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The Grand ‘Beedapest’ Hotel – the world’s first luxury bee hotel

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(Must see video. Mike) The hotel itself is made from balsa wood and includes traditional hollow tubes in the bedrooms, which is a popular nesting choice for solitary bees. Other key features, such as sugar water baths and ultraviolet patterns, have been included based on scientific research that suggests that bees are attracted to these, and will therefore be enticed to enter the bee hotel to get some much needed rest and relaxation.

We’ve just created the world’s poshest insect residence: a luxury bee hotel, in partnership with Kew Gardens!

By Taylors Tea of Harrogate since 1886

Excerpts;

Our teas need bees

Without these buzzy little flavour creators, life would be very bland. Research has found that animal pollination makes the tastiest fruit, and many of the ingredients in our wonderfully distinctive fruit and herbal teas – created with the help of the plant experts at Kew Gardens – need bees simply to survive. or Click on the packs to see for yourself.

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July 13, 2016   No Comments

US public television show “Backyard Farmer” has been on the air for 64 years

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This documentary looks at the program’s roots and founders as well as some of the people who have appeared on the show. As it is a live show, there are plenty of bloopers to enjoy as well. (Must see. Mike)

Now produced by the University of Nebraska, it is the longest-running, educational program in all of public television in the United States

Kim Todd, RLA
Associate Professor and Extension Landscape Specialist
University of Nebraska

Backyard Farmer is the place to find non-biased, research based information about gardening. Backyard Farmer is the longest running educational program in broadcast history beginning in 1953 on a small station in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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June 8, 2016   Comments Off on US public television show “Backyard Farmer” has been on the air for 64 years

Cotswold Club 1944 – Growing their own, the Village Produce Association during WW2

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Rare 12 minute film.

There’s even a role for the children in bringing up the rabbits for food too!

Director: Charles de Lautour
United Kingdom 1944
Strand Film Company
Ministry of Information for Ministry of Agriculture
Donald Taylor, Edgar Anstey

If you can’t buy it, why not grow it yourself? If you’ve too much, then why not sell at the village produce stall? With WWII in full swing and many foods rationed, the Village Produce Association comes into its own in this film shot in the Cotswold village of Somerton, Oxfordshire.

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June 6, 2016   Comments Off on Cotswold Club 1944 – Growing their own, the Village Produce Association during WW2

Grow Your Own (2007 film) – comedy

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British gardeners at a Merseyside allotment feel resentment when some refugees are given plots of land at their site.

Grow Your Own is a 2007 British comedy film directed by Richard Laxton, and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Carl Hunter. It stars Benedict Wong, John Henshaw, Eddie Marsan, Pierce Quigley, Omid Djalili, Alan Williams, Philip Jackson, and Olivia Colman. The film centres on a group of gardeners at a Merseyside allotment, who react angrily when a group of refugees are given plots at the site, but after they get to know them better, soon change their minds. The film was previously known under the title The Allotment.

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June 5, 2016   Comments Off on Grow Your Own (2007 film) – comedy

Rare UK video, 1942: Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign

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From the plot to the pot

(Must see. Mike)

The Chairman of the Allotment Gardens Committee
Councillor A. J. Johnson
1942

Take up your trowels! During WWII, Britain’s food imports were severely restricted and local councils across the country commandeered public and private land for the growing of vegetables and crops. Here, an Ealing councillor implores local residents to take on an allotment to help feed the nation. ‘Dig for Victory’ was one of the war’s most iconic and successful mass publicity campaigns.

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June 2, 2016   Comments Off on Rare UK video, 1942: Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign

BUGS the film – Will eating insects save our Earth?

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BUGS, a documentary by Andreas Johnsen. A gastronomic adventure with Nordic Food Lab: Can eating insects save our Earth?

World premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016.
(Must see. Mike)

For the past three years, a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab, made up of chefs and researchers Josh Evans, Ben Reade and Roberto Flore, has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond. During their journey they encounter everything from revered termite queens and desert-delicacy honey ants to venemous giant hornets and long-horned grasshoppers trapped using powerful floodlights, which sometimes cause their operators blindness.

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May 16, 2016   Comments Off on BUGS the film – Will eating insects save our Earth?

Thriving School Gardens in St. Louis

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(Must see video. Mike)

Gateway Greening runs 21 such gardens at schools in the city, both public and private, and has a total of 55 in the region. Much of the budget for this work comes from the Monsanto Fund, which this year provided a grant of $205,000 for the youth garden program.

By Daniel Neman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 11, 2016

Excerpt:

That’s right, an orchard grows outside Mallinckrodt Academy, a public elementary school for gifted students. It’s a small orchard — four apple trees, plus a few pear trees, peach, wild plum and currants — but it is growing in the school’s front yard. And even though the trees will not begin to bear significant amounts of fruit until after the students leave the school, the students say they are happy knowing that the work they do today will benefit those who come after them.

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May 11, 2016   Comments Off on Thriving School Gardens in St. Louis

A Television Series on Urban Farming for South Africa’s 15 Member Region

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(Must see video. Mike)

In development: Urban Farming – Growing Food in the City

By David Reeler, Mike Davies, Simon De Swardt

“We feel that Southern Africa has it’s own unique problems and therefore needs it’s own solutions. Southern African Development Community (SADC) has 15 member Countries with a population of 300 million (the same as the U.S.A.), half of which live in the cities. We hope to show how that growing some food yourself will lead to a healthier lifestyle.”

Excerpt from their concept sheet.

As rural to urban migration intensifies, Urban farming is becoming an important aspect of life in many cities across the world, but particularly in Southern Africa. It contributes significantly to improved nutrition, poverty alleviation, the empowerment of women, and community development.

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April 7, 2016   Comments Off on A Television Series on Urban Farming for South Africa’s 15 Member Region

Documentary on sale of Detroit land to create tree farm to be featured in annual film festival

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LAND GRAB – Official Trailer 2016 from Atlas Industries on Vimeo.

Land Grab delves into the political maneuvering required to put roots in the ground, highlighting a divided citizenry

By Matt Helms
Detroit Free Press
April 1, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

It said one of the city’s wealthiest residents was planning to sink millions into what he billed as the world’s largest urban agriculture project. Working for a TV production company, O’Grady spent a year and a half researching the issue and realized that John Hantz, the founder of a financial services conglomerate, was the underdog facing stiff opposition to his plan to buy some 2,000 vacant or blighted lots and turn them into what eventually became a large tree farm.

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April 2, 2016   Comments Off on Documentary on sale of Detroit land to create tree farm to be featured in annual film festival

Do not stand on your compost bin to clean your roof

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This fellow falls into his bin and gets stuck!

City Farmer has run the Vancouver Compost Hotline for almost 30 years and we have had all types of questions, but never about someone stuck in a bin.

Of course this could have been a prank set-up to amuse his family, but then again, if the man had all his weight on both legs on the centre of the bin lid, then perhaps he did fall through.

March 31, 2016   Comments Off on Do not stand on your compost bin to clean your roof

‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25

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“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.” – Vandana Shiva

Taggart Siegel, Director
Marc Turtletaub, Executive Producer
Marisa Tomei, Executive Producer
Jon Betz, Director
Taggart Siegel, Director

SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

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March 23, 2016   Comments Off on ‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25

Nomadic Community Garden in East London

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The Nomadic Community Gardens are chronicled in a short film by Ross Harrison. (Must see video!)

Bangladeshi families tend beds of eggplant, squash, and other seasonal vegetables alongside their non-Bangladeshi neighbors.

By Jasleena Grewal
Yes Magazine
Feb 19, 2016

Excerpt:

The Garden opened in May last year when Londonewcastle, a property development company, leased an abandoned parcel of land to Wheale. All structures are portable, and the project is intended to eventually be moved to other cities—veggie beds, rain harvesters, and all. Both the on-site office and lightweight veggie beds can be transported by truck. “We can move them overnight so they’re ready, pop-up style,” Wheale said.

I talked to Wheale about his hope that the Garden can improve Londoners’ quality of life by helping growers lower their food bills, share skills, and build relationships.

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February 21, 2016   Comments Off on Nomadic Community Garden in East London

‘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

Film: “The Seer – A Portrait of Wendell Berry”

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The most powerful way to draw a portrait of such an accomplished thinker and artist with a painfully lucid voice is to attempt to get behind his eyes and to imagine the world as rural farmers see it.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities.

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February 12, 2016   Comments Off on Film: “The Seer – A Portrait of Wendell Berry”

“Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”

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CAN YOU DIG THIS – Trailer from Delirio Films on Vimeo.

“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Delila Vallot – Director
Rafael Marmor – Producer
Christopher Leggett – Producer
John Legend – Executive Producer
2015
(Must see. Mike)

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

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February 10, 2016   Comments Off on “Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”