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Lettuce Love – For Your Garden and Your Soul

By Dawna Matthews: I am amazed by how beautiful my garden is this year, and I haven’t even really done much to it yet. My thyme and oregano are healthy and green; my green onions are long and lean; and my lettuce is blooming. I am quite a novice when …

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Gardening, a Revolution of Beauty

By Dawna Matthews: There is a new movement sweeping across the nation, a movement many find to be radical and defiant. This movement threatens to educate and transform people and communities, end hunger, and add beauty to our world. What is this movement? It’s gardening … guerrilla gardening, to be exact. …

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May – International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston:  If you have not yet joined the Green Wave of Recycling, why not begin during International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), always celebrated during the first full week of May?! This year, from May 5th to 11th, composting councils on both sides of the Atlantic will be promoting the …

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Angels of the Earth

By Larraine Roulston: With April’s being Earth Month, your children most likely will have brought home from school or day care a variety of “earth” related ideas and crafts. Possibly their teachers will have arranged an Earth Month display in the school’s foyer. If composting is part of that display, it is …

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BLACK GOLD – A SENSE OF HUMUS

By Larraine Roulston: Vermicomposting is the use of red wiggler worms kept in a box of earthy bedding.  The reward is a supply of decomposed organic matter called humus that is full of beneficial microbes and is five times more nutrient rich than backyard compost. As the first week in May …

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Return to Your Roots. Compost!

By Larraine Roulston: Neither snow, nor sleet, nor rain will stop an avid person who loves to compost.  Indeed, this year many North Americans had their share of all three. There were times when my backyard composter was completely buried in snow. If you are already familiar with composting, you will …

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Urban Gardening

By Centehua: More than 80% of Americans live in cities and they need access to real, fresh food. Approximately 23.5 million people live in food deserts, where supermarkets are over a mile away but fast food restaurants are found on every corner. We know fast food is cheap, addictive and …

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The Flight of the Monarch Butterflies

By Dawna Matthews: Every year, during the fall and winter, monarch butterflies make a miraculous and long journey from Canada and through the United States to Michoacan, Mexico. Monarchs living east of the Rocky Mountains in North America fly south each fall and gather in the Oyamel fir and pine forest …

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Time To Start Planning for Planting

 By Centehua: The time has come to plan ahead for the warmth of spring. It will be here in no time, and I am really looking forward to an abundance of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, flowers, etc. Now is a good time to start some tomato seeds indoors because they take …

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New “Climate Hubs” To Help Farmers Adapt to Extremes

By Fredrica Syren: The White House has promised to take executive actions to fight climate change. One example is the announced formation of a “climate hubs.” This initiative aims to help farmers and rural communities adapt to fires, droughts, floods, invasive pests and other effects of climate change, according to …

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