Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

Most people out there are now aware of the meaning of holistic lawn care and holistic weed control, nonetheless, for the few ones who may still find it a bit difficult to understand, holistic weed control is the control of weed organically, naturally or without the use of any harmful chemicals. Organic weed control comes with a number of benefits which include the safety of the household and the environment as a whole.

Holistic lawn care is quickly growing into a trend for big companies and home owners who are beginning to understand the repercussions of using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Tests have continued to show that chemicals have dire consequences. These chemicals are harmful to our children, our pets and the environment as a whole especially when used for long periods of time. Continue reading Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

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Philly is creating first-ever urban agriculture manifesto

Kensington residents have cultivated fresh vegetables on abandoned lots in the corner of Norris and Lawrence streets for seven years. Last year, a portion of the César Andreu Iglesias Community Garden was bought by a developer, and now the owner of the rest of the land wants to reclaim it. The garden will probably lose its ground.

City officials often recognize the various benefits of growing food in the city — it increases food access, it creates community, it makes kids and adults engage with their environment, and it even reduces crime. But when it comes to prioritizing resources to secure the land existing gardens occupy or to help community members to open a new garden, city agencies and representatives don’t always move in ways that support the cause. As a result, well-tended and productive urban farms are threatened every year in Philadelphia. Last year, just a couple of blocks from the César Andreu Iglesias Community Garden, La Finquita closed its doors after almost 30 years of existence.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: https://whyy.org/articles/philly-is-creating-first-ever-urban-agriculture-manifesto/

Indy’s “Young Urban Gardener” off to NYC for Disney+ screening

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Austin Hurt, the “Young Urban Gardener” from Indianapolis, is now sharing his story with the world.

We first introduced you to Austin two years ago, sharing his mission to feed the hungry from the food he grows in his east side garden.

Now, he’s being featured in an episode on Disney+ as part of Marvel’s superhero project.

Austin says none of this would be possible without the help from the community.

READ THE FULL STORY: https://www.wthr.com/article/indys-young-urban-gardener-nyc-disney-screening

Kids learn about sustainability at the Boise Urban Garden School

BOISE, Idaho — We’re going to the Boise Urban Garden School this week to meet our innovative educator.

Education, sustainability, community and growth are the values at “BUGS.”

Teachers serve about 10,000 kids at the school every year.

The Boise Urban Garden School called “BUGS” for short — is for everyone.

“We are all about reaching students, families, community,” said Pohley Richey, BUGS culinary instructor.

The main focus though is kids.

“It’s super-duper fun and I feel like I’m helping to hopefully invigorate these kids, hopefully empower, and teach them some good life skills they can use for the rest of their lives,” said Richey.

She teaches cooking classes where the students make simple dishes.

“Right now, we’re making our favorite foods from scratch,” said Mia, a student.

“We’re making ketchup, SpaghettiOs, granola bars, and other things that are healthy for you to eat,” said Aislyn.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/education/innovative-educators/innovative-educator-pohley-richey-boise-urban-garden-school/277-7d82a34e-7f48-4325-98b4-82a2baa481bd

Meet the ‘plant influencers,’ millennials teaching the ways of urban gardening

‘Plants keep our souls alive,’ says Anuella Alexandre, Founder of A Green Community and one of the ‘plant influencers,’ working to keep local schools and businesses green. Roderick Johnson, the founder of Revolutionary Garden, says society is in a “food war,” battling against the chemicals and pesticides that taint our food. The mini biome, their wood-built world of organic greenery, serves as an “emotional support system” and “therapeutic learning environment” for the children, says Anuella Alexandre, who helped bring the garden to the school.

LEARN MORE: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/entertainment/20191011/meet-plant-influencers-millennials-teaching-ways-of-urban-gardening

Urban, home gardens could help curb food insecurity, health problems

Food deserts are an increasingly recognized problem in the United States, but a new study from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, indicates urban and home gardens — combined with nutrition education — could be a path toward correcting that disadvantage.

Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco partnered with Valley Verde, a community-based urban garden organization in Santa Clara County, California, to better understand participants’ perceptions of the health benefits and acceptability of urban home gardening programs. Interest in such programs has been on the rise, and this is a critical next step before beginning large-scale trials of how effective they are.

“This home-based model can play a vital role in urban agriculture and has the potential to directly impact health by tying the garden to the household,” said lead author Kartika Palar, PhD, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA. She added that home and community gardens are complementary approaches to urban agriculture, together promoting a more resilient local food system.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191007180035.htm

How To Roast Your Own Pumpkin Seeds At Home

Next time you carve a Jack-O-Lantern or cook a pumpkin for pie filling, save those seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds are nutritious and delicious, great as a salad topping, and best of all, they’re easy to make.

Pumpkin Seed Nutrition

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of healthful oils, magnesium, and other nutrients that enhance heart health, bones, and other functions. And the fatty acids in pumpkin seeds contain a range of beneficial nutrients, such as sterols, squalene, and tocopherols.

GET THE RECIPE HERE: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/roasting-pumpkin-seeds-2192?fbclid=IwAR1sBRmpLi8r5z5JC6HNXQz_0vhFYci0nxywXWJBKY_fYRu_TK07TBRRTsk

Father and Son Build 50,000 New Beehive Colonies Around the World

These two men have increased the global honeybee population by 10 percent with their invention – a hive that lets humans harvest honey without harming bees.

The “Flow Hive” is a man-made bee house, that bees can’t tell apart from their own hives, that allows the honey to flow out of it without harming bees.

In the past, bees were disturbed, crushed or made homeless by the invasive methods beekeepers used to harvest their honey.

Now, beekeepers can just turn on the tap and let the honey flow out.

READ THE FULL STORY: https://returntonow.net/2019/10/08/father-and-son-create-50000-new-honeybee-colonies-around-the-world/?fbclid=IwAR1_VL0eoVptoyu0JeUDJlNitN_NvR82E3Oy9akH8m9G0EFjtNlisnU1rB4

10 Amazing Facts About The Monarch Butterfly

Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies leave their summer breeding grounds in the northeastern U.S. and Canada and travel some 3,000 miles south to Mexico to escape the cold of winter—a migration that’s one of the greatest natural events on Earth.

How much do you know about the monarch butterfly? These 10 facts will amaze!

10 Amazing Facts About The Monarch Butterfly

  1. The adult female monarch butterfly lays tiny eggs covered with a sticky substance on the underside of milkweed leaves, which are extremely toxic. The caterpillar hatches from its egg several days later and survives on these milkweed leaves.
  2. The monarch caterpillar and adult butterfly retain the poison from the milkweed leaves in its body, thus protecting it from being eaten by predators.
  3. Every spring, adult monarch butterflies head north from their winter respite in the southern forests of Mexico and California, and return in the fall—a journey some 2,000-3,000-miles each way!
  4. The monarch butterfly will continue to feed, fly, and reproduce throughout the U.S. and southern Canada, for several generations. It is the fourth generation of monarch butterflies that actually migrate to Mexico in fall.

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/monarch-butterfly-facts-32092?fbclid=IwAR0wdxLRkTL4IpbNMsgynMD-XBgDG_Y36hoX1BY3n8wc6UqTSnS_4ISowr4

The Bee Is Declared The Most Important Living Being On The Planet

Its sting hurts a lot, but if they were to disappear, it would hurt much more.
The Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London, that bees are the most important living being on the planet, however, scientists have also made an announcement: Bees have already entered into extinction risk.
Bees around the world have disappeared up to 90% according to recent studies, the reasons are different depending on the region, but among the main reasons are massive deforestation, lack of safe places for nests, lack of flowers, use uncontrolled pesticides, changes in soil, among others.

Peruvian Group Creates Compostable Plates Made Of Banana Leaves

A group of young Peruvians has launched a project called ‘Bio Plant’, which creates disposable plates and bowls made entirely from banana leaves.

With the financial sponsoring from the Innóvate Peru Program (through the Bio Challenge contest which backs the development of innovative solutions focused on sustainability), they were able to design and manufacture specialized machines – a presser, a shipper, and a die cutter – for the production of the biodegradable dishes. With the new equipment, they are able to manufacture 50,000 dishes monthly.

LEARN MORE: https://achnews.org/2019/10/13/peruvian-group-creates-compostable-plates-made-of-banana-leaves/?fbclid=IwAR37xV3QVkXlq5bVLVBLDrKgXooe_8g9xc9bMRcUkzWqRSGkcqlXnIVdAeA