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Fresh From Farms to Schools -- It Just Makes Sense 17.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the person in charge of ordering food for the Dallas school system, Dora Rivas certainly knew that the fruits and vegetables provided to her students came from farms. She just didn't know which farms. Or, more specifically, where those farms were located. Near Dallas? In Texas, even? Those questions came up almost three years ago when her team applied for a federal Farm to School grant to help pay for locally-grown produce to be delivered to schools. What's happened since has changed everything from the way kids are learning to what they are eating. Educators have happily learned some lessons, too. The result is a better, healthier school district, as well as recognition from their peers in the form of awards and invitations to share their best practices. I recently spent a day with Rivas at a Dallas school, and came away so impressed. I'm happy to share with you the steps they are taking to ensure the next generation is a healthier one. *** In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act authorized the ...
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Olive Garden Joins Food Truck Craze, Visits Boston's Italian Neighborhood 15.6.2015 NPR: Morning Edition
Boston's North End is a traditional Italian neighborhood that prides itself on authentic cuisine. Over the weekend, the restaurant chain Olive Garden parked its food truck there to hand out samples.
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A list of events and activities to make summer memories in Steamboat Springs 14.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
FESTIVALS, FUNDRAISERS, PARTIES Celebration and summer-time go hand in hand. Summer 2015 in Steamboat Springs will offer its fair share of sun and fun. So branch out, attend a new fundraiser or event and have fun. READERS’ PICKS Steamboat Pilot & Today asked readers what their favorite summertime events are in Steamboat Springs, and here is what a few of them said: “The rodeo is our favorite, especially the riding competitions and the chasing of the sheep and the cows. We love the heritage it brings to the valley.” — The Mays family “One of my favorite events when we lived in Steamboat was the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. They floated by our back window!” — Cynthia Boland Vaughn “One of the things I love about Steamboat in the summertime is the Alpine slide; it’s such a fun thing to do.” — Marshall Meece “I like the Yampa River festival because it takes advantage of local amenities, mainly the river, that are the heart and soul of this town. It’s a healthy thing to enjoy and relatively free for people to go ...
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Rich Californians: You’ll have to pry the hoses from our cold, dead hands 14.6.2015 Washington Post
RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. — Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water.People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”Read full article ...
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Summer and the city food special 12.6.2015 Financial Times US
Whether it’s brunch by the beach in Warsaw or rum-spiked coconuts in a San Francisco park, FT correspondents reveal where they eat, drink and chill when the heat rises . . . 
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Dayplanner Friday 12.6.2015 Durango Herald
Meetings and EventsOutdoor Yoga, 7-8 a.m. and 8:15-9:15 a.m., outdoor amphitheater outside the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., $5, 259-0385.Community Health Action Coalition meeting, 8-9:30 a.m., Sunlight Room, Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., 799-0218.Durango Botanical Society...
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Giant Flea Market Means Big Haul for Porters 12.6.2015 Wall St. Journal: Page One
Giant Flea Market Means Big Haul for Porters

A giant flea market in Brimfield, Mass., stretches across roughly 80 acres. A porter industry has grown up beside the show, to help buyers cart purchases through the crowds.

BRIMFIELD, Mass.—Three times a year, traffic on U.S. Route 20, the main street of this sleepy New England hamlet, resembles rush hour in Los Angeles or New York. Motels switch on “no vacancy” signs as people from around the world come to shop at the Brimfield Outdoor Antiques & Collectibles show, one of America’s largest flea markets. But how do you get a carousel horse across a crowded field to your car a half-mile away?

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Gardening with Deb: Botanic Park a wonderful resource 11.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Probably not since Margaret Crawford brought her yellow roses here from Missouri in the 1870s has anyone cultivated such an interest in high country gardening as two British transplants who now call Steamboat their home: Audrey and Bob Enever. Through their generosity and active involvement, Steamboat is home to one of the most beautiful botanic parks in the state. The Enevers donated the land (six acres along the Yampa River) the park occupies as well as financed and designed its infrastructure and set aside a substantial amount of money as an endowment for the park so that, as Bob said,"the Park won't die when we do." Thanks to an active board, income from the endowment is supplemented with membership income as well as grants and donations to cover operating costs. The park, which opened in 1997, is owned by the city and managed by an independent board of directors. In establishing the Park — in memory of the untimely death of one of their sons — Bob and Audrey envisioned not just a public park where ...
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Rooftop farms appealing, but will they catch on? 11.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
For more than a decade, Chicago has been at the forefront of the green-roof movement. Now the city is poised to take an active role in the next environmental push — using roofs to grow ...
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Washington School Goes Green With Worm Poop And Rotten Lunch Food 10.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The circle of life is a marvelous thing. Fourth-graders at Hillcrest Elementary School in Oak Harbor, Washington, have created an award-winning environmental program that reduces waste and provides fresh produce to local food banks, KING 5 News reported. Their secret ingredients for success? Rotten lunch food, chickens and worm feces. The school’s “Green Team” channels the natural food chain for their program, which involves a school garden and on-site chicken coop. Discarded food from student lunches is dumped into a large bed of worms, which turn the food into fertilizer used for the school’s garden, the news outlet reported . Produce from the garden, along with eggs from the chickens, is then donated to local food pantries. " All this food we're not eating is turning into stuff we can eat ," fourth-grader Jada Miller told KING 5 News. "It's like a weird cycle. It's fascinating." Hillcrest was honored on April 22 as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for their innovative program, ...
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In Mexico, illicit poppy 'gardens' feed U.S. demand for heroin 10.6.2015 L.A. Times - World News
 Mario moves quickly and easily down the steep forested hill. After a 30-minute descent the tree cover clears, and the sun shines down onto the hidden red and purple flowers dotting the hillsides in the Filo Mayor mountains.
HUFFPOST HILL - Robert Gibbs No Longer Welcome In First Lady's Vegetable Garden 10.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Conservatives are upset that the New York Times looked at Marco Rubio’s finances, even though scrutinizing politicians’ finances is the most common type of Times article, right after trend pieces on pants and how Queens is having its moment. Lindsey Graham said if he's elected to the White House, he will have a "rotating first lady," which sounds like he plans to install an animatronic Dolly Madison from a Disney exhibition. And Robert Gibbs shocked even jaded political observers by joining McDonald’s as its head of communications. The burger chain hasn’t made waves in the political sphere since Grimace founded Purple Strategies a few years back. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, June 9th, 2015: HASTERT PLEADS NOT GUILTY - Chris Frates, Bill Kirkos and Tom LoBianco: "Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to 'cover up past misconduct.' Hastert was arraigned in court in Chicago ...
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Campbell Soup buying Garden Fresh salsa maker for $231M 9.6.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Campbell Soup is buying refrigerated salsa maker Garden Fresh Gourmet for $231 million as it continues to make a push into hot categories such as refrigerated fresh and organic foods.
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Campbell Soup buying Garden Fresh salsa maker for $231M 9.6.2015 AP Business
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Campbell Soup is buying refrigerated salsa maker Garden Fresh Gourmet for $231 million as it continues to make a push into hot categories such as refrigerated fresh and organic foods....
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‘How Not To Be Wrong’ top seller at Secret Garden 7.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
“Last Stop on Market Street” sets the pace for young local readers.
The Latest Kitchen Gadget: A Farm 6.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Often when I'm considering what topics to write about in this column, the choices range from slightly depressing to total bummer. We have a lot of work to do in the food movement to right some longstanding wrongs. As a result, I normally choose topics that could benefit simply from increased awareness, such as farmworker rights or overfishing of sensitive ocean environments or animal welfare problems . So imagine my delight when, walking my neighborhood in Santa Cruz, CA, I realized a major success story is blooming right under my nose: there are kitchen gardens and mini-farms everywhere these days! This is with good reason. Due to the unprecedented drought in California, for example,  municipalities throughout the state are paying people to pull out ubiquitous, water-hungry lawns . What replaces them? In ever-greater numbers, raised beds for growing vegetables (nourished by drip irrigation or graywater, of course). In fact, I hear that even in certain neighborhoods of Los Angeles, you'll see raised beds ...
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California’s drought spurring water recycling at home 5.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Showering during California’s drought is a guilt-free experience for homeowners Catarina Negrin and Noah Friedman. The Berkeley couple — she runs a pre-school, he’s an architect — are early adopters of a home plumbing do-over that’s becoming more popular during California’s record four-year dry stretch. California, like many states, long required […]
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California's drought spurring water recycling at home 5.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Showering during California's drought is a guilt-free experience for homeowners Catarina Negrin and Noah ...
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California's drought spurring water recycling at home 5.6.2015 AP National
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Showering during California's drought is a guilt-free experience for homeowners Catarina Negrin and Noah Friedman....
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How Riet Schumack Is Helping Revitalize Detroit, One Garden At A Time 4.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 2006, Dutch native Riet Schumack moved her family from an affluent area in Detroit to one of the city's toughest neighborhoods. At the time, Brightmoor was ridden with crime, drugs, abandoned homes, vacant lots and streets filled with garbage, and yet Riet says she felt a strong "calling" to move to this struggling community. "When we moved here, it was not safe for children," she says in the above video from OWN's "Super Soul Sunday." "There were too many people who were allowed to do illegal things, so it was very scary. You would never see anybody outside." Some residents seemed to accept the community's deterioration as an unavoidable reality, but Riet wasn't one of them. "Ultimately, blight is an expression of the breakdown in human dignity and a breakdown in community," she says. "Poverty in itself doesn't cause blight. It's when people lose hope, and stop caring." Riet had hope, and this hope led her to take action. With a passion for gardening and children, Riet decided to start a garden for ...
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