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Sponsored: Wood touches for backyard gardens (and bats and chickens) 22.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Choose the right cedar planks for raised beds, vertical planters, birdhouses, bat boxes and other features.
Janet Nguyen's removal from state Senate floor stirs free speech debate among Vietnamese Americans 21.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Phat Bui seethed with anger when his hometown senator was removed last month from the state Senate floor.

State Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) was pulled out of the chamber by two sergeants-at-arms as she tried to criticize the late state Sen. Tom Hayden over his opposition to the Vietnam War,...

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Despite midweek snow, the Philly Flower Show blossomed with 245,000 visitors 20.3.2017 News
Many flower show visitors were attracted by the "how-to" displays and demonstrations.
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Your 9-point checklist for prepping a spring garden 19.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Southern California gardens are mud-luscious this year, for the first time in years. But by mid-March — barring any more deluges — the ground should be dry enough and the temperatures warm enough to start planting the flowers, fruits and vegetables we’ve been craving during our chill, wet winter.

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11 tomato varieties you'll want to try in your spring garden 18.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

It’s time to talk tomatoes.

We asked avid home gardeners Jo Anne and Alejandro Trigo — owners of Mid-City-based Two Dog Organic Nursery — to share their favorite picks for tomato plants to plant now for summer harvest. (Many of the organic, non-GMO seedlings are available now at their appointment-only...

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Washington's Legal Pot Experiment: Can It Survive Trump? 17.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Noexcuseradio ; Edited: LW / TO) In July of 2010, John Novak was weeding a flower bed in front of his house when everything went to pot. A joint task force consisting of, he says, police officers from two cities, the US Border Patrol, county sherriffs, Drug Enforcement Agency personnel, and the National Guard rolled up with guns drawn and put him in cuffs. Novak, a big, scruffy teddy bear of a man, is a medical marijuana patient who suffers from seizures. He'd been operating a collective garden in an outbuilding, but feds thought he was a garden variety dealer. The raid came courtesy of a tip from disgruntled former friend, accusing Novak of selling drugs, exposing his minor child to drugs and, just for good measure, polluting a stream. After getting Novak to sign an arrest warrant, the authorities sat him down on his couch, put his wife in a chair next to him, and rousted his 12-year-old son out of bed at gunpoint. Having neutralized the sleeping preteen, they proceeded to search the house and ...
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Wastewater: The Best Hidden Energy Source You’ve Never Heard Of 16.3.2017 WRI Stories
Wastewater: The Best Hidden Energy Source You’ve Never Heard OfAdd Comment|PrintThe Xiangyang sludge-to-energy plant in China. Photo: DOU Wenlong It’s no secret that the world’s need for energy is increasing—but what many don't realize is that a promising potential energy source is being flushed down our toilets every day. Increasingly, this wastewater—as well as other organic waste from sources like gardens and kitchens—is being used to heat homes, provide electricity, and even power... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The Native Nations Rise March: Kandi Mossett on How Standing Rock Lives On 16.3.2017
The mobilization in DC helped people connect with each other beyond Standing Rock and organize to lobby Congress, says Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network. People came away from the march with a renewed sense that the power ultimately lies with them, and they have taken the fight to other pipeline sites, as well. Native Nations Rising encampment in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2017. (Photo: ) Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing "Interviews for Resistance" series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what doesn't, what has changed and what is still the same. Today's interview is the 21st in the series. Click here for the most recent interview before this one . Today we bring you a conversation about the ...
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Program for urban kids mixes ethnic salads, business lessons 16.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
"Roots for the Home Team" brings healthy food options to sports fans.
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Beyond Wetiko Agriculture: Saving Ourselves from the Soil Up 16.3.2017 Views
Tom Newmark, Steven Farrell

How much longer do you hope to live? How long do you hope your children or grandchildren will live?  Do you think you or your loved ones will live 60 more years? If so, you’ll be around to witness the end of food production on the planet.  Unless, that is, we become conscious of the crisis and evolve. 

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This Garden Connects Bangladeshi Women With Restaurants — And Each Other 14.3.2017 NPR News
The female-run Bandhu Gardens in Michigan sells surplus vegetables from backyards and hosts pop-up dinners and cooking classes to help meet the needs of recent immigrants and their families back home.
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Squatters' urban garden comes to life with Pope Francis' tacit OK 14.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Rome • Dozens of families have started tilling the soil and planting their first crops as a squatters’ gardening initiative takes root on Catholic Church-owned land with the tacit blessing of Pope Francis. The not-entirely-legal urban garden that has sprung up on the eastern periphery of Rome is the brainchild of Omero Lauri, a longtime activist in the capital’s squatting scene. In 2014, he occupied the St. Mary Major Basilica for three weeks with 50 families who had been evicted from an abandon...
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Matzo Makeover: Can The Bread Of Affliction Become A Snack Addiction? 13.3.2017 NPR News
A pair of longtime pals are trying to cheer up the flavorless Passover staple by creating an artisanal matzo that (hopefully) jumps right into the market aisle with all of the other cool crackers.
Squatters’ urban garden comes to life with pope’s tacit OK 13.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

ROME (AP) — Dozens of families have started tilling the soil and planting their first crops as a squatters’ gardening initiative takes root on Catholic Church-owned land with the tacit blessing of Pope Francis. The not-entirely-legal urban garden that has sprung up on the eastern periphery of Rome is the brainchild of Omero Lauri, a […]
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Livewell Northwest Colorado: Bring growing back home 12.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
In a TEDx Mile High Talk, former three-time Olympian and health expert Jeff Olson described the call of duty during World War II, when Americans bonded together to grow more than 40 percent of the country’s fruits and vegetables in victory gardens. The premise was that larger agriculture ventures could go toward feeding our troops overseas. But, when the war was over, the gardens withered, and during the next two decades, when the American family working-dynamic began to shift, there was another more toward agricultural imperialism. This imperialism birthed a larger global agriculture, as the U.S. government emphasized to its small farmers to “get big or get out,” for high-production and low-margin growing. Olson warned that modern “industrialized food is a tragedy of human health, an irony of ecology and a paradox of economics.” Olson elaborated that the solution to this terrible trifecta is the future of “closed-environment agriculture,” or greenhouses with a vertical twist. Pioneered by the Dutch and ...
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Lakewood awards neighborhood participation grants for 2017 8.3.2017 Denver Post: Local
Lakewood’s Neighborhood Participation Program grants date back 25 years and give community organizations a chance to get city funding for smaller-scale projects by submitting applications for consideration.
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At rally for state Sen. Janet Nguyen, De Léon offers an apology — and a dig: 'She enjoyed her 15 minutes of fame' 7.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Orange County community wants state Senate leader to apologize, post-drought politics in this week's podcast March 6, 2017, 3:24 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Vietnamese American...
A D.C. urban farm takes on urban problems 6.3.2017 Resource Efficiency |
Dreaming Out Loud's new farm hopes to provide jobs, business incubation and more in a city ward that has often been overlooked.
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Dutch treat: Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates Holland 5.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Visitors arriving at the Philadelphia Flower Show this year will feel as if they’re stepping into the endless flower fields of Holland. A rainbow sea of 30,000 tulips and other blooms will stretch seemingly into the horizon as a canopy of 6,000 cut and dried flowers floats overhead. Bridges covered in Delft […]
Should Denver require rooftop gardens to reduce heat island effect? Voters might decide this year 5.3.2017 Denver Post: Local
Denver’s status as one of the nation’s most intense urban heat islands has spurred a group of activists to propose a “green roofs” ballot initiative.
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