The Benefits of Organic Food

The Benefits of Organic Food

Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening, Soil & Compost
A Growing Body of Scientific Evidence Many people purchase organic food because they believe it is healthier than conventionally grown food. The organic industry is constantly told that there is no evidence to support these claims. This article looks at published information that shows that organic food is substantially healthier than conventional food. Research published in a 2001 study showed that the current fruit and vegetables in the United States have about half the vitamin content of their counterparts in 1963. The study was based on a comparison of published USDA figures. A scientific study published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition in 1993 clearly showed that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. Organically and conventionally grown apples, potatoes, pears, wheat and sweet corn were purchased over two…
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Climbing the Green Ladder

Climbing the Green Ladder

Community, Gardening Humor, Sustainable Living
by Monica Roberts, marketing consultant, freelance writer, and mom Creating a way to feel superior to your neighbor is just human nature. In my grandparents' day, it was whether or not you ironed your bed sheets and tea towels coupled with how often you went to church. During my adolescent years, self-worth was often linked to how much a person weighed, namely me. This was ironic because my mother has always struggled with her weight. But, by golly, she had a daughter who wore a size 6, so that made everything OK. Plus we attended church every time the door opened. Self-esteem was at an all-time high. One of the great benefits of our day and age is that we have so many more ways to one-up the next guy.…
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Growing Communities

Growing Communities

Community, Food Supply
Imagine a city in which every neighborhood is filled with healthy street trees, attractive parks, and productive gardens; where the air and water are clean; where neighborhood youth take an active role in improving their environment; and where diverse residents come together to build their city stronger through community stewardship. America's urban environments have become our most important ecosystems. In addition to the fact that more than 75% of us live in cities, the condition of the urban environment affects our economy, our culture, our society and our natural resources on local, regional and national scales. Garden Simply is taking action to improve public education and bring to attention this urban environment to help revitalize our urban communities. Community gardens empower individuals, knit together a stronger community, beautify local areas,…
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An Affair Worth Ending: Fuel and Food

Food Supply, Sustainable Living
By Guest Author, Julie Hitchcock Food. Lets face it, who doesn't love good food? We love to eat it, grill it, serve it and share it with love ones. Every thing from the famed Thanksgiving meal where the table is sagging with the weight of hot delicious foods, to summer picnics with cold salads and sandwiches, food in many ways defines our lives. But its not as simple as we would like it to be, once just a story about land and a farmer, it is now an epic tale dripping all along the way with oil. Not so long ago, food was grown just outside of town, often organically, picked by hand and delivered at the peak of freshness to small grocery stores. Today its a much different process…
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Farmers Are Flocking to Manure

Farmers Are Flocking to Manure

Farm Animals, Organic Gardening, Small Scale Farming, Soil & Compost
The closest thing I can find to a directory on getting local manure is CraigsList. I am sure if you look hard enough you can find a location or farmer in your area that will happily supply you with enough manure to use for home organic gardening Then, I ran across this article, Why Farmers are Flocking to Manure that throws out this common statistic... "It has taken us about 100 years to reduce soil organic matter to dangerously low levels from about 5 percent, on average, to below 2 percent." That blog article was adapted from the book, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind" So they are running out of chemical fertilizer. Go Figure. And how fast could our commercial farming industry make the move to organic farming?…
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5 Easy Steps to Sustainable Gardening

5 Easy Steps to Sustainable Gardening

Organic Gardening, Sustainable Landscaping
1) Observe your space Where is the sun / shade? (watch the patterns during the growing season throughout the day) How is the land sloped? (south faces warmer & sunnier than north - use to your advantage!) Is it windy? (plant some trees or shrubs to act as a windbreak!) 2) Think about what you like to eat and see! plant some of your favorites! choose varieties that are suited for your climate (local garden stores usually specialize in these!) plan plantings that compliment each other (grow sunflowers as a trellis for pole beans!) 3) Soil is the start work soil in spring only when it begins to dry (not when soggy you'll lose important soil structure!) add Organic Matter! add Organic Matter! add Organic Matter! (in the form of…
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Can anyone say ‘Grass Clippings’?

Organic Gardening, Our Homestead, Soil & Compost
I was bringing my daughter home from a birthday part for one of the children she babysits for... We passed a man on a riding mower going over what looked to be a good two acres of smooth green grass... it was beautiful. As we got closer, I realized he was BAGGING it. And of course, my composting mind went to, "I wonder what he DOES with all that grass?" And I started slowing down... My daughter (used to these shenanigans) said, 'Mooooom, nooooooo!' I said, "I'll only be a minute!" And I stopped and introduced myself to a man named Eugene. He proceeded to tell me about the 'old man' that he regularly delivers his 'green gold' to, that makes beautiful compost. But the old man had only recently…
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