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Author: Siamack Sioshansi

Nation’s First Non-Profit Supermarket Is Picking Up Steam

Fare & Square uses the store as a tool to creatively navigate and supply food deserts with nutritious yet affordable options.  Food insecure families now have access to a food that will  directly impact the local economy and the local community.  Keeping the food and funding central is a sustainable method of production. It keeps the momentum the work going and reasons to establishing the market. Last year, non-profit supermarket Fare & Square opened just south of Philly. We checked in to see how the store’s doing. Source: Nation’s First Non-Profit Supermarket Is Picking Up Steam – Next...

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Why Does Fall Foliage Turn So Red and Fiery?

There are different thoeries about the color of beautiful autumn leaves.  The variation in color occur for many reasons and  in different stages of a tree’s life cycle.  Our eyesight remind us that nature a living being as seasons change. Leaves scream their final cries in color before dropping to the ground. Their shouts — in golden, crimson or scarlet — eventually fade to brown bellows, and their lifeless bodies dry up on the forest floor. It absorbs their crinkly corpses and that’s it — worm food. The fall of a leaf in autumn is an orchestrated death. A complex,...

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Why Urban Farmering

A humorous short video about Ken and City Farm Chicago. We are running out of space for farmland and a third of all food that is produced is wasted. Ken Dunn has been called the greenest man in Chicago and he’s on a crusade to turn our food waste into productive farmland–right in the middle of the...

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How Much Water Does Each Plant Need?

Most backyard vegetable gardens are over watered, this means by watering plants properly, we can grow food with less water. The side benefit to proper irrigation is growing a “better” gardner. A better gardner that grows a stronger plant able to defend itself against pest and diseases, a plant that produces higher quality fruit, higher yields and fruit that tastes better. Of course natural systems are complex and interconnected and it’s helpful if we can understand the many “levers” that operate the system. As discussed in this movie, the amount of water for your garden, depends on your soil type, weather,...

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The Best Way to Start Seedlings

What is the sustainable method of starting seeds? Soil blocker is a superior methods of starting seedlings. When it comes to reducing transplant shock and making the job of transplanting easier, nothing beats the soil blocker. Additionally, you’ll save money on supplies and eliminate the cheap plastic containers that are usually used once, but last for decades. Soil block makers are hand-operated presses that make a compacted soil cube. You start seeds directly in the cube of compressed soil; no container is necessary. Since the cubes’ sides are in contact with air, roots will stop growing when they reach...

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