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Gardening (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Big Tex-Urban Farms Farm on grounds of State Fair of Texas helps feed homeless

    08/11/2017 12:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    KRIS-TV ^ | August 11, 2017 | The Associated Press
    DALLAS (AP) - Drew Demler is digging in a box of dirt in the middle of Fair Park. The Dallas Morning News reports he is harvesting potatoes - big, small, misshapen, one that even looks like a snowman - in a hotter-than-deep-fried parking lot just outside the Cotton Bowl. "I think potatoes and onions are two of the most important crops that we grow," Demler, farm manager at Big Tex Urban Farms , says as he uses his bare hands to search for the tubers. "They're hearty and prolific, and their storage life is long."(continued)
  • How much does it cost to stock the typical family refrigerator?

    08/06/2017 1:02:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 6, 2017 | Jodi O'Connell, GoBankingRates.com
    Refrigerators were originally used to store just a few perishable essentials such as meat and milk. In fact, the first electric units of the 1920s were only slightly bigger than modern mini-fridges. Nearly 100 years later, refrigerators are bigger than ever and used to store the bulk of the food consumed by a household. Americans spend anywhere from $130 to just under $300 a week stocking up on food for a family of four, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But those numbers include dry goods that wouldn't be kept in the refrigerator and leave out fridge such staples...
  • Throwback Tulsa: Controversial Creek Turnpike opened 25 years ago

    06/12/2017 7:13:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | March 5, 2017 | Debbie Jackson
    Least terns. A federal lawsuit. Greenpeace. Vandals. Industrious beavers. Angry homeowners. Bureaucratic delays. These were among the obstacles and setbacks that had to be overcome before the Creek Turnpike was built. At one point, the chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority declared it a total disaster and exclaimed: The Creek Turnpike in Tulsa, God only knows when thatll be completed, John Kilpatrick said, as reported by the Tulsa Worlds Wayne Greene on Oct. 19, 1990. If we had it to do all over again, we wouldnt do that project, the exasperated Kilpatrick said after federal bureaucrats held up construction of...
  • Two giant, rare 'corpse' flowers bloom in Chicago

    06/05/2017 12:23:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    phys.org ^ | June 3, 2017 | AFP
    It is unusual enough to see one of nature's biggest, rarestnot to mention smelliestflowers bloom. But it is extraordinary to see two bloom at once. That is why two seven-foot-tall corpse flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden have attracted thousands of visitors this week, despite the smell of rotting flesh that the flowers emit to attract pollinating beetles and flies. The rare flowers, officially called titan arum, are naturally occurring in just one place on Earththe Indonesian island of Sumatra.
  • Eat Fruits and VegetablesDon't Believe The Scaremongers

    05/11/2017 10:36:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/11/17 | Jack Dini
    Media stories about topics such as GMOs and pesticides may convince some consumers that it's not safe to eat certain fruits and vegetables Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower calorie intake, reduce risks for heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and protect against certain cancers. With all these benefits, why do some consumers choose to avoid produce? Approximately three-quarters of people in the US dont eat enough fruits and vegetables.
  • Company to open nation's largest hydroponic greenhouse in Rochester (137 jobs in New York State)

    05/10/2017 5:36:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    WHEC-TV ^ | May 10, 2017
    A company is set to open what Governor Cuomo's office says will be the biggest commercial hydroponic facility in the nation in Rochester. The governor says Clearwater Organic Farms will build a 15 acre, 650,000 square-foot facility at Eastman Business Park, creating 137 new jobs. About half of those positions will be reserved for veterans and the unemployed, the state says. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. "The new Clearwater Organic Farms facility will drive innovation, create jobs for New Yorkers who need them most, and bolster economic growth throughout the region," Governor...
  • Time for Trump to Resign- Russia is Real

    04/01/2017 5:55:44 AM PDT · by FlipWilson · 16 replies
    Everyone Just Knows | Me
    Friends, It is time for us to face some facts. The total lack of evidence notwithstanding, there is just too much smoke surrounding the allegations of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia. This is making it impossible for Trump to govern effectively. Moreover, Vice President Pence is equally tainted by his constant contacts, real or imagined, with Russia. Thus, Paul Ryan should assume the Presidench as soon as conveniently possible. I did not reach this conclusion easily. No, it took a bottle of Scotch and a trip to Colorado to smoke some legal weed to get me here. But here...
  • Growing Spuds on Mars

    03/29/2017 9:48:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/29/17 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    Invasive Species, Biological Control, Where do Potatoes come from? Yours truly has a preference for spuds over rice as the dietary carb. So, you may forgive me for being interested in news about this tuber-kind being potentially feeding the future colonists on planet Mars. Surely now, our venerable Canadian Broadcasting Service (CBC) would not lie! As the report says The [potato growing] experiment was conducted in soil in the Atacama Desert in Peru, which is most similar to what is found on Mars.
  • The Rock

    03/21/2017 12:56:11 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/21/17 | Jimmy Reed
    sumpin to look forward to: eternal existence with Jesus Christ Following a tour of Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkners home, I asked students in my creative writing class how the great writer felt about mankinds capacity for endurance. A student replied, He summed it up in one line from his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech: I believe man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
  • Home Depot's hiring 80,000 people

    03/04/2017 6:37:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WAFB-TV ^ | March 3, 2017 | CNN
    Home Depot, the home improvement chain, plans to fill more than 80,000 jobs just in time for the spring season. The company will be bringing on a range of employees, from cashiers to freight handlers to customer service representatives. To make it easy to apply, potential workers can simply click apply with a smartphone or tablet. The jobs will consist of permanent and part-time positions as well as seasonal jobs.
  • The Beginners Guide to the Indoor Farming Industry

    03/04/2017 5:31:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Upstart University ^ | October 7, 2016 | Amy Storey
    Indoor farming is a popular subject in the media, and a booming industry with new farmers joining the game every day. In fact, there are growing conferences held solely for indoor farmers, their suppliers, influencers, and resources. But many are still left with questions about the indoor farm. Just what makes an indoor farm an indoor farm? What makes indoor farming so popular? What potential does indoor farming really have in the future? How will I interact with indoor farms? Dr. Nate has an overview for you. What is indoor farming all about?(VIDEO-AT-LINK) What is indoor farming? Indoor farms take...
  • Why a ganjapreneur dreams of building a 100-story skyscraper to feed city dwellers

    01/29/2017 3:29:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Cannabist ^ | January 24, 2017 | Jennifer Kaplan, Bloomberg News
    According to ganjapreneur Rick Byrd, the future of farming is tall, dirtless and local. Byrds vision of skyscraper farms to feed city dwellers begins with a much different kind of crop: marijuana. The 45-year-old is chief executive officer and founder of Pure Agrobusiness Inc., a company that sells equipment to grow legal cannabis, a market worth $6 billion in 2016 and expected to reach $50 billion by 2026, according to Cowen & Co. Because cannabis has higher profit margins than food, and pot is mostly grown inside, Byrd said he hopes the innovations perfected by PureAgro, with the help of...
  • The indoor harvest

    12/31/2016 12:48:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Western Producer ^ | December 29, 2016 | Robert Arnason
    For Randy King, the argument for indoor farming in Canada is just common sense. For one, Canada is a northern country with long winters. Two, during those long winters almost all fruit and vegetables in Canadian grocery stores are imported from Central America, Mexico or California. Three, wouldn’t it be better if Canadians grew their own fruits and veggies? “I think this is the way of the future for growing produce in northern regions,” said King, co-owner of West Grow Farms, a company with plans to build an indoor farm near Edmonton. “In order to gain food sovereignty, we need...
  • Search String Result from 'Emergency Supply List Bosnian War Survivor'

    10/30/2016 4:35:44 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 65 replies
    Bing ^ | 10/30/2016 | CharlesOconnell
    Sharyl Attkisson's Full Measure News has a feature about how vulnerable the electrical grid is to disruption. It didn't take an EMP over Kansas to convince me, my family was left huddling in sleeping bags during the day time for 4 days by a tree branch shorting out a transformer at the end of my block.In 2013 some people didn't see the Bosnian War Survivor's list of 101 things you need to survive. #1 on my list is 'anything pertaining to 'How to eat' without electricity--a generator is a white elephant. Somewhere in the top 5 is going to be...
  • Rigging of National Elections The Rise of Electronic Voting

    10/19/2016 8:46:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/19/16 | Ed Wood
    This piece was originally posted on November 20, 2013 on the Freedom Outpost website. If this expose of voter fraud was presented as a stage play, it would be characterized as a Greek Tragedy; "a drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances." Such is where we find ourselves. The main character(s) would be all those who fought and died to provide for us a form of government whose very foundation is the right to free and unencumbered elections....
  • "The Island Where People Forget to Die" and Social Ecosystems

    10/10/2016 7:39:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08 April 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    You might have seen this article The Island Where People Forget to Die a few years ago. I recently re-read this exploration of "blue zones" where people habitually live long, productive lives, and read a companion piece on the "blue zone" author's discoveries about food and diet: My Dinner With Longevity Expert Dan Buettner. What really struck me in this re-reading was the centrality of purposeful work and a robust social ecosystem in the lives of the productive/active elderly. This mechanical mindset leads us to conclude that doing time on a treadmill and being hyper-vigilant about sticking to a strict...
  • Put a tiny garden in your house with Wall Farm

    10/01/2016 4:02:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Treehugger ^ | September 30, 2016 | Derek Markham
    Presenting YAUGU (yet another urban grow unit). We've highlighted many variations of indoor gardening systems over the years, some of them simple and low tech and some of them with decidedly 'smart' features, and all of them with the same goal: to help people grow some of their own food inside their homes. You don't necessarily need one of these purpose-built growing units to start an indoor garden, as DIY versions can be much cheaper to build (although perhaps lacking some of the automated features), but for those who aren't into making their own indoor planters, there are certainly many...
  • Jesus Created Marijuana, And It Should Be Legal

    09/08/2016 2:36:00 PM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 185 replies
    Patheos ^ | Sept. 8, 2016 | Benjamin L. Corey
    If you grew up during the era of big wheels, horrid hair styles, and the Reagan administration, you probably grew up thinking that green plant you see above you was a really dangerous item. This is especially true if you grew up a Christian during that era. I mean, it was the lowest level drug on the list of drugs, but it was the gateway drug. This gateway drug was to be especially feared, because it represented the slippery slope to every other drug or form of immorality. Even trying it once could result in you no longer wanting to...
  • Indoor farming will be integral to the worlds food security

    08/28/2016 1:48:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Business Day ^ | August 23, 2016 | Staff
    FARMING will need to shift towards indoor vertical farms and precision techniques that could make use of drones. Just as important will be the planting of drought-resistant crops and even printing meat to secure food production globally. This is according to Ernst Janovsky, senior agricultural economist at Absa, who emphasised that technology will need to be incorporated into farming practices in order to keep up with costs and supply. Speaking at an Absa Agribusiness roundtable in Centurion on Tuesday, Janovsky said population growth would create more demand for food, water and land. By 2050, the global population is expected to...
  • Recent high school grads represent the future of southeast Ohio farming

    08/14/2016 1:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Athens Messenger ^ | July 17, 2016 | Larry Di Giovanni
    Maryrose Littler, who is committed to organic farming and permaculture, picks fresh onions from her grandmother Barbara Keyes’ raised vegetable beds near McArthur.        Two Class of 2016 graduates — organic farmer-in-the making Maryrose Littler, and Kayla Cline, raised on an historic farm in Albany — represent the future of farming in southeastern Ohio. Littler recently graduated from Athens High School and Cline from Alexander High School. Littler enjoys living an organic lifestyle on her parents’ five-acre homestead near Morrison-Gordon Elementary School, where she helps raise honeybees, homegrown vegetables, chickens and beef. She...