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Vancouver Park Board experiments with Korean pine as new urban food source

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Delicious pine nuts possibly coming to Vancouver neighbourhoods

By Bill Stephen
City Arborist
City of Vancouver
March 27, 2013

The Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) is a prodigious provider of the staple food – the pine nut. Harvested by ancient and contemporary cultures throughout temperate eastern Asia, it is rich in unsaturated oils and flavour. It is used in its pulverized form as a soup stock, and has many purported medicinal uses.

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Urban Gardening For Dummies

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Written by The National Gardening Association

By Paul Simon, Charlie Nardozzi
For Dummies
January 2013
Paul Simon is a nationally recognized landscape architect, public artist, horticulturist, master gardener, and urban designer. Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and radio and television personality.

Learn to:

Make the most of limited space with vertical growing tips, rooftop gardens, and more

Add beauty and color to your landscape with annuals, perennials, and bulbs

Grow the freshest, healthiest produce possible

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March 27, 2013   1 Comment

Five Tips for Launching an Urban Garden

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A staff member (left) and youth intern (right) walk through East New York Farms in Brooklyn, NY. Photo by Natasha Bowens.

In the end, the goal of urban community gardens and the key to their success is the same, says Singer: “It’s about growing community.”

By Rhea Kennedy
Civil Eats
March 26, 2013

Excerpt:

Americans cultivate an estimated 18,000 community gardens, and now more of their growing is taking place in city lots and building rooftops. Urban gardeners see numerous benefits, from a heightened sense of empowerment to a lighter grocery bill to lowered crime rates. Yet challenges to such projects inevitably spring up like crab grass.

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