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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The news many of you have been waiting to hear — Android!

We are looking at a beta release for August 21st to be in the Google Playstore

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About CropSwap

Our App:

We’ve created an iOS application that allows you to purchase or trade organic produce being grown in your community.

Our Idea:

Our food system is broken. Produce available in grocery stores is often genetically modified, sprayed with chemicals, picked before it’s ripe, and shipped in gas guzzling semi trucks across the country (if not the world!) to get to you. Most people understand the importance of eating locally. CropSwap will provide the framework to do just this.

Our Goal:

We want everyone everywhere to grow food. We want to reawaken biodiversity and a LOVE of the seed. We want to work with the earth and take care of her. We want to lift up communities and change our food system.

 Go download it and start selling, buying and trading produce with folks around you.

Customer Reviews

Genius!!! Love the app 😀  //   by EstefaniaRebellon

I just signed up a friend recommended this app to me because I don’t like shopping at overpriced groceries stores like Whole Foods or even Ralph’s in LA. Sometimes you can taste the chemicals on the fruit and it’s expensive to eat healthy which is crazy to me but that’s a whole other deal. Anyways CROPSWAP is easy to follow and I love the chat option. I don’t have a garden so I don’t have anything to swap but I am on it as a hungry customer looking for organic produce from people who I don’t mind giving my money too lol. Great app if you’re trying to eat healthy and save!!! Love it!!!!

Revolutionary! //  by farmerjacky

This app is giving power to the people! We don’t have to rely on the industrial farming and grocery system, we can grow our own and share with others. Thank you Cropswap for making this life-changing tool! This is sure to reduce waste, packaging, travel distances, chemicals and everything else that gives conventionally grown and purchased food such a large carbon footprint. No more! Drawdown is within our hands. We can live in a way that sequesters carbon, fosters personal growth, and inspires community building. Three cheers for this app!

Love this!  //  by Mathgirl22

I grow a lot of my own food at home but don’t have room to grow everything I want. This app is awesome at connecting you with other local growers so you can trade for other crops! I love this idea, it’s so unique and helpful for people who want to be more self-sustaining. Just like the old days of bartering! I just wish more people would join soon so I can get more variety of crops 😉

 

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Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in California Roundup cancer trial

“A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused him cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages.

The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit alleging glyphosate causes cancer to go to trial. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States.

The jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers.

It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT: “CNBC.COM

Detroit carpet cleaner caught dumping near urban farm

– A suburban business owner was busted doing his dirty work in Detroit. His job is to clean carpets, but a FOX 2 viewer caught him making a nasty mess, dumping some sort of liquid on the edge of an urban farm.

The urban farm is six acres of crops on Detroit’s north end taken care of by teens proud of their community. More than 5,000 visit the farm each year to see how it’s done — peas, blueberries, pears, strawberries, collards, kale – all the good stuff.

Jerry Hebron started the Oakland Avenue urban farm 10 years ago near Oakland and I-75 and she’s pretty proud of the work they do there. So she was not at all happy two days ago when she says a man from Mystic Touch Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Macomb County showed up on Cameron Street at the edge of the farm and used the street to dispose of his wastewater.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT: “Fox2Detroit.com

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19 Crops You Should Try Growing This Fall or Winter

 

Having a thriving vegetable garden doesn’t have to end when summer does. With a little bit of planning, and preparation you can grow vegetables well into the winter months or even year round if you live in a warmer climate down south.  But regardless of where you live, there are a few crops you can count on to withstand cooler temps, frost, and even sometimes snow.  

Did you know that there are vegetables you can plant now that will only become sweeter and more delicious if they go through a frost? 

When a frost comes into contact with a lot of these cool-season vegetables, they naturally react to the cold and produce extra sugars which can make some of the more bitter tasting vegetables taste rather sweet.

Prepare now to have the garden you’ve always wanted during Fall/Winter! With these crops, put the fear of your plants being damaged or destroyed aside. When Winter weather rolls around, these vegetables will do well & actually THRIVE!

Here is a list of 19 Frost Hardy Vegetables you should plant this fall:

1. Beets 

Although beets grow well during warm weather, the seedlings are established more easily under cool, moist conditions.  Order Beet Seeds >

2. Broccoli

Broccoli plants thrive in cool temperatures, they have been known to survive temperatures as low as 28 F. Order Broccoli Seeds >

 

3. Brussels Sprouts

 

The plant will withstand frost and can be harvested until a hard freeze strikes. The best-quality sprouts are produced during sunny days with light frosts at night.  Order Brussel Sprouts Seeds >

4. Cabbage

Cabbage can withstand frost down to 20 degrees or even 15 degrees F. Order Cabbage Seeds >

 

 

5. Carrots

Carrots can survive temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged periods of cold results in long, pale roots. Order Carrot Seeds >

 

 

6. Cauliflower

Cauliflower can survive temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Order Cauliflower Seeds >

 

 


7. Celery

 

Celery tolerates light frost only. Order Celery Seeds >

 


8. Collards

 

Collard greens are the most cold resistant of any plant in the cold-hardy Brassica family. Collards can withstand winter temps. down to 5 F. and they usually come through the cold even more flavorful.  Order Collard Seeds >

9. Green Onions

 

Onions are as hardy as they come. Frosts, freezing temperatures and snow will not kill them. Order Green Onion Seeds >

10. Leafy Lettuces

Frost damage on leafy vegetables doesn’t render the plant inedible like a disease. You can harvest non-damage parts by cutting away brown areas and edges that are frost damaged and save just the leaf parts that are uninjured and your plant will continue to grow. Order Lettuce Seeds >

 

 

 

11. Kale

Snow can protect plants from extreme cold so that they stay in the garden longer. Kale is one of these plants! Very cold-hardy.  Order Kale Seeds >

 

 

 

12. Leeks

Leeks are very cold-tolerant, most likely to survive plunges to 0 °F.  Order Leek Seeds >

 

 

 

13. Mustard

 

When spent days under the cover of snow they have been known to emerge in perfect condition once the snow melts. Order Mustard Seeds >

 

 

 

14. Parsnips

Parsnips are generally tolerant to 0 °F and will sweeten in flavor if hit with a light frost or two.Order Parsnip Seeds >

 

 

15. Radishes

Radishes thrive in the cooler weather when frost can be a threat to other crops.  They can survive hard freezes as well. Order Radish Seeds >

 

 

16. Rutabagas

When exposed to light frost, rutabagas can actually taste sweeter. To extend the harvest season & protect the crops from heavier frosts, just add a thick layer of straw.

 

 

17. Spinach

Grows slowly through the winter but will always bounce back in early spring.

 

 

18. Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is very cold-tolerant, & can survive dips to 15 °F without any protection.

 

 

When spent days under the cover of snow they have been known to emerge in perfect condition once the snow melts. Order Mustard Seeds >

 

 

14. Parsnips

Parsnips are generally tolerant to 0 °F and will sweeten in flavor if hit with a light frost or two. Order Parsnip Seeds >

 

 

15. Radishes

Radishes thrive in the cooler weather when frost can be a threat to other crops.  They can survive hard freezes as well. Order Radish Seeds >

 

 

 

16. Rutabagas

When exposed to light frost, rutabagas can actually taste sweeter. To extend the harvest season & protect the crops from heavier frosts, just add a thick layer of straw.

 

 

17. Spinach

Grows slowly through the winter but will always bounce back in early spring.

 

 

18. Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is very cold-tolerant, & can survive dips to 15 °F without any protection.

 

 

When spent days under the cover of snow they have been known to emerge in perfect condition once the snow melts. Order Mustard Seeds >

 

 

 

14. Parsnips

Parsnips are generally tolerant to 0 °F and will sweeten in flavor if hit with a light frost or two. Order Parsnip Seeds >

 

 

15. Radishes

 

 

Radishes thrive in the cooler weather when frost can be a threat to other crops.  They can survive hard freezes as well. Order Radish Seeds>

 

 

16. Rutabagas

When exposed to light frost, rutabagas can actually taste sweeter. To extend the harvest season & protect the crops from heavier frosts, just add a thick layer of straw. Order Rutabaga Seeds >

 

 

 

17. Spinach

Grows slowly through the winter but will always bounce back in early spring. Order Spinach Seeds >

 

 

 

18. Swiss Chard

 

 

Swiss chard is very cold-tolerant, & can survive dips to 15 °F without any protection. Order Swiss chard Seeds >

 

19. Turnips

Turnips lose much of their spiciness and accumulate sugar when they mature in cold weather. Order Turnip Seeds >

 

 

Richmond couple creates urban farm to help feed their community

NBC12 – WWBT – Richmond, VA News On Your Side (WATCH THE VIDEO!)

“From high above, the Bellemeade-Oak Grove neighborhood looks like any other one in south Richmond. However, if you move in a bit closer, you’ll see one backyard on Wright Avenue that makes the neighborhood unique. That’s because you are looking at a farm right in the heart of the area, and it yields much more than fruits and vegetables. Farm life. It is the lesson of the day for these young ladies of Camp Diva.”

“They are showing them that no matter the size of a farm, if they till the soil and plant the seed, greatness can grow. It’s a lesson that applies in many areas of life. “If they feel like they don’t have access to it, well guess what? You can create it,” said Chambers. You can usually find Alia and Jeremy at the Birdhouse Farm Market every other Tuesday. However, later this month, they will begin opening the farm to everyone on Saturday mornings.

READ THE FULL STORY AT: “NBC12.COM

 

Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities

“Growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, Rebecca Lemos-Otero says her first experience with nature came in her late teens when her mother started a community garden.

“I was really surprised and quickly fell in love,” she recalls. The garden was peaceful, and a “respite” from the neighborhood, which had high crime rates, abandoned lots and buildings, she says.

Inspired by that experience, years later, Lemos-Otero, 39, started City Blossoms, a local nonprofit that has about 15 children-focused community green spaces across Washington, D.C. She wanted to give kids from minority and low-income communities easy access to some greenery.

Kids love the gardens, she says. It gives them a way to briefly forget their worries.”

READ THE REST OF THE STORY AT: “NPR.ORG

Urban farmers forced off land find new ground to grow

“The wind-whipped rooftop of a converted warehouse in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor might be the last place you’d expect to find fertile farmland, unless you’re Jen Rosenthal, founder and owner of Planted Chicago.

“I got my start in farming on the rooftop at Uncommon Ground, the restaurant up in Edgewater,” said Rosenthal. It was the first certified organic rooftop farm in the nation.

These days, urban farming is increasingly common, but the burgeoning business sector is not without its challenges, namely space and literal room to grow.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE, HERE: ChicagoTribune.com

4 Trap Plants You Can Grow To Help Control Pests

Controlling insects in the garden may seem like a never ending battle for some, but have you ever considered that fixing the problem may be as simple as just planting a few “sacrificial crops” for the problematic bugs to feast on instead of your prized fruits or vegetables?

Planting a variety of “trap plants” will lure those pests away from your favorite crops. It is an organic, natural, and quite effective way to approach controlling pests and insects in your garden.

Different insects prefer different types of crops, so do your research to find out what those pesky buggers are drawn to, and plant them in your garden away from the crop you’re trying to protect. Usually a border of “trap plants” around your garden area will help minimize the damage to the plants you want to thrive.

Always practice good crop rotation, and companion planting to help maximize the effectiveness of growing “trap plants”.

When your “trap plants” become over-run with insects, feel free to remove the plant all-together and dispose of it to keep the pests from breeding and creating a larger habitat in your garden.

Nasturtium, Marigold, Chervil, & Radish are some of our favorite “Trap Plants”! Planting each of these will cover a wide variety of pests you may have lurking in your garden waiting to destroy your precious crops.

Ohio State Producing New Crop Of Urban Farmers [Radio Podcast]

“Farmer Mark Van Fleet started growing vegetables at Harriet Gardens on Columbus’ South Side two years ago. He came to this once-vacant lot with about a decade of experience in gardening.”

Van Fleet gave up his job as an arts administrator because he did not like working inside all day. Now he spends his days tending to his vegetables.

“I felt this scale of operation was something I could handle with my limited amount of experience,” says Van Fleet. “I never worked on a farm before starting this one. I don’t know how to drive or fix a tractor.”

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