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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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Explore the World of Heirlooms at the Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition

Explore the World of Heirlooms at the Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition

| September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

September 10 through 12, you can explore the wide world of heirlooms at the Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. With a full line up of workshops, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, and educational speakers, the three-day expo is a kind of Disneyland for home gardeners, organic farmers, food activists, and eaters of all stripes and ages.

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Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition

Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition

| August 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Imagine corn on the cob that naturally tastes creamy and buttery — no added fat required. Native Americans bred such a variety, but its kernels were almost lost to history. Now one chef is bringing back the heirloom corn — and hoping it will serve as a lesson in what can happen when crops are bred to be flavorful and colorful, not just big.

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How a Seed Saver Discovered One of Our Favorite Tomatoes

How a Seed Saver Discovered One of Our Favorite Tomatoes

| August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

At the farmers market this time of year, tomatoes are strutting their stuff in all sorts of glorious and quirky colors: green striped, white, pink, purplish-brown. Consumers have seed savers and amateur breeders to thank for discovering and sharing some of these heirloom varieties, like the Cherokee Purple.

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Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad for Bees

Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad for Bees

| August 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

The rise in urban beekeeping could end up resulting in too many bees with too few flowers to feed on, two U.K. scientists warn. That’s already the case in London, where the number of urban hives has doubled over the past five years, they say.

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Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

As the number of people seeking emergency food aid continues to grow, food banks have started thinking about what more they can do to help their clients become more self-sufficient. Some, like the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, are teaching people to grow food at community farms and helping them set up home gardens.

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