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Ori: Handmade tool from Slovenia to help you determine growing spaces between the plants

The holes and the legend on Ori will guide your sowing and planting experience.

By Seed Guardians Association; Origo Co-op
2015

Excerpt:

The main purpose in the use of Ori is to help you determine growing spaces between the plants on your gardening surface. It can be considered as a gardening ruler with a twist of design.

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May 16, 2015   No Comments

Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

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Innovative Techniques for Growing Vegetables, Grains, and Perennial Food Crops with Minimal Fossil Fuel and Animal Inputs

By Will Bonsall
Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: June 3, 2015

Will Bonsall has worn many hats before and since going “back to the land,” including prospector, draftsman, gravedigger, hobo, musician, logger, and artist, among others; however, he considers subsistence farming to be the only true career he ever had. He is the director of the Scatterseed Project, which he founded to help preserve our endangered crop-plant diversity. His first book, Through the Eyes of a Stranger (Xlibris, 2010), is an eco-novel set in a sustainable society of the future. Will lives and farms in Industry, Maine, with his wife, Molly Thorkildsen, and two sons.

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April 30, 2015   Comments Off on Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

Forthcoming book: ‘The Urban Farmer’

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British Columbia author: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

By Curtis Stone
New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2015-11-01

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s). Major benefits include:

Low capital investment and overhead costs
Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
Easy access to markets.

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April 29, 2015   Comments Off on Forthcoming book: ‘The Urban Farmer’

1909: ‘The Vegetable Garden’

hotbed Temporary hotbeds in a city backyard. For larger image click on picture.

“Did we cultivate more assiduously our backyard gardens, those of us whose daily grind chains us fast to a bell or whistle or even an office clock, there would be fewer nervous breakdowns.”

By Ida D. Bennett
Doubleday, Page and Co.
1909

Excerpt:

There are certain plant-poisons – herbicides – on the market which it is claimed will kill out scrub oak, burdock, Canada thistle, and like persistent perennial growths … It is considerations like this which make the growing of one’s own kitchen vegetables so desirable,

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April 27, 2015   Comments Off on 1909: ‘The Vegetable Garden’

Canning, Pickling, and Freezing with Irma Harding

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Readers are guided through the book by Irma Harding, a fictional spokesperson for appliances produced by International Harvester during the 1950s.

By Marilyn McCray
Octane Press
2014

Urban farmers, foodies, and cooking enthusiasts of all ages are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to food preservation. For those wanting to preserve garden-fresh vegetables at home, Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Hardingoffers modern techniques and tasty recipes from heartland farms.

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April 25, 2015   Comments Off on Canning, Pickling, and Freezing with Irma Harding

How to Become an Urban Farmer in Asheville, North Carolina

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Urban farmer Sunil Patel (left) partnered with restaurateur Charlie Hodge to bring a “farm to glass” experience to Sovereign Remedies cocktail lounge. Photo by Cindy Kunst.

One of the first steps in the process is determining what you want to farm and where.

By Josh O’Conner
Mountain Express
March 19, 2015

Excerpt:

Among the many steps to tackling any urban farming venture is a mastering of the permitting requirements. Regulations may govern everything from structures, such as greenhouses or storage sheds, to permits on each type of animal being raised to enclosure inspections by animal control. Deed restrictions or homeowners association rules may also come into play, and, if you’re thinking about opening your farm to visitors, parking may even become an issue.

Before engaging in any urban farming adventures, it’s best to run your plans by your local government to make sure you aren’t going to run afoul of any land-use or animal control regulations.

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March 31, 2015   Comments Off on How to Become an Urban Farmer in Asheville, North Carolina

‘Crates to Plates Garden’ In Columbia, Missouri

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Outside of Lucky’s Market in Columbia you will find dozens of milk crates filled with vegetables and plants.

For eight-weeks during the summer, low income high school students will be employed to attend garden based classes

By Courtny Jodon
Connect Missouri
Mar 15, 2015

Excerpt:

Outside of Lucky’s Market in Columbia you will find dozens of milk crates filled with vegetables and plants.

Saturday, it hosted the first-ever Crates to Plates Garden work day. During this work day, volunteers in the community lined milk crates, filled them with soil and planted the garden’s first seeds. Members of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture helped volunteers install the milk crate garden.

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March 27, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Crates to Plates Garden’ In Columbia, Missouri

Six designs for urban agriculture products, including a two-hen chicken coop, a raised planter bed, and a multi-story worm hotel

Build your own using open-source designs by Aker

By Ben Schiller
Fast Co-exist
Mar 13, 2015

Excerpt:

Open source product development started with software. Now it’s spreading to hardware as well. Projects like WikiSpeed and WikiHouse show how distributed groups of people can refine new designs and create products with no decisive owner.

Another example of the trend: a new Denver-based company called Aker (pronounced “acre”). Aker has six new designs for urban agriculture products, including a two-hen chicken coop, a raised planter bed, and a multi-story worm hotel, and it’s prepared to give them away for free so people can develop their own versions. You can download the blueprints from the Aker website, cut your own pieces of wood using a CNC routing machine, and assemble yourself, just as if it were an IKEA product. It won’t cost you much more than the price of plywood.

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March 23, 2015   Comments Off on Six designs for urban agriculture products, including a two-hen chicken coop, a raised planter bed, and a multi-story worm hotel

New 3rd edition of ‘Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening’

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Manual addresses practical aspects of organic farming and gardening, applied soil science, and social and environmental issues in agriculture

By Martha Brown
University of California Santa Cruz
March 04, 2015

Excerpt:

Drawing on nearly 50 years of teaching organic farming and gardening, the staff of the UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden Apprenticeship and invited authors have developed an updated and expanded resource for instructors based on many of the skills and concepts taught in UCSC’s annual Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program. Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening: Resources for Instructors, 3rd Edition addresses practical aspects of organic farming and gardening, applied soil science, and social and environmental issues in agriculture.

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March 13, 2015   Comments Off on New 3rd edition of ‘Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening’

California Master Gardener Handbook–2nd Ed

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Packed with research-based information and more than 21 in-depth home horticulture topics

By D Pittinger
Copyright Date: 2015
Length: 756 pp.

Excerpt:

Since it was first published in 2002, the California Master Gardener Handbook has been the definitive guide to best practices and advice for gardeners throughout the West. Now the much-anticipated 2nd Edition to the Handbook is here—completely redesigned, with updated tables, graphics, and color photos throughout.

Whether you’re a beginner double digging your first bed or a University of California Master Gardener, this handbook will be your go-to source for the practical, science-based information you need to sustainably maintain your landscape and garden and become an effective problem solver.

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February 8, 2015   Comments Off on California Master Gardener Handbook–2nd Ed

The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

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Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

By Carol Deppe
Chelsea Publishing
2015

—Gene Logsdon, author, Gene Everlasting and The Contrary Farmer

“If you want to read the complete, deepest-down lowdown on how to grow organic vegetables successfully, this is the book. It also stands as a guide to the most genuine, independent lifestyle possible, relying only on nature and the author’s awesomely detailed knowledge of plant life to achieve successful food production and a contented way of life. The reader learns not only how to grow and cook vegetables, but how to breed new varieties and save the seed. And while you read her book, you are also charmed with the Tao philosophy of living—something I have come to believe is a sure path to tranquility.”

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January 29, 2015   Comments Off on The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

Some Minnesotans garden under the snow

snowDawn Pape’s son Maxwell harvests greens from their cold-frame garden in Shoreview.

Season-extending structures are helping some Minnesota gardeners defy winter.

By Kim Palmer
Star Tribune
December 17, 2014

Excerpt:

In her Shoreview yard, under a blanket of snow, is a polycarbonate-topped, 2- by 8-foot box — or “cold frame.” Brush aside the show, lift the lid, and inside was an improbable vision: healthy spinach, kale, salad greens and other veggies growing in the frigid ground.

“It’s so uplifting to see green when it’s kind of bleak outside,” said Pape, a master gardener and garden-book author, who was still harvesting around Thanksgiving — and hoping for at least a few more weeks of homegrown produce. “If I can make it to Christmas, I’ll be pretty happy,” she said.

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December 29, 2014   Comments Off on Some Minnesotans garden under the snow

So You Want To Be a Farmer

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Ever dream of chucking it all for the simple life? Read this first.

By Jesse Hirsch
Modern Farmer
September 15, 2014

Excerpt:
Many small farms take in apprentices or interns (a largely semantic distinction) for a growing season. According to Thistlethwaite, this is an all but mandatory step in your farm journey. And not just for one season. She suggests apprenticing for three to four years before you even consider starting your own farm. This will not only provide a basic knowledge base, but also ensure that farming is something you enjoy. “[Apprenticing] is gut check time,” she says. “It gives you the chance to ask yourself: ‘Is this really who I am?’”

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September 17, 2014   Comments Off on So You Want To Be a Farmer

Wissen wuchern lassen – Ein Handbuch zum Lernen in urbanen Garten

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“Let knowledge mushroom – Handbook on learning from urban gardens

Herausgegeben von: Severin Halder, Dörte Martens, Gerda Münnich, Andrea Lassalle, Thomas Aenis, Eckhard Schäfer
In German
2014

Focusing on practical answers this handbook assembles various modules for the creation of green learning spaces. At the same time it enables insight into the broad creative experiences of urban gardeners.

Here DIY knowledge of the gardening amateurs from Allmende-Kontor, Prinzessinnengarten and Bürgergarten Laskerwiese meets expert knowledge from the trained gardeners and farmers of Bauerngarten, Peter-Lenné-School and Humboldt University of Berlin. An open knowledge transfer in terms of discussions, seeds, garden map, redworms and recipes takes place.

It’s a compilation of Berlin farmer’s shrewdness, flowery manuals and common banana skins – for everyone looking for how to get the hands really dirty!

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July 10, 2014   Comments Off on Wissen wuchern lassen – Ein Handbuch zum Lernen in urbanen Garten

‘Pennycress’ for bio-diesel latest entry into Detroit urban agriculture scene

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Warren P. Palmer, of Stonehill Investments (left) and James J. Padilla, Jr., of MetroAg Services are two of the people responsible for creating this lot of urban agriculture and hope to plant flowers once the Pennycress is harvested this summer. Photo by Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press.

The goal is to use pennycress seeds to produce safe, clean fuel oil.

By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
June 8, 2014

Excerpt:

Pennycress is a member of the mustard family that is planted in the fall and grows over the winter to be harvested in late spring, said Lance Stokes, the head of Metro Ag Services, a for-profit company that is behind the pennycress project. The goal is to use pennycress seeds to produce safe, clean fuel oil.

“Those seeds are what we’re going to harvest and crush and extract the oil to get the bio-diesel,” Stokes said.

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June 17, 2014   Comments Off on ‘Pennycress’ for bio-diesel latest entry into Detroit urban agriculture scene