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Bay Leaf Kitchen: Cooking and Farming Summer Camp for Kids

Bay Leaf Kitchen: Cooking and Farming Summer Camp for Kids

A new kids’ cooking camp with a farming twist comes to the Bay Area. Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen talks to former CUESA market chef Elianna Friedman about the launch of Bay Leaf Kitchen at the Ferry Building this summer.

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Gardeners’ Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

Gardeners’ Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the fashion-conscious gardener, here are the most colorful and flavorful new edibles. This year’s picks include the indigo tomato, wasabi and a pineapple-flavored berry.

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Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

| April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil’s Dirty Legacy

Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil’s Dirty Legacy

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they’re clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability explores seed banks, seed swaps and the “seed sovereignty” movement

The Lexicon of Sustainability explores seed banks, seed swaps and the “seed sovereignty” movement

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

While agriculture companies control the patents and production of seeds used by farmers, backyard gardeners and local seed banks strive to preserve both the culture and biodiversity of seeds through their own methods. The latest video from The Lexicon of Sustainability’s Douglas Gayeton explores seed banks, seed exchanges and the work of environmental activist, author and physicist Dr. Vandana Shiva, who explains the “seed sovereignty” movement.

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Real Food, Real Movies: The Contest

Real Food, Real Movies: The Contest

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

From soil and seeds to the Bronx and bees: Fixing food in films of four minutes or less. Sarah Henry reports on the Real Food Media Project’s short documentary contest.

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Old London Air Raid Shelter Becomes Vegetable Farm

Old London Air Raid Shelter Becomes Vegetable Farm

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a former bomb shelter beneath the streets of London, Zero Carbon Food is growing leafy greens, herbs and microgreens. And, believe it or not, this dark, dank underground farm is an energy efficient way to grow fresh produce.

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Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills

Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

From Connecticut to Minnesota to California, correctional authorities are finding all kinds of reasons to produce food inside prison walls. A new video provides a glimpse of one of these projects, a vegetable garden inside San Quentin State prison outside of San Francisco.

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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

| December 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California’s bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state’s Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can’t be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.

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Bison Brewery Grows Hops in Oakland, Brews Up Local Beer

Bison Brewery Grows Hops in Oakland, Brews Up Local Beer

| November 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

When Bison Brewery decided to grow hops in Oakland they didn’t expect to end up with plants all over the city, 40 kegs of specially-brewer beer and a festival this weekend. But, that’s what they harvested.

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When Edible Plants Turn Their Defenses On Us

When Edible Plants Turn Their Defenses On Us

| October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fruits and vegetables are undeniably important to a healthful diet. But there’s another side to some of these plants that, thankfully, most people never see: the tiny amounts of toxin within them. Lucky for us, healthy human bodies are remarkably good at filtering out toxins from everyday foods.

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Among The Shutdown Victims: The White House Kitchen Garden

Among The Shutdown Victims: The White House Kitchen Garden

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The unharvested food in the White House kitchen garden serves as a high-profile reminder of the shutdown’s effects on food producers. And across the country, farmers are wondering when they’ll receive the permits and government support they count on to stay afloat.

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New California Law Breaks Ground for Urban Agriculture

New California Law Breaks Ground for Urban Agriculture

| October 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

A new California law just signed by Governor Jerry Brown might take some of the risk out of the equation for urban farmers by making longer-term leases an appealing proposition for landowners.

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Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Urban farmers are eyeing rooftops that are already green as potential sites to grow food. But there are big obstacles to rooftop farming — from permitting to transporting water and soil to the top of a building.

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