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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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The FDA Doesn’t Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

The FDA Doesn’t Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

| July 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

The FDA’s new proposal aims to reduce the risk that chickens will pick up salmonella from wildlife and lay contaminated eggs. But some farmers worry that the guidance could make it much harder for them to let their birds range freely on pastures.

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Scape Velocity: Green Garlic Takes Flight

Scape Velocity: Green Garlic Takes Flight

| July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Scapes are the gardener’s dividend. The taste of that green garlic is haunting — biting, fresh, vegetal and verdant. It is to mature garlic what a string quartet is to an orchestra; what a sonnet is to a novel.

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Hipsters Off The Hook: The Truth Behind Abandoned Backyard Chickens

Hipsters Off The Hook: The Truth Behind Abandoned Backyard Chickens

| July 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Unwanted chicks are filling up some city shelters around the country, and some activists are blaming fair-weather hipster farmers. But a closer look reveals another root cause: When urban farmers order hens, they often end up instead with roosters — illegal in many cities.

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Why Micro-Gardening Could Go Big

Why Micro-Gardening Could Go Big

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Micro-gardens are small spaces, such as balconies, patios and rooftops, cultivated with planting containers like wooden boxes and trash cans. Now, creative reuse of old materials and some new tools for sale are making it easier for urban dwellers to stretch their green thumbs.

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The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm

The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm

Just in time for peach season, farmer-memoirist David Mas Masumoto and family come out with The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm, with a recipe for chilled Peach Gazpacho.

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Urban Farmers Offer 6 Tips for Turning Brown Thumbs Green

Urban Farmers Offer 6 Tips for Turning Brown Thumbs Green

| July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Author Lori Eanes and two Bay Area urban farmers share tips on how to get you growing crops in your backyard.

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Ingredient Trend Alert: Pickled Green Strawberries

Ingredient Trend Alert: Pickled Green Strawberries

Green strawberries are trending. Stephanie Rosenbaum shares two recipes using this ingredient of the moment: Quick Pickled Green Strawberries and Green Strawberry and Mango Salsa.

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Vertical ‘Pinkhouses:’ The Future Of Urban Farming?

Vertical ‘Pinkhouses:’ The Future Of Urban Farming?

| May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Architects have come up with spectacular concepts for vertical farms that would grow crops in city skyscrapers. But many horticulturists think the future of vertical farming isn’t in skyscrapers, but rather in large, indoor warehouses lit up magenta by superefficient LEDs.

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First Impression: Healdsburg SHED

First Impression: Healdsburg SHED

What would a wine country locavore’s paradise look like? Stephanie Rosenbaum talks to Cindy Daniel, owner of Healdsburg’s new SHED, a 21st-century grange, store, and sustainable-living center.

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Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

| May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Treated human waste has been used on farmland for decades, but the ick factor has not entirely faded. Some environmentalists think the treatment process may not get rid of all the harmful contaminants that could be in the waste.

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In The Land Of Wild Ramps, It’s Festival Time

In The Land Of Wild Ramps, It’s Festival Time

| May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Springtime in Appalachia means ramp festival season. But as ramp festivals and urban ramp vendors attract record numbers of people, scientists warn that the wild populations of the seasonal greens are being forced into decline.

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