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Could gardening lower your risk of cancer? A Colorado researcher aims to find out

Wally Gallaher, left, age 90 gets some help from By Cha, who helps pull up some of the weeds that have crept in while he was on vacation. Member gardeners gather at the Arvada Community Garden.

University of Colorado Boulder study measures health of community gardeners in Denver area

By Danika Worthington
The Denver Post
September 21, 2017

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A green thumb may lower your risk of cancer.

Don’t believe it? You’re not the only one. Which is why a University of Colorado Boulder researcher is setting out to find hard evidence during a three-year clinical trial that will measure a variety of health factors in 312 participants who will be introduced to community gardening for the first time.

“We tend to intervene from the top down,” CU Boulder professor Jill Litt said of programs to improve physical inactivity and poor diets. “You need solutions from the ground up to meet people where they’re at.”

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Toledo, Ohio should be encouraging urban farmers, not setting up roadblocks

Owner Liz Harris, center in hat, gives a tour of Glass City Goat Gals, which is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

The Lucas County Land Bank has estimated that Toledo has more than 14,600 vacant lots, and city residents want to turn these potential blight magnets into productive tracts of land to feed themselves and their neighbors.

Editorial
The Blade
Sept. 20, 2017

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The Toledo Plan Commission has a chance to change all that with a set of urban farming rules now in the works.

Plan commission members tabled action on the urban farming policies recently to allow time to consult with the city’s urban farmers. They should have started there, but at least plan commission members want to get input from people actually doing urban farming before finalizing the rules that will govern urban agriculture in the city.

Toledo is sadly far behind other similar cities such as Detroit and Cleveland, where officials recognize the value of the small-scale agriculture that can revive and sustain city neighborhoods.

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