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Don’t Call it Gardening

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Illustration: Oksana Badrak

Geek Gardening: A Wired Guide to Domestic Terraforming

By Dominique Browning
Wired
June 2010

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Before you head outside, let’s get you dressed. No clogs with flowers on them. Look for some skateboard pants at your local thrift shop; they are roomy, with deep pockets and durable fabric, and readily available, given the current epidemic of plantar fasciitis among young skaters, who seem determined to inflict upon themselves the aches and pains of old men. You’ll want white socks, pulled up over the cuffs of the pants—a kind of reverse tribute to the black-socks-and-sandals look of our science-geek cousins—and heavy work boots.

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May 26, 2010   Comments Off on Don’t Call it Gardening

Urban Growth

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City vegetable plots are about more than great-tasting tomatoes, says City Farmer author Lorraine Johnson. They redefine our environment

Wency Leung
Globe and Mail
May 25, 2010

Excerpt:

Concerns about where our food comes from has city-dwellers everywhere interested in tending their own vegetable plots. But how do you actually go about doing it?

Lorraine Johnson, Toronto author of the new book City Farmer, offers suggestions on how to plant food almost everywhere, drawing on the experiences and visions of urban farmers across Canada and the United States.

Growing your own tomatoes isn’t just a quaint hobby, she says. It’s a move toward redefining the urban environment as a place that can sustain its inhabitants’ basic food needs. Her message: Grow something. Anything. Anywhere.

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May 26, 2010   Comments Off on Urban Growth

The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food

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New book

by Carolyn Herriot
Harbour Publishing
June 2010

Carolyn Herriot is the author of the bestselling A Year on the Garden Path: A 52-Week Organic Gardening Guide. She is much in demand as a speaker and workshop leader on organic gardening in the Pacific Northwest, with regular columns in GardenWise and Common Ground magazines. Carolyn grows her certified-organic seed business, Seeds of Victoria, at the Garden Path Centre for Organic Gardening in Victoria, BC.

It has only taken two generations for the majority of people to forget how to grow their own food. Most city dwellers have become alienated from the source of what sustains them, and have little understanding of the environmental and health impacts of processed and packaged food.

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May 26, 2010   Comments Off on The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food