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What is your student planning on doing with their summer? Do they plan on hanging out by the pool? Getting a tan? The Sustainable Summer program invites all students to apply to take part in their organic farming program. It’s all about education, but also about fun. The program reaches out to high school students...

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Just like many species around the globe will have to adapt to the changing climate and altering ecosystems, humans too must respond accordingly to the dynamic conditions of our planet. One aspect of the climate change crisis is the question of food security and urban poverty. Urban agriculture would be a wise precautionary tool to...

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3 Green Buzzwords, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye By Oscar Rodriguez, Director/Architect at Architecture & food I was complacent. I didn’t have my “man sao” up, a forward guarding hand which translates as “asking/seeking hand” in Wing Chun, a Chinese close-quarter martial art I have been learning now for two years. Having successfully slipped the...

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Children aren’t just learning about reading, writing, and arithmetic anymore. In a world where food insecurity is as common as the sniffles, schools are focusing more of their attention on the environment and how our actions have an impact. In particular, many schools are focusing on food security and insecurity. Today it’s as common for...

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With population growth and natural resource use on the rise, one of the most pressing issues affecting us today is disparity in our global food system. Globalization and industrialization have nurtured our desire for instant gratification, especially when it comes to our food, making it easy for consumers to remain uneducated in regards to the...

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Six months ago my girlfriend, Jody and I were in a tight spot. We’d been leasing a farm and doing well for our first season, raising animals and growing what we could by learning along the way. We worked hard, really hard but it was for someone else’s farm and our visions began to divide...

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These days, there’s a lot of talk about which agricultural practices are safe and sustainable. GMOs, organics, small- or large-scale operations, local or industrial farms – these all are considerable topics on how we cultivate crops. Jerry Glover, agroecologist at The Land Institute and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, argues that these concerns are in...

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One of the most exciting things about urban design is how every aspect can be optimized for a more sustainable future. True to this concept, landscape design offers opportunities to foster sustainable practices. Anyone planning uses for land can implement sustainable landscape design. The Basics of Landscape Architecture The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the leading authority...

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With an ever growing global population, agriculture is becoming an increasingly important focus in ensuring a sustainable food supply. Unfortunately, with the growth of industry cities are expanding. In turn, farmland is being paved over to allow these cities to grow. This is costing the world millions of acres of farmland annually and is becoming...

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American Forests defines an urban forest as an “ecosystem composed of trees and other vegetation that provides cities and municipalities with environmental, economic and social benefits. An urban forest includes street and yard trees, vegetation within parks and along public right of ways, water systems, fish and wildlife”. These urban forests can help utilize vegetation as...

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