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Category: Food Production :: Gardens
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Couple sues after town bans front-yard gardens 8.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MIAMI (AP) — For 17 years, a South Florida couple grew vegetables in a front-yard garden until a new town ordinance was passed limiting such gardens to backyards. Now, the couple is asking a judge to uproot the ban they claim violates their constitutional rights. Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts say they dug up the […]
South of Market: How the new SFMOMA reflects the sea change that has engulfed one San Francisco neighborhood 7.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Photographer Michael Jang was on a San Francisco bus, near 4th and Howard streets, when he noticed a moribund parking lot inhabited by a lonesome Chevy. “Park and Lock By the Numbers,” read the sign, “85 cents up to 12 hours.”

The black-and-white image he shot that day from the bus captures a broad...

Gardener-in-chief Michelle Obama brings in her final White House spring harvest 7.6.2016 Washington Post
Gardener-in-chief Michelle Obama brings in her final White House spring harvest
Responsible shopper marketing: Rewarding customers for doing the right thing 6.6.2016 TreeHugger
How do companies close the “green-gap” and turn consumer values into action?
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Cortez students invited back to White House 4.6.2016 Durango Herald
Five pupils from Kemper Elementary School in Cortez will return to Washington, D.C., for an early harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden with first lady Michelle Obama.Miles Frost, Gael Garcia, Christian Rebaza,...
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Urban Garden Aims To Bridge Gap Between 'Old' And 'New' Harlem 4.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This urban garden initiative seeks to bring in a little cash and a large sense of community to some Harlem residents. A new partnership announced on Wednesday between celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and nonprofit New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will allow two community gardens in East Harlem to grow and sell vegetables to one of Samuelsson’s local restaurants, Streetbird. All proceeds from the sales will go entirely to the gardeners, most of whom are low-income residents of East Harlem. “It will build stronger links in Harlem between the people who will grow things in the gardens and the vibrant local economy,” NYRP Executive Director Deborah Marton told Huffington Post. “Maybe someone will make the jump and get a job there, who knows -- but we’re excited about the possibilities.” The two community gardens -- owned by NYRP but entirely operated by local residents -- will start growing seasonal fruits and vegetables this summer, based on requests from the Streetbird chef. The Marcus Samuelsson Group ...
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Building a Backyard Paradise From Plant Cuttings 3.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I'd been wandering around the garden for the past two hours. Hot, thirsty, and running out of time, I was starting to feel like the last place contestant at a scavenger hunt. It was my very first attempt at propagating plants from cuttings and I had been given a small window of time to take my pick of the over seven thousand plants at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State to propagate and grow in my own back yard paradise. Normally taking cuttings from plants at the arboretum would get you turned in to campus police and kicked out of NC State's little patch of Eden. But not me, not right then. I was taking a propagation workshop, where I learned to take cuttings from plants and grow them into new plants. Just when I was despairing of ever finding the plants I was looking for, our instructor Chris Glenn appeared to save me. He must have recognized my look of desperation because as soon as I choked out the words "butterfly bush" we were off across the garden together. "This salvia is amazing" Chris said, ...
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The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In Three Acts 3.6.2016 NPR Health Science
Supermarket tomatoes have a terrible reputation. But the industry is evolving. More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or "shade-houses," and flavor is improving.
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Friday Durango dayplanner 3.6.2016 Durango Herald
Meetings and EventsCommunity Health Action Coalition meeting, 8-9:30 a.m., Sunlight Room, Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., 799-0218.Sunrise yoga adult classes, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County, 2750...
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A waterfront getaway in the back yard 2.6.2016 Washington Post
A waterfront getaway in the back yard
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Florida Lawns Are Being Transformed Into Edible Farms 1.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Gary Henderson can eat his lawn. Row upon neat row of tomatoes, carrots, sweet lettuce and arugula are growing in the front yard of his home in Orlando, Florida.  “I just think that the whole idea of lawns, especially in a place like Florida, is absurd,” Henderson told NPR this month. “Once you get to the point where you realize that you can eat your lawn , I think it makes a whole lot of sense.” Henderson’s yard wasn’t always so edible. About a year ago, he decided to donate the use of it to Fleet Farming , an innovative, volunteer-led program aimed at transforming under-used lawns into working farms. Volunteers regularly visit his home to maintain his bountiful vegetable garden. Henderson can keep a portion of whatever grows there for free. The rest is sold at local markets and 100 percent of those sales go back into the organization, covering the costs of such needs as irrigation, compost and seeds. Fleet Farming was first launched in Orlando in spring 2014, said Michele Bumbier, the organization's ...
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Contemporary cottage opens wide with a wall full of shutters 1.6.2016 TreeHugger
This modern garden house has a whole wall of moveable shutters that can open up to a great outdoor view.
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Harnessing the sun 29.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
From a hillside along Moffat County Road 177 in Craig, it is clear who the big energy player is in the region. In 2015, 2.1 million tons of coal were recovered from the Trapper Mine, where a dragline could be seen removing dirt from the underlying coal seam. At the $1.2 billion Craig Station power plant, sitting on 1,120 acres, the capacity exists to produce 1,303 megawatts of power at any time. That is enough to power more than 200,000 homes. The two operations dwarf what lies between them at the community solar garden — a 577-kilowatt system that sits on four acres. Given how much land the solar garden uses, it would need to be 9,033 acres to produce as much power as the neighboring power plant. “That hillside is only going to produce so much (coal),” Yampa Valley Electric Association foreman John Cromer said while walking through the solar garden. “We have a lot to gain by being a part of a facility like this.” It is evident that some residents do not like the idea of green energy being produced in ...
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Beverly Hills home built on the original Buster Keaton estate lists for sale 28.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower was in his first term as president, Willie Mays made The Catch, “Mr. Sandman” was on the radio — and a house that became a favorite hangout for Hollywood elite was built on Pamela Drive.

The property had been part of a larger estate belonging to silent-film comic Buster...

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Friday Durango Dayplanner 27.5.2016 Durango Herald
Meetings and EventsCommunity Health Action Coalition meeting, 8-9:30 a.m., Sunlight Room, Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., 799-0218.Sunrise yoga adult classes, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County, 2750...
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A homeowner plants community in her Eastlake garden 27.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Interior designer Mary Hansen treats passers-by with a creative urban farmscape that puts every inch of land to good use.
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The best landscape designs don’t require hours of watering and maintenance 27.5.2016 Washington Post
The best landscape designs don’t require hours of watering and maintenance
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How to Create a Stellar Community Garden in Six Steps 27.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a quest to find more affordable, fresh and local food, many communities - particularly those in the urban, space-starved metropolitan areas - are moving towards the urban farming model of food production and distribution. Community gardening and localized food production are not new concepts. These types of projects first made an appearance in American culture during World War I and World War II. Referred to as "Victory Gardens", these spaces were implemented throughout the U.S. as a temporary solution to Depression-Era food shortages. Besides solving food problems, they had the added benefit of bringing neighbors together in difficult times and boosting wartime morale. Similarly, the benefits of modern day community gardens go well beyond providing a fresh and local food source. Studies have shown that gardening can improve overall fitness, stress levels and general well-being. During this digital age, community gardening can serve as a soothing balm for the sore of a disengaged, hyper-technological ...
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SEPTA: Man died after falling onto Market-Frankford tracks 25.5.2016 Philly.com News
A 55-year-old man was struck and killed by a SEPTA train late Tuesday afternoon in Center City, causing a suspension and delays on the Market-Frankford Line, officials said.
Hammering for Peace 24.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kathy Kelly

Last winter, at the Voices home/office in Chicago, we welcomed two friends who were in town for a Mennonite church gathering focused on the symbol of beating swords into plowshares. Their project embraces a vision from the biblical “Book of Isaiah” which longs for the day when “they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they study war anymore.”  Our friends quite literally enact this vision.

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