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12 Agrihoods Taking Farm-to-table Living Mainstream

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1 mentions5 months ago
Ever wish you could live at your CSA? Or move to a neighborhood where everyone is as excited about fresh, healthy food as you are? All over the United States people are embracing local food production in an exciting new way. Called 'agrihoods,' this new type of neighborhood ...

San Francisco’s New Urban Agriculture Program Up and Running

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After many months of planning, San Francisco’s new urban agriculture program launched in January. The program, housed in the Recreation and Parks Department, is tasked with meeting a broad set of goals originally set in 2012 legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors.Looking at how to increase the ...

Colony collapse disorder's link to pesticides strengthened by new study

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3 mentions6 months ago
The pesticides, called neonicotinoids, are 'highly likely' to be triggering bee deaths, say researchers.The researchers also used six control colonies that were not exposed to the pesticides. Only one of the six experienced mass fatalities, which they linked to a common intestinal parasite called Nosema ceranae. The earlier ...

Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

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2 mentions6 months ago
Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban ...

Gardeners' Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

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2 mentions6 months ago
To the home gardener who says "been there, done that" to the heirloom green bean, the French breakfast radish or the Brandywine tomato, take heart.Nurseries and seed companies are competing to bring you the most colorful and flavorful designer edibles they can come up with. They travel the ...

Better Than Spinach: Foraging for Lamb's Quarters

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2 mentions6 months ago
What is it about this "wild spinach" (Chenopodium album) that makes it better than its cultivated cousin? For starters, it's free.Well, it is if you forage it. I recently saw lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album) for sale under the name wild spinach for a whopping $7.59 per pound. Whoa,

A Farm Grows in Brooklyn—on the Roof

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12 mentions6 months ago
For most urban dwellers, visiting a working farm requires a journey into the countryside. But in a growing number of world capitals, a farm is just a short elevator ride away—on the roof.In Singapore, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Montreal as well as several U.S. cities, farms have ...

Safely Integrating Urban Agriculture With Urban Living

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1 mentions6 months ago
I was involved in urban agriculture before I heard of “urban agriculture.” In 2009, I worked on a farm and helped a community garden in Portland, OR. At that time, growing food within the city limits was not uncommon for a food-loving city like Portland. But now you ...

Designing cities and factories with urban agriculture in mind

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24 mentions6 months ago
The Netherlands offers inspiration for designers looking to create environments that harvest water, energy and nutrients Urban agriculture is making a new kind of city, a city of generative ecologies and productive enterprises. Photograph: Chad Ehlers/Alamy Urban farms are transforming inner city spaces – rooftops, infrastructure, streetscapes, building ...

Flower Power Rises Again as Gardeners Rally 'Round the Bumblebee

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3 mentions6 months ago
Gardeners are planting record numbers of flowers rich in nectar as the public throws itself firmly behind the plight of the endangered bumblebee. Sales of lavender, sunflowers and dahlias have risen significantly this year following reports of a dramatic decline in the population of honey, bumble and other ...

Salamander Springs Farm: Permaculture Farm in the Appalachian Mountains

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3 mentions6 months ago
Salamander Springs Farm: Permaculture Farm in the Appalachian MountainsNestled above an overgrown ridge-top meadow in the Appalachian Mountains, farmer Susana Lein proudly runs Salamander Springs Farm, a permaculture farm, homestead and “food forest,” where living, healthy soil is considered the most important resource. Working closely with her local ...

How to Turn Suburbs Into Food Paradises

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2 mentions6 months ago
This year, I hope to obtain land to create my own patch of homesteading paradise. As I mentally gear up for the prospect of transforming a piece of raw land into a (hopefully) beautiful, abundant haven of food, animals, and handmade buildings, I am simultaneously seeking stories from ...

Please eat the dandelions: 9 edible garden weeds

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2 mentions6 months ago
All too often, homeowners and gardeners wage war in their lawns and gardens against the plants that grow incredibly well there, but that aren't intentionally planted, and many times, the justification for these battles all comes down to the words we use to describe them.When we buy and ...

Greening the Nation’s Classrooms with School Gardens

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2 mentions6 months ago
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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

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3 mentions6 months ago
Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.J. Scott Applewhite/APhide caption Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli,

9 Easy Steps to Sheet Mulching

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2 mentions6 months ago
If you want to turn a barren lot into a permaculture paradise, you've got to start from the ground up.Sheet mulching is an easy way to start. You start with a biodegradable weed barrier like cardboard, and from there build a thick, layered substrate for your garden with ...

City of Portland Creates a Sustainability Haven for Urban Farmers

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2 mentions7 months ago
With just over half a million residents, Portland is a small northwestern city with long roots in sustainability and urban agriculture. In 1981, an urban growth boundary was approved for the city forcing a dense population into a restricted space and transitioning the city into a space savvy ...

Roundup under the spotlight in Denmark

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4 mentions7 months ago
Danish scientists have concluded that there is a need to investigate the possible effects of glyphosate herbicides on the health of livestock.At the request of the Danish farm minister, scientists from Aarhus University investigated farmer reports of ill effects of GM soy feed on livestock.The scientists concluded that there is a need to investigate the possible effects of glyphosate herbicides on the health of livestock, especially during sensitive phases of life.Martin Tang Sørensen, a scientist in the Department of Animal Science, reviewed published studies in order to identify potential risks ...

Agriculture Education Blooms in Urban, Rural High Schools

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5 mentions7 months ago
Plant cultivation, fish farming and urban forestry are among the topics covered in agriculture classes in high schools today.No longer just about cows and plows, the modern agriculture industry encompasses subsectors such as urban forestry and agricultural biotechnology, which includes the genetic engineering of crops. As the industry ...

The End Of An American Beekeeper: The Jim Doan Story

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4 mentions7 months ago
It has been almost a year since commercial beekeeper, Jim Doan lost his bees to neonicotinoid exposure. Industry continues to shift the focus away from the pesticides and have used anything and anyone as a scapegoat in order to continue to sell products containing or treated with neonicotinoids.

Chicago Urban Farming Partnership Focuses on Empowering South Side Neighborhood

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1 mentions7 months ago
The Englewood community on Chicago’s South Side has endured much of the impact of urban disinvestment over the past 30 years.Now, thanks to a coalition of community partners, bare lots are being turned into productive fields as part of Chicago’s urban agriculture movement. Angelic Organics Learning Center, a ...

Building a Rain Garden

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2 mentions8 months ago
Sandi Gill-Smith is a retired scientist who lives in the Washington D.C. area with her ailing husband Ivan. As he slowly loses his mobility, the couple continues to become more home-bound. She commissioned Ecologia Design, founded by author Michael Judd, to convert her yard to an edible one ...

Homestead Hints

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1 mentions8 months ago
There are two main suggestions that I would give to any would be gardener who is starting out for the first time. Today, I'm going to focus on these two main points, with more to come later, because I believe every other suggestion I could give still hinges ...

Our 7 Favorite Garden Products

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1 mentions8 months ago
Spring has (almost) sprung, and that means the bounty of the garden can be yours once again. From a large plot to a container on your terrace, any size garden gives you the joy of fresh flavors. Embrace the rejuvenating power of the garden with our favorite garden ...

Plant fruit trees to make your garden complete - Telegraph

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6 mentions8 months ago
The room where I write looks out over the perennial garden, the veg patch and the fruit cage. In the rare moments that the view hasn’t been obscured by driving rain this month, it is a pretty forlorn sight. Otter Farm is rarely the neatest of places – ...

Harvesting Rainwater: How to Make a Rain Barrel - Do It Yourself - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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1 mentions8 months ago
Rainwater that is collected in a rain barrel before it hits the ground is free of many contaminants that water picks up as it filters through soil. This soft, warm (and free) water is perfect for plants, lawns, and many other outdoor applications. DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient ...

Growing Open-Pollinated Heirloom Corn - Farm and Garden - GRIT Magazine

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1 mentions8 months ago
“One American farmer feeds 128 folks, plus you,” or so proclaims the adage found on roadside signs across the heartland. Yet ironically, most of those farmers actually produce commodities such as corn that get passed on up the line — and aren’t consumed directly or even indirectly by ...

How to Start a Compost Bin - In The Garden - Mother Earth Living

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2 mentions8 months ago
What if you could green up your lawn, create gorgeous healthy plants and never have to buy commercial fertilizers again? Composting provides all of these with the added benefit of helping the earth by cutting down the amount you contribute to landfills.1. To begin you will need some ...

Mulching Tips from the World of Ruth Stout: Organic Gardening

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2 mentions8 months ago
People are always asking Ruth Stout a great many questions about the year-round mulch method: what kind of mulch to use; how much; when to apply it. Here are some of her answers.Don't leaves mat down? Somewhat but that makes no difference, since they are between the rows ...

Encouraging Native Bees with Insect Walls

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4 mentions8 months ago
Bees are on the decline, particularly honey bees.Without bees and other pollinators, every gardener knows that plants just won’t do what they are meant to.This summer, I noticed in my own garden the proliferation of squash blossoms that never became zucchini and pumpkins, instead languishing on the vine,

2,4-D Comment: The Most Important Thing to Do This Month

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2 mentions9 months ago
Submitting a 2,4-D comment may not have been on your list of things to do this month, but scientists and food safety experts want you to make it No. 1 on your priority list!A quick backstory: 2,4-D is an old-school weedkiller that could soon flood our fields again,

Garden Planting Guide: When to Plant Seeds and Seedlings for Your Region - Eat Healthy - Natural Home & Garden

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1 mentions8 months ago
Now is the perfect time to plan your greatest garden ever, and one of the best ways to ensure success is to plan ahead about when you’ll plant what. Some plants thrive in cooler soils, while others will only think about growing when it’s warmer. It’s important to ...

Better Lettuce Seed Germination – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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1 mentions8 months ago
When lettuce is mentioned, many think of the standard iceberg lettuce found in supermarkets and restaurant salads. That is changing with the growth in popularity of the different types of lettuces from Romaine to head and leaf-type lettuces, mainly due to the flavors and colors that they offer ...

Growing Wild: A How-To Guide for Avoiding Weed-Filled Wildflower Mixes - Garden - GRIT Magazine

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1 mentions9 months ago
Wildflower mixes offer a quick and easy way to create vibrant meadows of colorful blooms — providing long-lasting beauty and a habitat for birds and butterflies. If you plant the wrong mix, though, you could end up with invasive or weedy plants as unintended guests in your garden ...

Garden Sheds and Outbuildings from the Gardenista Gallery: Gardenista

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1 mentions9 months ago
Although they're inherently practical, there's something romantic about garden sheds and outbuildings. As extra spaces, they're not required to meet the basic needs of a main home. As demonstrated here, a shed can really be whatever you want it to be. Collected from the Gardenista Gallery of nearly ...

10 Easy Pieces: Potting Benches: Gardenista

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EXPLORE MORE: Issue 5: Potting Sheds, Hardscapes & Furnishings, Potting Sheds, 10 Easy Pieces, Outdoor Furniture, Garden Accessories, Furnishings Is a potting bench a luxury or a necessity? We think both. It's a way to avoid an aching back from squatting to pot plants, a means to contain ...

Growing Leeks From Heirloom Seeds - Farm and Garden - GRIT Magazine

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Leeks have recently gained popularity in the vegetable world, but they’re still not filling the serving dishes of ordinary households as frequently as other veggies.Much favors the cultivation of the leek: They are relatively easy to grow and are tough once established, they are not eaten by four-legged ...

Gardening For The Girls - Life on Itzy Bitzy Farm Blog - GRIT Magazine

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1 mentions9 months ago
For more than 125 years, Grit has helped its readers live more prosperously and happily while emphasizing the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition. In each bimonthly issue, Grit includes helpful articles, humorous and inspiring articles, captivating photos, gardening and cooking advice, do-it-yourself projects and the ...

How to Grow Organic Potatoes: No. 1 Potato Expert Shares His Best Tips - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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1 mentions9 months ago
Herd Seeder is the primary name in the industry, having produced quality seeders and spreaders for m... We have few opportunities during our stay in Australia to fly home and do work ourselves on the prop... Simply by covering your potatoes with ample mulch, storing potatoes in the ...

Types of Wheat: What to Grow and How to Use It - Real Food - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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1 mentions9 months ago
Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Wheat Monsanto and the biotech bullies are once again moving to ti... The second post (of three) describing an organic gardener's attempt to grow his own wheat. Cam grows a patch of wheat to see how much work is involved. He will never take a ...

New Report Shows Monsanto A Major Culprit in Record Decline of Monarch Butterflies

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4 mentions9 months ago
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, again, but the 2013-2014 overwintering population numbers for Monarch butterflies in Mexico were just released yesterday, confirming our bleak predictions from a few months ago: the situation is worsening. Last year’s overwintering numbers were an all-time low, with monarchs ...

Patrick Whitefield's Guide to Choosing Vegetable Seeds

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2 mentions9 months ago
The wind may be howling, the rain may be sheeting down and the garden may look bare and bedraggled, but now is the time to think about buying seeds, before the rush starts. The first step is to decide what you want to grow next year and see ...

Revolutionise Potato Growing - Support Our No-Spray Varieties

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Revolutionise Potato Growing - Support Our No-Spray Varieties 20 Days to go £11,375 raised of £20,000 target Get Involved Read More About Us Cheerleader Become one of the Sarpo Crowd and receive updates of progress in our venture 7 Backers Purchased 7 Units Promotor DONATION - Join the ...

2014 Mantis Tiller Award

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For more than 30 years Mantis has made gardening easier with its famous tiller/cultivators, dual-chamber composter, and many other gardener-friendly tools. Mantis products are available direct from the factory, through mail-order, and through more than 3,500 equipment dealerships nationwide. Mantis presents the 18th year of the Mantis Tiller ...

3 Easy DIY Greenhouses for Under $300

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1 mentions9 months ago
It’s seed-starting season and spring is just around the corner. If you’re looking to start seeds indoors and realize that you don’t have enough windows space to sprout seeds indoors, or don’t want to raise your electrical bill by installing grow lights, building a greenhouse from recycled and ...

DIY Greenhouse Underground - Farm and Garden - GRIT Magazine

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1 mentions9 months ago
The trench inside this greenhouse forms a heat sink during the day, while concrete block walls release heat at night.Dean Steward built a 14-by-24-foot “in-ground” DIY greenhouse for just $120. He simply trenched out a walkway between ground-level beds, walled it with concrete blocks and covered the beds ...

Pinterest Inspiration: Apartment Gardening Ideas - In the Garden - Mother Earth Living

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2 mentions9 months ago
It’s only January and I’ve started to feel the itch to garden. It may be too early to start planting, but it's never too early to start planning. Growing your own food is fun and rewarding, but it can also be challenging, especially when you have zero green ...

Drought-Tolerant Plants for Dry Climates - Farm and Garden - GRIT Magazine

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1 mentions9 months ago
Selecting and growing heat- and drought-tolerant plants is important for many folks living in the warmest and driest parts of the United States. Knowing which vegetables to plant is not always an easy task, but certain varieties will thrive under dry, hot conditions. Of course, there are other ...

Seed Starting: Preparing to Garden

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For more than 125 years, Grit has helped its readers live more prosperously and happily while emphasizing the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition. In each bimonthly issue, Grit includes helpful articles, humorous and inspiring articles, captivating photos, gardening and cooking advice, do-it-yourself projects and the ...
 

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