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Organic Farming

World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm Coming to Newark, NJ

newarkverticalfarmMany people may believe that New Jersey’s nickname, “the Garden State,” is nothing but a joke. Though the exact provenance of the nickname is unknown, New Jersey largely deserves it: The state boasts more than 700,000 acres of farmland, and is a big producer of cranberries, blueberries and of course, tomatoes.

Despite that, many neighborhoods in the states largest city, Newark, don’t get to share in that bounty. But now they may not have to.

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Could Urban Foraging Actually Feed the Poor?

urbanforagingFood is growing all around us. At the edge of roads, in the cracks of sidewalks, along driveways and byways and especially in parks, edible species abound. Even dandelions, that scourge of smooth green lawns, can be eaten- the tubers as well as the leaves.

In Stuy Cove Park, we have quite a few edible plants, including mulberries, blueberries, mountain mint, rose hips and plenty more than I can name here (but we’ll try and do a special blog post about this as we get closer to spring, including tips on how to get your berries on without hurting our plants!)

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Hudson Valley Seed Library Is Accepting Nominations for Seed Donations

hvslHudson Valley Seed Library is a great resource for heirloom and open-pollinated seeds (open pollinated seeds are the ones that require insect or other outside pollinators, as opposed to self-pollinating) that are 100% organic and mostly picked at the Seed Library’s own farm. And every year, they donate thousands of packs of seeds to deserving gardeners at schools, community gardens and seed-sharing organizations, and yours could be one of them!

But you’ll need to act fast.

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Home Depot & BJ’s Wholesale Club Will Limit Bee-Killing Pesticides

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After a number of years of studying mysterious bee behavior and colony collapse disorder, this past May Harvard researchers announced a connection between massive bee die-offs and neonicotinoid pesticides. Bees are responsible for pollinating as much as a third of our food supply- without them, foods like strawberries and almonds would disappear completely, along with many other favorite foods. Gardeners and fresh food advocates have been lobbying for something to be done, and now Home Depot and BJ’s Wholesale Club are responding by agreeing to limit or eliminate neonicotinoids from all nursery plants by the end of 2014, or else have suppliers add warning labels like “caution to pollinators”. The hope is that this will add a cost burden to the production of pesticide-laden plants.

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