main-eat-bananaFrom: Planet Green

Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don't have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles theyand you—have to travel.

As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil's about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiny little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry).

From: Moneynews

Agricultural commodities will serve as a lucrative investment in the coming years, says noted commodities bull Jim Rogers.

Stocks won't perform well until major industrialized nations pay down their debts and make their economies more competitive, which won't happen overnight.

permaculture-1From: Global Research – by Rady Ananda – August 8, 2011

Review of Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlee (2010, 322 pp.); and Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer (English version 2011, 232 pp.)

While the Bush reign may be described as a war on privacy, Obama’s is clearly a war on food freedom.* As his Monsanto administration arrests organic farmers and distributors, seizing and destroying healthy foods privately contracted and sustainably grown, this tyranny is not unique to the United States.  All over the world, organic, sustainable farmers are under attack by large agribiz actors  who, through government and trade agreements, are regulating them out of business and destroying the environment in the process.

Start a farm in the city

Change your community
by growing what you eat!

Transform your hood for good

Urban farming is not a new concept, but it is gaining new support among diverse citizen groups all over the country.

Schools, colleges, churches, city councils, government agencies, parks departments, anti-hunger groups, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organizations are coming together to give a fresh new meaning to "greening the city."

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Residents of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
create a garden at an intersection on the edge
of the Wilkes University campus. The project
is co-sponsored by NCAT and SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) Farming. Photo: Lee Rinehart, NCAT

katie_and_friends-01From: Good News at Tonic

By Contributor: Diane Herbst – July 15, 2010

It all began in third grade, when Katie Stagliano's 40-pound cabbage fed 275 homeless people. Now, Katie's six gardens have produced over 4,000 pounds of vegetables to feed the needy.

When Katie Stagliano was in third grade, she planted a cabbage in her family's small garden. When it grew to an astounding 40 pounds, she donated it to a soup kitchen, where it was made into meals for 275 people (with the help of ham and rice). "I thought, 'Wow, with that one cabbage I helped feed that many people?'" says Katie, now entering sixth grade. "I could do much more than that."

So Katie started planting vegetable gardens as part of her nonprofit Katie's Krops — she has six right now — including one the length of a football field at her school in her hometown of Summerville, S.C. Classmates, her family and other people in the community help plant and water, and Bonnie Plants donates seedlings. This past year, Katie took her commitment to a new level: she has given soup kitchens over 2,000 pounds of lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables. Katie and her helpers are now harvesting the spring planting, and another 1,200 pounds will be donated by October.

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{mp4}jim_rogers_farmer{/mp4} From: Moneynews Agricultural commodities will serve as a lucrative investment in the coming years, says noted commodities bull Jim Rogers. Stocks won't perform well until major industrialized nations pay down their debts and make their economies more competitive, which won't happen overnight.

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Organic-farm group wants P200-M government help

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