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Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System 20.8.2014 NPR News
Tiny Singapore imports almost all its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.
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Eating Healthy in Hungary 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It wasn't particularly easy to find vegetarian cooking in Hungary when I was there in 1990. This was the land of goulash and chicken paprikas, after all. And forget about organic produce. In those days, even in the United States, organic agriculture and organic products were a decidedly niche market. When the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements met for their 1990 conference in Hungary, it was the first time they served organic food as part of their gathering -- such was the difficulty of sourcing the ingredients in those days. This was before the transformation of consumer attitudes toward food that accompanied the growth of huge organic farms -- what Michael Pollin once called the organic-industrial complex . This in turn produced the economies of scale that allowed for the sale of organic produce in supermarkets and the use of organic ingredients in fast food chains like Chipotle. So when I met Ferenc Fruhwald in 1990, he was way ahead of the curve. He had founded Biokultura in ...
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Sculpture Garden renovation plans firming up; Heart of the Beast facing financial challenges 19.8.2014 MinnPost
After 25 years and more than 8 million visitors, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s infrastructure needs attention. Areas identified as “deterioriated and inadequate” by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board are irrigation, drainage and stormwater systems, walkways and retaining walls. Accessibility and energy efficiency require updating, and the glass-enclosed Cowles Conservatory, home to Frank Gehry’s “Standing Glass Fish,” is due for renovation. The MPRB has received $10 million in public funding for the project: $8.5 in state bonding funds from the Minnesota Legislature in May, and up to $1.5 million from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Water is a particular problem in the low-lying garden, which was built on a former marshland. Mary Abbe reports that the Oslund and Associates landscape architecture firm and Snow Kreilich Architects are likely to be chosen for the project. If approved by the MPRB at its meeting in early September, a community engagement process will begin in ...
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Art Aboard: Is This Awesome Shanty-Yacht Our Post-World Flooding House? 19.8.2014 Terrorism

Art Aboard: Is This Awesome Shanty-Yacht Our Post-World Flooding House?Photos via Michael Bixler, Hidden City How would you survive if the world became completely flooded? That's pretty much the question that artist Mary Mattingly and crew seek to shed some like upon and answer with WetLand, a six-week interactive...


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How Growing Your Own Vegetables Will Make You A Happier Person 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The vegetable garden represents a small effort on the part of the gardener to be a producer and not just a consumer, to give and not take, to create something beautiful and useful where nothing existed before. The well-planned and carefully tended vegetable garden can turn a barren field into a colorful landscape, a hot tenement roof into an elevated green space, or a small balcony into a thriving ecosystem. In literature, the garden symbolizes innocence, fertility, potential, and growth. And so, it is with great expectation that we prep the soil, sow the seeds, and await the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor. The new gardener will soon find that patience and stoicism are required. We are forced to move at the pace of the seasons and hope for favorable weather. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted..." -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Planting flowers, vegetables, trees, ...
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Balancing Nature and Human Needs on the Designer Ark 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When my wife and I lived in the forests of the Congo several years ago, we had a friend and neighbor named Kauteli. He liked or was indifferent to animals that did not threaten his family, damage his crops, or eat his seeds. But he did all in his power to keep at a distance those that menaced his family's safety, food security, or livelihood. Kauteli's wife grinding delicious and nutritious peanut butter. Gambian giant rats and baboons can easily destroy precious seed stores. Photo © Dr. Edward Tronick. That Kauteli would rather not live with some wildlife put him in conflict with the conservation community, who like me (a European-educated biological research scientist) typically advocate for protecting all of nature's parts and the ecological roles each and every species plays. Though saving all of nature is, I would argue, a good thing for humanity and the planet, it is a viewpoint that can at times be myopic to the needs and interests of those who must live with wild nature. Kauteli is not alone. ...
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People In North Texas Just Adopted More Than 2,200 Animals In One Day 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Post by City of Arlington, TX - Animal Services . All in all, "Empty the Shelter Day" was a huge win in many ways, said both organizers and participants. Not only did the event help to increase the visibility of animal shelters in their communities, but — given that overcrowding is an especially urgent problem in shelters during the summer — it was also critical in the saving of many, many lives. KXAS-TV reported, for instance, that one participating shelter, Dallas Animal Services, was euthanizing 50 to 60 animals every single day this summer because it simply didn't have space for them; on Saturday, however, the shelter found homes for 149 of its 150 animals . The day's success could perhaps be best summed up in a photograph posted by the Texas chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of the event’s co-sponsors, at the end of the adoption effort. “Look at those empty kennels,” the organization wrote on Instagram. “#emptytheshelter...#savealife.” Encouraging pet adoption by ...
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'Borderfree': Creating Freedom and Beauty in a World at War 18.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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The Prince's Farm: How Prince Charles Is Championing the Organic Movement 15.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We were lost for twenty beautiful minutes in Tetbury, trying to find HRH's driveway. A lovely one, though. By guest blogger Peter Moore, VP/editor of Men's Health Very early on in my stroll through the enchanting organic gardens at Highgrove -- the royal residence near Tetbury, England -- I felt the eyes of Prince Charles upon me. And not just two pair of eyes: There were eight of them! In turn, those eyeballs were kindly, stern, engaging, quizzical -- it was as if His Royal Highness was asking me, quite reasonably, "What are you doing in my sundial garden?" I'd been wondering the same thing for about 24 hours, at that point. But first, to clear up one possible point of confusion: It wasn't actually Prince Charles who was staring me down. Rather, it was four busts of the next King of England, which had been presented to him as gifts. To which I say: If I ever become king, spare me the busts! I'd much prefer courtside tickets to the Chicago Bulls, thank you very much. How do you react to a gift bust if ...
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Meet The 'Zombie Chicken' That Apparently Made It Out Of A Freezer Alive 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Kat Gullahorn didn't even want the chickens to begin with. About a year ago, one of Gullahorn's neighbors just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, decided it was time to kill his birds. "He chose to use a BB gun and shot the chickens in the heads," she says. He gave two to Gullahorn and her husband, Evan, who wrapped them in plastic bags and stuck them in the freezer to de-feather and otherwise deal with later. But what happened next, she says, caught Evan by surprise. About a day later, he opened the freezer and found one of the chickens still in repose, while the other was sitting there, looking "fully alive, very cold, and pissed off," Gullahorn wrote in a June 2013 Facebook post . Evan was surprised, says Gullahorn -- and a little stymied. What does one do with such an animal? Evan holding the "blind undead guard chicken." Photo by Kat Gullahorn Gullahorn, with her daughter and husband, let the chicken into the yard and tried to feed her some corn meal while they considered the bird's future. The family ...
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Dog Tries To 'Save' Fish; The Internet Melts A Little Inside 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When a video of a dog seemingly trying to rescue some fish -- by splashing water on them -- began making the rounds this week, netizens everywhere let out a collective “ aww .” (Watch the video, above, to see why.) Though we’d love to believe the cute pup is showing a whole lot of compassion for his floundering friends, it’s possible the dog isn’t doing that at all. As many skeptical Redditors have pointed out, the pooch may actually be trying to bury the fish with the water. Addressing the question of why a dog would try to bury anything with water, Redditor "munificent" said: “My dog has done the ‘bury with nose thing’ on a bare carpet floor, on top of a bed, and on hardwood floors. … Once she tried to hide a toy by burying it under a sleeping baby.” After watching the clip via Buzzfeed, a Facebook user noted the following: "A dog does not understand that a fish needs water to breathe . ... People need to stop putting human emotions onto animals." Last year, an animal behavior expert said something ...
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Edible Flowers Find A Sweet Companion In Chocolate 14.8.2014 NPR News
Chefs and gardeners have long used edible blossoms as a garnish for salads and entrees. Now, food entrepreneurs are giving them a big role in mixed drinks and chocolate.
King Arthur: A Picnic Operetta 13.8.2014 Columns
August and September mean the harvest of garden goodies for many Minnesotans — and the return of the Picnic Operetta for fans of theater and culinary experiences. This year, the folks at Mixed Precipitation tackle Henry Purcell's Arthur in community gardens around the Twin Cities area. ...
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Gardening: Small is sometimes better in the vegetable world 13.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Truman Capote famously told friends that the very wealthy eat better vegetables — tiny ones. So there’s another plus for gardening: It’s easier to eat the way the super-rich do. Not that smaller is always better in the world of vegetables. A cucumber picked undersize does not taste better than one allowed to swell up before harvest — as long as that full-size one is picked before its skin yellows and seeds start to harden. Similarly, the taste of baby carrots can’t compare with fully grown ones,...
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Lakewood grant program awards money to neighborhood improvement plans 13.8.2014 Denver Post: Local
Community projects benefit neighborhoods and make life better for residents. Lakewood recognizes this, and every year the city awards grants totaling $160,000 to help along good ideas as part of its Neighborhood Participation ...
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Daily Rant & Rave: Plant thieves 13.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
RAVE To the Seattle Fire Department fire fighters who added so much fun to our Queen Anne neighborhood celebration of Seattle Night Out. In the spirit of the evening, they came to our block, opened their truck to kids and adults alike and were so friendly and gracious! We’re grateful to have t
Mpls. Digging Into Urban Agriculture 13.8.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: CBS)In the summer, there's nothing better than fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. But a large percentage of our community simply doesn't have access to that. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is trying to change that.
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Use garden harvest for fruit or green smoothies 12.8.2014 Terrorism
Smoothies are a nutritious way to stir things up in the kitchen, especially if the ingredients come from your ...
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Local Briefs 12.8.2014 Durango Herald
Durango launches online platformThe city of Durango has partnered with Peak Democracy to launch Virtual City Hall, an online platform designed to engage city residents in a conversation that will harness their input on city issues.City departments and officials will have the ability to ask questions and read residents’...
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Local Briefs 12.8.2014 Durango Herald
Durango launches online platformThe city of Durango has partnered with Peak Democracy to launch Virtual City Hall, an online platform designed to engage city residents in a conversation that will harness their input on city issues.City departments and officials will have the ability to ask questions and read residents’...
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