Occupy Miami: Guerrilla Gardening and Extreme Healthy Cooking

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Photo by Jonathan Brand
It's not anything close to a five-star restaurant, but Occupy Miami feeds its campers (mostly) healthy, hearty and free, vegetarian meals. After all, occupiers gotta eat too!

Food mostly comes by way of donations. There's also a vegetable garden with tomatoes, peppers, beans, onions, sunflowers, papaya trees, lettuce, sweet squash along with other fruits and vegetables. An abandoned lot a few blocks away is being transformed into an urban garden. It's unclear whether the cops will kick 'em out before crops are harvested.

Food Not Bombs regularly contributes. Fred Marando of Marando Farms in Fort Lauderdale makes contributions every Tuesday of fruits like tangerines and oranges.

"I don't know where it comes from, I just shows up and I say 'Thank you'", says 28-year-old Allen Greenler, who assist with preparing meals.

There's an (almost) fully stocked kitchen complete with utensils (no knives), spices, condiments, pots, pans, a generator that powers a blender and two hot plates. Then there's  a big green tent full of food.

Don't expect filet with shallots. Nearly everything eaten at Occupy Miami is healthy and made from vegetables like avocados, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, plantains, cucumbers. Soups and stews are a mainstay. So are peanut butter sandwiches, lots and lots of peanut butter sandwiches.

"Can't keep fruits around, we eat them too fast -- we need more fruits," says Greenler. "We'd like to see some more nuts, pecans, almost and stuff like that. Our vegans need more protein."

Snacks consisting of chips, crackers, cookies and whatever else shows up tends to disappear immediately, but donations stopped after awhile. Anything that people don't have to work for generally lasts the longest, says Greenler. Want some dessert? Greenler prepared candied coconut the other day.

"We're not down to pintos and rice, but we're doing pretty good," says Greenler. " If we eat better then we probably act better. If I can show people in the city how great I can cook, then maybe I can get a job."

Even though pretty much every meal has been vegetarian, a Thanksgiving dinner is planned. Professional chefs including chef Kjeld Rasmussen are coming down from Hallandale Beach to prepare it. The holiday dinner just might be the last meal. They face eviction the day after Thanksgiving, says spokesman Jeff Weinberger.

Want a bite? Everybody is invited. There's always enough food to go around. Farmers turn leftovers into compost.

"It's definitely food under extreme circumstances, but we get it done," says Weinberger.

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Sephoradoll
Sephoradoll

This is so nice like a mini utopia, but its unrealistic for the billions of people living on the earth, but wudn't it be nice...

Icthieves
Icthieves

......-------->>>...  * the day after Thanksgiving, says spokesman *Jeff Weinerberger *.                          ....???????????????????????????????.......      WAIT.!!! PEOPLE!!   THINK a Minute....!!!!  I thought the WAS NO SPOKESMAN for the OCCUPY MOVEMENTS??? So... is this Jeff Weinerberger THE FIRST?  Has anyone GOOGLED this Guy???  I mean... how could this WHOLE Movement be in place this long... and Thousands and Thousands od protesters be approached about "Who is your Spokesman"... and they all say .."WE HAVE NO SPOKESMAN"... Now this Jeff Weinerberger IS THE FIRST ONE to come forth as the OCCUPY SPOKESMAN??????  WTF????   Doesnt anyone want to KNOW who this guy IS!!??  For all we know... he could be a Serial Killer....or worse!!    A Communist!... Im off to Google this one.

Abc123
Abc123

This is a brilliant example of community - how human beings SHOULD function.  Fuck the cops - there is no possible justifiable reason for them to run these people off.  Any cop that gets killed in this Occupy movement fully deserves it because THEY are the only ones who are provoking the trouble.  

Joshua Zeitgeist Alba
Joshua Zeitgeist Alba

Jeff Weinberger is not the spokesman. Being part of the Media Working group and doing interviews myself I know that the Media misrepresents and is just plain mistaken on these points. They're trying to get a hold of a movement the likes of which is unprecedented and very unorthodox in it organization. Please excuse us while we change the world. Things will be confusing if not totally chaotic for a bit. Enjoy. 

Astralpretzel
Astralpretzel

I want the cops to attack them. I want them to attack back. Then when the smoke clears, I get to fuck the cops widows while using the protester's drugs. Life IS good!

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