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Jill Ettinger

Tweet It’s rare for a vegan to write about raising chickens. But I’ve recently begun spending time with a few clucky chicks who live in my local community garden. It’s not a farm. In fact, it sits right on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. If you’re into the urban farming and gardening revival that’s taking […]

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Tweet Growing a garden full of fruits and veggies. Planting a tree. These are things we do to make our homes more comfortable. They’re rituals. They yield fresh food, shade, beauty, aromas. But one of the forgotten—yet most important—benefits of trees and plants: they also provide us with clean air. With so many people now […]

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Tweet It’s hard to calculate exactly how many urban gardens and farms have popped up around the country in recent years, but we can be sure of one thing: the interest in urban farming is showing no sign of slowing down. With more people now living in urban environments rather than rural settings, urban agriculture […]

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Tweet The Garden is the ultimate DIY project. Bursting with yummy fruits and veggies, gorgeous flowers, fragrant herbs and hopefully lots of inspired moments, few projects can rival the rewards of a well tended to garden. But why stop in the dirt? Have you explored some other ways to enjoy your DIY gardening green thumb? […]

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Tweet If you’ve got limited space but are determined to get your garden growing in containers, you don’t have to give up delicious fruits! Gardening often brings to mind a bounty of fresh vegetables, beans, corn…as many fruits are tree-borne, taking years before the first fruits are ripe for eating. But you can grow fruits […]

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Tweet The world’s rainforests are in jeopardy. Globalization, for all its many helpful offerings, takes unbelievably harsh tolls on our world’s precious and limited natural resources. Industries deeply connected to our food supply are now essentially waging war on valuable rainforests around the world. According to National Geographic, “During the past 40 years, close to […]

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Tweet You have many reasons to start a vegetable garden—whether it’s your first or 50th. But have you ever thought about planting a garden to replace your bottle of vitamins? Fresh fruits and vegetables contain most all of the vitamins we need on a daily basis. And while homegrown food is not a replacement for […]

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Tweet For most of us, food comes from the supermarket. Maybe the corner market. A restaurant. A food truck. Perhaps a Sunday afternoon farmers market. We can think of growing our own vegetable garden as an impossible hurdle, a cause for an unflattering new wardrobe of overalls and big hats. But growing your own doesn’t […]

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Tweet    They’re everywhere—even in a bustling cityscape, plants abound. We know the deal: they’re part of nature, and even our best efforts to pave and cement them out of the way can’t stop them from poking through concrete. The benefits, of course, go without saying: fresh air, fresh food, shelter, medicine, shade, fun. The […]

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Tweet The Natural Resources Defense Council recently announced the winners of its 5th Annual 2013 Growing Green Awards, which celebrate farmers and businesses vital to developing a new food system. “This is the fifth year NRDC has hosted the Growing Green Awards, and every year we draw from a larger pool of organic farmers, environmental […]

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Tweet When we think of gardens, often three things come to mind: fruits, vegetables and flowers. And those are indeed three wonderful options for any garden. Herbs, however, can be an exceptionally potent addition to any type of garden. Some repel pests; others can help attract pollinators. And many can be used in making herbal […]

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Tweet They fill in the aisles and springtime displays of most every garden supply and home improvement store. Garden pesticides are so familiar it can be hard to see them as the enemies they truly are. But the dangers lurking within those common products are known toxins, some of them hidden unlabeled on the product […]

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Tweet In his recent viral TEDx talk, South Central LA gardener, Ron Finley, made a simple yet profound observation: Growing your own food is like printing your own money. Could anything be more truthful? When we think about our spring and summer gardens, it’s typically the enticing idea of the freshest tasting food that gets […]

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Tweet Every garden tells a story. What we see as functional food-producing landscapes always begin with an idea…a seed, if you will. After all, a vegetable garden is a place we plan on spending countless hours, whether planting, harvesting or just being. It’s a pantry, a library, a zoo, a place of relaxation and connection. […]

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