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[ 25.4.2015 Durango Herald
Meetings and EventsFree breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Florida Grange Hall, 656 Colorado Highway 172.Arbor Day Celebration and Workday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, 564 E. 30th St.La Plata West Water Authority will host an open house and discussion meeting, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Breen Community Building in Hesperus,...
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Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market 25.4.2015 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot....
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Celebrating and savoring breadfruit in Hana, Hawaii 25.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
How to Compost at Home 24.4.2015 Green on
The idea of composting may seem a bit intimidating, especially for those living in smaller spaces in urban environments. But the good news is that anyone can learn how to compost at home, regardless of your living situation. In a few cities, such as San Francisco and Seattle, you may already be required to separate your yard waste as part of the city waste program; composting this waste yourself is a natural next step! Why Compost? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , food scraps and yard waste make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away. Composting these materials can keep them out of the landfills, which helps reduce your carbon footprint. Composting will also supply you with natural fertilizer that will enrich your garden's soil, and reduce your need to buy chemical fertilizers. You'll be surprised by how little you will need to throw out with your trash once you start the process (especially if you recycle, too!), since so much of that material can be diverted into the compost ...
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Lunch With Monet, Dinner With Jackson Pollock 23.4.2015 NPR News
Two new books focus on the culinary lives of these two artists. Turns out, their approaches to food provide a new way of thinking about their two very different approaches to art.
Composting With Coppola at Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize 23.4.2015 Green on
We've all been transfixed by Francis Ford Coppola 's awesome oeuvre of films, but did you know his genius also extends to eco-friendly jungle hideaways?  Blancaneaux Lodge , tucked deep in a corner of Belize's Maya Mountains, is one of three sumptuous properties in Central America owned by the filmmaker, who also has a fabulous fourth in Italy . The magic of Blancaneaux is the seamless way it marries mindfulness with luxury travel. Accommodations are artful cabañas and villas constructed with screen walls and open air decks and lounges, inviting guests to truly immerse themselves in nature. Yoga mats tucked into each closet encourage guests to stretch their bodies and spirits while telescopes invite you to contemplate the cosmos close up. Unlike some destinations that use green or holistic accents as the decoration du jour, Blancaneaux actually walks the sustainability walk. In fact, it struts. In 1993, the Coppolas installed a hefty hydro-electric plant that harnesses the muscle of Privassion Creek, ...
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On your mark, get set, grow: A guide to speedy vegetables 22.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Here's a tip: Start with microgreens. These are the tiny leaves less than 14 days old that some scientists believe pack a more nutritious punch than more mature greens.
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Gardens full of ideas on show in Mar Vista tour 22.4.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Mandatory water restrictions may be prompting gardeners to have second thoughts about their thirsty gardens and lawns, but for the homeowners included in the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on April 25, water conservation is a way of life.
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Making Every Bite Count 22.4.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
(WINSTON-SALEM, NC) – Wake Forest University recently launched the Make Every Bite Count campaign that calls on colleges and universities to make a commitment to preserving and celebrating agricultural biodiversity in their own regions.
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Give Peas a Chance 22.4.2015 Green on
"Excuse me. What kind of plants are those?" I was squatting down in my front yard as I do every morning, picking veggies for breakfast, when I heard a voice behind me. I stood up and turned around. It was a neighbor from across the street and three houses down. "They're peas," I told him. A few years back, we were among the first in our neighborhood to rip out the grass in our parkway so we could plant drought-tolerant succulents and other cool-looking plants instead of boring, old, water-sucking grass. Little did I know that, along with saving money and water, the process also attracted the curiosity of lots of people on our street. We were bucking the trend, breaking the norm, doing something different. And people wanted to hear all about our new way-cooler-looking-than-grass plants. Then we created a vegetable garden in the front yard. The goal was to have a cool modern-looking yard and have some fun growing and eating good food. We succeeded in harvesting enough kale, tomatoes, artichokes, chard and ...
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Get dirty this Earth Day! 20.4.2015 - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day! It began as a peace and environmental movement in 1970s America. Forty-five years later Earth Day is celebrated in over 192 countries. 2015 also happens to be the United Nations International Year of Soils . Why not combine these celebrations and make your Earth Day a down right dirty ...
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Collected Ideas That Bring Hope for a Greener, Healthier World 20.4.2015 Green on
I can't think of a better time to review Jared Green's inspiring new book, Designed for the Future , than the week of Earth Day. This highly accessible volume, subtitled 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, contains short essays and beautiful photos solicited and edited by Green and describing wonderful examples such as these: In Portland, Oregon, an organization called the City Repair Project is engaged in grassroots, hands-on placemaking, building community while beautifying neighborhoods and making them more sustainable. Best known for taking rather mundane neighborhood intersections and turning them into colorful examples of collective street art, City Repair is now also involving residents in building and cultivating community gardens and in creating creatively designed structures such as benches and kiosks in public spaces through natural building processes. As Jeff Stein, president of the Cosanti Foundation, writes in his description of the project, "communities of volunteers have built ...
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Local Briefs 20.4.2015 Durango Herald
Covering crops topic of gardening talk“Cover Cropping for Soil Health” will be the first in a free gardening series that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Animas Valley Grange Hall, 7271 County Road 203.The grange is sponsoring a series of informative talks by local experts with the first by Mia...
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New England's snowy winter pushes back gardening season 18.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in the ...
Electronic helpers for outdoor adventures 18.4.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
As the weather becomes more accommodating to outside activities, you can take your technology — devices and apps — with you.
Gardening in Your Garden-Level Apartment 18.4.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
If your garden-level apartment doesn’t include an actual garden, here are a few tips to create your own apartment-friendly oasis.
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Local Briefs 17.4.2015 Durango Herald
There are organic pest-control solutionsNative Roots Garden Center will host a free class on organic pest control at noon Saturday at 26266 U.S. Highway 160.Participants will learn the latest proven organic controls for garden and tree-insect pests. The class will last about two hours.For more information, call...
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Macalester College to go all-solar for its electricity 17.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
The St. Paul college joins St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in going carbon-free.
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The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine Born Of U.S. Prejudice 17.4.2015 NPR News
Fried yellow chilis. Baja-style fish. Not the typical Chinese restaurant fare, unless you're near the U.S.-Mexico border. The reasons why go back to an 1882 law enacted to keep Chinese out of the U.S.
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Michelle Obama Plants Vegetables With A Bunch Of Cute Kids In The White House Garden 16.4.2015 Politics on
Kids from around the country who participate in Let's Move programs joined first lady Michelle Obama to help plant the White House Kitchen Garden on Wednesday.

Obama challenged community gardens across the nation to join them in planting the five vegetables they added: broccoli, spinach, bok choy, radishes and lettuce.

The first lady also announced the launch of an interactive online map where Americans can find and get involved with Let's Move programs in their communities.

Here are some photos from the event:

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