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May 30, 2015

Commentary: Are Food Forests Our New Future Food Source?

Think foraging is only reserved for people like Bear Grylls or extreme outdoorsy types? Turns out it’s coming to a city near you.

Food forests are something like a community garden combined with a public park. They offer a nice place to spend time, but also are home to a ton of fruit-bearing trees and plants.

The key difference is that eventually these forests will be self-sustaining and won’t require any maintenance. This of course takes time, but several areas have already started getting the ball rolling.

The Beacon Food Forest in Seattle is already well underway in creating a space where members can freely forage in a lush edible forest. It is seven acres and [...]

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January 31, 2015

Start Your Own Urban Farm

One way to get the most out of your house, condo or apartment and eat better while doing it is to start your own fruit and vegetable garden. Scott Murray has some advice.

Murray is an organic farmer, sustainable development consultant and co-owner of Edge of Urban Farm in San Diego County. His current project is the restoration and development of a 250-acre historic farm owned by the county. On the site, his 15-acre organic farm feeds a neighboring boarding school and supplies local Whole Foods Markets with fruits and vegetables.

Murray says, “Eating is really the only solution” to much of what ails us these days. Eating right, that is. No fad diets with unbalanced or [...]

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August 24, 2014

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Compost

What’s Compost?

Compost is just decomposed organic materials. While composting may seem complicated, it’s actually really simple and easy to do. Composting involves a combination of digested and undigested food that is left on the forest (or your garden) floor. The end product is a rich, soft soil. It’s amazing how a natural process can transform everyday waste into a gardener’s fortune. Not only is composting good for the garden, it’s our environmental responsibility to breakdown organic waste rather than ditching it in landfills.

A Gardener’s Gold

Compost is a priceless asset for our gardens. It improves the quality of the soil by changing its structure. By [...]

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May 22, 2013

Farm Bill: Your chance to use tax dollars to support organic farming!

It’s time to get it right.

We have the power to make the Farm Bill better – call your Senators today!

Take just five minutes today – that’s right, just five! – for a better future for our nation’s food and farmers. The U.S. Senate is debating amendments to the Farm Bill this week. It’s a complicated and bureaucratic process, and predictably, all of the lobbyists for Monsanto and big agribusiness are out in full force.

But there is one simple action you can take today, that will have a big impact.

Call your Senator’s office and ask them to support key amendments that will make long overdue subsidy reforms and invest in local food and family [...]

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