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Pollinator Friendly Alliance: Creating a Pollinator Friendly City

A sandwich made with cheese and sun-ripened tomato, bursting with flavor. A jug of red wine. A plate of strawberries and cream. Call it the ultimate picnic lunch. Or call it a meal brought to you by the humble bumble bee. None of these foods, it turns out, would be possible without the help of …

August 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Power of We


City Growers: Connecting with Nature & Food on NYC’s Rooftops

The story of post-settlement United States, writ large, is the story of urbanization. Since the birth of the nation, we’ve slowly evolved from a farm-based, rural population to a densely packed urban one. One casualty of this mass migration is our relationship to our food. One hundred years ago, nearly everyone grew at least some …

June 27th, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Urban Farming that Transforms Lives

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Harry Rhodes, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Growing Home. Growing Home is a Chicago-based organization whose primary mission, in Harry’s own words, is to “transform lives—both individual lives and the community—through urban farming.” This transformation is accomplished through a transitional jobs program that employs over 50 …

May 29th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


From Industrial Revolution to Food Revolution: Mill City Grows

Lowell, Massachusetts. The name is synonymous with the Industrial Revolution—not only its remarkable achievements, but the darkest chapters of its abuses: exploitation of children, bloody battles for workers’ rights, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of the owner class. If you haven’t checked in with Lowell since high school American History, you might …

May 11th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


The Magical DIY Barrel Garden

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by Renee Frederick, urban farmer and educator The seed catalogs have started showing up in the mail, reminding us planting season is right around the corner. I’m choosing from …

May 4th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Sharing the Joy of Gardening with a New Generation

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by guest contributor Megan Minnick Some of my earliest memories are in the garden. My mother had a huge organic vegetable garden, and from a very young age I …

April 21st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: Eric Lee-Mäder on the Plight of the Pollinators

Download This week on Rootstock Radio host Theresa Marquez talks to Eric Lee-Mäder, co-director of the Pollinator Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Eric is the lead author of several books, including the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Farming with Beneficial Insects: Strategies for Ecological Pest Management. The Xerces Society takes its name …

February 27th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Malik Yakini on the Good Food Revolution

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, co-host Anne O’Connor speaks with Malik Yakini. Malik is founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, an organization that operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. He views the good food revolution …

January 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


Growing School Gardens (and More) with GROW La Crosse

The U.S. has undergone dramatic changes throughout its history, but perhaps the most profound shift has been the concentration of its population in urban centers. Before the industrial revolution, only one in twenty citizens lived in urban areas. Today, only one in five live in the country. This process of urbanization reshaped the nation’s politics …

August 31st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


Dirt Rich: Purple Cow Organics on a Soil Education Journey

Not long ago, Sandy Syburg rolled into Flint, Michigan in his Soil Mobile. An old school bus repurposed to run on biodiesel and veggie oil, it’s designed to be a classroom on wheels. Syburg is teaching the public about the importance of healthy soil. Flint is notorious for its tough economy and crumbling infrastructure—most recently …

August 10th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening


 
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