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Chimps May Look Cute, But Controversial New Study Says They're Natural-Born Killers 20.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Chimpanzees can be cute and cuddly, but they're also capable of murderous violence. They wage war against their own kind, savagely maiming and even killing their neighbors and their neighbors’ offspring . Such behavior is rare among mammals. In fact, humans -- who are more closely related to chimps and bonobos than any other animal -- are the only other mammals known to inflict this level of lethal violence against others of their species. What causes this violence in chimps, and can they teach us anything about our own propensity to wage war? Some research has suggested that chimps are inherently peaceful, and that they turn violent only because of human interference. One landmark study conducted in the 1960s showed that chimps in Tanzania's Gombe National Park began attacking each other only after Jane Goodall and other primatologists began handing out bananas. When the banana feeding stopped, so did the violence -- a fact that led some researchers to conclude that we are to blame for chimps' violent ...
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Salt's Cure Cookout, Taste of Mexico, Abbot Kinney Fest 20.9.2014 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
On Thursday, Sept. 25, Salt’s Cure will be celebrating L.A. Beer Week at Verdugo Bar with a patio cookout, part of a monthly partnership between the West Hollywood restaurant and the Eagle Rock bar. Pulled pork sandwiches, housemade hot links and grilled ham and cheese...
Chow down on pies with neighbors 19.9.2014 Durango Herald
Bring out your pies, both sweet and savory, to the tastiest kind of competition Saturday.The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, now in its second season, will hold an open house and pie competition to showcase its growth.This is the first year of the pie contest, and organizer Mia Carrasco-Songer hopes it will help build community...
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St. Louis Park residents worried about future of Birchwood Community Garden 19.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
The fate of Birchwood Community Garden is tied to the future of disbanded church’s land.
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Obituary: Marge Gerten, matriarch of the garden mart, dies at 89 19.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Pet Detective Works For Free, Just Wants Cats And Dogs Back Home Where They Belong 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Maureen Steele insists it does not take any "special gift" to have reunited hundreds of pet owners with their missing animals -- all without leaving her home in Newfoundland, Canada. "Some is luck," the freelance pet detective says, and the rest is "a lot of determination and a lot of time on the computer, searching everywhere." Steele isn't kidding about the lot of time. Her husband Darrell, who made a sweet video tribute to his wife's work , estimates she's spent about 7,500 hours online trying to find lost and stolen pets. She does the work for free, mostly without people even knowing she's on their case until she thinks she's made a match. "A lot of people think she is crazy to be doing it," says Darrell, but "she says that she is a huge pet lover and wants to help fellow pet loving owners find their lost or stolen dogs and cats and any other animal that is lost." Steele got started in May 2013 after seeing heartbreaking reports of pets lost during the devastating midwest tornados . "I wanted to help ...
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Iconic South Mpls. Scarecrows Missing 18.9.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: Barb Balcom)MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A mystery is afoot in south Minneapolis. Someone has stolen two neighborhood icons. Typically, two seasonably dressed scarecrows, which have been at this community garden for nearly 30 years, stand tall on […]
There's A Lot More to Transition Than Community Gardens 17.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Urban agriculture comes home at a small farm in New Brighton 17.9.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
An experimental farm in New Brighton is producing food by the ton — reinventing an old barter-based model and ruffling a few feathers along the way.
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Routt County commissioners hesitate to invest public monies in community solar garden 16.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County commissioners placed an emphasis on the goal of transitioning to “future energy economies” in their recent strategic planning process, and they already oversee a significant solar array on top of the Justice Center on the west side of Steamboat Springs. But they weren’t ready on Monday to tell Facilities Director Tim Winter to continue to explore investing in the new community solar garden that Clean Energy Collective is planning to begin constructing next month in Craig in collaboration with Yampa Valley Electric Association. CEC is a for-profit company that has built similar community solar arrays in Colorado mountain towns. The company allows individual households to spend as little as $850 on a small portion of the larger solar facility, in order to offset a portion (or all) of their electricity usage without having to invest thousands of dollars to put their own grid on top of their homes. The solar garden offers the added benefit of being ideally situated on its planned site for ...
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Farm-Faith Project gives Hmong immigrants gardening space at churches 15.9.2014 MinnPost
Khoua Vang carefully tiptoed Saturday in a vegetable-covered garden outside Hope Lutheran Church in St. Paul and went down on her knees to reap dozens of Japanese sweet potatoes. She then stood in a shaded corner near the garden, peeled a big potato and ate it with delight. “It tasted really delicious,” Vang later said. “It was sweet and juicy.” Vang, 60, planted that potato and various other vegetables with three Hmong immigrant women at the Hope Lutheran garden. The church participates in Farm-Faith Project , which provides immigrant communities in St. Paul with farming opportunities, economic skills and gardening spaces at churches — thanks to the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches and the Hmong American Partnership. On Saturday, Vang spoke of her gardening experience at Hope Lutheran as part of the Gardening Matters’ Community Day tour. Vang started farming with her parents in Laos when she was just 5 years old. For the Vang family, farming was a source of income, which the family depended on for ...
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Who Grows Our Food: Farmshare Austin, Growing Organic Famers 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Who Grows Our Food is an occasional Meatless Monday series, taking a closer look at some of the people, so often unsung, who bring us the food on our plates. Ten years ago, Brenton Johnson started growing vegetables in his back yard. Organically. "I've never grown conventionally. I don't know what it's like on the dark side," says Johnson, who now owns Johnson's Backyard Garden . He grows 60 kinds of organic vegetables on 205 acres, feeding 1,500 Austin CSA (community supported agriculture) subscribers. He's hoping to grow Austin's organic farming community the same way, with Farmshare Austin . The nonprofit approaches organic farming well, organically, holistically. Farmshare Austin Board Member and Johnson's Backyard Garden manager Carrie Kenny describes it in terms of a four pillar approach -- education, research, land preservation and food access. But it can't happen without farmers. That's why FarmShare Austin is launching its Farmer Starter program October 1, "teaching beginning farmers how to grow ...
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Janesville, Wis.: For 86-year-old, pickling is a family tradition 14.9.2014 Twincities.com: Local

If cucumbers had legs, they'd run when they saw Mr. Pickles coming.

Tax breaks may turn San Francisco's vacant lots into urban farms 11.9.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A new program in San Francisco encourages property owners to convert vacant lots into agricultural plots. Critics say there is no room for such luxuries in a tight housing market.
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Jail gardening therapeutic for Colorado ex-cons re-entering society 10.9.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
FORT COLLINS — Tending a garden wasn't on Spencer Johnson's agenda when he left state prison after doing eight years for assault with a deadly ...
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Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco's Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms 10.9.2014 NPR News
San Francisco is one of many U.S. cities rolling out incentives to grow food on unused land. But some San Franciscans argue that land should be used to address the acute affordable housing shortage.
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Letter from Skunk Hollow: Straw-bale bounty, with zucchini the size of a cat 9.9.2014 MinnPost
The way to make God laugh, it's been said by Woody Allen and other philosophers, is to make a plan. But if you really want to make him howl, and call his buddies over to share in the fun: Make a garden plan. I used to know this, years ago: Early every spring I would lay out my vegetable gardens on graph paper, the rows and patches and trellises color-coded and drawn to scale. Come Mother's Day I would transfer the design to the dirt with a trowel in one hand and a tape measure in the other. And then, through weeks of planting and tending, I would follow my scheme as closely as possible, making the inevitable adjustments here and there ... right up until the point, usually mid-September, when I surveyed the chaos and wondered what I'd been thinking. Eventually winter would come, I'd put everything to bed, and proceed to forget most of whatever I'd learned. This April, as I planned a new garden for the first time in a decade or more, I was determined to do it all differently from the ground up — starting ...
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Nurtured by loving hands 9.9.2014 Durango Herald
It all began in 1992 with a heroic rescue, saving beauty from certain death. A rose rescue.“They were remodeling the library, the one on East Second Avenue,” said Karen Anesi, a longtime member of the Garden Club of Durango. “And I got a call from Doris Ferguson that they had pulled out these really pretty roses and...
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Ely, Minn., man claims world-record tomato 9.9.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
It took fertilizer, the greenest of thumbs and a pair of pantyhose for Dan MacCoy to grow his record-breaking 8.41-pound tomato, a lobed behemoth that looked something like a partially-inflated beach ball when he finally plucked it.
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