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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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Five Pairs of Hearts …. That’s a Lot of Love

By Larraine Roulston:   With February 14th just around the corner, children are busy creating those familiar Valentine’s Day cards for family and friends. Do you recall the clichés with pets, such as “Dog Gone It” and “You’re Purrrfect For Me”? Imagine now the endearing worm joining the list of character animals that are …

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The Relationship Between Water and Agriculture

By Kim Robson: Food and water, two of man’s four necessities for survival, are inextricably connected. When the growing global demand for higher food yields stresses available water resources, both are in jeopardy. At the World Resources Institute (WRI), new analysis shows that more than 25 percent of the world’s …

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End of U.S. Hemp Prohibition

By Fredrica Syren: History was made this month after a farmer harvested hemp. What is so special about that, you might wonder, since hemp can be found pretty much everywhere these days. Well, in 1957 the U.S. government banned hemp from being grown.The ban is still in effect and won’t …

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Tips for Growing More of Your Own Food

By Chef Centehua Much time, energy and money can go into growing food. However, there are also many ways to make the process affordable, sustainable and less demanding.  Growing a garden does not mean spending hours hunched over, pulling weeds. It also doesn’t require buying a bunch of starts or …

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