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Farm Your Yard: Lessons learned by the Director of Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

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Carrie Hargrove shares her hard-earned wisdom about starting a garden. Farm Your yard is a regular segment on KBIA’s Thinking out Loud.

Carrie Hargrove: Something else that was hard for me to deal with in my early days of gardening was this concept of patience. I was really hard for me to accept that you can plant a seed in the ground, and it could take a week or more for anything visible to happen.

By Trevor Harris
Kbia
Mar 2, 2017

Excerpt:

The big reason I was intimidated was because reading all of those gardening books did clarify some things for me, but really was just too much information for me to absorb which led to the unfortunate outcome of me becoming possibly even more confused than I was before. The problem, which I only understand now in hindsight, is that I was making it too big in my head. I should have just dove in and been open to any mistakes that I was bound to make and learn from them.

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March 9, 2017   Comments Off on Farm Your Yard: Lessons learned by the Director of Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Two of Martha Stewart’s Favourite Garden Gadgets

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10 gallon Compost Tea Brewer from Rittenhouse.

Compost Tea Brewers and and an Indoor Seed Starter

Excerpts from Wall Street Journal Jan 22, 2017

“One of the healthiest ways to feed your plants is to make compost tea, a combination of compost and water that’s heated to a certain temperature and brewed like regular tea. It doesn’t smell. I use the Rittenhouse Compost Tea Brewer. I have the 10- and 25-gallon systems, but they come in small sizes, too, so you can use one even if you only have a porch full of plants.”

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February 2, 2017   Comments Off on Two of Martha Stewart’s Favourite Garden Gadgets

Many Urban Farmers Use Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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Portion of large infographic. See complete graphic here.

Infographic

By PartSelect
GHHERGICH&Co.
Oct 2016

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a concept that gained traction in the US in the 1990s, and has grown exponentially in popularity in the last few years. The concept of a CSA is beneficial on many levels, both for farms and for consumers. In a nutshell, CSA works to offer shares to members of their communities for a (usually quite reasonable) set price. In return, the customer receives a box of fresh, seasonal produce at regular intervals, usually weekly or monthly.

This arrangement is beneficial to farmers who work in an industry where it is normal for fluctuations in their business to occur. It gives farmers a baseline of support throughout the year, and can help them with cash flow ahead of their usual harvest.

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January 20, 2017   Comments Off on Many Urban Farmers Use Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Sunken greenhouse pushes envelope in Minneapolis

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Greg Strong emerges from inside a Walipini, an underground greenhouse, in Minneapolis. Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

In October, the city gave Lawton 10 days to remove the walipini. But she and her fellow volunteers weren’t ready to pull the plug on their experiment.

By Kim Palmer
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
December 18, 2016

Excerpt:

Underneath a mound of earth in a small northeastern Minneapolis backyard something groundbreaking is happening: Food is growing in the dead of winter.

“It’s so hot in here that the tomatoes are out of control,” said Greg Strong, one of several volunteers who tend the experimental garden. They call it a walipini — a Bolivian word for a solar-heated greenhouse with earthen walls.

It sits in the backyard of Sarah Lawton, pastor of the nearby Northeast United Methodist Church, where volunteers also tend a large community garden on the church’s front yard.

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December 18, 2016   Comments Off on Sunken greenhouse pushes envelope in Minneapolis

Wales: This Gardener Regularly Grows 100-Pound Vegetables

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Phillip who is one of 13 children, cultivated his green-fingered wizardry in the family garden.

From Great Big Stories
and Wales Online – David Owens
(Must see. Mike)

Growing up in a family of 13, Phillip Vowles learned to appreciate the effort it took to feed all his brothers and sisters. So when he started harvesting his own crop, he decided to supersize his venture. As Phillip says, “big vegetables feed big families.” Today, his giant veggies top-out at over 100 pounds and can feed more than just a few families.

“I’m retired now but I spent a life in farming after leaving school,” he said. “I was made redundant and then became a self-employed gardener, so you could say it’s in my blood.”

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December 5, 2016   Comments Off on Wales: This Gardener Regularly Grows 100-Pound Vegetables

Fourth-year architecture students tackle urban farming with mobile greenhouse concept

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The GrOwING GREEN mobile greenhouse is ready for delivery to Butler University.

Funded by a Butler University Innovation Fund Grant, the $50,000 greenhouse prototype was created because of a building code issue.

Excerpt:

The powder-coated steel tube frame is wrapped with a 2×2 fiberglass furring system. The skin a is double-wall polycarbonate panel. Windows are operational, connected to heat-sensitive sensors that require zero energy.

The unit does feature heating and air-conditioning. Fans operate on a thermostat. The greenhouse “plugs into an exterior port like an RV would,” Gray details, expressing measured concern about the power cost. “Butler provides the power, and because it’s an educational project, it’s not our primary concern. The requirement of growing year-round trumps efficiency.”

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November 13, 2016   Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture students tackle urban farming with mobile greenhouse concept

Saving Money Growing Homegrown Vegetables

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Invest in a Garden System the Produces Weekly Harvests

By Stacey Murphy
Backyard Farms
Sept 27, 2016

This is my favorite video, because I love crunching numbers to see which vegetables are worth it for me to grow. Don’t worry if you don’t like numbers or budgets, I’ll walk you through mine. You definitely don’t want to be that person that grows one $250 tomato when you could have bought that same tomato at the farmers market for $5.

I once grew a head of endive for $5 which wasn’t so cost effective. But then I decided to let it flower, I saved the seeds, an d grew another 50 heads from those seeds. Those heads cost me $0.10 each to grow. Now we’re talking!

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September 28, 2016   Comments Off on Saving Money Growing Homegrown Vegetables

10 Essential Allotment Gardening Tools

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Burgon & Ball Seed and Plant Spacing Rule.

UK’s National Allotments week from 18-24 August

By Richard Hood
The Independent
26 July 2016

Excerpt:

There’s still plenty of sowing and planting to be done in August – Swiss chard, spring onions and spring cabbages can all be sown now, and if you are quick about it, you should just be able to squeeze in a few fast maturing carrots. And to ensure your veg rows crop in precise, regimental, envy-inducing lines, you’ll need one of these. This ruler is made from sturdy beech wood, and comes inscribed with recommended plant spacings – perforated with poke holes for pinpoint sowing. A smaller, 30cm rule is available, but veg growers will get more use from the metre length version.

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July 27, 2016   Comments Off on 10 Essential Allotment Gardening Tools

Garden book from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario

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82-year-old Ed Burt shares his secrets

By Michael Erskine
The Manitoulin Express
April 15, 2016

Excerpt:

he first learned the art and science of gardening at the foot of his grandfather 82 years ago at the age of five— and a lot of the knowledge he has acquired over the years is contained in his new book, ‘My Journey in the Garden: Ed Burt’s Way of Growing Food’.

“When my grandparents came to Manitoulin they experienced some especially rough winters,” he said. “We didn’t have the transportation we have now. The railroad was 40-50 miles away and if you didn’t have a horse, it was a long way away.” Adding to the distance, the roads in those days were not ploughed in the winter and few people had a car or truck to travel the roads even if the snow wasn’t an obstacle. Growing and storing food wasn’t a hobby or pastime in those early days, it was a survival skill. “I grew up in that environment,” said Mr. Burt.

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April 30, 2016   Comments Off on Garden book from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario

InfoGraphic: Guide to Gardening and Landscaping

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Complete infographic here.

According to 2012 research, close to half of Americans gardened within the past year. Avid gardeners total
at more than 164 million enthusiasts in the US.

By Tricia
SodGod
2016

We want to inspire people to get outside and give back to the environment through gardening.

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March 21, 2016   Comments Off on InfoGraphic: Guide to Gardening and Landscaping

People in glasshouses… can save a small fortune says Daily Mail

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Growing family: Louise Anand is teaching her children Leon and Carmen the value of owning a greenhouse.

The Royal Horticultural Society offers free advice on growing fruit and vegetables in the greenhouse and garden.

By Toby Walne
Daily Mail
12 March 2016

Excerpt:

Louise Anand, 43, from Bromley, South London, says she saves up to £100 a year on salads by using her greenhouse to grow rocket, cucumber and tomatoes from packets of seeds that cost no more than £1 each. She also uses the greenhouse to brighten up her home with sunflowers and peonies she has grown from seed.

The make-up artist says: ‘You not only save on shopping by growing fruit and vegetables in a greenhouse, but the food is far tastier as you eat it when totally fresh.

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March 21, 2016   Comments Off on People in glasshouses… can save a small fortune says Daily Mail

Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update

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The Best of West Coast Gardening

By Linda A. Gilkeson
Salt Spring Island
2016

Here is what gardeners on the coast of British Columbia and Washington need to know to adapt their gardening methods to drier, warmer summers, water shortages and extreme weather patterns. Chapters also cover the changing climate, effects of environmental stress on plants, including stress disorders of tomatoes, apples and other crops. The second part of the publication updates information on key pests and diseases of ornamentals and food gardens, including spotted wing Drosophila, European chafer, clubroot, powdery mildew and rabbits.

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March 18, 2016   Comments Off on Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update

Groundfridge – the ultimate root cellar

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The company claims the storage capacity is comparable to that of 20 standard refrigerators, meaning it can hold up to 500 kilograms of food.

Designed by Floris Schoonderbeek
Award winner 2015
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpts:

Before fridges and electricity existed, digging a hole in the ground was just one of the many ways people went about preserving their perishables. Despite taking its cues from this old method, the Ground Fridge still feels like a fresh idea.

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March 7, 2016   Comments Off on Groundfridge – the ultimate root cellar

It’s time to go back to the land/backyard and grow/hunt/fish-for your own food

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You’ll need a number of items to gear up for hunting and fishing.

It turns out that women are the fastest-growing class of new hunters in British Columbia and have been for a decade, driven by a renewed interest in back-to-the-land self-sufficiency.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Mar 5, 2016

Excerpt:

“People in the city are really engaged with hunting for food and building the skills they need,” said hunting instructor Dylan Eyers of Eat Wild (eatwild.ca). “I run 10 CORE (see graphic) classes a year and they always sell out.”

In order to become a successful hunter, certain financial, physical and psychological barriers must be overcome. Gutting and disarticulating a large mammal in the field takes skill and emotional balance. Hauling a carcass out of the bush takes physical strength. And you’ll need a truck to get it home.

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March 6, 2016   Comments Off on It’s time to go back to the land/backyard and grow/hunt/fish-for your own food

‘Grow Your Own Vegetables’ with Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards, Brooklyn

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On-line Course – Free Video Series

This training walks you through the big questions: Do you have the right space to grow food and where can you find more? Can you actually shrink your grocery bill with a vegetable garden? What tasks should you focus on so you only spend 2 hours (or less) per week while growing lots of food.

If you have dreams of a vegetable garden, or you’ve been growing for a couple years and want to amp up your harvest, or anything in between, I highly recommend Stacey’s work to help you live your dream of nourishing the planet while you enjoy fresh-picked, sun-kissed vegetables that you grew yourself.

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February 20, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Grow Your Own Vegetables’ with Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards, Brooklyn