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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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Berkeley School Cooking and Gardening Programs in Jeopardy

Berkeley School Cooking and Gardening Programs in Jeopardy

| May 7, 2013 | 6 Comments

Berkeley public schools are in danger of losing their gardening and cooking classes due to federal funding cuts. Sarah Henry reports on how that community is trying to save their edible education program.

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Want To Forage In Your City? There’s A Map For That

Want To Forage In Your City? There’s A Map For That

| April 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

Apples, oranges and … squirrel? A new interactive map pinpoints more than a half-million locations around the world open to foraging for typical and not-so-typical free foods.

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Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden for Earth Day

Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden for Earth Day

How are you getting dirty this Earth Day? Stephanie Rosenbaum offers tips for starting an edible spring garden this weekend.

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Bay Area Home Brewers Opt for Homegrown Hops

Bay Area Home Brewers Opt for Homegrown Hops

| April 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Home brewers take their craft to another level by growing their own hops, which ensures a steady supply and allows them to experiment with making wet hops beers.

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Heard the Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping?

Heard the Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping?

| April 17, 2013 | 5 Comments

Do you dream of harvesting your own super-local honey to drizzle on your breakfast bread? Wonder how hard it is to keep bees and how to start? Bay Area Bites interviewed some East Bay beekeepers and collected a swarm of resources.

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Are Agriculture’s Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

Are Agriculture’s Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Neonicotinoids are pesticides widely used to coat the seeds of agricultural plants, especially corn. But some evidence suggests these chemicals may also be poisoning bees. A tell-tale clue: reports of massive bee die-offs that all took place during corn-planting season.

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Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella

Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella

| March 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

Backyard chickens have become a hot trend, loved as a source of healthy local food and fluffy wonderfulness. But backyard birds have also sparked outbreaks of salmonella, the CDC warns.

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‘Drunken Botanist’ Takes A Garden Tour Of The Liquor Cabinet

‘Drunken Botanist’ Takes A Garden Tour Of The Liquor Cabinet

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

An incredible diversity of grains, herbs and fruits goes into the world’s alcoholic drinks, as writer Amy Stewart explains. Her new book describes the plants behind cocktails and other boozy beverages and features drink recipes and growing instructions.

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How Google Earth Revealed Chicago’s Hidden Farms

How Google Earth Revealed Chicago’s Hidden Farms

| January 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

When scientists scoured lists of the city’s community gardens, they discovered they didn’t tell the whole story of where food was being grown. Satellite images instead show the city’s food-producing gardens tucked away in backyards, on roofs and thriving in vacant lots.

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Q&A with Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland’s Councilmember At-Large

Q&A with Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland’s Councilmember At-Large

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd interviews Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland’s Councilmember At-Large, who was recently re-elected and is a champion of food businesses as a way to grow and ultimately improve the city.

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Local Experts Dish on the Art of Pickled Peppers

Local Experts Dish on the Art of Pickled Peppers

| October 28, 2012 | 3 Comments

Are you feeling sad that the local pepper season is drawing to a close? Don’t be. The owners of Emmy’s Pickles and Jams, Jarred SF Brine and Paulie’s Pickling show how a little vinegar, salt and aromatics will let you enjoy those late-season jalapenos and serranos well into the winter.

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Heirloom, Heritage, Hybrid and GMOs

Heirloom, Heritage, Hybrid and GMOs

| October 5, 2012 | 2 Comments

The second annual National Heirloom Exposition took place in Santa Rosa on September 10-12. It was a celebration of the imperfect, the unexpected, and many people attending it learned that sometimes the most blemished fruit has the sweetest flavor. There were squash with warts, spiky cucumbers and “Cannibal” tomatoes. A display showed off Hopi Blue corn, Rainbow Inca corn, and Seneca Blue Bear Dance corn. Genetically modified corn, well, it was not welcome at the table.

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