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How a 1/2 acre urban garden became a hub for many more 23.2.2017 TreeHugger
It's not even about food growing anymore, say Kane and Fiona Hogan. It's about cultivating community.
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Why It Matters What President Trump Eats 22.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It appears that one of the most visible achievements of Michelle Obama’s legacy as first lady will live on in the Trump White House: her garden. First lady Melania Trump announced  last week that she would preserve the White House vegetable garden planted in 2009. It came as a surprise to many nutrition advocates and food policy experts, who had  expressed fears  that Michelle Obama’s garden and the health and nutrition initiatives it symbolized could be endangered under the Trump administration . Some advocates, including Michael Jacobson, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest , are lauding the new first lady for expressing a commitment to the garden. “I would give them credit for keeping the garden,” Jacobson told The Huffington Post, “and I hope they eat some of the food that comes from that garden.” Still, individuals like Jacobson are trying not to read too much into it, given the scant details yet known of the Trump administration’s food policy plans. “Best to wait and see,” ...
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Trump widens a generation gap in Vietnamese community: Older hard-liners vs. liberal youths 19.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Steve Tran lifted the lid on the news rack along Little Saigon’s Moran Street and exclaimed: “Great man!” 

“I tell you, this idea he has of keeping out Muslims is the right thing to do,” said the 80-year-old, a refugee of the Vietnam War. “We are the good refugees. They’re not political refugees...

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A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration 19.2.2017 NPR News
Decades ago, Garden City, Kan., embraced the meat industry, and immigrants flocked there for jobs. The city worked hard to absorb newcomers, but now its economy and diverse community are in jeopardy.
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Ikea Releases Open Source Designs For A Garden Sphere That Feeds A Whole Neighborhood 17.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you’ve already constructed  Ikea desks and chairs , then it’s time to take your skills to the next level.  This week the company released open source plans for  The Growroom , a large, multi-tiered spherical garden designed to sustainably grow enough food for an entire neighborhood. Hoping to help spur local growing and sourcing, Ikea  made the plans available for free on Thursday. All it takes to complete the 17-step, architect-designed DIY garden of your dreams is plywood, a visit to your local community workshop , rubber hammers, metal screws and some patience: The Growroom is a brainchild of Space10 , Ikea’s lab for futuristic, solutions-oriented designs. Though it’s intended mainly for use as a neighborhood garden  in cities, you could also build one for your own backyard, a spokesman told HuffPost.  The Growroom doesn’t come in a flat pack like most Ikea products. Rather, users download the files needed to create perfectly-sized plywood pieces, using a local fab lab workshop for professional ...
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Zuckerberg's goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create 17.2.2017 LA Times: Business

Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence. 

Now he wants to...

Melania Trump says she'll keep predecessor's produce garden 15.2.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama's garden can keep churning out vegetables at the White House....
Melania Trump says she’ll keep predecessor’s produce garden 15.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama’s garden can keep churning out vegetables at the White House. That’s the official word from the Trump White House. First lady Melania Trump says through a spokeswoman that she is committed to preserving and continuing White House gardens, and specifically mentions Mrs. Obama’s “kitchen” garden. The former first lady planted […]
A look inside the D.C.-area's most expensive homes for sale 14.2.2017 Washington Post
A look inside the D.C.-area's most expensive homes for sale
Thousands of Consumers Show Love for Bees on Valentine’s Day, demand Ace Hardware and True Value Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides 14.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Friends of the Earth This Valentine’s week, over 5,000 people coast-to-coast are swarming Ace Hardware and Home Depot stores to support the bees that pollinate flowers, strawberries and many other Valentine’s Day essentials. Friends of the Earth and allies are delivering valentines asking these retailers to “show bees some love” by committing to take pesticides shown to harm and kill bees -- and garden plants treated with these pesticides -- off their shelves. Larger valentine deliveries are also planned at stores in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, California; and Durham, North ...
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At a newspaper in Boyle Heights, teenagers learn about their community — and themselves 14.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Diego Flores went door to door. 

But nobody, it seemed, wanted to speak to a journalist. 

“Maybe I can leave my number for your manager and he can call me?” he asked one shopkeeper. 

“What if I set up an appointment and return?” he asked another.

This was the first time the 16-year-old was out on...

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One part of the Obama White House that will endure under Trump: Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden 14.2.2017 Washington Post
The first lady said this weekend that her predecessor's beloved garden will remain on the South Lawn.
Hip hop is used to teach kids about gardening 13.2.2017 TreeHugger
This innovative education model gets kids rapping, planting, and cooking in marginalized neighborhoods of London.
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Harnessing The Power Of Nature To Improve Our Cities 11.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design / Island Press People feel happier, healthier, and more social when they engage with nature. Their cognitive abilities go up and stress levels go down. So why is nature so often thought to be found only "out there" in the wilderness, or perhaps suburbia? For Timothy Beatley, a professor at the University of Virginia, nature should be found everywhere, but especially in cities. Cities must remain dense and walkable, but they can be unique, memorable places only when they merge with nature. If well planned and designed, a city's forests, waterfronts, parks, gardens, and streets can make out-sized contributions to the health and well-being of everyone who lives there. In his latest excellent book, the Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design , Beatley brings together all the established science, the important case studies, the innovative code and design practices from around the world in one place. Even if you think you already know a lot about how best to ...
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Phoenix urban garden mysteriously closes amid land dispute 11.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

PHOENIX (AP) — A sprawling urban garden on a vacant lot where Phoenix residents have grown everything from melons to okra closed Friday after the gardeners were mysteriously ordered out as a federal agency reassumes ownership of the land, stupefying and angering gardeners who called their eviction a classic case of government dysfunction. Families, senior […]
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Phoenix urban garden mysteriously closes amid land dispute 11.2.2017 AP National
PHOENIX (AP) -- A sprawling urban garden on a vacant lot where Phoenix residents have grown everything from melons to okra closed Friday after the gardeners were mysteriously ordered out as a federal agency reassumes ownership of the land, stupefying and angering gardeners who called their eviction a classic case of government dysfunction....
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The principles behind designing a backyard food forest 10.2.2017 TreeHugger
It's not like other forms of gardening. Here's why.
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Wendy's best menu picks, by a nutritionist 10.2.2017 CNN: Top Stories
If you're the type of person who likes to customize meals in order to achieve your health goals, Wendy's is worth the trip. Like many others, the chain allows you to modify a meal any way you wish.
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California lawmakers hope new climate change proposal will help low-income communities harmed by pollution 10.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Holder visits Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento, Assembly advances bill providing immigration law resources Feb. 9, 2017, 12:28 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Former U.S. Atty....
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Can you dig it? Community gardens to expand in Burlington County 5.2.2017 Philly.com News
Dare to think, or dream, about spring - despite Punxsutawney Phil. Especially if you are a gardener. A community garden with 104 new plots is being created by the Burlington County Department of Resource Conservation at a preserved former dairy farm in Moorestown with the hope they will be ready in May.
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