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Composting with worms: how to get started, and why it could spark an urban gardening revolution

The Urbalive worm composter could offer small space gardeners the option to send less to landfill.

I think it’s a certain kind of gardener who will enjoy the challenge of a wormery. I don’t think we’re going to take over the world.

By Alice Vincent
Telegraph
3 Mar 2018

Excerpt:

Finding a suitable contraption for a small balcony – not to mention a single-person household – has proved tricky. Surprisingly, my relatively small output of vegetable waste and humble ambitions make me a good candidate for vermiculture: a wormery, for instance, could struggle to process the remnants created by a vegan family of four, but as someone who eats a lot of eggs, drinks a lot of tea, and just wanted to make the journey out to the big bin less often, I could be the perfect worm custodian.

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Up Top Acres planning a new rooftop farm

After turning five empty rooftops in the D.C. area into working farms, Up Top Acres is looking to expand this year.

By Stephen Babcock
Technically DC
Mar 5, 2018

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“We opened our first rooftop farm in May 2015 on top of the restaurant Oyamel,” O’Keefe said. “We’ve been gradually expanding since, but will be doubling our growing space this year. We’ve spent the last few years testing our business model and are now at a place to expand.”

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The Shaker Book of the Garden

Includes an exact facsimile of the original Shaker Gardener’s Manual, published in 1843

By Lorraine Harrison
Barron’s Educational Series
2004

Excerpt:

The Shakers are noted among gardeners and farmers as the first commercial producers of species seeds. Today they are best remembered and respected for their holistic approach to tending the earth responsibly and reaping God’s bounty. This unusual book presents modern advice on gardening, food preservation, and cooking, all based on Shaker doctrine and values. It also includes a “book-within-a-book”- an exact facsimile of the original Shaker Gardener’s Manual, published in 1843 and retailed throughout the United States at that time for six cents.

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Popular “Muir Ranch” Urban Farming Program Shut Down by Pasadena Unified

Muir Ranch.

According to its website, Muir Ranch is a 3.5-acre “biodynamic urban teaching farm and teen jobs program.” Since its launch in May 2012, the site says, more than 50 teens have participated in the program and the farm expanded.

Pasadena Now
Feb 27, 2018

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A popular urban farming project at John Muir High School which provided paid student internships and offered farm boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables and floral bouquets for sale has been shut down by the Pasadena Unified School District.

School District spokesperson Hilda Ramirez Horvath said Monday that the District is “exploring ways to reimagine the school garden at John Muir so that it’s aligned with our successful school garden programs that link with academics and classroom learning.”

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