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Category: Food Production :: Gardens
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How gardeners can combat climate change 20.4.2017 Washington Post
How gardeners can combat climate change
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Iowa City's Sustainability Showcase: Gaia's Peace Garden Blooms As Model Urban Oasis 16.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tucked away at the end of a residential cul-de-sac in Iowa City, just south of Interstate 80 and growing suburbs, the daffodils, violets and hyacinth in bloom, among the peach, pear, cherry and apple blossoms, Blair Frank tends to the medicinal herb section at the privately-owned Gaia’s Peace Garden with the precision of an urban planner. Far from being a “vacant lot,” the eight-year-old Peace Garden initiative under Frank and his wife Mary Kirkpatrick’s tutelage has emerged as a nationally acclaimed sustainability showcase for Iowa City, transforming 1.1 acres of clay soil into a biodiversity hot-spot, a permaculture demonstrate site, a local food and medicinal herb oasis, and a blueprint for city staff and planners on how to incorporate green spaces and commons into neighborhood development. A solar energy panel powers a pump on a small waterfall as a renewable energy demonstration site; a stone labyrinth guides visitors around the Garden sections, where benches and places have been set up for ...
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Bucks development turns itself into Audubon PA's top bird-friendly neighborhood 15.4.2017 Philly.com News
Residents put up birdhouses and baths, seeded a field with wildflowers, swore off synthetic pesticides, and grew native flora offering food and shelter.
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Punch List: The Colorado garden clean up continues in the week of April 15 14.4.2017 Denver Post: Local
Sharpen your mower blades, fill up the gas, plug in the electric mower, or dust off the push mower, it’s time to cut the grass when it’s more than 3-inches tall.
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9 secrets to container gardening 13.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Pots make gardening seem easy, but there's still plenty that can go wrong. Certified organic grower Tom Yost shares his nine tips for planting in pots this spring.

1. New soil

After a year or two of housing flowers or vegetables, the soil in your container garden will be depleted of the nutrients...

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Redevelopment Authority rejects deal that would have sold W. Phila. community garden to a developer 13.4.2017 Philly.com News
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Elitch Gardens owner exploring redevelopment of amusement park’s sea of surface parking 13.4.2017 Denver Post: Business
The local investment team backed by billionaire Stan Kroenke that bought Elitch Gardens in 2015 is exploring the possibility of redeveloping the roughly 17 acres of surface parking that serve the downtown amusement park.
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These hydroponic kitchen gardens combine Nordic design & efficient growing technology 13.4.2017 TreeHugger
Tegren's T-series countertop grow units promise low maintenance and fast growth.
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Wasatch Community Gardens seeks votes to win grant 13.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Wasatch Community Gardens (WCG) needs your vote to qualify for the 2017 Seeds of Change Grant Program. Vote once per day through Wednesday, April 19 at seedsofchangegrant.com. If selected for one of 24 national grants, WCG will use the funds to improve its Grateful Tomato Garden, a half-acre plot at 600 E. 800 South, in Salt Lake City. The site already has an artesian well for watering, and a straw bale greenhouse and a hoop house for growing. It also is the site of youth garden programs and...
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Sale of West Philly community garden causes stir 12.4.2017 Philly.com News
A beloved West Philadelphia community garden is on the chopping block at Wednesday’s Redevelopment Authority meeting.
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With California's bounty just out of reach, one town is nourished by a family farm 10.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A lot of people in this Sierra foothills town start sentences with “used to be.”

There used to be sawmill jobs. Used to be mining. Used to be a plaque that marked this as the exact center of California — until someone stole it last year.

But so far, the Gnarly Carrot has escaped past tense.

The...

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Soup, bread and a little cash prize: D.C. teachers gather to support one another 10.4.2017 Washington Post
Soup, bread and a little cash prize: D.C. teachers gather to support one another
Chopard taps Rihanna for jewelry collaboration 7.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Rihanna is set to bring her edgy Midas touch to Chopard, with a high jewelry collection co-designed with Chopard co-president and creative director Caroline Scheufele to launch at the Cannes Film Festival in May, WWD can reveal. Dubbed Rihanna Loves Chopard, the collection consists of one-of-a-kind...

Punch List: What to do in your Denver-area garden the second week in April 7.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Schedule an aeration appointment — spring aeration reduces lawn soil compaction. The air spaces left from the plugs is beneficial to turf roots allowing better water and nutrient penetration.
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Love to garden but live in a place with a tiny yard? A little planning lets you make a big splash 7.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
If you’re a person happiest with hands in the dirt but have a tiny outdoor space, not to worry, you can still garden. You’ll just have to plan a bit more carefully.
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Here's Something You Probably Never Knew About 'Golden Girl' Rue McClanahan 7.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The late Rue McClanahan was best known for playing the sultry Blanche Devereaux on “The Golden Girls,” but the beloved actress was just as skilled in the garden as she was on the screen. As McClanahan explained in a 1995 clip that aired on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” her love for gardening was a guiding factor in her house hunt many years ago: She’d always been in search of a home with a great outdoor space. “I wanted to build a gorgeous yard,” she said. “I didn’t care too much about the house. I looked for eight years... and when I saw this place, I said, ‘OK, this is it.’”  McClanahan’s property was filled with flowers and vegetable gardens, which she happily tended to and shared with her friends and colleagues. “I took stuff into ‘Golden Girls’ every year,” she said. “All kinds of stuff ― squashes, you name it.” <PHOTO> One vegetable McClanahan took pride in growing was tomatoes, and she had two vital tips for harvesting tomatoes that would be juicy and sweet. “Pick your tomatoes when they have just ...
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Affordability and history in Arlington’s Buckingham neighborhood 6.4.2017 Washington Post
Affordability and history in Arlington’s Buckingham neighborhood
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Steamboat briefs: Film, talk about conservation gardening hosted at library 6.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Bud Werner Memorial Library, Yampatika and the Yampa River Botanic Park present “Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” a film and discussion about conservation landscaping that shows what everyday Americans are doing to help bring back more native species through projects and programs across the country. The free film screens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in Library Hall and will be followed by a discussion about making our community a haven for pollinators, birds and other wildlife. Featured panelists include Karen Vail, botanist and environmental educator; Gayle Lehman, horticulturalist and manager of the Yampa River Botanic Park; and Don Ireland, a Habitat Hero ambassador. For two years, producer/director Catherine Zimmerman traveled around the country to visit hometown habitat heroes and film their stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping. Zimmerman shares these stories and works in-progress that re-awaken and redefine our relationship with nature. “Hometown Habitat” ...
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Man creates mountains of compost from Dublin's waste—plus a storyteller's perspective on immigration 31.3.2017 TreeHugger
"I'm just giving back what I got from people," says Tony Lowth.
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With Nighttime Raids, Police Wage War on Black and Brown Families in New York 31.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Vhmh ) Large-scale raids on public housing in New York City have left families and communities of color throughout the city divided, displaced and devastated. Like the myth of the "super predator," gang membership is used to justify massive state violence against young men of color. Now, families, activists and academics are uniting in order to fight back. (Photo: Vhmh ) Paula Clarke and her family found themselves crawling half-naked on the floor of her Bronx home at 4:51 am on April 27, 2016, after multiple heavily armed men broke through her front door and demanded that she tell them where her son was. Helicopters could be heard hovering right about her home. The loud flashbang grenades that initially woke Clarke up even left marks on the back of the house. "I thought we were at war or something," she told Truthout. "Just being woken suddenly from your bed to all of this. It was like we were in a war zone." As her home was being violently invaded, Clarke, who is visually impaired, tried to ...
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