Archive for the ‘Agriculture’ Category

Back at the homefront

After struggling all summer with an overgrown lawn (and again, now that we’ve just come back from vacation), I found this article today on how to change that and you know, it’s looking really good at the moment.

It’s entitled “Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn” by Ian Lovett at the New York Times. Well, I do have some extra dirt and flower seeds, hmm….



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Picking out seeds

While my life remains in somewhat disarray, my daughter decided to pick out seeds to plant at home on our last visit to the local hardware store and as I again worked to organize my backpack, I came across another relevant article. This one entitled “The Good Seed: Why Care about a Little Ol’ Seed” by Eric Steinman over at Care2. Good reading.

Happy Planting!


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My thoughts turn to summer (despite the weather)

As my kids begin to talk about our family cabin up in northern Minnesota, my thoughts turn to summer vacation. So in keeping with that same train of thought, here’s a nice article about a farmer in the small town of Okabena in southern Minnesota over at Care2 entitled “Returning Farmeland to Nature in Minnesota” by Chris via Newslook. There is also a nice little video with it from National Geographic.


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This takes me back

Having followed the recent stories of coal ash spills in Tennessee (see the story “Ash and Sludge Cover Tennessee Town” by Leslie Wolcott at the Green Daily) and Alabama (see the story “What the Heck? Second Coal Ash Spill, this Time in Alabama” by Michael Graham Richard at Treehugger) , I’m reminded of flooding and hog farms here in Missouri just a couple of years ago.

Just to refresh your memory, here’s a  story about the Taum Sauk Reservoir entitled “Rupture at Ameren Hydroelectirc Plant Causes Flooding” in the St. Louis Business Journal and here’s one about corporate farming called “Hog Farm Battle Reaches Northeast Missouri” by Cheryl Wittenauer of the AP.


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Wendall Berry and Wes Jackson

As a fan of these two men, I knew I had to post this article “A 50-Year Farm Bill” over at the New York Times. That got me to digging up a few more good articles on gardening, one of my favorite topics.

 First up, “Agriculture Needs a Fundamental ReThink in the 21st Century” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.

Let’s follow that with a real good article on gardening and local farmers from last year entitled “Real Food Makes a Comeback: You May Now Kiss Your Local Farmer” by William Dietrich at the Seattle Times.

Finally, here are two more nice articles (also from last year) on kids and gardening. They are “Farm-to-School Programs Grow Students’ Appreciation for Locally Grown Food” by Diane Raymond at the Organic Consumers Association  and “Bake Sales Fall Victim to Push for Healthier Foods” by Patricia Leigh Brown at the New York Times.



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