User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Production :: Gardens
Last updated: Feb 27 2015 06:39 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Law aids renters who wish to grow edible plants 1.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Larry Markword Reappointed To County Board Despite Dying In 2012 30.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who's been dead for more than two years wound up being reappointed to a county industrial authority board.

Fayette County officials said Wednesday it seemed they never tried checking in with Larry Markwood before reappointing him. He died in August 2012.

County commissioners say they conducted interviews with candidates and received letters from members who want to be reappointed or leave the board, but Markwood slipped through the cracks.

The industrial authority hadn't met since 2010, so attendance records would have been of no use.

Commissioner chairman Vincent Zapotosky tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review they'll be smarter about the reappointment process in the future.
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Clean Energy Collective, Craig community celebrate solar garden 29.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Although the solar garden reception started just as the sun dropped behind the horizon, plenty of energy filled Cassidy's Bar and Lounge Wednesday night at the Clarion Inn and Suites. The garden is a collaborative effort between the city of Craig, Clean Energy Collective and Yampa Valley Electric Association . CEC hosted the reception to celebrate finishing the 577-kilowatt system. Those who rent or own property on YVEA’s electric grid can purchase one of the $825 panels. Each panel will save customers about $45 per year on electric bills. As of Oct. 8, customers had purchased 46 percent of the garden. Craig Mayor Terry Carwile, YVEA General Manager Diane Johnson and CEC Chief Executive Officer Paul Spencer spoke at the reception and expressed gratitude at the ability to participate in a partnership that brings diversification to Craig’s energy blend. “The project is small, but the impact potential is huge,” Carwile said. At the same time the garden brings diversification to Craig’s energy sources, it ...
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Craig briefs: YVEA community solar grand opening is Wednesday 28.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Yampa Valley Electric Association will host a grand opening celebration for the community-owned solar array. Energy Collective, a Colorado-based group that aims to provide clean power generation to people regardless of housing ownership status, partnered with YVEA to build a solar garden in Craig. The garden is an effort between the city of Craig, CEC and YVEA. Learn more about community solar and meet fellow renewable energy enthusiasts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites. City Council candidates bid deadline is Friday Those wishing to run for Craig City Council or mayor must turn in petitions by Friday. Petitions can be obtained from city hall, and candidates must gain signatures from registered voters in Craig in order to be on the ballot. Completed petitions must be returned to City Clerk Kathy Larson. All candidates for city council seats must “be United States citizens, at least 25 years of age, residents of the State of Colorado and the City of Craig for at least one-year prior to ...
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Left in Love: Will Autumn and Fabian's common interests turn into shared passion? 23.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Friday, January 23, 2015 Left in Love is a dating column for progressive daters who give a damn! Each month, Meghan Murphy matches couples looking for radical love and documents the date in this space. Our couple this month is  Autumn and Fabian. Autumn is a 33-year-old work in progress -- a lifelong learner trying to create the life that she wants to be living. She works in the health-care field and is a lover of good books, music and documentaries. Sunny/Introvert. Autumn and Fabian share everything from an interest in community gardening to crystals to dessert. Will their common interests kindle a spark? Find out in the latest Left in ...
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This school is creating a more beautiful world, one relationship at a time 23.1.2015 TreeHugger
Meet the man behind Transition Lab, which author Daniel Quinn called "an enterprise of brilliant design that promises to achieve remarkable results on a wide front."
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Living Art: Creating common beauty 19.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
It's winter, and winter wonderlands bring to mind evergreens and warmer climes -- for me, at least! So this blog is focused on Living Art -- projects to do with your school or community that engage everyone, are stunningly beautiful, functional, and full of science and history exploration opportunities. What the heck is Living ...
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Biochar: A 'miracle product' for amending soil? 19.1.2015 Philly.com News
An ancient, highly porous form of charcoal is being touted as a godsend for soil health and fertility - transforming farms, home gardens, and urban and suburban landscapes.
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Making a good cup of joe, plus fertilizer and soap, from a coffee bean 18.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
One Faribault coffee roaster wanted to stop wasting the bean husks ­— and expects to make $5 million in the next five years with his consumer products.
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Maplewood greenhouse switches from vegetables to medicinals 17.1.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

For Dave Roeser, it's not just about salad anymore.

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The Time Has Come For Local Agriculture 17.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Local doesn’t end with summer: Meet 4 food entrepreneurs at 5 winter markets in MSP 17.1.2015 MinnPost
Courtesy of Mill City Times A scene from a Mill City Winter Farmers Market in 2014. As the recent polar vortex reminds us, winter is here to stay — for at least a few more months. But that doesn’t mean the Twin Cities’ purveyors of fresh, local produce and artisanal foods have gone dormant till spring. This year, a merry band of farmers market managers and vendors are braving the cold and dark to keep us supplied with locally grown food, locally made food products and locally sourced crafts. “Local shouldn’t end when summer does,” says Libby Wyrum, market manager at Linden Hills Farmers Market, one of the cities’ most popular winter markets. The emergence of year-round farmers markets is a boon for local producers and craft entrepreneurs. Most small producers and entrepreneurs can’t afford storefronts of their own. Many struggle to find shelf space at Twin Cities co-ops, natural food stores and craft shops. Those that do find retail space for their items may forfeit a hefty slice of their profits to ...
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New shed stolen from Spokane elementary school 15.1.2015 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Cooper Elementary School in Spokane recently received a shed for its community garden as part of a grant to teach students where food comes from....
Watch This House-Hunting Hermit Crab Move Into A Roomy New Shell 15.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Even a hermit crab needs an upgrade from time to time. With its soft abdomen, a hermit crab is vulnerable to predators and relies on a safe, comfortable shell that it can slip its body inside and use as a portable home. But it doesn't keep a shell forever. As a hermit crab grows bigger, it will need to go house-shopping for a roomier home. (Full-grown hermit crabs are also known to look for a new shell now and then.) When it finds an empty seashells that will serve, it hops out of its old shell and into the new one. No paperwork required. In the viral video above, watch the moment when one hermit crab -- owned by photographer Steve Guntrip , who captured the footage -- decides to trade up his old shell for a new, more comfortable one. “I'd never seen this before and grabbed my camera just in time,” Guntrip wrote Tuesday on Reddit. Beyonce would be proud. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reminds us that it’s not typically a good idea to keep hermit crabs as pets. If you do own a hermit crab, ...
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Koalas Whose Paws Were Injured In Fires Have Plenty Of Mittens Now -- But Kangaroos Need Help 13.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We don't yet know how many koalas and other animals have been injured in the bushfires burning up parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales . What we do know is that animal lovers want to help. Last week, the the International Fund for Animal Welfare asked volunteers to send in all-cotton mittens, to protect the little paws of koalas who'd been injured in the fires. The request, accompanied by some awfully cute photos of koalas wearing the little white gloves, went viral. Of course people wanted to help out with this. Photo credit: Nick Paoloni/IFAW "We're now getting offers from as far afield as Russia, Kazakhstan, China, the U.K. and the U.S.," IFAW's native wildlife campaigner Josey Sharrad told the Australian Broadcasting Company . Sharrad said that the group has received "thousands" of mitten, enough for all the koalas IFAW is helping, with more to spare. The extras are being given out to other rescue groups -- at least, those that'll take them. As Mother Jones noted , one group posted ...
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Ecolab to offset all its energy usage in Minnesota via community solar gardens 13.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Ecolab to go all-solar in Minnesota 13.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Company reaches a deal with SunEdison to provide renewable energy for all of its Minnesota operations.
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This seeds of the month club features only organically-grown heirloom varieties 13.1.2015 TreeHugger
Ready to get growing some organic heirloom vegetables, but don't know where to start? This subscription club aims to make organic gardening simpler, easier and more affordable.
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Bucks students to donate home-grown food 13.1.2015 Philly.com News
BUCKS COUNTY Students to donate homegrown food LEVITTOWN Students at an elementary school in the Neshaminy School District will use proceeds from a $2,825 grant to plant a vegetable garden this spring, the district said in an announcement.
25 Things to Do Around Boston This Winter for Under $25 12.1.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Winter is here and the cold weather has forced us all indoors (for the most part). Does that mean we have to spend a lot of money to have some fun? No ...
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