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Category: Food Production :: Gardens
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Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking 21.5.2015 NPR News
Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston and several other cities. Advocates say orchards can have longer lasting impact than gardens.
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Tips for defending your garden against botrytis infection 21.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The fungus is common in cool, wet conditions and can spread easily if you don’t have a good plan to stop it.
Diddy Says African American Communities Are 'Committing Genocide On Ourselves' 21.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sean “Diddy” Combs has been vocal about the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the past , taking the nation's justice system to task for non-indictments in the deaths of unarmed black men. In reaction to the recent death of a New York rapper, Combs implored the community to look within. Following the fatal drive-by shooting of New York rapper Lionel “Chinx Drugz” Pickens on early Sunday morning (no suspects have been arrested, as the shooting is still under investigation ), Diddy posted a message to 4.6 million followers. In it, the 45-year-old declares that in some instances, African Americans should take more accountability in ending the violence related to death of black men and women in America. A video posted by Sean Diddy Combs (@iamdiddy) on May 17, 2015 at 9:26pm PDT “We are committing genocide on ourselves. We are always looking for scapegoats,” he wrote on the social media platform. “We as a people hurt ourselves more than anyone has ever hurt us. That makes no sense. We as a people including myself ...
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Top furniture trends in San Francisco tech offices 20.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
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House tours let communities strut, bond, fundraise 19.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
Across the country, spring is the season for house tours, a chance for the house-proud to strut their stuff, and for communities to bond, celebrate and ...
City Limits: How Localizing Is the Key to Our Urban Future 18.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- What is the actual extent of the city? As megacities, sprawl and megalopolitan regions increasingly characterize urbanization, it gets harder and harder to recognize either the location or the logic of boundaries. But, while our cities are no longer walled, each is still enclosed in multiple visible and invisible membranes that define it both internally and in relation to the planet. Cities have always been understood in terms of supporting "sheds" -- watersheds, food sheds, energy sheds, knowledge sheds, population sheds -- but as modern cities have grown, their edges become ever more elastic and discontinuous. Where once food came from the periphery and varied with the seasons, a trip to the supermarket now offers products that -- in defiance of time and space -- arrive from every corner of the globe: the average grocery cart contains items that have travelled thousands of "food miles." This can result in huge environmental costs and a food chain dominated by predatory multinational ...
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Ridiculously Giant Crab Escapes Fish Market Fate, Scores Cushy Aquarium Life 16.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Life is tough when you're an especially large edible crab with fishermen looming nearby. One lucky crustacean, however, was recently saved from becoming someone's dinner when a seafood merchant showed some compassion. The massive brown crab (also known as edible crab) was recently caught off the coast of Portsmouth, U.K. According to The Portsmouth News, it topped nine pounds and measured 21.6 inches across, with its claws outstretched. The fisherman who nabbed the crab turned it into Viviers Fish Market , but a worker there, amazed at the crab's size, asked the nearby Blue Reef Aquarium if it was interested . The acquarium happily accepted and is now looking for a tank large enough to house its newest resident. Claw-blimey! This is one BIG Edible crab, usually their carapace width does not surpass 24cm! pic.twitter.com/8VYmqiolRA — Blue Reef Portsmouth (@BlueReefPorts) May 14, 2015 " For an edible crab he is pretty sizable ," Rob Davidson, Blue Reef Aquarium staff member, told the Portsmouth News. "They ...
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How You Can Help the Bees 16.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As recently noted by The New York Times a sharp spike in honeybee deaths is deepening a worrisome trend. Colony Collapse Disorder, the term used to describe the precipitous decline in the bee population that has occurred in recent years, threatens the foundations of modern agriculture. Here are a few things you can do for the bees. In the autumn of 2006, beekeepers began to report losses of 30-90 percent of their hives, a phenomenon often referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Losses in bee colonies are not unusual--documentation shows periodic unexplained disappearances of bees as far back as the late 19th century--but losses on this scale surprised beekeepers and scientists. The USDA reports losses averaged 33 percent a year from 2006 through 2011. Since 2011, losses have decreased, though they still top 20 percent. At this rate, though the bees won't likely disappear entirely, the economic repercussions to our food system could be significant as one-third of all agriculture is dependent on ...
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Dahlias to brighten state Capitol campus 15.5.2015 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Evergreen State Dahlia Association is doing its part to brighten the state Capitol campus by planting bulbs this weekend....
Reporter discovers locally adapted gardening philosophies 15.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
After one full year in Steamboat, I’m still discovering new things on a daily basis. And gardening has been a continuous mystery to me. I’ve heard the name Elkstone Farm around town for a while, but as I was recently reading about their philosophies of gardening, I had to follow my curiosity and see these concepts myself. Earlier this week, I ventured to the oasis nestled behind a hillside just outside town. Following the red dirt road leading to Elkstone Farm, the view of its pond and tranquil environment full of vibrant hues and plants beginning to bloom was a beautiful sight, even on a rainy day. Owner Terry Huffington was inspired to create Elkstone Farm in 2008 with her husband, Ralph Dittman, based upon two key concepts: to respect the agricultural traditions of Strawberry Park and to utilize the land as productively as possible. Traditions of the area come from the valley’s earlier inhabitants in the 1900’s. The area was known for its Remington strawberries, large berries that continued to produce ...
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Greening-Resistant GMO Oranges Come One Step Closer To Market. Here's Why You Should Care. 14.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it has given major Florida citrus grower Southern Gardens approval for large-scale field testing of citrus trees that have been genetically engineered to resist citrus greening, a ruinous disease that has caused orange production to plummet to the lowest levels seen in decades. As New York Times reporter Amy Harmon explained in a terrific feature in July 2013 , Southern Gardens, a division of U.S. Sugar Corporation , the country's largest sugar producer, has been developing the trees for years now. Their genome has been modified to include a gene from spinach plants that produces a protein that makes citrus trees inhospitable to the bacteria that cause citrus greening. Though scientists and citrus growers are exploring several possible treatments for greening , which currently has no cure, many believe that the genetically modified tree offers the best chances of success. Is your head spinning? Understandable. This stuff is complicated. But ...
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How one Malian town is trying to fight against hunger: TRFN 14.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Chris Arsenault DJIMEBOUGOU, MALI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dust blows through the dry fields of Djimebougou village of central Mali as a dozen men, some in ripped jeans and others in traditional robes, dig into hard-packed sand to reinforce a dyke to channel scarce water onto thirsty fields. The rainy season arrives in June but for now there is not much to do in this sleepy, drought-prone village halfway between Mali's capital Bamako and the Mauritanian border. Growing enough food has never been easy in Mali, but climate change is robbing West Africa's Sahel region of already unreliable rainfall. These projects, rather than large-scale investment, are crucial if Mali is to feed its fast-growing population, experts say, for after years of political upheaval the burden for funding and implementing simple, life-saving food projects is left to non-government organisations and the United Nations.
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World's First 'Solar Road' Is Generating Even More Power Than Expected 14.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An experimental bike path that also functions as a giant solar cell has far exceeded expectations in the six months it's been in use -- and that has scientists eyeing roadways as possible sources of solar energy to power street lights, traffic systems, and electric cars . SolaRoad , as the first-of-its-kind path is known, opened in November 2014 in Krommenie, a village northwest of the Dutch city of Amsterdam. So far, it's generated enough energy to power a one-person household for an entire year, the Associated Press reported. "We did not expect a yield as high as this so quickly," Sten de Wit, a senior advisor at the Netherlands-based engineering firm TNO, which is part of the consortium that created the 70-meter-long path , said in a written statement. He added that the path had generated an excess of 3,000 kilowatt-hours. "If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70 kWh per square meter per year, which we predicted as an upper limit in the laboratory stage," he said. The ...
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Second Annual Steamboat Home and Garden Expo to take place Saturday 13.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
For expert or novice gardeners alike, the Steamboat Living Home and Garden Expo will offer something for everyone. Featuring more than 30 vendors from the local home and garden industry, the expo will showcase the newest products and techniques and offer workshops with lawn and garden advice. What: Steamboat Living Home and Garden Expo When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. “Although this is a challenging place to garden, everyone has to start somewhere,” said Todd Hagenbuch, Routt County agriculture extension agent. “People shouldn’t be afraid to start gardening, and if they do have any trepidations, this event is an opportunity for them to talk to experts.” The second annual Steamboat Living Home and Garden Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Despite the fact that the altitude and climate create a challenging environment for gardening, there are a number of options of which homeowners may ...
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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Organic Restaurant 12.5.2015 NPR Health Science
Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.
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Local Briefs 9.5.2015 Durango Herald
Humane Society sets new time for meetingBecause of an unforeseen circumstance, La Plata County Humane Society has canceled the annual meeting scheduled Saturday. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 25 in the Sunlight Community Room at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.Managers can...
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May 2015 events around Seattle 8.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Here’s warm-weather fun around Western Washington in May 2015.
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June 2015 events around Seattle 8.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Here’s warm-weather fun around Western Washington in June 2015.
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July 2015 events around Seattle 8.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival July 3 Celebrate the maritime heritage of Seattle with visiting vessels, boat tours, free boat rides, toy-boat building, skill demonstrations, live music, 24-hour boatbuilding race, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 3-5, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free (206-728-0123 or cwb.org). Firecracker 5000 5K July 3 Fourth of July-themed […]
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August 2015 events around Seattle 8.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Seafair Weekend hydroplane races and air show Aug. 1-2 Final two days of hydroplane races on Lake Washington, air show featuring U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Patriots Jet Team, music, food vendors, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 1, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 2. Shore activities based around Genesee Park and Playfield, 4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle; […]
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