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Bad blood at Flagstaff City Hall traced to new student urban farming initiative

A test flock of chickens roosts on the balconies of The Hub student housing complex as construction on the building continues. Jake Bacon, Arizona Sun.

City Manager Barbed Goodfellow requisitioned eggs, glow lamps and straw-filled hatching bins, then ordered all staff to make room in their filing cabinets and desk drawers for 21 days until Easter, the day the chicks were expected to emerge.

By Daily Sun Staff
Arizona Daily Sun
April 1, 2018

Municipal sources have shed new light on the controversy that has roiled Flagstaff City Hall in recent weeks.

Bad blood between the City Council and staff is being traced to a new sustainability program combining urban farming and student responsibility that has moved – literally – inside City Hall.

Sustainability manager P.G. Woodshed hatched the plan with Development Director Dan “Guy” Fawkes after learning of negative community feedback to massive student housing projects looming over Flagstaff neighborhoods.

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Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds

The Pima County Public Library maintains a seed collection in an old card catalog file. Jim West / Alamy

Seed-sharing programs aim to expand access to crops and educate the public, while also protecting scarce agricultural resources.

By Katherine Davis-Young
Atlas Obscura
March 27, 2018

Excerpt:

The Phoenix Public Library first put seeds on the shelves at one of its branches in 2014. Franklin says they were immediately in high demand. Now the library distributes an average of 1,000 seed packets per month across nine of its 17 branches. Franklin says the program has proven to be sustainable with minimal costs—around $300-$500 to bring a seed-sharing program to a new branch of the library. And, Franklin says, the organizational tasks of offering seeds fit seamlessly with the library’s existing cataloguing system.

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