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Food deserts are an increasingly recognized problem in the United States, but a new study from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, indicates urban and home gardens — combined with nutrition education — could be a path toward correcting that disadvantage. Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco...

Next time you carve a Jack-O-Lantern or cook a pumpkin for pie filling, save those seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds are nutritious and delicious, great as a salad topping, and best of all, they’re easy to make. Pumpkin Seed Nutrition Pumpkin seeds are a good source of healthful oils, magnesium, and other nutrients that enhance heart health, bones, and other functions....

These two men have increased the global honeybee population by 10 percent with their invention – a hive that lets humans harvest honey without harming bees. The “Flow Hive” is a man-made bee house, that bees can’t tell apart from their own hives, that allows the honey to flow out of it without harming bees. In the past, bees were disturbed, crushed or made...

Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies leave their summer breeding grounds in the northeastern U.S. and Canada and travel some 3,000 miles south to Mexico to escape the cold of winter—a migration that’s one of the greatest natural events on Earth. How much do you know about the monarch butterfly? These 10 facts will amaze! 10 Amazing Facts About The Monarch...

Its sting hurts a lot, but if they were to disappear, it would hurt much more. The Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London, that bees are the most important living being on the planet, however, scientists have also made an announcement: Bees have already entered into extinction risk. Bees around the world...

A group of young Peruvians has launched a project called ‘Bio Plant’, which creates disposable plates and bowls made entirely from banana leaves. With the financial sponsoring from the Innóvate Peru Program (through the Bio Challenge contest which backs the development of innovative solutions focused on sustainability), they were able to design and manufacture...

The Pollinators from Demand Film on Vimeo. ...

Setting up a garden in a cold climate zone is not that easy. Plants need sunlight and warmth in order to grow, so living in a cold area means you need to make an effort to have a healthy garden. Or you can just follow in the footsteps of this Yukon inventor, who created an off-the-grid greenhouse named Agridome. With the help of this invention, you can grow fresh...

The equivalent of a 2-acre farm that grows 500 heads of lettuce a week hides inside a 40-foot-long metal box in a parking lot near the police station in downtown Troy. The container farm, as it’s called, or Freight Farm, after the Boston-based company that first introduced hydroponic growing systems in repurposed shipping containers, is a project of the Boy...

Downtown Brooklyn may seem like an unlikely staging ground for the future of farming — but at Gotham Market Hall in late September, 75 attendees at a “Shark Tank”-style pitch contest bore witness to just that. The Future of Farming Pitch Contest featured five finalists from the urban agriculture industry, each presenting a three-minute pitch, complete with...

A Charleston nonprofit is set to break ground on a new urban garden that will effectively double the size of its operation, but fundraising efforts for the project are still ongoing. After more than two years of planning, construction of the new garden space at the William Enston Home, an affordable housing complex at King and Huger streets, will start Nov. 15. The...

FLINT, Michigan—Another urban farm is headed to Flint and it will be one of the city’s largest. Convoy of Hope in partnership with the Urban Renaissance Center’s Ubuntu Village is planning to convert about 4 acres of property in the Civic Park neighborhood into a community resource and garden. Already launched in nine other countries, the Civic Park agriculture...

If you’ve dined in D.C. at Jose Andres’ minibar, Johnny Spero’s Reverie, or Robert Wiedmaier’s Marcel’s, chances are you sampled produce grown in Arlington. It’s no secret that interest in urban farming has skyrocketed in recent years, however Arlington-based Fresh Impact remains the county’s only commercial urban farm. Tucked in an unassuming strip...

One of the last urban farms in Scotland has closed after going into liquidation. Gorgie City Farm in the west of Edinburgh collapsed with the loss of 18 jobs. The charity gave volunteering opportunities and support to disadvantaged young people and adults. It has had about 200,000 visitors a year since it was saved from closure in 2016 after a crowdfunding appeal...

In an Olmstedian effort to bring city dwellers back to nature and to produce a sustainable, local assortment of fruits and vegetables, urban farming company Agripolis is bringing what will be the world’s largest rooftop urban farm to Paris. Situated along the périphérique in the city’s 15th arrondissement, the 150,000-square-foot sprawling green space will...

There are many ways to work towards equity and opportunity in our community, but urban farming might not be the first thing that comes to mind.  Melvin Parsons saw the trade as a way forward for himself and is now expanding and giving back through his “We the People Growers Association” and the “We the People Opportunity Center.”  Parson...

Pumpkins with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season. The practice of decorating jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as early canvasses. In fact, the name, jack-o’-lantern, comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. Irish immigrants brought the tradition...

BOSTON – Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – Building on his commitment to increasing access to healthy foods and supporting small businesses, Mayor Martin J. Walsh this morning joined the owners of We Grow Microgreens, elected officials, and community members to celebrate Hyde Park’s newest small business, which will bring healthy greens to grocery stores,...

Posted on Oct 28 2019 - 5:07am by UOG
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In early fall, in Maine’s far northern Aroostook County, schools close for “potato recess”—also known as harvest break—as students help out with the potato harvest. It’s an annual tradition for one of America’s most beloved crops: the humble potato. The potato has come a long way to be a very popular vegetable in the United States and throughout Europe....

Posted on Oct 26 2019 - 6:23pm by UOG
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How many of you even think to reuse a Halloween pumpkin? Reusing my Halloween pumpkins is something I’ve been doing for many years. I guess I get it from my parents as I always remember the sad, droopy jack-o-lanterns getting a second life. Most of the time we fed them to our horses or wildlife, but occasionally, we made pies. And we ALWAYS saved the seeds to roast....