For your own health, as well as health of the environment, it’s important that we move away from the use of chemical pesticides in farming and home gardening.  There are several homemade pesticides that are safe for the environment and they can be equally as effective at fending off pests. Mild soap and water.  One…

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There’s a way to grow garlic without replanting each year. A Washington gardener explains how. Joe Capriotti doesn’t plant garlic, but every year he harvests hundreds of pounds from his backyard in Montesano, Wash. His technique goes against the common practice of planting and harvesting garlic each year as if it were an annual plant.…

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Originating as a guerilla garden project near a bus stop in London, England, The Edible Bus Stop beautifies neglected landscapes around bus stops by converting them into community gardens. In an interview with The Guardian, the group’s founder Mark Gilchrist revealed that when a small strip of land was offered for sale, a group of…

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With a passion unmatched in other countries, American’s water, spray, weed, and mow between 35 million – 50 million acres of lawn, all without suspecting any negative impact on their health or environmental health. In his book on the history of America’s obsession with the perfect lawn, Ted Steinberg writes, “The rise of the perfect…

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It would be fair to assume that there are three ingredients in McDonald’s French fries: potatoes, oil, and salt. But if you assumed that you’d be far from correct. Starting last year McDonald’s began a transparency campaign most likely to create a more health- and consumer-conscious image of the corporation. As a result the company…

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The future of agriculture is to produce the highest quality, most health-giving foods possible, and in a way that benefits both the earth and its people.  Additionally, through the ignorant practise of modern farming, we have turned much of our once-fertile lands into desert, and now need ways to restore the soil and surrounding ecosystems. …

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Students learn more than horticulture when they get their hands dirty. Red and yellow tulips are blooming at Winchester Public School in downtown Toronto, but that’s not all that is growing there. Students are planting radishes, spinach, parsley, carrots and mouse melons, too. Composting is the lesson for the day in this large food garden. “The worms…

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For more than a decade, 57-year-old roofer and writer Joseph Jenkins has been advocating that we flush our toilets down the drain and put a bucket in the bathroom instead. When a bucket in one of his five bathrooms is full, he empties it in the compost pile in his backyard in rural Pennsylvania. Eventually…

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