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Save American Ginseng by Gardening
As we hear about plant and animal extinctions around the world, it can be easy to either distance ourselves or to feel helpless. Our native stands of ginseng are being poached nearly to extinction.
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Q&A With Farmgirl Flowers
As for favorite flowers, peonies are always the winner—it's probably the fave flower of at least 90 percent of women. What makes Farmgirl Flowers different? And in San Francisco we deliver by bicycle.
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Making Maple Syrup In The City
We tend to gravitate toward the normative controls that make our life more uniform and easier. Especially, when you have three old maple trees around your house that have never provided any benefit to your wellbeing, but instead have annually filled your...
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Where Urban Meets Farm: Cooking Up Community
Duboff believes that adding an educational component to some of the kitchens helps keep participants engaged. Community kitchens nourish body, mind and spirit. DECIDE ON RECIPES AND GROCERIES: Scheduling a second meeting to prep for the first community...
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Tune In to Green Radio
Tap Roots offers entertainment, seasonal eating info and a love for root vegetables. Tune in to An Organic Conversation , a radio show hosted by musician and organic-foods activist Helge Hellberg Saturdays at 10 a.m. PST on San Francisco's Green 960 AM...
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Organic Equals Sustainability
The sustainability flower is a graphic on Nature & More's website in which each flower petal represents a piece of agriculture. A Dutch scientific institute, Wageningen University & Research Centre, investigated the fundamental sustainability accomplishments...
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Q&A With The FarmBus
I thought, “How can I create a more sustainable, healthier food system and support small local farmers?” So, I had this concept to drive directly to local farms, load fresh produce on the bus, drive it in the city and sell it.
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12 Steps to a Transition Town
A compelling movie, like The End of Suburbia , or a presentation about peak oil is used to instigate discussion of the topics and invite participation within the Transition Initiative.
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UF Hack: Let The Farmers Market Guide Garden Planning
Think long-term growing versus short-term growing. Ground cherries, stinging nettle and tulsi basil are on my personal list of hard-to-find items to grow this year. They produce several harvests per crop and you can harvest the amount you want whenever...
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The Green Job Interview
Demonstrate Your Passion Green jobs are hard to get, Vance admits, and a large percentage of them aren't even advertised (which is why networking within your local green community is really important when you begin your search).
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Q&A With Scrappy Founder Larry Bain
And it's damn good exercise for me. Dogs are hardwired to eat meat and their active lifestyle demands good nutrition. How does Scrappy contribute to a more sustainable food economy?
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An Open Letter to My Housemates on Saving Water
It holds space in the tank, reducing the amount of water that flows into the bowl when you flush. Only Run Full Washer Loads This goes for the washing machine as well as the dishwasher.
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7 Tips for Buying Bulk Foods for Canning
You will also need to account for peeled skins, the cutting out of bruises and blemishes, the reduction of water volume during cook, all of which will serve to cut down the amount of your final product in the jar.
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6 Rules for Greener Dishwashing
Scrape, Soak, Wash, Rinse, Dry Ideally, your sink will have more than one compartment. Drain and refill your water, of course, if it becomes greasy or unreasonably dirty. Dish towels can introduce more bacteria to a newly clean plate, so skip this last...
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Green Hotels
At the corporate level, Hilton Worldwide is promoting green-building design and is using a system called LightStay to analyze the sustainability performance at each of its properties.
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9 Tips for Cooperating with Your City
No one questioned any of his responses. Collect articles from reputable publications, expert opinions and case studies from other communities. Start a Facebook page and frequently post articles about topics relating to your cause.
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Build a Rain Garden
As an urban dweller, you can look at your own hardscape and consider opportunities to slow or divert the water before it reaches a storm drain or sewer. Are there areas in your yard where water naturally puddles?
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Parking Garages Could Be The Next Solution For Micro-Housing
“Many of those (parking spaces) are vacant half the time.” Savannah College of Art and Design Initial development included 75 SCAD students, 37 alumni and 12 faculty members across 12 academic degree programs.
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Improve The Health Of Trees Via Urban Soil Rehabilitation
In her study, macroaggregates were reduced by 34 percent; organic carbon reduced by 35 percent; mineral-bound carbon reduced by 47 percent; and drainage was significantly reduced as well.
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UF Hack: Put Cardboard To Use
Because urban homesteaders usually have an excess of nitrogen-rich food waste, sandwiching the kitchen and garden scraps between layers of cardboard helps create a healthier compost mix.
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Q&A With Healcrest Urban Farm
Treat yourself to a cup of urban-farm sourced tea. Keep up with Healcrest Urban Farm on Facebook and Twitter . The land that makes up Healcrest was blighted and abandoned at a time in Pittsburg when urban farming had not taken off and our city had a severe...
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Green Back to School
You can reduce your impact on the environment in a big way if you use public transportation or arrange a carpool. Over 10 billion yogurt cups and 3.6 billion drink pouches end up in the landfill every year.
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10 Resolutions for a Greener New Year
Buy From Local Farmers Obviously, whether it's lack of access to green space or not enough extra time, not everyone can start a garden. Turn Down the Thermostat For every degree you turn down your thermostat in the winter, the U.S. Department of Energy...
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First U.S. Sustainable-business Tax Incentive
In December 2009, the Philadelphia City Council passed a proposal to offer tax incentives of up to $4,000 for certified sustainable businesses. More than just an environmental designation, certified B Corporations must meet social and environmental standards...
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Plant Wisely To Improve Water Quality & Quantity In Suburban Streams
These efforts will ultimately help our suburbs become spaces that nourish people, plants and wildlife as well as clean the air and water. Even sooner, you could eat the fruit of wild plums, grapes, cherries, paw paws and gooseberries.
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Food Hub Planned For One Of The Nation\'s Driest Food Deserts
This Southern city has rich food traditions, but near its heart is one of the driest food deserts in the nation. “It's unique in many ways.” Beyond aggregating, packaging and distributing, Louisville's FoodPort will provide community classes in gardening,...
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Q&A With Straw-Bale Builder Andrew Morrison
I teach seven-day, hands-on workshops all over the world, and the connections that are made during that week can last a lifetime. It is currently either burnt, thrown away, or rotted by flooding the agricultural fields—not a good use of our precious...
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4 Sustainable Ideas From An Interior Design Guru
Lincoln Barbour/Jessica Helgerson Interior Design “Pretty much everything in our home used reclaimed materials,” Helgerson says. The range was a vintage find. “I think green roofs are really useful in urban settings,” she adds.
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Green Burials: Going Gently Into The Good Earth
Portions of existing cemeteries and entire natural areas are respectfully celebrating the life that our physical bodies can support by eliminating toxic products and encouraging native landscaping.
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