Education & Science
"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.
Courtesy of Molly M. Peterson JuJu Harris didn't set out to write a cookbook, but then again, she didn't set out to raise seven children or accept public assistance to feed them, either. Harris always wanted to work with nature. "My dream job was, I was going to grow up and be a national park ranger," she says.
You know how the rest of the country likes to make fun of California, but how much would they miss us if we were gone? You can certainly bet the weeping and wailing would be off the charts at dinner time.
The Urban Agriculture Conference's Manhattan farm tour-as in the central borough of New York City, not Manhattan, Kan.-called into question everything I knew about farming. And as a former farm kid, I know a little something about farming. I know, for example, that my family's Indiana cornfields look nothing like...
Living in Ames, Iowa, Steven Cannon is no stranger to the Midwestern potluck. Instead of a potato-chip-capped casserole, however, Cannon serves up "potato beans" fried in duck fat or simmered in south Indian spices. Either way, he says the smooth-textured starch, hinting of boiled peanut flavor, is always a hit.
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