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Steamboat briefs: Free 2-day gardening class is offered Wednesday, Thursday 9.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Bud Werner Memorial Library and Routt County’s CSU Master Gardeners are offering a free two-night Gardening 101 class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday in Library Hall. The class is designed to help gardeners plan and maximize their summer vegetable gardens. CSU Master Gardeners will share advice about what you need to do now to be ready when planting time arrives and offer a timeline to keep your garden on track all summer long. The workshop is free, but RSVPs are requested. Call 970-367-4917 or email jlay@steamboatlibrary.org. Voting is open for inaugural HKD Snowmaker Award SAM Magazine and HKD Snowmakers have opened up the voting for this year’s inaugural HKD Snowmaker’s I AM a Snowmaker Award. Launched in November, SAM Magazine and HKD Snowmakers joined together to recognize six outstanding snowmakers from mountain resorts across North America. The six snowmakers recognized this season include: Corey Peterson, of Steamboat Springs; Jason Seal, of Massanutten, Va.; Ken Mack, of Loon, N.H.; ...
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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Vegetable Cookbooks 7.4.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: CBS)Now that Spring has sprung (finally, sort of), we can start talking gardens, farmer's markets and vegetables. Sometimes we need some help taking it from the garden to the plate and Dara helps with her Top 5 Vegetable Cookbooks!
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Urban gardeners may not know soil's legacy 6.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
According to figures just released by the National Gardening Association, the number of American growing food in urban areas increased 29 percent between 2008 and 2013 from 7 million to 9 million people. But many of these city-dwelling gardeners still aren't aware of how to grow food in urban soil safely, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Center for a Livable Future.
After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision 5.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil's Dirty Legacy 5.4.2014 NPR News
More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they're clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.
After A Harsh Winter, Salvage Your Plants And Gardens With These Tips 4.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From Mother Nature Network's Tom Oder: With the arrival of spring — at least on the calendar, even in places where snow has barely melted — one of the first outdoor chores for home gardeners is to assess winter damage to their gardens. Some plants will no doubt have mushy or brittle stems, discolored leaves, or burned buds, leading many to ask: Is that plant dead? Looks can be deceiving. Just because stems and foliage are unsightly doesn’t mean the entire plant is kaput. So, how can you tell if you lost the plant during what for many has been an exceptionally harsh winter ? How do you nurse winter-damaged plants back to health? How do you decide if severely damage plants are worth the effort to save? You need to check their vital signs. To help you do that, we’ve prepared the checklist below. It will help you answer all of these questions. Is this plant dead? The initial order of business is patience. The unusually harsh winter of 2013-2014 seems to be lingering in many places, and plants may be slower ...
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6 Unusual Veggies That Add Variety To Your Spring Garden 4.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From Networx's Katie Marks: Now that spring is here (FINALLY) and the garden is ramping up , you might be thinking about getting started with easy, high-yield spring veggies. These lists usually include things like spinach, lettuce, and kale, all of which are in fact easy and tasty to grow , but who says your garden, and your plates, have to be like everyone else's? We rounded up some fun spring vegetables that don't present a huge challenge to gardeners, yet aren't necessarily grown as often, for you to check out this year. Why not make your spring landscaping a little more fun with these plants, especially since many can be used in edible landscaping as well as serving as delicious, nutritious crops? For extra credit, hire a local Phoenix handyman to help you build some raised beds at different levels to give your garden some added depth and ...
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Watch the world's largest rooftop garden grow in Brooklyn...in 3 minutes 4.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On top of  this Brooklyn building the world's largest rooftop garden is flourishing. 65,000 square feet of urban greenery grows atop the roof of Building no. 3 at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. Watch the incredible transformation unfold with this 3 minute timelapse. Brooklyn Grange - A New York Growing Season from Christopher St. John on Vimeo . "Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world's largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City, and grow over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and we partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities." -  Brooklyn ...
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Gardening is 'meditation' for Fiona Quick 3.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
For Fiona Quick, the key to gardening is to give the soil a gentle tickle at most, all a part of nurturing the biology below the surface. Quick is a board member of Gardening Matters, a Twin Cities-based non-profit that advocates for community gardening and arranges seed and seedling exchanges.
First lady plants White House garden for spring 3.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has replanted her garden, a sign that spring has come to the White ...
Spring has sprung at White House, soon vegetables will too: Michelle Obama replants garden 3.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Down and Dirty on Leadership 2.4.2014 Yahoo: Business

First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Down and Dirty on LeadershipJust as a late spring thaw was finally settling in, I had the chance to catch up with the first lady, to ask her some important questions about leadership, collaboration and the balancing act of family, work and life. Her answers and insights reinforce her determination to get the job done.


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How can we keep pollution out of urban gardens and farms? 2.4.2014 TreeHugger
Community gardens provide many benefits to city residents, but pollution poses health risks.
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Utah community farms take root, offer fresh summer eating 2.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Marty and Maryann Alston are the ultimate urban farming family. Three years ago the young couple coordinated the launch of the Wasatch Front Farmers Market at Wheeler Farm in Murray. The following year, they helped create farmers markets at Gardener Village in West Jordan and Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. And in 2013, they opened the Urban Farm and Feed Market Store at 5823 S. State, which sells their farm-grown produce and other local products year-round. While that seems like plenty for a young...
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The ObamaCare Copperheads 2.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
If the law is now such a success, why are Senate Democrats still fleeing?
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How to grow your own potato chips at home 1.4.2014 TreeHugger
One of America's favorite snack foods also happens to be one of the easiest to grow at home, even for the novice gardener.
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Utah CSAs offer fresh eating all summer long 1.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Marty and Maryann Alston are the ultimate urban farming family. Three years ago the young couple coordinated the launch of the Wasatch Front Farmers Market at Wheeler Farm in Murray. The following year, they helped create farmers markets at Gardener Village in West Jordan and Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. And in 2013, they opened the Urban Farm and Feed Market Store at 5823 S. State, which sells their farm-grown produce and other local products year-round. While that seems like plenty for a young...
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Donors Pledge $1 Billion To Pakistan For Education 31.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says international donors have pledged to provide Pakistan with about a billion dollars over the next three years to help it provide education to millions of out-of-school children.

Now a United Nations special envoy on global education, Brown said Saturday in Islamabad that the global community will partner with Pakistan in financing the biggest education expansion in the country's history. Pakistan recently doubled its education budget, from two to four percent of its gross domestic product.

Brown says the goal is to provide education to more than 55 million people over ten years old who are illiterate in Pakistan.
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Students' jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges 30.3.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
CRAFTSBURY, Vt.—Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven "Work Colleges"
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Students' jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges 30.3.2014 Yahoo: US National
CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven "Work Colleges" around the country, students are required to work on campus as part of their studies — doing everything from landscaping, growing and cooking food to public relations and feeding farm animals — to pay off at least some of their tuition before they graduate. ...
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