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Zimbabwe’s Hard-Pressed City Dwellers Cultivate Urban Agriculture

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Communal gardening, Zimbabwe.

By Taurai Shava
Gweru, Zimbabwe
Voice of America
25 Nov 2008

“In the past,” he said, “the growing of crops on the small pieces of land in urban areas is something that was looked down upon. For one to be seen going to work on those small fields was degrading. But now raising crops on these small fields has become very important because of the hunger that is stalking most people. Most working people never used to have anything to do with growing crops on these small fields; It was for housewives like myself.

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December 10, 2008   2 Comments

European Chafer Destroys Lawns in Vancouver


European Chafer in Vancouver from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.
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Lawns are being dug up all over the east side of Vancouver by birds and animals looking for the fat grubs of the European Chafer Beetle. Maria goes out to look at a boulevard where crows are having breakfast on someone’s no-longer-perfect lawn. She makes some suggestions for homeowners – they can use nematodes to help control the pest, or find an alternative to grass. How about vegetables?

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December 10, 2008   2 Comments