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Similar to the Farm to School Program, the From Seed to Table Program (FStT) helps bring food from farms to local urban systems. However, this program has not yet been utilized in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a success if implemented. The program initially began as a three-year program, implemented...

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What’s a Legume? Legumes are an extremely popular crop for farmers and consumers, but most do not know the agricultural and environmental benefits of using them during crop rotations. Some grain legumes – such as soybeans, peanuts, pecans, and other notable beans and nuts – are cultivated for their seeds and used for food consumption, oil production,...

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Instability in the global food system is becoming more prevalent as we expand onto marginal lands in an effort to feed the Earth’s people. The problems facing agriculture and water resources are very serious; we’re currently wasting huge amounts of water within our large-scale and agribusiness-dominated farming practices. In order to keep up with agricultural demand,...

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Since the second half of the twentieth century animal agriculture has grown swiftly. So swiftly, in fact, that we’re now recognizing it as unsustainable. As developing countries expand and incomes increase, their populations’ consumption of animal protein increases. Why eat grains when you can eat steak, right? Well, there are several reasons. For one, animal...

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Over the past few years we’ve learned much about starting a small-scale farm. It’s a constant learning curve that surprises us at every turn and leaves us amazed at how rewarding it can really be to grow your own food. Apart from growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, we take pride in raising all kinds...

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This year I was fortunate enough to spend the holidays exploring the lush ecosystems of Costa Rica. It was a trip full of jungle hikes, snorkeling adventures, bird watching, and wildlife viewing in one of the most biologically intense ecoregions of Central America. Visiting this green country inspired me to think about the ways in which...

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“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” – Alfred Austin My daughter and I love being out in nature together. We’ve done everything from making mud pies and tracking critters to sledding and decorating a holiday tree for the birds. Still there’s one activity that remains in a class of...

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An Up-Close Look at Passive Homes

February 27, 2015 |

My parents have always been massive tree-huggers. Growing up, they’d take my sisters and I on birding outings, camping adventures, and road trips to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. So, when they informed me that they were going to design and build an off-grid, passive home for their retirement, I wasn’t the least...

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One of the most important aspects of life, and consequently a building, is light. The excessive use of energy is consuming the world’s resources, but fortunately today we have promising options to consider when constructing a building. Starting here, you can learn some solutions to achieve sustainable lighting in future construction projects. Prioritize Day Lighting The first,...

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You don’t exactly have to be a rocket scientist to notice that, over the past decade, we’ve been inundated with a whole new vocabulary related to the environment… recycle, reclaim, reuse, upcycle, downsize. We’ve all figured out little ways to make ourselves feel better about how we contribute to keeping the planet the way we found it...

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