We are a small group of Madisonians from diverse backgrounds working to promote food sovereignty and build community in Madison through urban farming and culinary projects. We work on expanding the scope of agriculture as it relates to community food sovereignty and material self-reliance in Madison by 1) finding low-cost, low-maintenance ways to grow large quantities of grains, root crops, and vegetables in small spaces, and 2) finding novel yet accessible ways to preserve the harvest and turn it into nutritious, ready-made meals for people lacking kitchens or the time to cook. Throughout the 2021 growing season, we’ll host affordable gardening and cooking workshops along with culinary events that highlight what we’ve learned.
In this blog, we’ll post growing updates about our farming projects in the form of photos, drawings, and writings. These will include step-by-step reporting about the establishment phase of each project, yield/performance data concerning new crop varieties and planting techniques, daily management insights, and background info about the crops and growing techniques.
Farming is of course only part of the picture. This blog will also highlight our cooking projects and food preservation innovations, and document the process of turning what we grow into nutritious ready-made meals for those who need it most in town. We’ll also post tasty recipes along with historical context about the plants and techniques involved.
TradeRoots is a dynamic organization with many contributing voices from beyond our core team, so expect to periodically find content here on the blog concerning a range of topics relevant to today’s social, economic, and sustainability issues and the ways in which they broaden and strengthen our collective vision.