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Rodale’s 6 Steps To Starting A Community Garden

compgIllustration By Michael Hill.

You don’t need to live in the country to get a little greenery and grow good food.

By Rol Staff
Rodale’s Organic Life
March 16, 2016

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2. Secure Land
In some cities, online maps like Living Lots NYC identify open spaces. Property-records departments help decipher lot ownership; private owners may lease land. Many locales have agencies that rent out public land for gardens. Terms can vary, so learn local laws and explore options for longevity, including establishing a trust.

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March 24, 2016   Comments Off on Rodale’s 6 Steps To Starting A Community Garden

Pingree Urban Farm Celebrates Birth of Quadruplet Lambs in Detroit

4kidsClick on image for larger file. The Pingree quadruplets with their “mom,” farm manager Holly Glomski. Video here.

Naming Contest:
Skyline Lambs (Whitney, Penobscot, Book, Fisher)
Lake Lambs (Michigan, Superior, Erie, Huron)
Dream Cruise Lambs (Woodward, Grand River, Gratiot, Jefferson)
Mayor Lambs (Pingree, Young, Duggan, Bing)
Ink Spots (Billy, Deek, Charlie, Hoppie)
Motown Gang (Diana, Martha, Aretha, Stevie)
Pingree Gang (Omira, Grixdale, 7 Mile, Robinwood)
Spring Lambs (Sweet Pea, Marigold, Sunflower, Clover)

Detroit, Michigan
(PRWEB)
March 23, 2016

Excerpt:

Pingree Farms is proud to announce the birth of quadruplets. A Columbia ewe gave birth to four lambs on March 6th, arriving over a three hour period starting at 3 a.m.

The birth of quadruplet lambs is rare. Only one in five-hundred births of this breed are quadruplets, and only in one in one-thousand births do all four survive. New farm manager Holly Glomski explains, “This is a very rare experience in agriculture for this particular breed of sheep. Typically they give birth to twins. Quads is really an overachievement.”

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How Container Farming Compares To Conventional Farming

compComplete graphic here.

“We’re tackling it from two different angles: linear growing feet and annual yields.”

By Freight Farms
Leafy Green Machines
March 2016

Excerpt:

Sometimes it’s hard to wrap your head around comparing vertical hydroponic growing to conventional agriculture where farmers grow horizontally in soil. To make this easier, we’re going to compare Freight Farming to conventional farming by thinking of it in linear growing feet. Something to keep in mind when comparing these methods of farming is that the LGM has the ability to grow year round, regardless of the season, whereas conventional means of farming have seasonality restrictions that limit the amount of time they’re able to grow. Here we assume that there’s a single harvest annually (per acre), because we found only 2 states (California and North Carolina) where an acre can be harvested twice per year. We also ignored any natural disasters, crop disease or animal infestation where the LGM had an unfair advantage.

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