Thanksgiving dinner is a perfect time to consider the ways that our food ties us to the world around us. One of the topics of conversation at our table was the vibrant urban farming movement in Detroit. As a city close to Scott’s heart, I know he feels sick to think of the Mad Max-esque state of things there. It gives me hope to think that in Detroit, a city with literally no supermarkets at all, communities are being proactive about growing their own fresh produce and are looking toward a sustainable lifestyle.
My favorite urban farmer is not in Detroit, though; she’s in Oakland. Her name is Novella Carpenter and her memoir Farm City is a must-read. I love what she has to say about Thanksgiving and eating meat in a conscious way. I’m looking forward to seeing Ghost Town Farm and to taking her chicken class one of these days.
But let’s get down to what you really want to know…
I got T-Bone’s snazzy little holiday outfit at a store in Valley Village called Sandbox Rebel. Sandbox Rebel is run by my friend Jodi Lee, who is as talented as she is gorgeous. She makes all the clothes herself and much of the fabric is recycled. Plus, she works with Project Okurase, which provides training and skills to vulnerable women and children in Ghana. Our clothes connect us to the world in a million ways, much like our food. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the people around me who inspire me by modeling conscious living.