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Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

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Each dye plant is tested to see if they can create rich long lasting colours when exposed to light or when washed multiple times.

By Esme Hedrick-Wong
June 4, 2017

On May 28th, 2017 Esme, founder of Esme Living Colour, opened her dye gardens and textile studio on Salt Spring Island for visitors. There are over seventy different dye plants and trees in her gardens, including seven different varieties of indigo plants. On display in the studio were silk and silk hemp naturally dyed textiles, shawls and wall hangings. Over 80 visitors came from as far as Europe and Japan. Esme conducted tours for visitors on a beautiful sunny afternoon; followed by a talk on different natural dye techniques that she uses in her work.

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Canada: The Perils of Lawn Care

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Cecilia Wessels said her husband Theunis was “calm, in control”

A picture of a man in Canada calmly mowing his lawn with a menacing tornado swirling in the background has gone viral on social media.

BBC
June 4, 2017

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Mrs Wessels told the BBC she was sleeping in the house on Friday – but then was woken by her nine-year-old daughter who was concerned that her father would not abandon his lawn-mowing and hide inside from the tornado.

“My daughter was the most upset, saying ‘Mum, what we gonna do?'”

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Canada: Urban gardeners to double size of north-end Dartmouth farm, Nova Scotia

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Volunteers help at the north-end Dartmouth community farm Sunday. (Steve Berry/CBC)

‘I’m here every chance I can be here. I love it,’ says community farmer

By Susan Bradley
CBC News
May 28, 2017

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“Those beds are for individuals or families from the community so they can come out and grow food for their own household,” Dickey said.

“We’ve had really great participation. We actually have a wait list for the family plots. Now we’ll be able to add an additional six to 10. That’ll mean some of those folks on the wait list can get a plot. But we’ve also had great participation in helping us maintain the farm rows that grows food for the centre.”

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Cuba: Our man in Havana on its farms and gardens

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A farmer at the Organopónico Plaza. Photos by Bill Weinberg.

Currently, Havana’s budding gentrification holds no threat to the organopónicos. Hopefully, they will survive without being put to such grim tests as a general collapse in Venezuela — or bellicose Trump designs on Cuba.

By Bill Weinberg
The Villager
May 25, 2017

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Díaz took me for a walk just a few blocks from his squat, and we passed big lots planted with bright-green rows of spinach, lettuce, chives, celery, parsley and cauliflower. Workers with hoes tilled the ground behind fences intertwined with fruit-bearing vines and flowers or reinforced with rows of cactus.

The workers took a little time out to answer my questions. These farms began spontaneously, yet often under the direction of bureaucrats who worked in the nearby government office buildings, to feed their own employees during the Special Period. But soon they were formally recognized and organized as collectives.

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