Education & Science
The federal government is about to put $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of SNAP benefits - what used to be called food stamps - when people use them to buy local fruits and vegetables. This idea did not start on Capitol Hill.
For more than six decades the Missouri Photo Workshop has challenged photographers to document the changing face of small town America. Over those 66 years, Students have gathered in 46 cities across the state for a rigorous, week-long workshop in photo research, shooting and editing, all guided and overseen by distinguished faculty members, many of whom are today's leading photo editors and photographers.
DECORAH, Iowa - In the early spring of 1983, Dan Bussey started a file on his computer. The event would prove to be momentous in the annals of American pomology, though no one realized it at the time, including him. Mr. Bussey, a college dropout and restaurant-supply salesman, had recently planted an orchard in his hometown, Edgerton, Wisc.
People have all different ways, good and bad, to cope with grief. Journeys afar. Drugs. Therapy. Booze. Food. Lyssa Wade chose two of those ways when her father died in 2008: Journeys afar - she took herself off to Peru for a while - and food.
"I had only one tomato plant," recalled Stan Sokolove of the window garden he maintained in his former San Diego high-rise apartment. Last year, he and his wife moved to Rancho Mission Viejo's Sendero village, a new agrarian-oriented residential development in south Orange County.
Imagine if someone invented machines to suck carbon out of the atmosphere - machines that were absurdly cheap, autonomous, and solar powered, too. Wouldn't that be great? But we already have these gadgets! They're called plants. The problem is, plants die.
Arlo Crawford's memoir, A Farm Dies Once a Year, is an inside look at one of the iconic organic farms that sprang up in the 1970s, Pennsylvania's New Morning Farm. I spoke with Crawford about his unique perspective: He grew up in the middle of the back-to-the-land movement, but never felt compelled to join it.
Self-Seeding Crops: Plant Once and Forget 'Em 12/19/2013 3:03:00 PM Like flowers, there are also self-seeding herbs and vegetables. If you are the type that likes to plant once and forget about 'em, these are the ones for you!
The Root Development of Vegetable Crops: Astonishing Illustrations 8/20/2013 4:42:00 PM If you're as much of a plant nerd as we are, prepare to get absorbed. John E. Weaver, an American botanist, prairie ecologist and Professor at the University of Nebraska, completed a massive project in the year of 1927.
By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours. He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace to avoid losing days of work to the fall rain.
This spring, students at Oglesby Elementary and Rowe Elementary, on Chicago, Illinois' South and West sides, are growing seedlings of purple cauliflower, green tomatoes, and other vegetables they may never have seen before. As students sort through seeds provided by the Seed Savers Exchange, they talk with teachers about how genetic diversity in the garden is important, just like diversity in their schools and communities.
HAGERSTOWN, Ind. - Beyond a stack of hay bales, past the site of Indiana's first soil-judging contest, high school students in this tiny eastern town stroll down a grassy slope to reach their newest classroom: a fenced-in field of cud-chewing cattle.
DENTON - A small group of volunteer gardeners braves any weather condition each Saturday to put food on the plate of someone who might otherwise go hungry. Hunched over rows of tilled soil on 14.5 acres in northeast Denton, they plant fruits and vegetables at Shiloh Field Community Garden, the largest community garden in the United States.
RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA-After the massive egg recall, you're were probably left pondering egg carton claims in search of the healthiest eggs. One surefire solution: raising a handful of your own backyard chickens, giving you complete control over egg quality. Home-raised chickens may not be an option for everybody, but they are more of an option than you may think.
Drought-tolerant plants have always been a big topic among Southern California gardeners, but the chatter has especially increased with our spring storm outlook seeming bleak. When we think "drought-tolerant," we often picture xeriscaping or California native landscaping which, while attractive and practical, isn't always the most exciting option.
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