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Falling Fruit

Falling Fruit
Falling Fruit is a massive, collaborative map of the urban harvest. Uniting the efforts of foragers, foresters, and freegans everywhere, the map already points to over a half million food-producing locations around the world (from plants and fungi to water wells and dumpsters). Our rapidly growing user community is actively exploring, editing, and adding to the map. Join us in celebrating the overlooked bounty of our city streets! Use the site anonymously or sign up for an account to access additional features.

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How to Keep Monsanto OUT of your Home Garden We encourage our readers to start their own gardens whenever possible. It's a highly rewarding activity! Great for kids to see the miracle of life happening in their own backyard and connect with our mother earth. However, we need to be careful about where we source our seed. Iceweasel Yay! The Pool Shirt is done. I used the fabulous Munki Munki Pool Party print--so adorable. The pattern was a bit more of a bear than I expected--particularly the collar. Originally, I had a plan to make one for Steve and Ezra too, but now I'm not so sure! Here's the shirt, almost done (click to enlarge), and a closeup of the cute fabric....I think I'm going to send the shirt off to Nana--the professional seamstress!

Food waste is the symptom, not the problem Foundation essay: This article on food waste by Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London, is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the UK. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. Modern societies have a problem with waste. The entire economy is wasteful, a distortion of needs and wants. It overproduces and we under-consume - that’s what the current financial crisis is about.

Clearing Up the Misunderstandings about Organic Farming - Guest Blog - Scientific American Blog Network We at Scientific American welcome responses to our articles. A recent blog post by one of our network bloggers, Christie Wilcox—"Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture"—engendered much discussion online and we received several offers to write responses. This blog post by Jason Mark is the response we accepted. Of course, as our bloggers have editorial freedom, Christie Wilcox may also write her own response to the response. If she does so, I will add the link here.....Edit: Christie Wilcox has responded. When I saw that Scientific American was carrying a web story by a regular SciAm blogger determined to bust some of the “myths” surrounding organic farming, I was excited.

Gardening Australia - Iceweasel Deschampsia Hair grasses are undemanding plants that will grow in any good garden soil, but their preference is for moist humus-rich soil. They will do best if planted in a position in sun or light shade. Transplanting Tips Seed Bombs » Future Earth Much of our built environment, which occupies large areas of our urban world is often neglected. There are great opportunities to garden these overlooked and forgotten areas. Such opportunities have spawned a movement know as Guerrilla Gardening, and the creative devices know as seed bombs. Guerrilla Gardening, based on ancient techniques, has re-evolved since the early 70′s with original seed bombs being made from balloons and old Christmas baubles, which were often tossed into vacant city lots. Evidence of Guerilla Gardening These seed bombs are usually constructed from clay, manure, seeds and fertiliser.

Why Permaculture Isn’t Just Organic Farming Even most practitioners of permaculture have trouble defining it, partly because its not just one technique of doing this or that, but mostly because the theory encompasses too much to narrow the idea into a simple definition. Sure, there is agriculture, but it’s also a movement that branches into all things good for earth and people, from community sharing to sustainable energy to reforestation. All the same, it’s not just that. Thoughtful design — of our homes, of our gardens, of our cities — all play a key role in any discussion of permaculture. In essence, the practice is more than any one of these things and yet participates in them all.

Pioneer Woman Home & Garden I went to The Building this morning, shortly after I posted here. Peek-a-boo! There’s one of the new windows on the side entrance. The People's Kitchen at COLORS New York On Friday, October 4th, from 7-9pm, COLORS and The People's Kitchen are joining forces to host a mixer for our fabulous friends and community. Come share a meal, drink with us, listen to great music and learn about our new collaborative, worker-led restaurant project. The evening will feature a shared meal of tapas and our favorite poets, artists, chefs and culinary troublemakers with sliding-scale entry with a cash bar to back them up!

The Drought Fighter - Craftsmanship Magazine Topics: Climate Change, Drought, Farming, Fertility, Food, Organic Agriculture, Science, Soil Health, Urban Farming Locations: California, Sebastopol Materials: Bugs, Carbon, Compost, Plants, Soil Masters: Paul Kaiser: Drought Fighter Could a controversial farmer in California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world? By TODD OPPENHEIMER On Singing Frogs Farm, a relatively minuscule, 8-acre operation in Sebastopol, California, Paul Kaiser says he is grossing more than $100,000 an acre just by harvesting vegetables.