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Local Food Movement Tripled in 20 Years, Now Critics Are Taking Cheap Shots 11.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In the last 20 years, the amount of local foods consumed in the American diet has tripled, according to USDA, and now comprises two percent of food consumed in the US As with anything that's popular, some have seen fit to tear it down. Why? Do they find the locavores annoying, or do they seriously believe, as many argue, that local food enthusiasts pose a threat to the planet? Thanks to the farm-to-table movement, menus have become dense with information, as chefs detail the life histories of every ingredient in every dish. This focus comes increasingly at the expense of the finished product, according to food critic Corby Kummer in Vanity Fair . While Kummer has nothing against locally sourced foods - he's a fan, in fact - he's becoming weary of the "farmwashing" craze. He mentions a talented Silicon Valley chef, David Kinch, as an example of how less can be more. Kinch works closely with a local farm for much of his produce, but doesn't gloat about it in the menu. "You could appreciate the fact that ...
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Can Community Solar Meet the Needs of Large Energy Buyers? 11.8.2015 WRI Stories
Community solar, a model where customers purchase a portion of the energy produced by a solar array system, has been gaining traction across the United States. Just within the last two months, the Obama administration announced plans to provide financial and educational support for community solar in low- and medium-income neighborhoods. SolarCity, the nation’s largest installer of residential solar panels, announced its first community solar project. Twenty-four U.S. states now have at least... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Mayor Walsh faces criticisms for City Hall kitchen renovation 10.8.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Mayor Marty Walsh recently renovated the kitchen outside his City Hall office. He didn’t use a lot of taxpayer money, but still faced backlash for the ...
Healthy Eaters, Strong Minds: What School Gardens Teach Kids 10.8.2015 NPR News
School-based urban gardens can have a measurable positive impact on kids — from improving their diets to helping boost engagement with academics.
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Documents Reveal the Fearmongering Local Cops Use to Score Military Gear From the Pentagon 9.8.2015 Mother Jones
Mother Jones obtained more than 450 police department requests for armored tactical vehicles from the Pentagon. Did your police force request one? Browse all of them here . One year ago this week, hundreds of camouflaged officers in Ferguson, Missouri bore down on residents protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. Riot cops, their faces sometimes concealed by gas masks, fired off tear gas canisters, and as they stood on top of hulking, mine-resistant vehicles, they appeared to train their assault rifles on the crowds. On some nights, they greeted demonstrators with a storm of rubber bullets. Images of this chaos provoked a furious debate over the billions of federal dollars that have helped local police forces amass combat style weapons, trucks, and armor. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), echoing concerns from across the political spectrum , fumed that "lawful, peaceful protesters did not deserve to be treated like enemy combatants." Law enforcement agencies ...
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Minneapolis project aims to bridge racial divide in solar power 8.8.2015 MinnPost
On the roof of the  Shiloh Temple International Ministries  in the heart of a largely African American community in north Minneapolis, a new solar community garden may soon take shape. Unlike other solar gardens, which in Minnesota have largely been proposed in rural or suburban sites, the Shiloh site is right in the middle of a dense urban neighborhood that has a reputation for crime and limited economic opportunities for residents. Yet at the same time the area is showing signs of revival, among them a plan to capitalize on Minnesota’s growing solar garden movement. The more than 200 kilowatt (kW) solar garden project is the culmination of a goal by a faith-based nonprofit to develop community solar in a disadvantaged community and use the project for job training and employment creation. Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light  (MNIPL) and the  Sierra Club  were among the lead organizers. “We put together the coalition to make sure communities of color and low income communities have access to solar,” said ...
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Why you need to build a beautiful 'bug hotel' in your backyard 8.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
You might think of bugs as pests to be avoided. Not so, says Lisa Lee Benjamin, founder of Urban Hedgerow, an artists' collaborative based in San Francisco that's working to increase appreciation for wild animals, plants and insects by bringing more of them into our urban landscapes.
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The ultimate Boston walking tour 8.8.2015 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
Boston is an extremely walkable city—so get out, and enjoy the summer weather while it’s still ...
Solar-powered smart watering system promises battery-free intelligent irrigation 6.8.2015 TreeHugger
The latest Internet of Things entry into the lawn and garden market offers an automated and app-controlled watering system to "deliver the perfect drink" to your plants.
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Q&A: Food banks are happy to take your extra produce 6.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Thanks to the warm weather, many local home gardeners find themselves with more fruits and vegetables than they’ll be able to eat. There are food banks and meal programs that will happily take the surplus.
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Gardening with Deb: Raised garden beds: A versatile way to plant 6.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Last week, a group of Master Gardeners and friends visited seven gardens in the Steamboat area, learning about the different ways local gardeners organize and maintain their flower and vegetable gardens. One common technique employed in many of these gardens was the use of raised beds. In the beautiful garden at Barbara Walker's home in downtown Steamboat, where space is at a premium, Walker’s husband, Chip, built a terraced set of raised beds. It made great use of the slope in their side yard and was an attractive way to showcase their plants. You can design the size and shape of your raised beds to suit the space available, to take advantage of or create a microclimate for certain plants you want to grow or to take advantage of certain features in your yard and garden area. At the home of Matt and Sandy Graves, raised beds for a variety of vegetables are located right below the eaves of their roof line to capture rain running off the roof. What a smart and effortless way to water plants. Some of the ...
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Luxury hotels take up beekeeping 3.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
What do London's Buckingham Palace, New York's Whitney Museum of American Art and the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris all have in common?
Think no-dig gardening is nonsense? Please watch this 30.7.2015 TreeHugger
Many old-school gardeners are addicted to digging. But a stunning market garden proves it doesn't have to be that way.
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Community greenhouse a growing effort in Camden County 30.7.2015 News
The late July heat is blooming inside the Camden County Community Greenhouse, but the volunteers seem unfazed. Tina McHugh and Christine Pike fill wheelbarrows with ungainly petunias destined for the nearby compost pile.
City Council approves compost ordinance 30.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
Chicago's City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance to track and legalize donations of uncooked food scraps to urban farms and community gardens that make ...
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From bookstore to community organizing space and activist infrastructure 29.7.2015 - News for the rest of us
trr_rpn_jul27-31_2015_t6_justice_collective.mp3 Chip in to keep stories like these coming. On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Bonnie Heilman and Peter Garden. They are members of the Treaty 6 Justice Collective, a group that is attempting to address the urgent need in our communities for infrastructure to support organizing and activism. They began from a decade-old independent bookstore in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, called Turning the Tide, and from that beginning they have launched an exciting new experiment called The Stand Community Organizing ...
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Green dreams grow into reality 29.7.2015 Durango Herald
Bruce Spining was a complete gardening novice. Kristi Streiffert had dabbled but wanted to do more.Both are harvesting generous amounts of produce from their plots at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden and enjoying the camaraderie that comes from working together to achieve a common goal. Ohana Kuleana is a program of The Garden Project...
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Homeless People In Atlanta Plant Organic Garden, Provide Food For Shelter Residents 29.7.2015 Green on
Planting an organic garden is an activity typically reserved for bougie hipster types who have the time, money and training to get behind the cause. But a homeless shelter in Atlanta is opening up that skill, and approach to responsible farming, to its residents. “It is important to share and train residents in green technology that we are involved in because poor and homeless people are being left out  of the green development that we see burgeoning in our community,” Anita Beaty, executive director of Metro Atlanta Task Force, told Atlanta Progressive News.  The organization, which services homeless and formerly homeless people in its sustainable facility, offers a number of programs to its clients. In addition to its growing gardening initiative, the Metro Atlanta Task Force  has a 24-hour assistance hotline, day service center and transitional housing program, among other programs.  But the rooftop garden, which was first established in 2009, serves as a means to teach homeless people about urban ...
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Haunting Nude Photos Bring 1970s Hippie Community Back To Life 29.7.2015 Green on
In 1977, Taylor Camp was burning down . The flames, ignited by the Kauai, Hawaii, county police and state officials, devoured homes, churches and community gardens that stretched through seven acres of sandy beach and shaded jungle. The camp was essentially a clothing-optional  village where hippies, families, war veterans and runaways could live peacefully together. Freedom and love reigned supreme. But suddenly, Taylor Camp was burning. And once the skeleton of its towering tree houses were dusted away, it would be transformed into a government-owned state park at the end of a road on the Hawaiian island of Kauai's north shore. All photos are courtesy of John Wehrheim and appear in the film and book , "Taylor Camp." Wehrheim captured these images during his time at the camp between 1971 to 1977. Less than a decade earlier, in 1969,  Howard Taylor , brother of actress Elizabeth Taylor, wanted to get back at the local government of Kauai, Hawaii. He hadn't been able to secure building permits for his ...
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Steamboat briefs: Vacant lot at 400 Anglers Drive approved for parking 28.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
City of Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark has approved the use of the vacant lot at 400 Anglers Drive for temporary parking in connection with the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park utility replacement and sanitary sewer upgrade project. The parking lot, which may be used until the project is completed, will be available to mobile home park residents during times when portions of the park have to be vacated of vehicles. Call Rebecca Bessey, principal planner, at 970-871-8202, for more information. Community groups sought to secures spots in market Friends of Gateway Yampa are looking for artisan, garden and farm vendors, along with any other community groups, interested in securing a spot at the new market, which will be held Aug. 22 and Sept. 19 in the town of Yampa. The cost is $10 per booth. Email for more information. Entries accepted for 101st Routt County Fair Parade Entries are being accepted for the 101st Routt County Fair Parade, which will take place Aug. 15 in ...
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