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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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September 02, 2009


I read an article recently on how vertical farming is helping to repurpose project housing in Chicago. Apparently, those conditions that are TERRIBLE for people (damp, poorly lit, and therefore moldy) are perfect for growing mushrooms. I guess mushroom farms are taking off on Chicago's south side. A lot of people object to vertical farming for veggies since there is a profound disconnect with the earth and you have to spend a lot of money on artifical lighting. But mushrooms, my friend, are the answer.

Nice post, and thanks for some new reading material! I'm no urban farmer (far from it), but I hope someday I can have more than a German Village patio to grow my food. That story about Roxanne Christensen in Philly IS fascinating, and gives me hope for my endeavors!

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