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The electric Red Dragon – a new type of composter

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Brian describes how the Red Dragon works.

The Red Dragon has surprised us!

Six months ago, we sceptics reluctantly agreed to test out a plug-in composter from Korea at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden. We’d already had a bad experience with one electric bin and were quite sure that this one would act badly too.

We put in the required mix of sawdust and microbes supplied with the bin, added some water and plugged the attractive machine into the wall. Then periodically we put in food waste brought from home.

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May 7, 2010   7 Comments

Mason Bee houses at City Farmer

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Maria Keating, City Farmer’s Bug Lady, points out all the different Mason Bee houses at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden.

Orchard Mason Bee

Excerpt from a fact sheet by the Oregon Master Gardener™ Association.

Overview

The orchard mason bee, Osmia lignaria, is an effective early pollinator native to the Western US and Canada. It emerges in the spring, before honeybees. As a pollinator, it is far more efficient than the honeybee by transferring more pollen and visiting more types and numbers of flowers.

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$1 million Strategic Research Grant to Vancouver’s Think&EatGreen@School Project

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The Think&EatGreen@School Project: Community University Collaborative Project on Food Security in Vancouver Schools and Institutional Adaptations to Climate Change

An interdisciplinary research team from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia has led the formation of a food and environment related research project recently awarded a $1 million Strategic Research Grant for Community-University Research Alliance for Canadian Environmental Issues from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC). This project involving Vancouver schools hopes to enrich school students’ experiences connecting food, health and environment and to assist schools to have a lighter impact on the environment.

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Urban Agriculture Takes Root in Rochester

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Gardeners and Food Bank Planting Seeds for Urban Farming

Rachel Ward
WXXI Centre for Public Affairs
2010-05-06

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WXXI’s Rachel Ward reports on a coalition of urban agriculture advocates hoping to find a new way to deal with hunger in Rochester neighborhoods.

Excerpt:

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – At first glance, the farm does not look promising. It’s overgrown with tall grasses and weeds. There’s a high brick wall surrounding it, which casts deep shadows over the cluster of apple trees. And there are kids running around everywhere.

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