring on the side of spicy rather than sweet. Its owner also mentioned the upcoming Dr. Bob Rhoads Seed Swap, coming up on Apr. 6 at Grove Creek Farm. This year will be the 16th the event has been held, and it aims to educate about heirloom seed saving as well as provide a forum for it. Wagon rides for kids, Oglethorpe Fresh Market vendors on hand with produce and crafts, food for sale and live music complete the picture (directions can be had on the farmâ€™s website, which is its name plus a dot com). Inside the antiques mall, there are often Hillary Brown
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