User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Production :: Gardens
Last updated: Jul 05 2015 22:37 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Victoria: Off the beaten track 5.7.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Go beyond the Empress hotel, Butchart Gardens and other well-known sights in the British Columbia capital and explore lovely small museums, gardens and even a castle.
GreenSpace: As medicinal use of plants grows, debate follows 5.7.2015 P-com Living Green
The outer border is awash in the cheery yellows of arnica and the robust oranges of calendula. If you had a muscle ache or a skin irritation and were inclined to nonconventional medicine, these plants might come in handy.
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Visit a pizza farm (really) 2.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
There are those who could eat pizza every day.
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What is a forest garden? 1.7.2015 TreeHugger
This 20-year-old garden in England produces food, medicine and fiber from a beautiful polyculture.
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A Scramble Is On To Save One Of California's Iconic Medical Pot Collectives 1.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- In 1974, Valerie Corral began treating her seizures with homegrown cannabis. Forty-one years later, the iconic organization she started to help others heal with marijuana is in danger of closing permanently. The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz, California, provides medical cannabis to seriously ill patients at little or no cost. Founded in 1993 by Valerie and Mike Corral, WAMM functions as a cooperative: Instead of purchasing marijuana like one would at a traditional dispensary, the collective's 850 members receive low- or zero-cost bud, depending on need and ability to donate. Those who can't afford to donate are encouraged to volunteer for the collective in exchange for access to cannabis grown in WAMM's garden. That can mean helping harvest the plants, filling cannabis capsules, providing end-of-life care for the seriously ill or organizing a yard sale to raise funds. The nonprofit operates entirely off of donations from past and present members. "In California, ...
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Have you seen this plant? 1.7.2015 Durango Herald
This time of year, the city is a glorious riot of flora: Potted plants dot Main Avenue, and public and private gardens swell with blooms.Yet not all is rosy for pro-flower Durango residents, thanks to a thorny problem: plant theft, a criminal act that, in the last few months, has brought a couple of residents into open conflict in the...
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Independence Mall neighborhood finds its groove 28.6.2015 Philly.com News
The Liberty Bell sat across the street, the symbolic copper-and-tin companion to the stately red brick of Independence Hall. But celebrity chef Michael Schulson wasn't wowed by the historic backdrop.
Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin offer great mix of shopping, dining 27.6.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

A 90-minute drive down the winding Great River Road will net you beautiful views of the Mississippi River and a unique shopping experience in the quaint towns of Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin in Wisconsin.

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Minnesota regulators limit size of community solar gardens 26.6.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State regulators have signed off on an agreement that will limit the size of community solar gardens in Minnesota.
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Missouri Food Pantries Help Clients Grow Their Own Produce 26.6.2015 NPR News
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by for low-income people who rely on food pantries. So some aid programs are now handing out seeds and plants and teaching clients to grow their own.
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Solar gardens can get only so big under agreement 26.6.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Xcel Energy has been pushing for the limit amid concerns that developers were proposing large, "power plant"-size gardens.
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Colorado's lottery pays $15.6 million for GOCO land-saving projects 24.6.2015 Denver Post: Local
Colorado's lottery-revenue-for-open-space program is paying $15.6 million this year for preservation projects statewide — with an emphasis on habitat for the imperiled greater sage ...
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30 Women Under 30 Changing Food 23.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are hundreds of women who inspire us at Food Tank. They are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators, who are the backbone of the world's food systems. In fact, on average, women represent 43 percent of the world's agricultural labor force and 47 percent of the global fisheries labor force, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank. These hard-working women produce more than half of the world's food despite being less than half of the labor force, and women account for 60 to 80 percent of food production in developing countries. And if the world's women farmers had the same access to resources as men, 150 million people could be lifted out of poverty, according to the FAO. A crop yield gap of about 20-30 percent between male and female farmers is largely due to differential access to resources and inputs. Women fill this gap by working up to 13 hours per week longer than men in agriculture. "Women are the ...
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Last minute Father's Day gift ideas for treehugger dads 20.6.2015 TreeHugger
If you celebrate Father's Day, and need some ideas for last minute gifts that dad might enjoy, here are 15 options to choose from.
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In true rock star fashion, Slash's outrageous villa is over the top 20.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
Small Space, Big Promise: Sack Farming Holds Potential For Poor Urban Households 20.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
June 20th is Impact Journalism Day, a global media campaign to spotlight solutions. The Huffington Post is one of more than 45 news organizations committed to publishing solutions-based stories that can inspire change on a global level. Harriet Nakabaale, 45, a resident of Kawaala, Uganda, a Kampala suburb, lives in a small one-bedroom house set on a plot of land measuring 30 feet wide and 50 feet long. This is typical for many peri-urban poor households who cannot afford the luxury of spacious lawns and tree-lined driveways. Despite the small size, Ms Nakabaale has turned her small compound into a neat green garden that has become the envy of many and has now become a demonstration garden of sorts. Nakabaale apparently learnt sack farming from her parents who used to practice it at home on a small scale. In fact, growing up she was always told that every woman needs a garden, something that inspired her to set up a sack garden to fit in her small space. So when you walk through the small gate into her ...
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Think you've "done" SoCal and the California? Think again. Surprises await up and down the coast 20.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
If you're traveling the Golden State this summer, here are some of the surprises in store for you at a changed and changing slate of hotels, spas, museums and more, from San Diego to the Coachella Valley to Napa Valley.
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Severe threat west, many dry weekend hours 20.6.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Timing is everything in life. And weather. Low pressure sliding through the Upper Midwest this weekend favors severe storms in the Dakotas early, then the severe threat shifts into Wisconsin by late Saturday. The timing of the low’s passage overnight across Minnesota should mean nighttime and early morning thunder. Sun returns Sunday before shower chances…
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Still some weeds to pull in Xcel’s community solar garden program 20.6.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ The cost of renewable energy is decreasing quickly with advancements in technology, greater efficiency, and storage options making it more reliable. There has been heated controversy surrounding the community solar garden program Xcel Energy formally rolled out in December of last year. Solar energy is booming in Minnesota, but even Xcel was surprised by the number of program applications received – particularly the number of applications seeking approval to co-locate projects on the same parcel of land. Despite the fact that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) previously approved the program as written, Xcel is now petitioning its own program under the basis that many of the applications received resemble what it classifies as large, utility-scale projects that do not align with the original intent of the program. This has evolved into an ongoing debate between Xcel and project developers. Xcel’s community solar garden program has already received 781 applications, the ...
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Groups Urge More Than 100 Garden Retailers to Stop Selling Pollinator-Toxic Pesticides 17.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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