A discussion of how we can increase the security our local food supply at a time when rising fuel costs, climate change and political turmoil make it particularly vulnerable. As seen through the lens of the Imani Gardens, located at 1680 Pacific Street and 87-91 Schenectady Street.
Are you part of the California drought problem? Every time you buy a bunch of grapes from California, your contributing not only to some grower's bottom line, you're also consuming 24 gallons of California's water. For details, check out this recent article in the New York Times about the Cali Drought.
Long before Napa and Central Valley become the nation's number one producer of grapes, New York had an established vineyard colony in the Finger Lake region. While not reaching the levels of fame achieved by Napa, the the Finger Lake region still produces a passable riesling, and the climate is often compared to that of the riesling producing areas of the Rhine valley in Germany. According to a 2005 study conducted about wine production in New York State, we have 31,000 wine bearing acres in New York and 1,384 farms producing grapes.
So as the drought bears down, and California's water restrictions start to effect grape prices, you might want to look for a more local source. We've actually got a nice grape vine growing along the fence at Imani Garden, which will be bearing grapes shortly, that is if Mayor De Blasio doesn't turn the garden into unafforable housing instead.
In the meanwhile, see you at the local wine bar!