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Ditch the Vitamin Bottle: 8 Vitamin-Rich Fruits and Vegetables to Grow in your Garden

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 therapeutic […]

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How to Save Money by Growing Your Own

  When I moved to Southern California from New Orleans, one visit to the Farmers Market made me realize how incredible the produce selection was here.  But, buying all of those delicious heirloom tomatoes and gorgeous greens can be pricey.  The good news is that if you begin your own food garden, you can have […]

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Michael Pollan: Genetically Modified Foods Offer Consumers “Nothing”

Michael Pollan is an excellent author, responsible for creating a tremendous amount of awareness about our food system.  Here’s a great video with Mr. Pollan explaining why GMO’s really don’t serve the general population.   Thank you Mr. Pollan for being an amazing activist. Another reason to grow your own food and say NO to […]

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PHOTOS: Plant Tomatoes. Harvest Lower Crime Rates.

A growing body of research shows that urban farms reduce violence. —Photographs by Emily Schiffer; Text by Alex Kotlowitz | July/August 2012 Issue61 I suppose the easy thing to do would be to rail against food deserts, the dearth of fresh produce and other healthy foods for those living in impoverished neighborhoods. Or to enter […]

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Protein in Plant Foods

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Giving Fast Food a Good Name in Washington, D.C.

Vanessa Vick for The New York Times Shopping at Almaala Farms at the Union Market in Washington. By ANN MAH Published: April 24, 2013 Washington’s culinary scene has traditionally been known for its power restaurants: clubby spots, often run by celebrity chefs, where political movers-and-shakers cut deals and charred steaks. But recently, the city has […]

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7 Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden NOW

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 mean […]

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6 Reasons Plants will Help You Live a Longer & Happier Life

    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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NRDC Recognizes Foodie and Farm Leaders with the Growing Green Awards

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 stewards, […]

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The Gardener’s Pharmacy: Making Medicine from Your Herbal Plants

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 medicines […]

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The Hidden Dangers in Garden Pesticides

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 packaging. […]

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Is Homegrown Food a New Currency?

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 us […]

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Farmer of the Week: David Rosenstein

  [portfolio_slideshow] David’s first job out of college was driving produce trucks to and from Southern California farms.  He was hauling tomatoes and experienced first hand conventional agriculture and what it means environmentally and in the human rights arena. He said it was shocking.  He decided he wanted to make a change.  After working on […]

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Bok Choy by David Rosenstein

BOK CHOY Ginger Shallot Stirfry with Bok Choy: Ingredients: Saute shallots until they’re crispy in safflower oil (or coconut oil or any high heat oil). Throw in fresh ginger (1 tsp or to taste), dash of marin, soy sauce and sauté bok choy for 1 minute. by our Farmer of the Week: David Rosenstein

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Think Like Plants: 6 Functional Design Tips for Your Vegetable Garden

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. So […]

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Avocado & Orange Salad by Sara Shaikh

  Serves: 4 Ingredients: 3 Peeled Oranges (segmented) 2 Hass Avocados, peeled and cut in very thin slices 1 Arugula Dressing: 0,2 inches of fresh grated ginger 1 spoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 spoons of extra virgin olive oil (you can warm it up a little bit before if you like) salt and […]

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The Biggest Bang for Your Gardening Buck

Have limited space and want to maximize your financial return in the garden this year? Here is a list of five of the most overpriced produce items in grocery stores across the country. By the way, every one of them is uber-simple to grow yourself at home. Do the math yourself by checking out our […]

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How to Get Opossums Out of the Garden

Of all garden pests, the opossum – or possum as it is known to many – is one of the most persistent. There are as many suggestions for how to get opossums out of the garden as there are gardeners, and as with many pest control measures, each one should be researched thoroughly before use […]

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What To Do About Squirrels in the Garden

Squirrels are a common garden nuisance no matter where you live, but there are ways to lessen their impact. There are several schools of thought about the right way to get rid of squirrels in the garden and with good reason – none of them work 100% of the time! Here are a few of […]

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