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Category: Food Production :: Gardens
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St. Paul honors environmental efforts 24.4.2014 Twincities.com: News

On May 10, Hamline Church will host its annual "tech dump" for residents to dispose of unwanted electronics. The church, located at 1514 Englewood Ave., isn't the only St. Paul organization to do a good turn for their community and the environment.

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Container vegetable gardening can provide fresh homegrown produce in small spaces 23.4.2014 TreeHugger
No space in the yard for vegetables? No problem. Plant your veggies in containers and reap a harvest of fresh produce anyway.
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Gardening with Estella Heitman: Growing asparagus 23.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Asparagus is one of only a few perennial vegetable crops. It is a cold weather plant that, once established, can live for 15 years. Asparagus, however, is not a plant for the impatient gardener. A good bed of asparagus can take three years to establish. However, for gardeners determined enough to fulfill the plant's needs, an asparagus bed can be an attractive addition to a garden as well as a long-lasting supply of delicious asparagus spears. • Buying plants: Asparagus is planted as a "crown," which is a year-old plant root system. Each of these crowns when mature will produce about half a pound of asparagus spears each year. • Location: Since asparagus plants have a long life span, it is important to pick a good location for your bed from the onset. Asparagus plants prefer full sun. They do best in well drained soil that is amended with compost or other organic materials. Since the plants are very attractive, they are sometimes located to provide a decorative backdrop for the rest of the garden area. • ...
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Yampatika seeks community help to earn grant 23.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Yampatika is looking to win a grant from Seeds of Change and needs the community’s votes to do so. The grant, valued between $10,000 and $20,000, will go toward obtaining more garden space for Yampatika's USDA-certified People’s Garden, which is located at the group's Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch. Funding, if received, will be used to purchase gardening materials and supplies to build garden beds, create educational gardening opportunities for youth and adults and develop a gardening program to provide fresh, healthy and locally grown food for the local food bank. Through the grant, Yampatika hopes to be able to connect hundreds of people to the process of growing local, organic food in Steamboat's short growing season. USDA People’s Gardens are required to benefit the community, be collaborative and incorporate sustainable practices. Community members who have contributed thousands of hours have made Yampatika’s People’s Garden possible. Originally surrounded by a weedy area with no ...
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Your spring gardening questions, answered 22.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
While it's a little too early to plant your garden, it's not too early to plan it.
Navajo advocates make push for junk food tax 22.4.2014 AP National
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles....
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Tri-national collaboration & research in the Gardens of the Queen: The expedition begins 22.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: Dan Whittle, Kendra Karr & Owen Liu With support from the Waitt Foundation, EDF launched an initiative last year with the University of Havana's Center for Marine Research that allowed teams of Cuban, U.S. and Mexican scientists to carry out a series of expeditions to conduct vital new research on Cuba's remarkable—but understudied—marine and ...
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Can this app make an organic gardener out of you? 21.4.2014 TreeHugger
If the desire to start an organic garden in your yard hits you, but you feel like you don't yet have the skills or knowledge to begin, this garden planning site has you covered.
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President and Michelle Obama’s White House emphasizes healthy eating and exercise 21.4.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Each president and first lady sets a new tone for the White House, partly based on personal beliefs and private quirks, but few have so transformed the culture inside the building the way the Obamas have regarding nutrition and ...
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Changing Skyline: Harmony over planned riverside high-rise 20.4.2014 Philly.com News
Usually when neighbors and developers lock horns over a project design, things turn ugly and stay ugly. There's a happier ending for One Riverside, a high-rise that Carl Dranoff plans to build on the Schuylkill next to the popular riverfront trail.
A rural vibe in Manhattan Beach 19.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
Pizarro: Rotary PlayGarden breaks ground at San Jose's Guadalupe River Park 19.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Sal Pizarro
More than 150 people gathered this week to celebrate the Rotary PlayGarden, a $6 million project at the Guadalupe River Park designed to be a play area accessible for special-needs kids.
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Cooking and eating sustainably: Six simple steps to get started 19.4.2014 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
Here are six simple moves to get started cooking and eating sustainably — and three more if you want to get more involved.

Cooking and eating more sustainably doesn't require that you rethink your entire life. Here are some simple things you can do to get started.
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World's best Easter egg hunts 18.4.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Searching living rooms and stair closets wears thin after five or ten times. There are more adventurous egg trails out there.
5 Pet-friendly Gardening Tips 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the warmth of the season beckons us outdoors, many pet and plant lovers are caught in the crossroads -- is it possible to intertwine a love for nature while meeting the needs of our beloved domestics? The short answer is yes -- with a little bit of ingenuity! Here are spring's top tips for gardening pet lovers. 1) Pet owners should choose fertilizers and mulches cautiously. Shop for organic, pet-friendly fertilizers and soil amendments. Be aware that many environmentally friendly fertilizers contain fish byproducts, blood meal and ground poultry feathers. These ingredients are very appealing to many dogs and may cause digestive upset if eaten in quantity. If possible, keep your pets away from newly fertilized beds and lawns until the product has dissolved. Alternatively, consider liquid fertilizers. When buying mulch, avoid cocoa mulch. It is toxic to pets and lethal if ingested in quantity. Choose root mulch, wood bark or gravel instead. My favorite? Pine bark mulch, in any form. 2) If you have a ...
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Medical marijuana entrepreneurs decry fees 17.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Industry insiders say high costs will ensure serious inquires only Vegetables, flowers and herbs grow in rows of green at Robert Boyce's greenhouses in Lake Zurich — but what he'd really like to grow is ...
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables 17.4.2014 NPR News
Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.
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Herbicides play havoc with favorite veggies 16.4.2014 Durango Herald
Herbicides sprayed in pastures to eradicate invasive Canada thistle and members of the knapweed clan are taking an unintended toll on vegetables found in almost any home garden or commercial growerx2019s field in La Plata County.Complaints about the herbicides are legion, so much so that La Plata County commissioners have scheduled a...
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To bee or not to bee 15.4.2014 Green Lifestyle and Sustainable Culture News - ENN
Bumblebees are among the most loved and familiar of garden insects. The sight and sound of them buzzing from flower to flower is a quintessential part of summertime, but sadly these charismatic creatures are now struggling to survive. In our modern world of paved gardens and intensive agriculture our bumblebees find themselves hungry and homeless.
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To bee or not to bee 15.4.2014 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Bumblebees are among the most loved and familiar of garden insects. The sight and sound of them buzzing from flower to flower is a quintessential part of summertime, but sadly these charismatic creatures are now struggling to survive. In our modern world of paved gardens and intensive agriculture our bumblebees find themselves hungry and homeless.
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